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Grand Openings: Two for Six

Jennifer Hall

Visitors to the new Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay resort in Oman can arrive by boat or Land Rover—or paraglider. The beach retreat, which opened in April 2008 on a secluded inlet 75 miles northeast of downtown Dubai, employs professional paragliders who escort new arrivals to the property from a peak in the al-Hajar mountain range. A nearby fishing village inspired the design of Zighy Bay, where boxy, stacked-stone structures ornamented with date-palm branches house 79 pool villas, three specialty suites, two hammams, and a Six Senses spa.

Four full-fledged spas await guests at the new Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket, which is located just off Phuket on Thailand’s Naka Yai island. Open since July, the property embraces the Six Senses chain’s eco-conscious philosophy with edible planting that is incorporated into the "fishetarian" and raw cuisine. Nightly rates include meals, two spa treatments per guest per day, and one wellness consultation. Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket, +66.76.371.400, www.sixsenses.com ($2,476–$18,768); Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, +968.26735.555 ($900–$15,000)

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