At a glance

  • You'll love

    Rugged scenery

    Castaway luxe

    Excellent spa

  • Kids will love

    Fun free kids clubs

    Feeding the goats

    Films on the beach

  • Don’t expect

    A crèche for under-4s

    Inexpensive extras

    Shops or towns nearby


Dipping its toes into the Gulf of Oman, the family-friendly Six Senses Zighy Bay resort has a hammam-toting spa, spacious villas and kids' activities aplenty. Cradled by craggy mountains and set on a wide arc of sandy beach, it offers barefoot luxury (with babysitting) in a wild and remote Arabian landscape.

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Here's what you get for booking Six Senses Zighy Bay with us:

A hotel voucher for £25/$40/€30 to use towards your next Smith stay


‘Fun-packed drop-in clubs for kids aged 4–18 (anyone for abseiling? Capoeira? Water polo?) and tasty children's menus, created with organic produce from the kitchen gardens… Unforgettable’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


82, including 20 suites, private villas and a presidential retreat.


12 noon (flexible, subject to availability and a 50% charge up to 6pm); earliest check-in, 2pm. Guests arriving early or leaving late are welcome to use all the resort's facilities, including the spa; there's also a day-use villa for freshening up.


Double rooms from £741.37 ($1,040), excluding tax at 17.4 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a fantastic buffet breakfast (otherwise charged at AED129 per adult, AED65 per child). Children Under-6s stay free in parents' rooms; extra beds for kids aged 7–12 cost US$35 a night (US$100 for over-12s).


Most public areas are wheelchair accessible (though the paths inbetween are uneven stone or sand); the spacious one-bedroom villas are all on one level and best suited to the elderly or less mobile.

At the hotel

Beach with watersports; family-friendly swimming pools; restaurants; bar; kids' club; spa with hammam, sauna and gym; personal training; tennis courts; library of books, CDs and DVDs; free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV with satellite channels, DVD player, pre-loaded iPod and dock; well-stocked minibar and wine chiller, free water, espresso machine, kettle, slippers and bathrobes, alfresco shower. In-room treatments are available. Guests staying in Spa suites also get one 50-minute massage or acupressure treatment each, every day (among other benefits).

Our favourite rooms

Laid out like a traditional Omani village, individual stone-walled dwellings house standalone villas and villa suites. Any villa can accommodate two adults and two children (one on a day bed, one on a foldaway bed) – but one-bedroom Pool Villa Suites have separate living and bedrooms, plus an extra bathroom, so you don't have to share an open-plan space with the kids. Every villa has a private plunge pool with sunloungers, a terrace with dining area, private sand 'garden' and shady outdoor majlis (seating area) and an outdoor shower. Pick of the bunch are the beachfront villas, with only a few sandy footsteps between you and the water (less ideal if your littlest are into escapology). Add 'Zighy' to your room name, and you're going up in the world: these duplex villas have a second bedroom and living space on the upper floor – Zighy Pool Villa Suites also have dining rooms and balconies. For the biggest families, the Retreats are huge two-bedroom villas on two floors, with large pools, and a fitted kitchen leading onto a small third bedroom for a butler or nanny.


The heated infinity-edged pool points towards the sea, with plenty of palm-shaded loungers (and the occasional mountain goat) reflected in its surface. Staff are at your beck and call for snacks, drinks and cooling sorbets, and there are lifeguards on duty. There's also a saltwater swimming pool with Roman steps and swim-round islands (fret not, you can order drinks here, too); children are welcome at both, and there are two paddling pools.


The Six Senses Spa has two Arabic-style hammams, sauna and steam rooms. It has a holistic approach and a brilliant menu of locally-inspired treatments using indigenous ingredients: frankincense, goat's milk, dates, almonds, honey, rosewater, sea salt, lime and mint… all designed to leave you feeling as delicious as they sound. There are a handful of couples' treatments, as well as some for men. It's adults-only, but accompanied 12–15-year-olds can have treatments. Fitness fans can run off some energy in the gym, on the beach or with expert yoga, meditation and Pilates instruction. Treatment programmes lasting three, five or seven days can be tailored to treat stress, kick-start a fitness regime or detox you from top to toe.


