Enfolded by an amphitheatre of honey-coloured mountains, this award-winning resort sits on an immaculate crescent of white sand beside sea the colour of lapis and opal. The location is truly the stuff of dreams, and – this being a Six Senses place – considerable thought has gone into preserving the natural feel of the location. Interlaced by sandy paths, the stone-clad villas come in a variety of sizes (including dinky duplexes with extra living space and bedrooms). Most have their own plunge pools and private sun terraces. Go for one on the east side of the property for uninterrupted ocean vistas at sunrise.
Delicious local delicacies such as organic, sand-oven-baked lamb and locally caught fish in tahini and lemon sauce are served in a gourmet restaurant by romantic lantern-light in the evenings, under the starriest skies imaginable. Because Zighy is far flung: the nearest airport is in Dubai, a two-hour drive away. The payoff is zero light pollution, no traffic noise and crystal clear sea water that’s perfect for snorkelling and diving. Other activities for the restless include dhow cruises, hiking, mountain biking and a silent, al fresco ‘headphone cinema’ on the beach.