Need To Know
82, including 20 suites, private villas, 2 Private Retreats and a Private Reserve.
12 noon (flexible, subject to availability and a 50 per cent charge up to 6pm); earliest check-in, 2pm. Guests arriving early or leaving late are welcome to use all the resort's facilities, including the spa and a day-use villa for freshening up.
Double rooms from $661.00, excluding tax at 17.4 per cent. ⓘ
Breakfast is extra (a fantastic buffet breakfast at USD35 a person excluding tax).
Most public areas are wheelchair accessible (although paths between are sand and stone); the spacious one-bedroom villas are all on one level and best suited to the elderly or less mobile.
The hotel's restaurant Sense on the Edge will be closed during Ramadan (6 June–5 July 2016). It will reopen for Eid-al-Fitr on 5 July 2016.
At the hotel
Beach with watersports and dive centre; spa with hammam, sauna and gym; personal training; tennis courts; library of books, CDs and DVDs; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, pre-loaded iPod and dock; well-stocked minibar and wine chiller, free water, espresso machine, kettle, slippers and bathrobes, alfresco showers, in-room treatments.
Our favourite rooms
Laid out like a traditional Omani village, individual stone-walled dwellings house standalone villas and suites. Every villa has a private plunge pool with sunloungers, a terrace with dining area, private sand 'garden' and shady outdoor majlis (seating area) and an outdoor shower. Pick of the bunch are the sunrise-facing beachfront villas, with uninterrupted sea views and only a few sandy footsteps between you and the water. Add 'Spa' to your room name and you'll get a private treatment room; add 'Suite', and the bedroom and living room are separate, with two bathrooms and two outdoor showers. Add 'Zighy', and you're going up in the world: these duplex villas have an extra bedroom and living space on the upper floor – Zighy Pool Villa Suites also have dining rooms and balconies. For total indulgence, the Retreats are huge two-bedroom villas on two floors, with large pools, and a fitted kitchen leading onto a small third bedroom for a butler or nanny.
The freeform infinity-edged pool winds down towards the sea, with plenty of palm-shaded loungers (and the occasional mountain goat) reflected in its surface. Staff are at your beck and call for snacks, drinks and cooling sorbets. There's also a saltwater swimming pool with Roman steps and a swim-round island.
Loose, long linens; Bond girl bikinis; sturdier swimwear for watersports; things containing Lycra (for mountain biking, canyoning, rock climbing, and overeating).
'Minibar' doesn't do it justice: your room is kitted out with a mini wine cellar, half-litre bottles of premium spirits, fruit juices, beers and soft drinks, as well as an array of snack-happy treats.
Welcome. Under-6s stay free in parents' rooms; extra beds for kids aged 7–12 cost US$35 a night (US$100 for over-12s); there are fantastic children’s menus, activities galore and babysitting is available from US$15 an hour.
Six Senses is committed to sustainability, and has an admirable policy of supporting the community by working with local charities and schools. It has been involved in the creation of a protected marine area, to raise awareness of the Musandam peninsula's unique eco-system. There's an organic kitchen garden onsite, and, best of all, it eschews the import of trendy H2Os, makes its own mineral water with a crystal plant, and donates 1 rial from each sale to its social responsibility fund.