SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, OMAN

BEST FOR: WINTER SUNSHINE WITHIN EASY REACH
NOT FOR:  THOSE WANTING AN URBAN FIX

 

Here you are, in the fabulous desert adventure that is Oman. And this sensationally pared down beachside hideaway ticks so many boxes it almost seems too good to be true. It’s easy to get to for that essential hit of winter sun (just a two-hour drive from Dubai), the ocean is right there and the sophisticated eco-friendly villas each come with their own sandy gardens with small, safe, seductive swimming pools. You can bring the children yes, but the restaurants and atmosphere also major on Middle Eastern candlelit romance. Despite butler-with-buggy service, the vibe is barefoot cool: goats wander about the place, fig and lemon trees line sandy paths which you negotiate by bicycle, and, ever present in the background, are those astonishingly beautiful and mysterious mountains. Be sure to get on the water for a different perspective – explore sunset cruises into the stunning Haffa Bay where local children take boats to school; Dhow trips with picnics and date juice are also super fun. There are cinema screenings on the beach with popcorn and homemade ice creams in exotic flavours – rose water, cinnamon, saffron, honey. And beyond the fun, when you want to retreat, the spa is special – a haven of peace where Six Senses have picked with rare skill therapists who deliver deep intuitive healing. Because what is special about this place is that despite all the sharp trimmings (wi-fi, private wine cellars, plasma TVs) the overall mood is soft, heartfelt and lolling. It is perfectly acceptable to mooch around on floor cushions for hours before feasting on a lamb cooked underground in a sand pit for hours. Honestly, its hard to find fault.

CONTACT:  +968 2673 5888; www.sixsenses.com
PRICE: F
rom approx £530
NEAREST AIRPORT:  Dubai
TRANSFER TIME: 2 hours

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First-Hand Visit Write-Up By: Daisy Finer


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