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
This review comes in two parts…our view and our experience of some of the other reviewers negative experiences, as they were enough to concern me when booking.
First our experience. On a scale of 1 to 10, the resort and the staff get at least 9.5 and that's being harsh. In terms of the overall experience it was at least 20! First off, the one downside is the beaches are not Anze Lazio over on Praslin. Then again that rates as one the best in the world. The beaches are white sand but as soon as you get in the water there are rocks. Its GREAT for snorkeling, less so for just jumping in.
The staff are terrific. Karen, our GEM, was always available to organize, book, and generally help out. She was there when we needed, and absent when we wanted space. Could not have asked for anything more. The girls at the spa were equally amazing. Christina and the two massuses Yanti and Carole. Nothing was too much.
Food wise, it took us a few days to figure things out. You can eat at either of the two restaurants or at your villa, no extra charge for the latter. The menu is limited, especially at lunch time, until you realize that the menu is as my wife like’s to put it merely a list of available ingredients. In this case, that was actually confimed by Chefs Mohan and Yousef as well as the Panjay who runs the restaurants. So crab and avocado is no problem at all, and is amazing. Yousef also gave us a Creole cooking class with Octopus curry which isn’t on the menu but I still ordered it again the following day.
We did day trips to Praslin and Big Sister. Strongly recommend both. Don’t spend too much time at Valley de Mai, simply because you will want as much time as possible at Anze Lazio to enjoy lunch and the amazing beach there.
Now to address negative reviews
1. It starts with everything you consume, someone immediately chases you around with a bill to sign. OUR EXPERIENCE: We experienced nothing of the sort. Personally we’re used to the South of France where getting the bills takes longer than the meal. The staff at Zil were perfect, it was presented after one was done but without having to hunt for it
2. Also I couldnt get over the fact, that it costs 180 Euros for a speedboat transfer, that takes all of 15 mins from the nearby island where you arrive too; again you feel totally exploited. OUR EXPERIENCE: So for us the trip to Big Sister just cost 500SR for landing fees and Praslin which is 30 mins was 80 Euros each each way. The La Digue trip which is twice a week is complementary. We were the only people on the Praslin run so I can’t complain about 320 Euros for an hour’s boat use. Btw we got a taxi on Praslin organized by Karen with a local taxi driver named Colin. For 1600 SR he took as around from 10.30 to 3, waited for us for lunch and was a great guide.
3. The food is overall good, but are you really going to enjoy a $50 tikka masala ? The wine has been marked up around 8-10 times as well making an entry level ‘good’ wine cost hundreds of dollars. OUR EXPERIENCE: All depends where you live. We live in the South of France and spend time in London and San Francisco. Tikki Masala can cost $40 in a good restaurant in London or the South of France and this was no more expensive. A bottle of Veuve Cliquot was 150 Euros, about 4 times what is is in the Supermarket in the South of France. Could easily be the same price in a restaurant there.
4. Service overall - the service at the restaurants is quite "rigid". Waiters seem very stuffy, dry, and disinterested. The servers don't take time to engage guests; this was very apparent when the same waiter didn't even remember our room number during our stay. OUR EXPERIENCE: Not our experience at all. They remember the quirks that we liked and went out of their say. For example, we found the standard cocktail glasses a bit small (the drinks can overflow). After one request, all drinks came in larger glasses.
5. Food - I made a request for a simple pizza and this was denied. Not too hard to make! OUR EXPERIENCE: We didn’t order a pizza but every other request was met. I can only assume that some ingredients are hard to get or keep fresh
6. Diving Center - there is no diving center and Zil Payson does not offer snorkeling excursions. The only thing that they offer is a private boat charter! This seems like the first thing a beach resort should add. Further, if you do decide you want to charter the boat, you can't specify where you want the boat to go. OUR EXPERIENCE: They offer guided snorkeling every day. We found no need to charter a boat as the resort had boat trips every weekday somewhere.
7. Apart from that the rest of the management needs a Wake up Call have seen one only in the 4 days that we are here. OUR EXPERIENCE: We were met by Bruce on arrival, met again when we came back from Big Sister and Praslin and saw Bruce and or Hilton at least two other times when eating at the restaurants. Not an issue.
8. Dont depend on Six Senses Zil Pasyon for organising any excursions as you will be taken for a ride today we went to Praslin Island and they wanted Euro 500 for 20 minute boat ride…OUR EXPERIENCE: Again, they run a ride to Praslin on Thusdays. Its 80 each way per person
For those prior reviewers, I can’t tell if your experience was a one off, but thought it would be helpful to others to address that many of these issues appear to have been addressed. The resort is two years old, so some maybe just learning lessons for them.
Overall assessment. We loved the Seychelles and love the resort. Our other favorite spot for sun is St Barths. Zil Pasyon is a low key version. Simplier but very well done. SBH has more nightlife and better beaches (at least compared to Felecite Island itself) but both are great places to go in their own right.
every aspect of this trip blew our minds. we went for our honeymoon for 10 days and what a fantastic trip away it was. the staff are amazing and the food and service was perfect. we cannot recommend enough, it is heaven on earth.
