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Six Senses Experiences

Taking to the Skies

There is a peace that comes with breathing in fresh air and beautiful bird’s eye views from above. Gliding the thermals can offer mental benefits similar to those of meditation along with a sense of complete freedom.

It may be unnerving to be told to run towards the edge of a cliff and jump off, but it is certainly liberating, and perfectly safe when strapped to an experienced pilot. It is also the best way to arrive in style at the check-in reception at Six Senses Zighy Bay on Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Taking off from the top of Zighy Mountain next to the resort’s signature dining venue Sense on the Edge, the pilot will fly from 960 feet (290 meters) and draw gentle eights in the sky, right and left, following the current and wind flow.

Taking to the Skies

During the 15-minute flight you’ll have time to soak up the drama of the Al Hajar Mountains, ancient fishing villages and expansive Gulf of Oman before gently descending towards a soft landing on the sugary sands of Zighy beach below.

Another way to glide the Gulf Stream is in a microlight, which is one of the world’s most maneuverable aircrafts. The pilot takes to the skies above Miam Beach and Dibba and reaches heights of 1,600 feet (480 meters) above sea level.

From the mountains of the Musandam to the snow-capped splendor of the Alps, floating above Courchevel 1850 in a hot air balloon, with Mont Blanc just visible in the distance, is an inspired way to travel.

If the hot air balloon flight is for a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary or a significant birthday, it can be accompanied with a Champagne breakfast at 1,000 feet. That’s because the optimum conditions for flying tend to be at dawn, or ‘Champagne o’clock’. In fact, the tradition of toasting a hot air balloon flight is still very much alive in France today as it was when the first flights took off in the 1780s.

For a sunset view from the sky, the evening helicopter flight rises from Six Senses Uluwatu to see Bali from above, set like jewels in an ocean of green. Rising above the captivating Kintamani volcano and Batur caldera Lake, renowned as Bali’s most famous landmark, you can view Batur's rugged features of dark lava slopes and black molten rocks from the village's roadside. The lush green vegetation and the blue-green colored lake serves as a stark contrast. The flight then bears southwest towards Bali’s famous Kuta Beach and Tanah Lot Temple before turning North to Ubud and its picturesque river valleys and rice paddies. The final leg of the flight returns over the colorful jukung fishing boats of Sanur beach and Serangan island, known principally for housing one of Bali’s six most sacred temples Pura Dalem Sakenan.

There’s also the opportunity to travel back in time, right back to ancient times, with a helicopter thrill ride to three remarkable ruins. Leaving from Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkey the first stop is to Didyma, where the Temple of Apollo is one of the largest temples from the Hellenistic Period. From there it is a quick hop to Miletus to explore the ancient Graeco-Roman theater, built in the 4th century BCE to house over 15,000 spectators. The final stop is Priene, a 2,500 year-old Ionian city, which was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets. Its well-preserved remains are a major source of information about ancient Greek town planning and is also home to an important temple of Athena.

Felicite Seychelles Helicopter service
Courchevel France Courchevel Grand Bec view from Courchevel

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Six Senses Fiji

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Six Senses Residences Courchevel

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Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali

Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley

Turkey

Six Senses Kaplankaya


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