Six Senses Zil Pasyon
What We Love
- Unplugging on a paradisiacal private island in the Seychelles
- Guest Experience Makers, or butlers, assigned to each villa
- An oceanfront yoga and meditation pavilion at the spa offering private and group sessions
- Exploring the area’s pristine underwater world
What To Know
- The hotel is 30 nautical miles northeast of the nearest airport on the main island of Mahé
- While most guests are flown in from the airport in a helicopter, the property is also accessible by ferry via nearby Praslin Island
- Free WiFi
- The resort is family-friendly, with weekly activities and nanny services
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
Located on Félicité Island, a private paradise of massive boulders, white-sand beaches, and lush tropical foliage, this luxury resort does a fine job at respecting its pristine surroundings and the region’s vernacular architecture without sacrificing refinement. Thatched roofs, a mix of dark and light woods, woven furnishings, and a neutral palette enlivened by candy-colored details help set a relaxed atmosphere. While it’s perfectly possible to while the day away in your villa—what with its private infinity pool, stocked mini-bar, bluetooth Marshall speaker, and nearly every other modern amenity known to man—much of life at the resort unfolds at a series of stylishly appointed common areas. Island Cafe, the main dining venue offering a fusion of European, Asian, and African flavors, is set under a wide pitched roof but otherwise completely open to the outdoors. The best place to sit is at a series of tables flanked by pillowed benches, where guests can sit back and enjoy the sea views. Steps away is the pool deck, covered in rustic blond wood and perched right over the beach, with a row of woven beds that hang hammock-style over the sand. A small pool bar delivers signature cocktails made with house-infused rums. Elsewhere, there’s a seafood restaurant offering local fish and organic vegetables, a chef’s kitchen doling out made-to-order dishes, a wine vault, an honesty bar lined with vintage-style rum barrels, a boutique and a library. All you need is to turn off your phone and put away your wrist watch.
In the Area
There’s plenty to do in and around Félicité Island, including hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, world-class scuba diving, catamaran sailing and fishing using traditional hand lines. But it’s well worth exploring the archipelago that lies beyond. Nearby is the relatively large Praslin Island, known for the Unesco World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai, a nature reserve where the rare coco de mer palm grows in its natural state. The island is also a bird-watching hotspot, with frequent sightings of Seychelles bulbuls, blue pigeons, warblers, and the endangered black parrot. On the northwestern tip, there’s Anse Lazio, reputedly the world’s most beautiful beach. Smaller La Digue, only 10 minutes away from Félicité, is home to giant turtles, rare birds like the black paradise flycatcher, and Anse Source d’Argent beach, where crystalline (albeit shallow) waters and powdery sand make for great photo-ops. Stay for lunch or cocktails at the charmingly rustic Chez Jules.
How to Get There
My husband and I recently visited this resort as one of our honeymoon destinations, and stayed for 7 nights. We have always stayed in relatively luxurious resorts, but never quite at £2k per night. We had booked this resort hoping that the price point would mean an absolutely exceptional experience. However, this was not quite the case - To start with the things that went wrong:
1. Despite the price point and the fact that we selected the full board option, various items were not included such as the minibar, coconut water (during certain times) and all alcohol and beverages. The items that were not included were overpriced. A number of items that would be, particularly in resorts of this calibre, free of charge, were charged, such as laundry, mini bar items, etc. No notices or information is given on this in the room either, so you literally have to guess on whether things are going to be charged.
2. When we landed in Praslin at around
6pm, the other people on our flight were picked up immediately, but we waited over 30 minutes for a hotel representative to pick us up. No apologies were given for this delay. We would’ve expected a hotel to send someone earlier and be there waiting for us when we arrive.
