Located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, Zighy Bay is nicknamed the Norway of Arabia for its fjord-like landscape of rolling cliffs and flawless sandy bays. It's a great place to relax and to find thrilling adventures.
Spend time rock climbing in the mountains, take a private boat cruise in the emerald Gulf of Oman, or go on a 4x4 trip over the Sabatyn plateau to a historic abandoned village. Of course, you'll also want to spend time relaxing on the immaculate beach. It's a broad paint stroke of fine white sand lapped by opal waters sheltered from the elements by rising craggy mountains.
Be sure to stop by the indulgent spa with its innovative and ancient holistic treatments. Try a 60-minute hammam ritual for an invigorating experience that includes a black soap cleanse and full body exfoliation followed by traditional stretching.
You can even spend a day in the City of Gold, Dubai. A pleasant two-hour drive away, or a short 50-minute journey by private seaplane, Dubai offers an ultra-modern, futuristic cityscape. Explore major attractions like the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, and Palm Jumeirah, a palm-shaped artificial archipelago. Dubai is also renowned for some of the world's best shopping experiences with vast complexes such as The Dubai Mall.
Zighy Bay experiences hot weather with average temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year. From May to August, expect highs of 40 degrees Celsius with accompanying humidity. A popular time to visit is from November to April when the days are typically cooler.
The best time to spot whale sharks is between January and March when they're migrating from the southern bay of Oman to the Straits of Hormuz. If you like fishing, then try March to April, it's a great time to catch huge tuna fish.
You can expect some of the finest dining on your luxury Zighy Bay getaway. Enjoy traditional Arabic delicacies prepared by expert chefs and a brilliant variety of international dishes. Be sure to taste the famous Blackmore Wagyu beef burger, one of the world's best burgers made with award-winning beef.
Experience Bedouin-style dining on the beach, or dine in a mountaintop restaurant that offers a gourmet a la carte menu with spectacular views. Sample organic cocktails and try a wine tasting with advice from a master sommelier.
As with any holiday, it's good practice to carry some identification with you and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British nationals need a visa to visit Zighy Bay, Oman and should apply for an e-visa before travelling. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.