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
From the moment my husband and I stepped on this gorgeous island I could tell it was going to be something special.
We arrived very early to the resort and our room was not ready yet, they had a cute little studio room set up for us to change, shower, or nap, which we thought was a nice touch. We chose to change and go straight to the main pool. The beauty of this resort is the room villas are insanely big so most guests do not leave their villas, which leaves the pools and hammocks unoccupied and still giving you a tremendous sense of privacy even in the common areas of the resort.
Once we got to the room, we were in awe of the views and room layout. Truly one of the best villas we have every stayed in. All the rooms have the same floor plan the only things that differ are the views from each villa.
We chose to start most of our days with yoga at the breathtakingly spa, situated in between massive rocks, utilizing the natural flow of the island for its main decor. We would then have breakfast on our balcony, then leisurely lounge or swim. Exactly how we like to vacation!
The food and beverages were impeccable. From the spread at breakfast to the fresh catch for lunch, we enjoyed every single meal. And highly recommend visiting the wine cellar, Lucas showed us a good time and great stories!
Lastly, special shoutout to our GEM Gary. He seemed to always find us with perfect timing and great suggestions. During our honeymoon in the Maldives, we had a very pushy Butler who tried to up-sell us every time we saw him and we couldn’t wait to shake him. Gary’s service was perfection!! It was a sad day leaving this gorgeous paradise but even as you depart the great staff is there to say farewell and make your next leg of your journey as seamless as possible. I know we’ll be back someday, and we don’t hotel repeat very often.
It’s now been months since our vacation and I’m still day dreaming about this paradise. My husband and I toured a few other high end resorts through out Mahe and Praslin and hands down nothing compares to six sense!
Thank You Hilton, Gary, Lucas and the rest of Six Sense team!! This place is truly paradise perfection!
Our stay at Six Senses was exceptional. The accommodations, restaurant, spa and facilities were all beautiful and above expectations. But most of all it was the incredible staff that really made our stay special. Every person we met was kind, friendly, professional and caring. Our GEM Karen was absolutely amazing - she went above and beyond to make our honeymoon special. Karen had champagne and a kind message waiting for us in our room (it was our honeymoon), and even organized a special sunset champagne toast toward the end of our stay. On our first day, I managed to get a sunburn which became quite uncomfortable - without me even making a request, Karen brought aloe vera from the spa that I could use to heal the burn. On top of that, my wife forgot her hairbrush and Karen was able to procure a new brush from the main island (because the shop on the property did not have one available for sale). It truly was a type of customer service that we had never experienced before.
The food at Six Senses was delicious, especially the breakfast! We enjoyed meals at the Island Cafe and the Ocean Kitchen, which provided great variety and extremely fresh meals. The overall food experience was also above and beyond our expectations, and the restaurant staff and bartenders were friendly, attentive and courteous.
After staying at the Six Sense in Vietnam last year, our hopes were to have a similar experience in the Seychelles
We were not disappointed
The newness of the resort is evident in the quality of the villas, the improved technology etc. But the fundamental ethos of Six Sense is very much the same. Fantastic service from every member of staff, amazing villas, beautiful scenery and beaches, excellent snorkeling. Big mention for our Gem Ahmed, he made sure everything was perfect. Thank you all :)
We are a Swiss Family with 3 kids (17/15/11) and spent 5 wonderful nights here in paradise. The staff is great and extremely friendly, the food is fantastic, the island like in jurassic park except for the (missing) dinosaurs. Our GEM Vera took care of all our wishes an Penny as the responsible person of the children activities was just so great, that our youngest boy wanted to take part in EVERY activity. That he also made a friend from Germany was only the sugar on the cake. Thanks to all the Six Senses staff for this great vacation - the best we ever had!
What I loved most about Six Sense's resort Zil Pasyon was the privacy they give you during your stay. You feel like you are stranded on a desserted island, yet pampered and taken care of.
Getting there is an adventure! Like most Six senses resorts it takes time, lots of energy and all types of transportation to arrive but once you do, you feel blessed to be in this far-most, known-to-few-people place. Totally conditioned for your escape from real world. Apart from being very hard to reach, it is very expensive as well but totally worth it!!!
The spa there is one of the most remarkable creations of the human being I have seen. It is a maze of nature's challenges and the human imagination. Each cabin has its own name based on its location and characteristics.
The villas are piece of art indeed. Six senses have considered the high tech world we live in, yet you feel immersed in a game of light, wood and stone. There is a swing in the bathroom which brings back memories from your childhood. The toilet seat has everything you need to even have your morning coffee there.
The deatils in the villa are what makes it unforgettable...there is a wooden flipping coin with the signs: Breakfast in bed or Breakfast at the restaurant. Those little details make you smile in the morning! I also enjoyed the welcoming coconut biscuits and champagne upon our arrival.
For me food is very important! There isn't much variety if you are staying for many days, but the quality of the food is at a very high level. I loved the morning juices, the herbs from the local, organic garden and the fresh mango, which is sweeter if the tree is further from the sea.
The staff is friendly, but still sometimes distracted. They do try to make your stay pleasurable though.
As for entertainment, don't expect too much! These types of resorts rely on you to entertain yourself. It is based on pure relax and free time. There are, however, outdoor movie nights, which I love, cooking classes or the Cognac wood-and-leather bar that "teleport" you to Pirates times.
The only thing that might bother some people is the utterly harmless bats that reside on the island. But at the end of the holiday you kind of like them or at least don't mind them.
Most people were return guests. I think I would be one too! The island is called Felicite and one really feels healthy and happy in this place. It is a place where you are in awe with nature.