3. On the first day we decided to go to the main pool to relax, and when we got there, there were no towels by the pool, no staff around to order drinks, and you had to go and find someone if you wanted one. It then started to rain so we decided to sit in the restaurant. My husband and I threw on some clothes quickly, but since I was soaking wet I only put on my trousers and wore just my bikini top. We sat in the restaurant for at least 30 minutes until someone served us. They then took our orders and then after about another 20 minutes or so the waitress came back and said that “normally they don’t allow people to not wear tops in the restaurant, but she’ll make an exception” - we felt that this was really invasive and awkward as firstly, it’s a restaurant literally at the pool, with no other options for casual poolside dining, secondly, there was no one else in the restaurant so she really didn’t need to mention that she was making an exception, and lastly, there were absolutely no signs up anywhere mentioning this. I then told her to cancel our order and we went up to the room to dine. News spread quickly of this incident and the restaurant manager came to our room to “confront” us about it - I explained what happened but he silenced me when I told him what the waitress had told me. No apology was given by him or our guest experience manager (or GEM, as they are referred to).
4. On the third day we went to a Creole night at the restaurant, and my husband had the lobster and prawns. Everything was fine until later in the night he woke up violently ill. The next morning the nurse had to be called to give him medicine and electrolytes. Again, after this incident, news spread fast but, as before, our GEM, the restaurant manager, chef and the hotel manager all acknowledged the incident, but no apology given.
5. The final straw came on the last day when we were checking out. I had packed the beach bag we had been using for the entire trip and which had been given to us - it was presented as though it was a gift, and certainly we had been given these before as gifts at other resorts, but when it came to checkout our GEM wanted us to pay ~£30 for it!! A hessian bag that I wouldn’t even have paid £10 for if it was new!!! The GEM was very surprised when I then went to my suitcase to dig out the bag and hand it to him. This left a very bitter taste in our mouths indeed.
Despite all this, the hotel was still lovely: a great room, lovely staff (however clueless, and with very poor management), absolutely breathtaking location. With all these wonderful natural assets and location you would expect more to be done to make this absolutely memorable. Our take away of this resort was that the little things do count, and that despite location etc. if it doesn’t have the crucial little things such as making sure you have drinks and towels by pool, fresh soap in room when old one runs out, prompt service at restaurant, management presence, apologies for things done below standard, etc. then it detracts from the overall experience of what can be absolutely spectacular. This all boils down to very poor management, lack of manager presence and poor communication. We saw this shine through most noticeably when we had at least 5 waiters serving us on every given meal, or none at all! The chaos is very obvious.
Ultimately our advice is that you can enjoy this hotel if customer service isn’t such a priority.
We just left today after a 5 night stay for part of our honeymoon. It was beyond our wildest expectations.
This was the second Six Senses resort we’ve visited. We absolutely loved the first one in Portugal but Félicité even blew that away.
Arrival- we came from a few nights on Mahé. You can either take a helicopter or the ferry. Most resorts on Mahé are over
:30 minutes from the airport and an additional 7km to the ferry dock. We went with the ferry (catamaran) and private transfer boat because we were taking an extended vacation and the helicopter was a little pricey at $2000 round trip per person. Although that would have lended a Fantasy Island-type element to the trip, (and only been about 25 minutes from the airport) the cost of the ferry was less than 1/4 of the helicopter and took about 2 hours with waiting time. I thought it was fun and the guys who pick you up on the SS boat are super friendly.
Upon arrival at the dock, there are several staff, including your GEM (your personal host) and the GM to greet you and give you cold towels and drinks. The whole experience is ultra polished and accomplished the desired effect of making us feel transported and special.
Villa- we had an ocean view villa (28) which had perfect views of the sunset. I think we must have taken 100s of pictures and have to sort for the best ones. There are ocean view villas with sunrise views on the other side of the island and the ones in the middle have the widest beach view but also have the charter boats who anchor near the island nearest by so depending on your level of need for complete privacy you may want to take that into consideration. (See the complaints about that in some reviews)
Hearing the ocean from our deck was so relaxing. We made a ton of use of our little pool which directly overlooked the water. We also spent considerable time on the outdoor daybed in the shade, just looking at the beautiful view. The villas are spacious and although designed with a barefoot luxury aesthetic, are incredibly thoughtful. There is a separate his and her closet area with tons of room to hang everything. The bathroom is enormous and has a sink on either side and a separate door for the Japanese-style toilet which has some amusing options. The bathroom also has a 2 person swing overlooking a bathtub sitting at a huge picture window that overlooks the ocean. The shower has a rainfall head and a regular shower nozzle so you can pick. The towels and robes are thin but quality cotton appropriate for the hot and humid climate. The one thing lacking in the bathroom was adequate lighting for makeup but it was fine. There are no outlets but the closet area has a vanity with a plug to dry your hair.
