Paragliding into Paradise

As a rush of air lifted our paraglider off the rugged, 1,500-foot cliff, my feet were moving so fast I had no time to think about whether my decision to do this was good or bad. Once airborne, I settled into a sort of strappy jump seat and left my life in the hands of the professional paraglider pilot.

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The scenery was breathtaking, the ride thrilling. Like a giant eagle, we soared with every up and down wind draft and flew effortlessly through the skies above the Gulf of Oman.

This – flying under a nylon sheet – is how I arrived at one of the world’s most luxurious wellness centers. Our bags were transported separately for us as we glided onto the premises of Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman.

It may seem odd to travel 7,500 miles from home to visit a wellness center in the Middle East, but don’t be quick to dismiss the beauty of this vast land and the treatment of cleansing your soul. This unlikely paradise on a desert coast remains a safe destination for travelers.

As I paddle-boarded on the calm gulf waters each day, my mind drifted to thinking, “If this is heaven, let me in.”

Most visitors to this region are residents from Dubai and/or adventure seekers. The Six Senses chain is known for its architecture and sustainable resorts offering ultimate privacy for guests. My beach fortress, complete with private pool, was simply stunning. A personalized choice of pillow, sheets and natural aromatic sleeping scents are all part of the glorious daily experience.

My days began with yummy watermelon juice or any freshly squeezed juice imaginable, followed by a wide variety of mouth-watering cuisines. Yoga, stretching, a massage by a skilled masseuse, and then off to enjoy the water sports … Let’s be serious, who wouldn’t love this?

The setting of this wellness center is truly beautiful. I took advantage of going out on their private yacht to snorkel in and around beautiful coves. We caught our own fish for dinner that evening. How perfect is this, especially when prepared by a fine chef? We saw no other boats or people. This is a place for the rich and famous to escape.

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Gated entry to my private villa with pool at Six Senses resort, Oman

As I departed this heavenly retreat, I left with a better understanding of why wellness centers are a travel destination for many. I arrived without knowing what to expect; somehow, having no expectations can lead to the greatest experiences. This adventure was exactly that.

My wanderlust to travel is a thirst to seek the unusual, so that I can have the knowledge to provide my clients with the best experience their travel investment can provide. If that means I must paraglide into a five-star resort, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make! Contact me – we’ll go places. www.adventureartisans.com