Question. How does a new boss arrive on the job? It would have been tempting for Gauderic Harang, just-appointed GM of Six Senses at Zighy Bay on the Musandam Peninsula of Oman, to have arrived by paraglider. This is, after all, arguably the only eco-resort anywhere that has a final approach over 1,000 metre-high pale-sand-coloured Hajjar mountains, barren here but, not too far away, offering green rainforest areas. Come in by standard four-by-four – or paraglide for momentary, and forever lasting, glory.
Ever since its 2008 opening, this idyllic resort has attracted attention, justifiably. It was established with environmental input from the world’s best, in the form of Costas Christ, now CEO Beyond Green Travel.
With 1.6 kms of private beach, an oasis was designed to emulate the timeless villages that dot inlets along the coastline of this part of Oman. The Zighy Bay inlet is now a flourishing farming area, animals and produce, and a ‘village’ that is in fact two separate areas, one offering housing for 350 agricultural and hospitality workers, and the other hosting the 82-villa resort.
There is a 3,000 square-metre Private Reserve, two floors and five bedrooms, but I favour something more modest, say the 126 square-metre (interior specs) pool villa #54, conveniently near the main block.
Enter the outer courtyard bordered in rush walling, go into what is in effect one long interior, its floor inset big stones separated by concrete. The rush ceiling holds five-black cooling fans. Large screens and faultless WiFi complement the espresso and, thoughtfully, an alternative cafetière, and a filled wine refrigerator. Add a sizeable L-shaped pool, two loungers and dining for four.
Main dining is garden-to-table, and as healthy as you expect from Six Senses: there is also a memorable dinner experience, in the scenic restaurant back atop that mountain pass, with vehicular transport both ways.
Down by the sea, get exercise on your villa’s somewhat-precarious city bikes, possibly not intended for soft sand, or, looking out to sea, in the air-conditioned Technogym fitness room. And if you have time, arrange a boat trip to some of the nearby inlets, to explore real ‘villages’ and the fjords for which Musandam is becoming increasingly well known.