Angela Beitz discovers a perfect getaway
that focuses on health and wellbeing…
If you need a break from your hectic lifestyle, a visit to Zighy Bay is the perfect fix. Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of their beautiful indigenous village-style accommodation and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other. Although this unique resort is only a three-and-a-half hour drive from Abu Dhabi and a two-hour drive from Dubai, the stunning terrain of the mountains will make you feel like you are miles from anywhere.
Our check in is smooth and we are offered a chilled date and honey smoothie and a scented refresher towel. We are shown to our amazing villa which boasts a sparkling pool and thatch gates that open onto the beach. There are 82 very private and oversized pool villas which will have you relaxing in absolute comfort. We were delighted to find our bathtub was the size of a small pool and there is both an indoor and outdoor shower. You can choose everything from which pillow mist you would like sprayed on your linen to which drinks you would like stocked in your mini-fridge and there is even a pillow menu to suit the fussiest of sleepers.
We love the special touches, such as the goat inspired lamp and chess table which doubles as a coffee table. Each villa has its own private pool which makes you feel like you are staying in your own piece of paradise and should you want to completely shut off, there is really no reason to leave the comfort of your villa.
There are loads of dining options depending on what you are in the mood for during your stay. Spice Market offers a sensational breakfast with made-to-order eggs, green juices and smoothies, fresh tropical fruit and much more and at night it turns into a more formal venue serving delicious Arabian cuisine. Summer House is simply stunning, positioned overlooking the pool and serves à la carte dishes including fresh salads, pastas, steak and seafood. The most impressive venue is Dining on the Edge which will have you feeling like you are sitting on a table at the end of the world.
The restaurant is built into a cliff and offers a truly memorable dining experience. The In-Villa Dining is also impressive should you wish to enjoy quality fare in the comfort of your lovely room.
The whole resort has a relaxed feel to it and the whole point of a stay here is for guests to be rejuvenated and to experience a luxury boutique stay. The Six Senses brand also has a huge commitment to the environment and has stopped importing all well-known brands of bottled water that have to travel thousands of miles to get to the resort. Instead, they purify their own ‘wellness water’ in glass bottles that they re-use. Wellbeing is a major focus of the resort and the main reason that we have come to stay. It’s styled as a retreat from the busy daily grind and the spa combines innovative and ancient holistic treatments from their wellness consultants.
The Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay has spent a lot of time over the past year working with some of the most highly respected doctors and wellness professionals to develop an approach to wellness which addresses some of the greatest common issues people face in their stressful daily lives. The result is Six Senses Integrated Wellness, an innovative approach that allows the spa’s in-house experts to measure and analyse key physiological biomarkers to provide guests with lifestyle and nutritional advice, and design a personalised program of spa treatments, fitness and wellness activities based on the preventative principles of both Eastern medicine and the result-oriented Western influences.
We visit the spa to experience the Wellness Screening which is designed to offer guests real time benefits and guidance by providing them with comprehensive, clear information about their health and by personalising every aspect of their stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay to enhance both their life and general wellbeing. The program begins with a wellness screening which uses a finger oximeter to observe the heart rate, tissue oxygen uptake and distribution, arterial stiffness and stress parameters.
The programs help to address the most common concerns around digestion, weight loss, elimination of built up toxins, weakened immune system, sleep, stress relief, muscle toning or building better stamina. It also helps guests achieve their full potential should they wish to be challenged and improve their current performance. Our results are surprisingly good, but we are told we need to drink more water, try and exercise more and to up our intake of leafy green vegetables. Off the back of the screening it’s recommended that we have two Detox Massages in the time that we are staying.
The massage is amazing and uses lymphatic drainage techniques and suction cups to detox the body. We feel leaving feeling lighter and invigorated and keep in mind during our stay to eat healthy and drinks loads of water.
If spas aren’t your thing and you like an action-packed break, then you’ll be happy to know there are loads of activities on offer. You can try the sunset cruise which is absolutely beautiful and is a great way to see the mountains, do yoga, play tennis, go scuba diving or snorkelling, play beach volleyball, go hiking or there is also rock climbing. If you are an adventure seeker, then paragliding is a must try.
The professional instructors will take you around the edge of the mountain range in Zighy Bay, where you can explore the bay from 293 metres above the ground and enjoy the magnificent views. You can also opt for the microlight where your flight will start from the sandy runway on Zighy Beach and then the pilot will take you over Six Senses Zighy Bay and to Dibba Village, where you can explore the village from 500 metres above the ground, and enjoy the wonderful views. There’s certainly something everyone at this unique resort.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, www.sixsenses.com