Private overnight voyages along Oman’s Musandam

Recently refurbished Dhahab from Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay takes to the seas for its latest out-of-the-ordinary escapade. The recently refurbished Dhahab – meaning gold in Arabic – now offers one- or two-night voyages for the ultimate sea-hotel adventure.

Guests can discover the coastline and fjords of the Musandam (also known as the Norway of the Middle East) with close friends or family aboard a traditional, hand-crafted Omani dhow. Once used by traders on epic voyages across the high seas, today, the dhow sets sail to the less-discovered side of Oman.

From mornings exploring quaint fishing villages unaffected by the passing of time to afternoons cruising azure waters boasting some of the world’s most famous diving sites and evenings watching the sunset flicker over the Hajar Mountains, there’s never a dull moment on board. The 27.5 metre vessel features three bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms to accommodate up to six people.

Paddle through the azure waters off the Dhahab in the Gulf of Oman

The experience would not be complete without enjoying sumptuous meals from a menu specially crafted by a private chef, who can also customise meals to individual requests or dietary requirements. In line with the ‘Eat With Six Senses’ philosophy, meals are prepared from locally sourced organic produce, incorporating fresh catch of the day. Morning and afternoon snacks are always available, along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“Guests who prefer above-water activities can tour the fjords in kayaks (both single and twin), snorkel, hand-line fish, or perfect their tubing skills,” says Andrew Spearman, General Manager, Six Senses Zighy Bay. “A selection of spa treatments by seasoned Six Senses Spa therapists, as well as fitness and morning yoga classes, can also be arranged on board the Dhahab. Guests can even delve into local culinary traditions with a cooking class.”

The voyage glides along the waters of Haffa, Sanna’t, Lima, Charia, and Hamra, taking in the arresting beauty of the underwater world first-hand, with tailor-made dive experiences to explore the colourful corals and sea creatures for novices and experts alike.

Bespoke experiences such as morning yoga classes can be arranged onboard the Dhahab

A Dhahab experience, including all meals and soft beverages, is priced from US$2,250 per person per night. Overnight Dhabab boat rental and crew without inclusions is priced from US$1,166 per person per night.

Six Senses Zighy Bay has also recently launched the ‘Stay and Cruise’ offer, starting at US$7,250 per person. This includes four nights in the resort’s Pool Villa, daily breakfast at Spice Market, and one night on the Dhabab cruise. As part of the package, guests will enjoy a private chef on board, with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and soft drinks included, alongside non-motorized water sports at no extra charge.

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