Six Senses Zighy Bay

Oman, Middle East

The hotel

Situated on the easternmost tip of Arabia, on the unspoilt Musandam Peninsula, 2-hours drive from Dubai International Airport. A dramatic arrival through the Hajar Mountains gives that first glimpse of Zighy Bay and the impression is not of a hotel but an authentic Omani village. It’s all about creating a memorable experience, and to that extent Zighy Bay has gone to extraordinary lengths. Not only do the guest houses resemble traditional Musandam dwellings, but the rugged simplicity of the style carries on in the interior and yet all the refinements a discerning guest requires are here.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Creche
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

Zighy Bay located on the northern tip of the Musandam Peninsula. Transfer time from Dubai International Airport: 2 hours.

Hotel information

82 pool villas. All with air-conditioning and ceiling fans, CD and DVD player, TV, telephone, WiFi access, safe, espresso machine, wine cellar and hairdryer. Pool Villas are studio style with living area, open plan bathroom with tub, indoor/outdoor shower, private pool and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Half Board option: includes breakfast in Spice Market or in the comfort of your villa. Three-course dinner from the à la carte selection in Summer House, the Spice Market or Zighy Bar. This also includes specialty Spice Market buffet and Indian Thali nights. A credit is applied if guests wish to experience one of destination dining options such as the Shua Shack experience, private In-Villa or Beach BBQ, Wine Tower and Wine Cellar private dinners or The Signature Restaurant Sense on the Edge amongst others and only the difference is charge to your bill.

Full Board option: includes breakfast in Spice Market or in the comfort of your villa. Two-course lunch from the à la carte selection in Summer House, In Villa Dining or in Zighy Bar where a credit is applied. Three-course dinner from the àla carte selection in Summer House, the Spice Market or Zighy Bar. This also includes specialty Spice Market buffet and Indian Thali nights. A credit is applied if guest wish to experience one of  destination dining options such as the Shua Shack experience, private In-Villa or Beach BBQ, Wine Tower and Wine Cellar private dinners or The Signature Restaurant Sense on the Edge amongst others and only the difference is charge to your bill.

Pool Villa Suites have a separate living area and one bedroom with 2 bathrooms, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool Villa Beachfront have the same layout but with a private gate giving direct access to the beach, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool Villa Suites Beachfront is the same as above but is available with direct beachfront access, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Duplex Pool Villas have a living area, panoramic balcony, infinity-edge pool and 2 bedrooms, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 4 adults and 1 child.

Duplex Pool Villas Suites are located on the south side of the resort and have a living area, panoramic balcony, infinity-edge pool and 2 bedrooms, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.

Duplex Pool Villa Suite Beachfront have direct beach access, separate living room, 2 bathrooms, summer house, infinity-edge pool and 2 large bedrooms, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.

4 restaurants: Spice Market (Arabian cuisine), Sense on the Edge (signature fine dining restaurant), Summer House (lunch and afternoon meals), Mezzaria (Beach-side, Italian-Arabic cuisine). Shua Shack (Bedouin dining experience). Zighy Bar and Beach Bar. Six Senses Spa*. Tennis court. Complimentary kayaks, paddle boarding and archery. Water sports*, mountain bikes*, sea fishing*, 4x4 trips*, rock climbing*, snorkelling trips*, scuba-diving*, paragliding*. Dhow cruise*. Sunset cruise*. Cinema. Organic garden tour (available from Nov-May). Organic herbal mixology class. Arabic cooking class*. Complimentary Chaica’s Club (4–12 years) has daily supervised activities plus movie showings in the early evenings. Al Feetean's Teen Club (13-17 years). Babysitting services*. Complimentary WiFi access in most public areas.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

5 nights between 29 Dec–31 Dec.

No check out permitted on the 30–31 Dec.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxation at it's best

May 14, 2019 Michael C Madrid, Spain

Very remote location but also helpful to disconnect. Beautiful bay, beach and mountains. The villa was build in a traditional style for the area - rustic yet very comfortable. The staff were incredible - very customer focused and genuinely friendly and interested in the well being of their guests. The restaurant "Sense on the edge" is a must! … Read more
Very remote location but also helpful to disconnect. Beautiful bay, beach and mountains. The villa was build in a traditional style for the area - rustic yet very comfortable. The staff were incredible - very customer focused and genuinely friendly and interested in the well being of their guests. The restaurant "Sense on the edge" is a must! Great food, atmosphere, service and view of the area from above. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect 10th Anniversary Celebration!

