Oman’s capital is liberally doused in heritage, the landscape dappled with hilltop forts and ancient souks. Everything is low-rise, maintaining the impression that you’ve entered into a distant Arabian realm. With the Lonely Planet and New York Times singing the city’s praises, Muscat is rapidly growing into one of the Middle East’s must-see destinations. Seawings has recently been awarded permissions to land seaplanes at Muscat International Airport, creating direct and flexible air transfers from the UAE to Oman’s beguiling capital.
Travelling by seaplane doesn’t just offer the stunning aerial views, it’s the quickest and most exclusive way to transfer to Six Senses Zighy Bay. Take off from the Dubai Creek and watch the traditional dhows get smaller as you rise above the Arabian Gulf. Then fly beside monuments like the Burj Khalifa. The desert’s hazy colours extend to one side while the calm waters of the gulf softly waver from the broad viewing windows. The pilot ascends and you sweep over the exquisite Hajjar Mountains, admiring the rugged peaks that stand like sentinels in the desert. Enjoy a thrilling water landing besides an enchanting village on the East Coast, where a private chauffeur picks you up for a scenic drive through Dibba Fishing Port to the Zighy Bay Resort and Spa. Spend a night or more at the resort or settle into one of their traditional Omani-style pool villas, where the tranquility is complimented by the elegance of Oman hospitality. Activities like paragliding, mountain biking and water skiing are available at the resort.