The main area has a sofa and large flatscreen tv that you can tilt to your location. They provide you with coconut macaroons and nuts plus a pay per mini bar. The bed is a comfortable king with nice linens, feather duvet, and a mosquito net which either a fun decoration or practical if you choose to open up the full wall facing the ocean. We never did as it was just too humid and it was much more comfortable to leave the AC on inside. A quality Bluetooth indoor/outdoor speaker is provided so you can play your own music and the internet works well enough to stream it. There are tiny green geckos all over. They don’t bother you and are cute. There are also fruit bats flying overhead which are very cool to see.
Dining- the first few days we barely left the villa. Being that it was our honeymoon we weren’t as social as we normally are. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can all be delivered and they are well-equipped to set up up beautifully. Most meals we are outside at the table beside the pool. We did the full-board package which includes a starter, main, and dessert for every meal. Everything is on the expensive side so just go for it and don’t even think about it. I think there might also be an all-inclusive option which includes drinks too but this didn’t seem to be offered when we booked. Pro-tip- at duty free, you can bring in 2 bottles of wine and one bottle of liquor per person from duty free. There is a duty free after you land in Mahé and a giant one in Dubai if you stop there first. The food is shockingly good. Seafood is a must. Chef Yusuf had a cooking class and my husband and I were the only ones there. A shame because his octopus curry was delicious and probably not something I would have went for otherwise. We also went to his lobster night which was supplemental to the meal plan and probably our favorite thing. Best lobster meat ever- different than what we get in the northeast. We also just really loved Yusuf in general. A gentle and kind soul.
The ocean view restaurant is right on the water and I preferred that to the main one when we chose to actually leave our room.
Honeymoon- We got the honeymoon amenities which included a bottle of champagne, a couples massage, and sunset drinks. The first night there, they lead us to a little private deck area on the water and we had a bottle of Champagne while we watched the sunset. It was stunning.
Spa- the most beautiful spa setting I’ve ever seen. Overlooking the water, trees, rocks, and little Wooden footbridges that lead you to a pool right above the ocean. Massages were great. Super relaxing, choice of oils, etc. There is a relaxation room to hang out in after which is made for Instagram.
Staff- our GEM, Vera, was excellent. She was there when you needed her, disappeared when you wanted to be alone, and basically could read our minds. Ultra efficient and remembered everything we liked or asked for. Very cute personality and we were happy to be around her. Everyone who works there is so pleasant and makes you feel so welcome. I think this is one of the most memorable parts of this resort.
Activities- As I said, we came here mostly to chill out but we did want to have a few experiences. We loved all the activities they had. We went snorkeling and saw everything from small (harmless) sharks to needle fish and small tropical fish. Tons of coral but unfortunately it’s bleached from warm water. Once a week they have a guided snorkel where they point out different sea life. We took the boat to La Digue and rented bikes to ride around the scenic island and to see the giant tortoises. Definitely worth the trip. We also did an early morning guided hike to the top of the hill where we saw cinnamon trees, vanilla plants, coco de mer trees, and many other flowers and fruit trees. I thought it was a nature walk but it turned out to be more of a hike with some level of difficulty. We needed to burn off some calories!
The beach- the water is gorgeous but the beaches are very small and the water is rocky and has lots of coral. Bring water shoes if you want to go in. There are plenty of spots that are secluded.
The crowd- subdued, well-mannered. This isn’t a party resort. Aside from all of the above you are paying for the exclusivity and it’s worth every penny.
We had a day out on a boat from Mahe island and we were recommended to visit newly open Six senses (well relevantly new, been open for 3 years). First impression wasn’t the best, it just felt smth was missing. We went to have lunch and chef Christian greeted us. From there on everything was just spot on. We had lovely lunch at their beach bar, fresh tuna ceviche and calamari were just wonderful. Straight from the ocean! We were then offered the resort tour and we just loved it. Big spacious villas, and just amazing looking spa. Beaches are amazing and we had snorkelling at their resort; the reef is so beautiful with so many colourful fish and you spend hours enjoying it. Will defo give it a go and stay next time for couple of nights.