There's no such thing as a corner shop here – and although the hotel's mini-souk sells lovely gifts and a few (pricey) basics, if your bambino is still in nappies, you'll need to bring a big stash with you.

Book ahead

At peak times, it's wise to book your dream spa treatments and activities ahead of arrival; babysitters or nannies can usually be arranged with 48 hours' notice. 


Six Senses is committed to sustainability, and has an admirable policy of supporting the community by working with local charities and schools. It has been involved in the creation of a protected marine area, to raise awareness of the Musandam peninsula's unique eco-system. There's an organic kitchen garden onsite, and, best of all, it eschews the import of trendy H2Os, makes its own mineral water with a crystal plant, and donates 1 rial from each sale to its social responsibility fund.

Food and drink

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The Spice Market offers an Ottolenghi-esque feast of organic Arabic and regional dishes. Sample the samak mahalli (local fish fillet marinated in Arabic spices and served with tarator, a garlicky tahini sauce), mograbieh bil lamh (grilled beef tenderloin served on giant couscous scented with caraway powder) or simar albahar mushakal (roasted seafood, including lobster and prawns). More relaxed, and with squishy settees on a breezy veranda overlooking the pool, the Summer House is all about laid-back grills, pasta, sandwiches and salads, plus a weekly-changing specials menu; it's no slouch on the food front, with smoked buffalo mozzarella, Wagyu beef burgers, tuna tartar and home-made sorbets making regular appearances. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, book ahead for a table 293m above sea level at Sense on the Edge, Zighy Bay's mountaintop fine-dining showcase. Expect twice-cooked deliciousness presented three ways, with interesting reductions and lashings of jus. In season, the weekly Shua Shack barbecue offers Bedouin-style dining on the beach, with sand-pit oven-baked lamb, Arabic mezze and more served under a barasti shelter.

Family fare

Kids are welcome in both the Spice Market and the Summer House, at any time. Highchairs and booster seats are available, and there's a tasty children’s menu, with healthy dishes (such as wholewheat spaghetti, noodle soup, poached sheary fillets or grilled chicken strips), treaty favourites (mini pizzas and burgers) and fun desserts, too (marshmallow fruit salad, banana splits). Staff will happily heat up milk or baby food. In-villa dining – including barbecues – is a great option if your smallest are flagging.

Hotel Bar

The refreshingly unsceney Zighy Bar mixes signature mocktails, lassies, smoothies, home-made lemonades and cocktails (date martinis, tamarind margaritas) as well being stocked with a globetrotter's guide to worldwide spirits, from Lebanese arack to single-malt whisky. The fresh fruit concoctions make it child-friendly by day. There's also the subterranean Wine Cellar, a chef's table set-up for two to eight people who fancy a serious tasting sessions (families welcome, since you book it exclusively).

Last orders

Drinks mixed until midnight at Zighy Bar; the Summer House opens for lunch 12 noon until 5pm; and for dinner, 7pm–11pm. Breakfast is served in the Spice Market, 7.30am–10.30am, which is also open for dinner 7pm–10.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The private dining table at Sense on the Edge: set up rocky steps on a clifftop above the hotel, this exclusive perch commands a jaw-dropping view.

  • Room service

    There's a round-the-clock menu of Arabic dishes and comfort cuisine spanning Asian and European staples, including a kids' menu. You can also order in-villa barbecues to enjoy in your private 'sand garden'.


    Staff are happy to help whizz up something for the newly weaned or prepare toddler-friendly finger food, but beware that Zighy Bay's remote location doesn't lend itself to sourcing your babies' favourite pouch-packed purées or formula milk. There's a compulsory New Year's Eve Gala Dinner on December 31, 2016; it's US$400 for adults and US$200 for children aged 6 to 11 years old. 


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Parent approved

‘Fun-packed drop-in clubs for kids aged 4–18 (anyone for abseiling? Capoeira? Water polo?) and tasty children's menus, created with organic produce from the kitchen gardens… Unforgettable’

Smith & Family


No crèche, but under-4s are welcome to play at the Chaica Club when accompanied by an adult.