I think its important to write a balanced review, both good and bad, but i struggle to find anything that is negative here. The villas in the hotel are like your own little palace - i'll be honest, you don't really want or need to leave it. Each villa has an amazing view and your own private pool (which is very warm!). Food can be served either in the restaurant or in the villa (at no extra cost) - the waiters are fantastic and ensure the quality of the food in the villa is exactly the same as it would be in the restaurant. Breakfast is unbelievable and for dinner although the menu is a bit limited the chef will pretty much make you anything you ask for. We are here with our 2 year old daughter and Pankuj, one of the managers planned most of our meals for us, which was fantastic - whatever we wanted he delivered which was hugely appreciated. These are the little touches which takes the property from good to great. I've read a few reviews about the hotel looking to exploit guests for money by overcharging but nothing can be further from the truth - for example, mineral water in the restaurant is around 1.50euros (and the money goes to charity), by the pool you can have free ice cream (and today the therapists from the spa were offering free foot massages). Its all amazing, we depart tomorrow and i just hope one day we can return to experience it all over again.
Amazing hotel! I have fallen in love with it right when I arrivel. Beautiful spacious villas with so many small details. Fady was really nice and gave a very good welcome and took a very good care of everything. Service is really outstanding in the hotel. Nice food. Spa has open air rooms which however have total privacy. Loved the idea that you can make you own scrub with all natural ingredients. Hotel ia very sustainable, you can see it in every small detail, they even produce their own water. I am deffinitely coming back and recommend this place to everyone I know. You can also have you private dinner at the top of the island with a stunning views of the islands around! This kind of romantic surprise can leave everyone speachless! Thank you Zil Passion, thank you Fady! I loved my first Six Senses experience!😍
This resort was a truly great experience from start to finish (well sort of, more will be explained later on this review).
The room was a lot bigger and better than what the pictures portray. We stayed in the Ocean Front Pool Villa and everything from the spacious living area, bed, closet area, toilet and pool deck was beyond what we expected. It was private and secluded which made it a perfect way to spend a getaway vacation. We were assigned with what they called a private Guest Experience Manager (GEM), her name was Karen and she was beyond helpful and supportive. She made note of my dietary restrictions (Lactose and Gluten) and they literally made all the food I ate gluten and lactose free. They even went out of their way to bake me gluten free muffins and toast! A touch that made their service something I have never experienced before. The restaurants and room service staff were also fully aware of my dietary restrictions and guided me on what to avoid.
The selection of food was fair and tasted great. I would highly recommend the Ocean Kitchen restaurant for all the seafood lovers.
The Spa was also one of the best I have ever experienced; located at a slight hill/cliff, it made for a great scenery. The sound of the ocean hitting the cliffs is all you need to listen to during your session. The Spa menu has all the selection you need.
The beach however is not something we enjoyed a lot as it was not the spotlight of the hotel. The main beach is rocky and the sand does not look appealing to the eye. Corals dominate the shores so don't expect to "walk" down the beach and snorkel. There was also another beach (Grand Anse) located slightly south of the resort which is a lot better to walk on and the views from there are breathtaking. However, for some odd reason they don't have any beach beds there nor any service. They did have a beach hub where they had service but that was slightly distant from the beach area.
Now that I have shared all my positive views of this resort I must share something that happened on our last day that dropped this from a 5 star to a 4 star (4 stars is me being generous). There was a slight mix up in our breakfast order where they forgot 1/3 of our order.. including forks. The room service staff that brought the food said he will run and get the missing forks, which was not really what upset us. He got the fork, and called our room to tell us that he was outside with the silverware, I went to the room door and got it from him. When we looked at the food we then realized that 1/3 of the order was missing and we called room service to inform them. we waited way over 15 minutes for the rest of our breakfast to arrive to the extent that we finished eating our initial breakfast and starting with our day. When 15 minutes passed we called room service to cancel the order of the missing breakfast and got a conformation that it was cancelled. What happened next is the reason I am mentioning this in my review. As we were swimming in our private pool, room door LOCKED, and the privacy was turned on, the room service staff knocked the door 3 times and BARGED into the room and into the pool deck to bring our missing breakfast. This violated not only the privacy of the room, but also me and my wife's privacy to the extent that we had to raise our voices so that he would let us be, as he was determined to put the breakfast. The privacy sign outside of the room should indicate that we do not wish to be disturbed, and knocking the door 3 times (without us answering) does not give you the right to enter the room. Secondly.. how can he access our room when the room was LOCKED! That voids both our security and privacy. We straight away called Karen our GEM and filed an official complaint. The complaint was then addressed to the management and the feeling me and my wife got on how they treated our complaint was that of dismissal and anything but seriously. We received an apology on the phone and before our departure but that did not really satisfy us. That really ruined our experience and it was clearly apparent that we like our privacy and don't like people barging in without permission.
Nonetheless, human error is something we cannot avoid. However, we personally expected better from a resort that charges a premium. Staff should be trained on basics such as the privacy sign.. room service feeling guilty for messing up our order should not be a reason for them to break standard protocol. I want to leave this review on a good note and state how amazed we were with our overall experience.. excluding obviously the last incident.