Six Senses Resorts set to branch out in Oman

Six Senses Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to open an exclusive resort in a secluded fishing village on the Sultanate of Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula.

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By  Gemma Hornett Published  June 6, 2006

Six Senses Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to open an exclusive resort in a secluded fishing village on the Sultanate of Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula. Construction work on the Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay is already well underway in preparation for a February 1, 2007 opening. The resort, which is being built in Omani style involving and employing local Omanis, will comprise 85 private pool villas across five categories, from one-bedroom units, to a $10,000-a-night palatial reserve that is “fit for a king”, according to Bernhard Bonhenberger, managing director and chief development officer, Six Senses Resorts & Spas. “The resort will be made from local stone that is used by local Omanis to make their houses. They also build large baskets in the summer where they can sit and keep cool and so every villa will house such a basket in the form of a summer house,” he said. “We feel very strongly that Six Senses is all about giving the savvy traveller an experience and a real essence of where they are.” Guests staying at Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay are guaranteed an “experience” as soon as they approach the resort; they have the choice of arriving by four wheel drive or alternatively they can paraglide with an instructor off the mountain top and down into the bay. The Hideaway will also house a spa featuring six treatment rooms and two traditional hamman rooms built from stone. “The two hamman rooms will be less like Turkish baths and more of a family steam room. Each will have an oven underneath, heating the floor so that when it is flooded with water it creates the steam and guests can scrub themselves,” said Bohenberger. Nine of the villas will also have their own spa pavilion and “other unique spa treatments” are currently being developed, he added.

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