Zighy Bay was on my dreamlist for years. The biggest reason why it stayed there “untouched” was the average daily rate which was closer to thousand euros. Normally I would justify my obsession with hotels somehow to my husband (whatever the price is) but 1000€ felt too high, even for me. One day my wishes were answered and I found a great deal without breaking the bank. And so my new favorite hotel saw light.
We drove from Dubai for a 2 night staycation to Oman and to Six Senses Zighy Bay. The only negative thing with the hotel happened just before crossing the Oman border. The hotel representative was suppose to be waiting for us on the border but there was no one. And of course the dU sim doesn’t for some odd reason work in this area (near Fujairah). After a long hassle the representative came and we managed to continue our journey towards the hotel.
The ride to the hotel is an experience itself. To be able to get to the hotel, you drive up and down a mountain. And believe me, you will need the suggested 4wheel drive.
You can see how unique this place is when you drive towards the hotel area and see it from the mountain top. Luxury does not righfully describe this hotel. You go beyond that. The hotel area consists of low key traditional villas. All the alleys in the hotel area are soft sand and the guests are encouraged to walk either barefoot or with flipflops. I recommend you leave your 5inch Louboutinis home. You are welcome to visit all the hotel premises barefoot, this was specifically mentioned in the hotel book. In addition to Zighy Bay hotel, there is only small village in the area (apparently the daily fish is bought from the fishermen in the village). Hotel has made a wish to the guests to be respectful towards the locals and not to hang around in bikinis close to the village. Understandable if you ask me.
There are two pool areas in the resort area, main pool and more quiet salt water pool. On the beach you can find comfy sun loungers. Because of the remote location, there are no vendors or suspicious wanderers on the beach. We had a pleasant walk on the beach one afternoon and I think we only saw two other people (hotel guests).
There are plenty of activities in the hotel for every taste. My husband was dreaming of paragliding for months before the trip (video coming later). I tried slightly more relaxing activity, a Balinese massage in the Six Senses Spa. My therapist Asti had a good knowledge and listened to my wishes (and pain points) carefully. The spa experience didn’t reach top1 position on my spa list but it definitely reached top 3.
Our son tried the kids club and got a nice face paint as a gift. I quickly glanced the activity list and it seems that there was plenty to do for teenagers as well who also had their own ”club”. The library was a calming space and I could have imagined spending more time there if we had stayed longer in the resort.
First night we dined at Shua Shack, where we enjoyed a traditional Oman dinner. The chef digged the lamb meat from the sand and explained to the audience about this old tradition. The meat and other Middle Eastern specialities (from baba ganoush to arabic samosa) melted into my mouth.
Second evening we dined at the Summer House restaurant. Fish of the day and appetizers (mozzarella and tenderloin) were excellent choices. The food was top notch in both restaurants, Shua Shack and Summer House. We ordered lunch from the room menu. Zighy Bay club sandwich and pizza were business as usual but the sushi was a pleasant surprise. Breakfast was true five star quality but with Zighy Bay prices that’s exactly they need to be able to deliver.
We stayed two nights in a pool villa on the ”third row”. We weren’t directly on the beach but that didn’t bother us at all. The villas are very private and we couldn’t hear or see our neighbors. You can also enjoy the outdoor shower without a concern that someone will see you. There was a separate living room area in the villa, a bedroom and a huge big bathroom (in addition to the outdoor shower area). The bathtub was big enough for 2. The living area continued to the terrace where we had a private pool and cabana. The pool temperature for once was perfect.
The interior design of the villa was serene. If you prefer the sumptuous and decorative Arabic style, Zighy Bay may not be your thing but it pleased our Scandinavian eye. A wine fridge (fully stocked), Nespresso machine and bicycles were a nice asset.
Service however is the thing that raises Zighy Bay to a unique level. The personnel managed to succeed in an almost impossible task, how to be polite but yet relaxed. Our own GEM (Guest Experience Maker) was always nearby when we needed him (like he could hear our thoughts).
In Zighy Bay you close your Iphone and enjoy the days with simple routines. Two nights weren’t enough for me. I could have easily stayed there a whole month. My MasterCard might have other thoughts though.