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
I usually prefer four seasons, but decided to try out six senses and expected the service to be similar to that of our experiences at four seasons bora bora and Maldives since those were also island vacations, but sadly it didn’t come close and we wished we booked four seasons instead. I would give the resort itself 5 stars because it’s so beautiful, but the service deserves 2 from me at best. We immediately started out on the wrong foot when the boat came to praslin pier and the assistant director of marketing, Pedro, was helping two other guests on the boat, but didn’t stop to check if there were other guests taking the boat so we had to run up and almost missed it. I asked him if it was the boat to Six Senses, he grumbled, “Yeah,” and then we struggled with our bags ourselves. He gave no greeting, no introduction, not a single word. He stood up in front of us to get off the boat first and when we saw him at the end of the trip he was equally as rude. I only know his name because we asked our GEM. Horrible first impression. Our first experience at the resort was trying to use beds on the small beach. They were covered with tarps so we asked the experience center to set them up. 20 minutes later we asked again because no one came. Begrudgingly someone finally came over 30 minutes later and set them up without a word. No friendliness to be found. After the beach we called for a buggy and while we were waiting my husband was harassed by security asking him if he was a guest. When we went on a tour of the spa they checked to make sure the areas were free of other guests before touring us around. However, when we booked the spa pool for ourselves, one of the GEMs came all the way out to the pool to show his guests the area without checking to see with spa reception if it was occupied first. It was intrusive and uncomfortable. We also had some buggy rides were the staff didn’t even say hello. The redeeming factor was our GEM, Ryan, who was lovely. We also met some new staff on our third day who had just enjoyed their days off and they were much friendlier. We also thought our room was really beautiful and the food was wonderful as well. However, I don’t think these things make up for the poor service and unfriendly staff we experienced for much of our stay.
We stayed at Six Senses Zil Pasyon for 10 nights for our honeymoon. Wow, the best food, hotel and service we have experienced. We used Seyexclusive, who handled everything for us, great rates, transfers included, extras and upgrades and really good communication. Highly recommend working with them if you are planning to visit the Seychelles.
The helicopter is a must, you have the most beautiful view of the Seychelles as you fly across the sea to Felicite. It really sets the tone for a fantastic stay. You’re picked up from Mahe International airport and driven to the helicopter base which is only 5 minutes away. They have an air conditioned lounge with drinks whilst they load your luggage and send you off on the helicopter. Our pilot on the way to Felicite was fantastic, talking us through the sights, and we saw a large whale shark as we flew across Pralin! I am not the best flier, so was very nervous about this part, but the crew were so kind, and promised me I would love it, and I did!
Spa – You must visit the spa, the treatment rooms are magical, the treatments are also fantastic (we visited 4 times) and they have a stunning spa pool which is beautiful for watching sunset. It juts out over the edge of the cliff and gives you almost 360’c views!
Snorkeling – amazing sea life – we met 2 x hawksbill turtles, manta rays, huge grouper, black tipped sharks and baby sharks, parrot fish, the list is endless and you could honestly snorkel around this island for hours. Recommend the guided snorkeling activity.
Food – the F&B team do a great job, everyone is so friendly, and the team will remember small details that make a big difference. The food at Ocean, Island Café and in your room is all consistently fantastic! We loved nearly every single meal which is impressive over 10 days. We tried to eat as much seafood as we could, which was easy considering the amount on offer. We also tried the Lobster night, the Sushi night, the BBQ night and a few of the different private dining experiences. The full board includes room service at no extra cost which is a delightful extra!
Really recommend full board - this saved us a lot - as the food itself can otherwise be expensive.
Pasyon Villas - We stayed in Villa 29, the view and the sunsets were insane! It’s so private, you have beautiful granite rocks in front, the sound of the ocean all day and views across the sea and neighboring Islands. Green geckos lazily wander over your decking and fruit bats and local birds are always flying overhead. It really makes you feel at one with nature, and every now and then a wild chicken will wander around your villa too. I would recommend going for the top category Pasyon Villas, they were huge, beautiful space and so well located. The whole resort is not that large, so you could walk everywhere, however the buggy system is fantastic especially when it’s hot or after dark.
Activities - snorkeling, the kayaking and the amount of activities you can do on the Island is surprising. We met David the Marine Biologist on the beach, digging for turtle eggs to see if they had hatched and he happily chatted away with us about his role, and what they were trying to do to support the local eco system. The residences tour is fantastic, highly recommend this just for the views, although the villas are beautiful and can only imagine how exciting it would be to stay in one! The upstairs pool floats over the living room and is transparent so you could look up and watch your guests swimming.
Spa - The Spa is amazing and we felt like it was also great value (we live in Dubai and Spas are expensive here). The treatments were all great, and the spa villas are stunning, we had treatments in the rock villa, ocean villa and garden and all were different but equally beautiful. The spa team were all incredible too.
