Amy Dennis discovers an oasis of serenity on the coast of Oman at the Zighy Bar Resort.
Among a backdrop of striking arid hills, the Zighy Bay resort on the Oman coastline is an unlikely, but excellent pocket of the world for a health retreat.
The luxury hotel on the Musandam Peninsula offers wonderful and serene wellness opportunities underpinned with the most exciting experiences any retreat has to offer: Sunset sea kayaking, paragliding and bootcamp, to name the most daring of the lot, while tennis, cruises and cycling offer less adrenalin-packed activities.
Making the most of the beautiful, secluded bay and its deep blue waters, along with the high, dramatic mountains on the other side of the hotel, the activities roster is complete with scuba diving, waterskiing, canyoning and arduous mountain hikes. While exercise and unwinding after a long day are Zighy Bay’s main selling points, other parts of retreat life are not overlooked.
Dining and healthy eating are a key focus, the juice bar is a popular spot for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up and nutrition classes are on offer from the head chef. In the evening a choice of six restaurants allure diners – the mountaintop Sense on the Edge restaurant, really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with its dramatic mountain vistas, while Shua Shack gives a unique Bedouin dining experience of organic, local salads.
The traditional Bedouin feel extends well past the dining room as rustic huts are given the five star treatment with even the standard rooms offering private pools, loungers and a mini–beach. The natural setting of the arid mountains is reflected in the cool, bright and sea-facing villas, with local stone floors and sandstone walls. All huts are supremely private and have a panorama view out to the crystal-clear blue sea.
Personal service is primary here and aside from organising all your outdoor activities and experiences, the on-hand butlers are happy to accommodate your dining desires, bringing the high-quality restaurant meals to your terrace. Attention to detail and mindfulness extends well past the confines of the resort, the parent company Six Senses are dedicated to sustainability and donate profits to local schools, while also ensuring that the coral that you see on your many scuba diving trips is well maintained and protected by the hotel and its local community.
As you wind through the Oman hills to head back to the airport, spotting its indigenous mountain goats on the way, the only thought crossing your mind is how will you ever repeat the experience of the mind-blowing paraglide over this magical peninsula.
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