Begin your journey in Dubai, a city synonymous with opulence, before traveling to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Oman. Float above the Dubai desert in a hot air balloon and enjoy a multi-course dinner at a Bedouin camp. Sail down the Dubai creek on a private dhow dinner cruise and admire the city’s skyline. Cross the border into Oman’s Musandam Peninsula and spend 4 nights in utter relaxation at Zighy Bay, a gorgeous remote resort bordered by mountains and brilliant turquoise water. Sip cocktails, dine on Arabian delicacies, and enjoy an array of resort activities amidst Oman’s natural beauty.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Flight of the Falcons: As you rise over Dubai's desert in a hot air balloon, travelers will be joined by a falcon and its trainer. From a bird's eye view, observe the creature soar over the dunes, then dive for prey.
• Desert Safari: The unique wildlife of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the UAE's first national park, ranges from reptiles such as snakes and skinks, to mammals such as oryxes and caracals.
• Zighy Bay: The peninsula of Musandam, located on the Strait of Hormuz separating the Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman, is known for kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, and even sightings of whale sharks between January and March.
Upon arrival in Dubai, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in and relax after your journey. In the late afternoon, travel into the desert aboard your open-roof vintage Land Rover, a mode of transport used extensively in 1950’s desert expeditions Tonight, enjoy a traditional Arabic dinner at a desert camp set in the midst of the rolling dunes. Head through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on an African-style wildlife safari, looking out for Arabian gazelles and Oryx, and then stop in a Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a private royal retreat. Enjoy an Arabic coffee and sit back to watch dancers performing to traditional Emirati music, or perhaps get a henna tattoo, smoke a shisha pipe (Arabic water pipe) or even try the traditional mode of Bedouin transport — a camel.
This morning, take to the skies in a hot air balloon and soar over the Dubai desert accompanied by one of the world’s fastest animals: the falcon. When the balloon reaches a certain height, watch the impressive falcon dive and swoop in the air before returning to its trainer. Relax this afternoon and indulge in a spa treatment, if you wish. We recommend touring the city this afternoon or embarking on a shopping excursion with a guide and chauffeur. Visit modern Dubai landmarks, including the magnificent Burj Khalifa, and explore the Bastakiya area, a historic neighborhood founded in the late 19th century. If shopping is of interest, browse Dubai’s colorful souks, including Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Perfume Souk, and stop to visit the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world with over 1,000 shops. In the evening, set off on a private dhow dinner cruise along the Dubai Creek, a natural inlet that was once the center of trade. Enjoy Dubai from a unique perspective as you dine on the water with the glittering city skyline as your backdrop.
After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to Oman through the Corniche-Dibba Oman Border crossing. Check into Zighy Bay, a stunning resort on the northern Musandam Peninsula, and relax. Should you wish to take a break from basking in the sun, the resort offers a holistic spa and a wide range of activities. We recommend embarking on one of the resort’s boats for a romantic sunset cruise with sparkling date juice and canapés.
Relax at your resort today. Feeling adventurous? We recommend a whale shark watching cruise. Known as the largest fish in the sea, these gentle creatures can be found near Zighy Bay from January to March. If you wish, experience a guided tour of Dibba-Al-Baia, a local town, or go sea kayaking along the coastline at sunset and explore secluded bays.
Spend the day as you wish. We suggest an outdoor rock climbing adventure, where you will be educated on climbing techniques, belaying, and climbing knots. Or, opt to go on a guided hiking excursion around the area.
Relax at your resort today. We recommend a half day dhow cruise around Musandam Peninsula with snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Enjoy sparkling date juice and a gourmet lunch before returning to Zighy Bay for your last night.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Dubai airport for your onward flight.
Designed with typical Armani flair and set in the heart of downtown Dubai, The Armani Hotel Dubai is one of the city’s most chic addresses and a must for fashion-conscious travelers. The hotel has 160 beautifully designed rooms and suites, some designed by Giorgio Armani himself and many offering incredible views of the city, with personal Lifestyle Managers on hand to make sure your stay goes smoothly. The hotel also has as many as seven restaurants and lounges offering Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and lavish cocktails, the opulent Armani Spa & Fitness Centre, and an ultra-luxe retail area.
Enjoying a spectacularly isolated location on the northernmost tip of Oman, this award-winning resort combines a superb coastal position alongside an exciting mountain backdrop towards the south, truly delivering the best of both worlds. This means you can wake up and head out for a swim or sunbathe on the beach, then take full advantage of the wealth of activities available inland, such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing - or even take a microlight flight! The range of 82 villas and suites are just as impressive as the location, each providing a private plunge pool, terrace, dining area and outside shower. Villas here are arranged to mimic a traditional Omani village, and the chunky stone walls help to keep things cool, as well as air conditioning throughout. For more space for swimming, head to the resort’s freeform infinity edge pool which overlooks the ocean horizon and has ample sun loungers for a relaxing poolside with refreshment in-hand. For dining, you don’t have to venture too far either. Zighy Bay’s signature restaurant is perched atop the rocky hill overlooking the resort and serves traditional dishes with a modern, creative twist.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation with daily breakfast, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, sunrise hot air balloon experience and evening safari experience. Any flights and optional special activities at will be quoted separately. Personal expenses, including dinners, resort activities at Six Senses Zighy Bay, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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