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
If you were looking for something close to heaven, you found it. One of the most romantic hotels, with STUNNING view, top noch service just perfect to disconnect... Don't hesitate to go to La Digue for a day trip.
In brief, the newest and the frankly the best six senses property globally (which is say a lot). It is priced to reflect that.
Private island in seychelles (better than the other alternative private new four seasons).
Food variety can be improved, given the standards that they need to set.
I live in the Seychelles and I am lucky enough to visit and enjoy beautiful resorts from time to time. This was out first visit to Six Senses on Felicity Island and we were simply blown away. It is definitely not your run-of-the-mill five star. I started off this review by thinking what I liked best, and our villa (number 6) jumped to mind; I then changed and opted for the food instead, and then flip-flopped again and chose the service. It is really hard to pinpoint a specific highlight when the overall l experience was of such high quality.
Our villa had everything one expects of a high end, exclusive resort. What really stands out is the amazing view right from your bed; the total privacy - no neighbours in sight - and the attention to detail. It felt like home from home. We also loved the quirky little touches, which I won't describe here as that would detract from their purpose. It was good to see hoteliers with a sense of humour incorporated into the product itself.
The food was exceptional - taste, presentation and fresh ingredients. We liked the fact that it was not pretentious, just outstanding quality. We were spoilt for choice. The waffle at breakfast needs to be tried. We were booked on a Bed & Breakfast basis, but found the lunch, dinner and drinks prices to be fairly reasonable (within a five star context of course).
In a resort of this calibre, one expects friendly and professional staff, and that is exactly what we got. What stood out for us is that the staff seemed to really enjoy the work they are doing and working for Six Senses, and that shone through in most of the staff we interacted with. Our "Gem" (what they call villa butlers at the resort) was Shania, and she delighted in showing us around the island taking much pride in what they have achieved and have on offer. And so they should - the resort and our stay was simply stunning. A big Thank You to the Team.
We will definitely visit again.
We arrived at the jetty and was welcomed by Nhi (Guest Experience Manager). Nhi has a warm smile and a friendly demeanor. She took us to the villa and showed us around. Best show around ever!!! I've been to numerous hotels but never experienced a detailed and a very informative host like Nhi .We looked at all the pictures online prior to booking this hotel but when we stepped in to our villa we were in AWE!!! There are no words to express how amazing this place is. Paradise.. Heaven on Earth.. that pretty much sums it up. The pictures don't do justice to capture the amazing views and the luxury villa amenities that this hotel has to offer. The hotel has an intense desire and anticipates guest needs and this is clearly evident with the amenities they provide.
Nhi showed us around the island and took us to the hilltop. Little did i know that my husband and Nhi already set up a surprise for me. Ranjith greeted us with cold towels at the beginning of our walk towards the hilltop. They set up a bonfire, picnic mats, champagne and samosa with tamarind chutney... yes the whole experience. It was amazing... They made me cry... Nhi, Ranjith and my husband did a great job. We were blessed with an amazing sunset and a full moon that night. We couldn't be more thankful. I know the best is yet to come.
Nhi booked our spa appointment. She took us on a tour of the spa and it is amazing... We booked a couple's journey and it was the best decision we made during our stay. It is definitely worth it, almost 3 hrs of pampering-HEAVEN. Jill and Yanti hosted our couple’s journey. They're both very professional, skilled and refined. They move and talk with finesse that we greatly appreciated. We booked a 3pm appointment and ended our treatment with an amazing view of the sunset with some ginger tea and snacks... We had the privilege of meeting Ritu (Spa Manager) in the Guest Gathering and we expressed how amazing Jill and Yanti are. She invited us to come and see the other treatment rooms too.
