Resorts in Oman have a reputation for being over-the-top, but when it comes to arrivals, the beachfront Six Senses Zighy Bay really goes above and beyond. Rather than pulling up to the hotel’s lobby or one of the 82 villas, the driver of your airport transfer will escort you to a 962-foot ledge on Zighy Mountain. There, you’ll hook up with a paragliding guide, ride tandem over the edge, and soar through the air above the Gulf of Oman to make a grand, James Bond–like entrance. A staff member with a welcome drink will be waiting to lead you to your decked-out villa, built in the style of an indigenous Omani abode with a private pool. Those with a fear of heights can still enjoy the panoramic views from the Sense on the Edge restaurant’s mountainside perch, or expand their horizons on a dhow cruise through the spectacular fjords of the Musandam Peninsula (known as the Norway of the Middle East). When you’re ready to make your exit, a speedboat provides an equally glam action-movie departure.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Tel: 968 26735 555
Rooms from $1,300 per night; paragliding arrival is $180 per person.