Food - The food, and the food experiences, we had a private beach dinner which was beautiful. We also had a private beach BBQ which was stunning, although the only time we felt the food could have been better, but the setting is stunning, you have hermit crabs and ghost crabs wandering around your feet whilst you gaze out into the ocean. In Villa dining was also great, so lovely to have breakfast, or lunch or dinner on your terrace or in your room whenever you wanted at no extra cost. The service was always quick, the food amazing and they make any changes or accommodations you need.
Also the various “health shots” of the day, or juices of the day, dishes of the day, meant that even after 10 day we hadn’t tried everything on offer. The ice cream station was also delicious!
Library - we’re both big readers so it was great to explore the library and swap books we’d read for new ones.
The service – the managers know your name and make sure to greet you, they have welcome drinks by the ocean with the GM which is a nice touch, Christian the head chef spends time chatting to you at dinners and recommending dinners. The staff also remember small things that make a difference. I mentioned I didn’t drink alcohol & the team always made sure to bring me the mocktail menu. I stupidly sprained my toe, and the team sent the nurse to check on me, and asked how I was whenever they saw me. On the day we left it was lashing down with rain, but our GM Ryan made sure we were able to make it off the island, and even though we had to check out a few hours earlier to be able to make it to Mahe, he called ahead and let our transfers and next hotel know our timings had changed so they were able to pick us up early and take us to the next destination.
Housekeeping – they are such a wonderful team, and really do make you feel at home. Your villa is always spotless and they are so friendly and kind.
Honeymoon – there are some really lovely special benefits for honeymooners – a private beach dinner, a couples massage, a lovely champagne welcome in the room. These all really heightened our experience at Six Senses.
Sustainability – Six senses really live by this value, and this was evident throughout the resort. Six senses water desalinated on the island and served in glass bottles, no plastic anywhere, locally grown and caught food, beach cleans etc.
When we arrived we were given Villa 11, it’s still beautiful with an outdoor day bed on a cliff but the entire view is obstructed by palm trees so all you can see is green. Great for some people but we’d been so excited about a cliff villa with sea views so were very disappointed. Six Senses could have handled this better, we asked to move as soon as we arrived, and had to chase multiple times before it was confirmed we’d be able to move on Day 3. For the first 3 days we explored the Island. The beaches, the amazing pool, the hammocks, and the day bed hammocks by the bar so it wasn’t too much of a problem but just something that could have been dealt with better.
A strange con maybe but we felt the resort could have been better at up-selling us on the activities. There is a booklet in your room on what you can do, and your GEM explains on the first day, but you quickly forget all that’s on offer. We’d have liked if they had suggested more activities, i.e the snorkeling with private guide, or private boat to snorkel on other islands.
The beaches are beautiful, but be conscious due to the coral and the tides they can be hard to swim on. Ideal for snorkeling when weather allows, but not like the beaches in Mauritius for example where you can easily walk into the water. Not a problem for us as we snorkeled lots, and swam in our pool and the main pool.
We can not wait to visit again, it was our first time to a six senses resort but definitely not our last!
Spent 5 nights in celebration of our 30th Wedding Anniversary at Six Senses, Zil Pasyon on the beautiful private island of Felicite.
This was our first Six Senses resort experience and were blown away with the dedication and true teamwork of the personnel within the resort.
Every touch point was excellent from the first point of arrival with the speedboat transfer through to members of housekeeping and of course the Guest Experience Managers (GEMs) who are assigned to every guest – a form of butler/concierge service that will be your one point of contact to make all your wishes and plans come true! Our GEM was Karen who was superb but I don’t think you will go wrong with anybody here – they all work to the same high standards from what we saw under the great leadership of Bryce Seator, Resort Manager.
We stayed in a Panoramic View Villa (no. 15) which was superbly positioned for the vista and peace and quiet. The resort is extensively hilly and therefore buggies are readily available to whizz you around the resort. The Villa layout is excellent with a great deal of space and all the creature comforts you could wish for.
The Spa is in a stunning setting with equally excellent therapists led by another superb manager, Tamara Brnelic.
Dining was another highlight – food was excellent quality and choreographed by the superb executive chef Christian Pedersen. We are seasoned travellers with discerning taste and it was difficult to fault any aspect of the food or drink options at Six Senses.
Last but not least, it was so great to learn about how Six Senses lead on their sustainability agenda which includes their own de-salination plant providing bottled water (in glass of course!). Six Senses state that their properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. – never a truer statement was made and witnessed first-hand that they live and breathe this.
In summary, you can’t go wrong if you are looking for a sustainable, luxury escape and surrounded by one of the best teams I have witnessed that want nothing more than for you to love every second of your precious vacation time.