Since the view from our villa is beyond amazing, we rarely go out to eat. We always order in room villa dining. Dineshan, Jineesh, Ranjith and Bakaraj provided us an amazing experience every single time. They deliver all our orders in a timely manner. We never had to wait for more than 30 minutes. All the meals are outstanding. We tried most of the theme nights; and the lobster night is our favorite. Thien hosted our table and was professional and knowledgeable. We stayed for 5 days so we tried almost all the food from the in room villa menu and it's all delicious.
Our rooms was well maintained by a lady from housekeeping, unfortunately we didn't get to see her often and met her only once on our last day. She did a great job and also the night duty housekeeping attendants who looked after our villa.
Ahmed (Guest Experience Manager) also looked after us for a day since our GEM is on her rest day. It was the day when i got several insect bites from the other islands. He sent the hotel nurse and gave us some insect bite ointments and creams. He also followed up several times to check on us. He is very polite, professional and friendly.
Our entire experience wouldn’t be possible if not for NHI (Guest Experience Manager). It is very evident that she has passion for what she does and going above and beyond guest expectations is the only way for her. She plays a huge role in our overall experience and we think she is amazing and more than qualified for this role.
When we met her on the first day, we knew that we don’t have to worry about anything at all. She gave us peace of mind during our stay and we greatly appreciate all of her own insights and her own experience in the beaches in Seychelles.
She is very resourceful, intuitive and had dealt with our last minute luggage issues promptly and gracefully. She truly cared for our well-being and made sure that our experience would be unforgettable.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon is definitely a paradise and heaven on earth but it is the hosts in this resort that takes your experience to a whole new level.
Thank you Hilton, Miranda, Ritu and Fahmy and the rest of your Six Senses Family.
We will definitely come back !!!
***Islands conjure dreams of paradise; an escape from the rat race, a perfect patch of sand where you can relax under rustling palms and gaze at a serene blue sea***
My best friend Simone and I stayed 11 nights at Zil Pasyon (April/May 2018). We wanted to stay on a private island this time, having been to La Digue and Mahé in the past. Besides, we have always welcomed the unique concept of the Six Senses Resorts & Spas. Our expectations were therefore high and we have not been disappointed.
We booked a Pasyon Pool Villa (Nr. 28) which was located near to the Grand Anse, the longest beach of the resort. The villa was gorgeous and very spacious, carved expertly into the island’s granite rockface. The view from our deck was quaint, with the islands La Digue, Praslin and Coco Island providing a breathtaking backdrop to the scenery.
There are myriad activities to keep guests entertained on Félicité Island, watersports as the most obvious. Who can resist those crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean? Best snorkeling experience is said to be in March, April, May, September, October and November. During these months, there is good visibility and the water is usually calm.
We are not that much of Spa persons but for those guests who enjoy the experience, it was one of the most beautiful Spas we have ever seen – a network of granite pathways and rope bridges, oceanfront infinity pool, yoga and meditation pavilion, several treatment rooms and sauna. Not to forget the premium organic wellness products.
Being gourmets and passionate amateur chefs, we were looking forward to the local specialities. The mainly Asian and Creole inspired cuisine at Zil Pasyon was excellent – nice variety of creatively prepared dishes. Our favourites were from the Asian buffet and Ocean Kitchen dinner.
To conclude this brief review we would like to express a special thanks to Ahmed M., a real GEM(stone). Each villa comes with its own Guest Experience Manager (GEM) who is dedicated to cater to a guest's wishes and needs. I don’t think Simone and I were very demanding guests. Ahmed would have probably enjoyed some more challenges :-) He was always very courteous, cheerful and enthusiastic – whether it was very early in the morning of our departure or during the island tour or even as nurse :-) He was the best and we will miss him!
We enjoyed every minute of our stay. The entire offering was great. We want to thank the management (Mrs. Arta whom we met) and all other professional and cordial staff, from reception, drivers (Anil), housekeeping, room service to restaurant waiters and sublime barkeepers (you know who you are) for the hospitality and service. We can only recommend a visit to this beautiful resort!
„Passionate“ ( :-) ) greetings and hope to be back one day,
Corinne & Simone