Kids Club

The Chaica Club for children aged 4–12 is free, and has distractions from simple sandcastle-building to all-action water polo or beach bowling, plus some inspired by local culture: mehndi henna painting, Arabic lessons and cookery classes. There are three drop-in sessions a day (no need to book): 9am–12 noon; 3pm–5pm; and 7.30pm–9pm. Teens (13–18) have their own club, Al Feetean's, with two drop-in sessions (9am–12 noon and 2pm–6pm) more adventurous options including abseiling, archery, capoeira, photography, survival skills, raft-building and snorkelling – mostly free.


Babysitters are available with 48 hours' notice; it's US$15 an hour for one child, with additional children charged at US$5 an hour.


An in-villa nanny service is available for US$15 an hour per child, with additional children charged at US$5 an hour.


There a no facilities, and no monitors to borrow – by all means bring your own if you're staying in one of the larger villas, but don't expect it to stretch to the restaurants or bar.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Soft toys • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Changing mat • Stair gates • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Art/craft materials • Snorkelling gear • Tennis kit • Table tennis


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Things to do

What don't you do all day? There's a plentiful array of activities to keep grown-ups and kids happy (especially in the cooler months). The Six Senses spa's award-winning; the long stretch of beach slopes gently into the sea, perfect for swimming or snorkelling; there are watersports from scuba diving to wakeboarding; energy-zapping kids club diversions; and gentler pursuits that include cookery classes or goat-feeding.

Hotel activities

There's a never-be-bored selection: feed the goats, swim in the sea, splash in the pools or sign them up for cookery lessons while you book into the spa. All manner of fun can be arranged nearby – explore the craggy coast and its clear dark depths on a traditional dhow or scuba-diving expedition; borrow snorkelling kit and wade into the water just beyond your villa; play Pétanque, tennis or beach volleyball; or (if you're mad-keen), sign up for boot-camp training in the hotel's alfresco 'jungle gym'. Not enough? Up the ante with waterskiing in adjacent bays, paragliding from the cliffs, hiking up goat paths, rock climbing or microlight flights (age restrictions apply to some activities).

And there's more…

You'll find complimentary push-bikes parked outside your villa – handy for getting around on the resort. Our favourite destination? The alfresco film screen, flanked by thick padded loungers, for movie nights under the stars – even the snacks are superior, with five popcorn flavours and dozens of different ice-creams to try.

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Smith tip

Need a little woo-time? Book a sunset cruise on private speedboat to Haffa Bay, a romantic meal at the top of the wine tower, or an Aphrodite Bath for two in the spa or in your room.

Don't miss…

exploring the Musandam fjords; the coastline may look craggy and hostile, but there's a unique, unforgettable atmosphere (and you might spot dolphins).

In this scenic and secluded spot, there's little noise other than the lapping of the waves (and even that's subdued), and at night, the only lights you'll see are low-level – candles, torches and sparkling stars among them. Even the movies are silent, with wireless headphones at the alfresco beach cinema for every recumbent viewer. But if total tranquility is not what you're used to, there's an array of spirit-lifting diversions from dolphin-spotting to archaeological excursions to keep you busy.

Leap into deep pools on a canyoning trip through Wadi Wurayah; hike up Zighy Mountain (and paraglide back down); or go mountain-biking in the Hajar Mountains.

The Musandam's dramatic coast can be explored by speedboat or dhow – the landscapes are powerful and you'll be surprised by their raw beauty. Alternatively, take a speedboat to Lima and trek along the ancient fishing-village footpath past abandoned houses and mosques to Aqaba.
The region's unique sea life makes diving worthwhile, too: what's lacking in spectacular drop-offs or massive reefs is made up for with unique soft corals, moray eels, shoals of reef fish (you'll definitely find Nemo here), turtles, the odd ray and even plankton-loving whale sharks (May–October).

A 4x4 can take you up to the Sabatyn plateau, 1,200m above sea level, for a glimpse of the region's ancient farmhouses, once-lush terraces and millenia-old rock art. Pause for panoramic views of the Wadi al Bih valley, or go at sunset for canapés by a campfire.

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Six Senses Zighy Bay
Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula, Musandam, Oman, 813
Hotel setting

Hugged by Hajar Mountains

Getting There

On the rugged northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, this remote resort is as far removed from Oman's cultural capital Muscat as it is from the ritz and glitz of Dubai, the nearest point of entry.