May 14, 2019 gghiggins7 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My family and I had a perfect weekend at Six Senses Zighy Bay (9-11 May 2019)! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, and the management and staff truly made the experience memorable for us! We were given a Pool Villa Suite with the ocean right at our doorstep, a candle-lit swimming pool on our first night, a… Read more
My family and I had a perfect weekend at Six Senses Zighy Bay (9-11 May 2019)! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, and the management and staff truly made the experience memorable for us! We were given a Pool Villa Suite with the ocean right at our doorstep, a candle-lit swimming pool on our first night, a celebratory cake (and cookies for the kids!), and the most personable service from the staff. Food was superb, as was the service (both at the restaurants and in the villa)! Our GEM (guest experience maker), Karthik, was constantly patient with our needs -- this can be a lot considering our two young children -- and was always ensuring that we were all happy and comfortable. We also managed to go scuba-diving on our first morning. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the kids' club during this time and even got to feed some camels! Our "anniversary dive" was also very memorable -- we really liked the swim-throughs through The Cave, and the wonderful team at Extra Divers Zighy Bay. :-) We look forward to be able to go back again, and will certainly recommend Six Senses Zighy Bay to all our friends looking for a special time away. :-) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good structure, but not top

May 1, 2019 Alexej69 Milan, Italy

Spent 6 days at ZB over Easter vacations 2019, with my wife, our teenage kids and a larger group of friends also with teenage kids. First, the pluses of this resort: 1) Impressive location, isolated from it all, in a secluded bay 2) Classical Six Senses respect of ecologically-friendly and sustainable living (from food to building materials, from… Read more
Spent 6 days at ZB over Easter vacations 2019, with my wife, our teenage kids and a larger group of friends also with teenage kids. First, the pluses of this resort: 1) Impressive location, isolated from it all, in a secluded bay 2) Classical Six Senses respect of ecologically-friendly and sustainable living (from food to building materials, from attention to waste management to water supplies) 3) Personnel is kind and always willing to help 4) Spectacular beach, with one of the finest sands in the Middle East 5) Good spa, as are all six senses ones Here are the minuses: 1) The sea water is opaque (I was told this is due to algae which pollute the coastal waters) and dark green, so bathing is not advised and in fact few people do it altogether: a real pity, considering this is a beach resort and advertises itself as such!! 2) Food is ok, but with some flaws, especially when compared to other Six Senses, and especially at the international restaurant (Summer House), where portions where so small you could barely locate the food on the plate (I remember an octopus starter where there was a single bite of octopus, maybe 20 grams....). Also the Mezzeria restaurant on the beach has a very monotonous menu, with very few international options and to be honest even the quality of the arabic mezze is not outstanding. 3) Prices for wines and food are extremely high, even for a resort of this caliber: from an interaction with the GM of F&B (very kind and competent), I undestood that for wines this is due to the triple layer of margins that different importers impose, but that is a meagre consolation when the multiplier on an average bottle of wine is 20x (instead of a customary 3-5x): as eight adults dining every evening with 3 bottles of wine we spent an average $ 600/night for drinking very mediocre stuff which would have costed at best $ 30 altogether in a western city... 4) The water sports center is a bit poor, other than water skiing and kayaking: there is a tiny catamaran which is really a bath tub (I have never seen such a small imitation of a hobie-cat) and not much else. A place like this shall have 2-3 full size catamarans! 5) Every even smaller activity is priced separately, and very steeply so, which is a bit unusual in a resort of this level: from yoga to cooking classes, from wellbeing seminars to mountain biking, the guest has the constant and unpleasant sensation of being a cash dispenser to be milked. 6) The villas are ok (natural materials and wide spaces), but our villa suffered from a major electricity problem which troubled us throughout our entire stay: lights on the upper floor would just go out once or twice a day, apparently due to a contact which has not been identified... The resort is undoubtedly a signature property and it is not badly managed, but the many flaws and the fact that the entire resort is colonized by families with small children (and the inevitable noise ensuing from this) makes me say that this is not a top property. Hence the 3 stars on my review. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating If you like being surrounding by screaching kids, come on down.

