Zighy Bay is the Oman’s latest luxury offering. But, asks Sarah Barrell, will guests get any sense of the country it’s in?
Oman: it’s the big buzz. This sultanate on the Arabian Peninsula is the current travel hot spot, yet few people really know much about it. A trip to Six Senses Hideaway, Zighy Bay – the latest in a new generation of high-end hotels crowning Oman’s pristine northern coast – while blissful, won’t do much to enlighten you either.
This self-proclaimed “hideaway”, a two-hour dusty drive from Dubai – or five from the Omani capital, Muscat – sells itself on being remote. Sitting on the tip of the Musandam Peninsula, an exclave of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates, the hotel is further cut off from civilisation by the near-impenetrable Hajar mountains, from which guests can paraglide 1,600ft down to check in.