Take note: the closest airport is actually Dubai International (, a 120km drive (two hours) away in the neighbouring UAE, and not Muscat (Oman's capital), which is at least five hours' drive. Musandam's regional domestic airport Khasab is physically closer, but it's impractical to get to Zighy Bay from here. If you're entering Oman overland from the UAE or by boat – via Dibba Port, for example – you'll need a pre-arranged border pass. This will be sorted for you – but you need to provide the Smith24 team with a colour copy of your passport's photo ID page at least three days in advance.


Arrange a transfer, it's far less stressful if you're not familiar with the region. The drive from Muscat is arduous, and not especially scenic. From Dubai on the peninsula's west coast, you'll cross the Hajar Mountains – and the Omani border, so you'll need your passport and border pass handy (a Zighy Bay representative will facilitate the crossing if they're collecting you; or you can ring +968 2673 5555 for the hotel's assistance when you reach the border). If you're driving from Dubai, take the Emirates road towards Ras al Khaimah, and then turn onto the Dibba (Fujairah) road, following the E87 across the mountains and down to the east coast. At the Masafi roundabout, turn left onto the E89. At Dibba, head for the corniche road (with the sea on your right), where you'll pass border control. From the next roundabout, take the 2nd road on the right, and go straight over the next roundabout. Turn left at the next roundabout, leaving the Shell petrol station on your left. Go straight over the Sultan Qaboos Mosque roundabout. When you pass a petrol station, take the second left, following the sign for Quroon A'Sajd. Go right at the T-junction, uphill past the dam, towards Khasab. The road is unpaved from the next 5km, with the last stretch hugging the cliffsides as you approach the resort; it's not for nervous drivers and you'll need a 4WD (there's a Zighy Bay greeting point here, where you can leave your car and be driven the last few kilometres by hotel staff). There's a free onsite car park.


Book a car transfer to Dibba Port from Dubai, and then hop aboard a speedboat for the final 15-minute stretch, spotting coastal fishing villages along the way; Zighy Bay has its own mini marina. If that's not ostentatious enough for you, consider flying in: you can paraglide down to the bay (strapped to an instructor) from a rocky outcrop in the surrounding mountains.

Parent travel tip

The overland transfer from Dubai to Zighy Bay adds travel time to a seven-hour flight from the UK, so consider breaking up your journey with a night or two in Dubai if your kids aren't the patient kind.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Six Senses Zighy Bay – has been selected and approved by parents.

'Are we there yet? Are we there yet?' Can't face another boring transfer, trapped in a taxi with the kids? The only way you'll get into Zighy Bay is: (a) in a 4x4 over rocky gravel tracks carved into the cliffs, (b) on a speedboat from another country, (c) by jumping off a cliff strapped to a paragliding instructor.

The otherworldly setting of Six Senses' award-winning Oman outpost – backed by an arena of barren cliffs on a pale crescent moon of sand – belies the butler-serviced barefoot luxury on offer for families here. Under-6s stay free; there are fun-packed drop-in clubs for kids aged 4–18 (anyone for abseiling? Capoeira? Water polo?); the ethos is eco-friendly, with spa treatments focusing on indigenous ingredients; and tasty children's menus are created with organic produce from the kitchen gardens.

Rustic stone beachfront villas with alfresco showers, plunge pools and fully stocked wine cabinets, babysitting and private barbecues… all things that make a holiday here relaxing. But wandering goats, wadi canyoning, and snorkelling off the beach or exploring the mountains with your kids – these are the things that make a holiday here unforgettable.

Smith & Family

We loved the ‘barefoot rusticity’ of this village-like hotel. Only a two-hour drive from Dubai and we were in a remote, stunning bay where we could chill or be active. Splendid.

Six Senses have finessed that rare formula where families can relax or enjoy activities together, with enough space for ma and pa or moody teenagers to strike out on their own. Our kids reckon they’ll never forget the moonlit kayaking – even if we did nearly sink and we got very wet – and we adored our afternoon snorkelling on our own in a private bay.

Lots and lots of fun would be had, and then we would escape to our own little paradise, be it romping in the pool (Imogen), rock climbing (Luke), body-boarding (Richard) or just sitting on a glorious beach reading a good book (me). And I am really glad I didn’t have to try the arrival by paragliding. For once I was glad the weather wasn’t perfect.


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