Apr 23, 2019 GrandPoohbaH United Kingdom

Pros The staff are absolutely brilliant, very helpful and accommodating and willing to help in any way they can. The villas themselves are very well appointed and nicely furnished, the private pool is very good also, but the sundeck area is not private at all if staying in a villa that has two story villas either side of it. Bottled Water is… Read more
Pros The staff are absolutely brilliant, very helpful and accommodating and willing to help in any way they can. The villas themselves are very well appointed and nicely furnished, the private pool is very good also, but the sundeck area is not private at all if staying in a villa that has two story villas either side of it. Bottled Water is provided in your villa free of charge and there is plenty provided Cons In our opinion this resort is not suitable for couples due to 90% of the occupants being families, at the time we were there it was predominantly 2 parents with 3 kids, I have read that kids under a certain age eat free (Still to be confirmed) so this may explain why there are so many kids on resort. As you would expect, the pricing when on resort borders on extortionate. I can understand mark up and profit, but having stayed in other Middle East Resorts this by far is the most expensive. Braised Oxtail Tortellini at 16 OMR (£37) for 4 pieces is ridiculous. 200ml Bottle Tonic 4 OMR (£9.20) 375ml bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label is 30 OMR or approx. £64, I could go on!! Paragliding Experience from Mountain top into resort is 60 OMR or approx. £130, wow extremely pricey for about 5 minutes, as are all other activities. The Sea Food BBQ although very good is very pricey at 50 OMR per person, this is approx. £116 per person. The Indian, Arabic and Asian Buffet nights are excellent and are within the 30 OMR Half Board Allowance. This is a very expensive resort but due to the layout it was not in any way peaceful. The villas either side of us were family villas, one side there were 3 kids from 12 months to approximately 5 years, screeching, screaming and crying most of the day. On the other side were a family with a pre-pubescent teenager with a boombox that would put Concorde to shame. The advert on their webpage refers to having a private villa, with high stone walls, they are not private if they are overlooked on both sides by verandas on the 2 story buildings, suggest that they may want to put the thatching branches up the sides of the verandas. Why do they not try and segregate and put couples at one end of the resort and families at other end of resort. Dining Rooms for all meals was like sitting in a creche, kids running all around while waiting staff try to glide past them whilst carrying hot food and beverages, the hotel management should consider making one restaurant adults only. Read less
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Apr 6, 2019 SarahA7365 Surrey

Could have been a really perfect holiday but got off to a truly dreadful start. We always have used Scott Dunn to book our holidays and yes we are really discerning and we expect them to look after us. We were advised that a beachfront pool villa was perfect for our needs and indeed it would have been if we had been given one of the many villas… Read more
Could have been a really perfect holiday but got off to a truly dreadful start. We always have used Scott Dunn to book our holidays and yes we are really discerning and we expect them to look after us. We were advised that a beachfront pool villa was perfect for our needs and indeed it would have been if we had been given one of the many villas available apart from the one we were assigned. Number 28 is fine inside as we are sure no 32 is too, however they are both seriously compromised with their beach/sea views compared to all the other villas in this category. To add to the poor view & small access gates to the beach we also had a noisy hen party in the two storey villa right next door which completely overlooked our pool/garden. We also didn’t feel able to use the outside shower or indeed the inside bath as the villa was also overlooked behind by another two storey villa’s balcony and windows. We were offered an upgrade but only after spending two days number 28 - a room which was totally unacceptable to us. We were so disappointed that we were seriously considering returning to Dubai - unfortunately by the time Scott Dunn and the Zighy Bay management had come back to us with a solution it was too late too move. After two nights we were upgraded to a villa which was much bigger than we needed and with a lovely opening to the beach - what we had been expecting to start with - the gates can be closed but seems sad as looking at the sea and the beach is wonderful. The resort and the staff at the resort are on the whole exceptional but the management team in our view are indifferent and insincere. We will be voting with our feet, not using Scott Dunn again and also not returning to other Six Senses resorts - very sad since our last trip to Six Senses Yao Noi was truly excellent despite very trying weather conditions. Read less