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 stayed at Six Senses Zil Pasyon for our baby moon from 24 April - 2 May. It was a wonderful holiday. The villa was beautiful with such a perfect view over the Indian Ocean. We stayed in a Panorama Pool villa and I would highly recommend getting a sea view (as opposed to a Hideaway Pool Villa). We stayed in the East of the island (19) which meant we had an uninterrupted view of the ocean (no islands) and saw the sun rise. On the west of the island you overlook a couple of small islands and see the sun set, so it depends what you like.
The villa is the nicest I’ve ever stayed in with your own private pool, sun loungers, a day bed outside, and a lovely spacious dressing area. The bathroom has a lovely view out to the Indian Ocean as well, and the rain shower is to die for - really strong.
The villas are really spread out to give you privacy, which does mean you have to call buggies to get round the island, which was a bit annoying at first, but you soon get used to being chauffeured round the island!
The beaches are lovely, particularly Grande Anse. A couple of the beaches are a bit rocky which makes getting in and out the sea a bit tricky unless you have proper shoes (which we didn’t). The beaches are always so secluded which we couldn’t believe be given how lovely they are. And they are well equipped with water, fresh towels and 1-2 day beds which were always empty when we went.
There are a lot of excursions free of charge like boat trips, snorkelling, kayaking etc, and the staff are very knowledge about when the right time might be (given the weather) to get the most out of the activity.
The staff were all so friendly. We were told c. 200 staff to cover 30 villas, so the service is great and really attentive.
Also may seem like a small point but the water (which they desalinate in the island) is free of charge in your room, and by the pool/beaches. A small point but a nice gesture as it meant we were always well hydrated and didn’t have to think about a massive water bill at the end of the holiday!
The only slight downside was the food which was ok - I would have expected more from such a luxury hotel. Similar to Zighy Bay, which we have also stayed at - I would give the food a 8/10. Perfectly enjoyable and some dishes were really nice, but in the whole not stellar. The breakfast buffet is really small and you order most of the breakfast a la carte, which I’m not a fan of, but of course that’s personal taste.
We saw quite a few families whilst we were away but I’d see the resort as more for couples.
Overall I would highly recommend it was a perfect stay!
Just returned from an incredible week at Six Senses in the Seychelles. Fantastic, friendly staff who went out of their way to make us feel at home and to make sure that we had the best time. Particularly kind staff providing fun daily activities for the children in a very subtle way, unlike most ‘kids club’ set ups in other hotels which my children usually refuse to go anywhere near. Superb food, with exceptionally good and efficient villa service. Beautiful spa with top notch treatments on offer, not to mention superb snorkelling off every beach. Total highlight was viewing the sunset from the top of the rock which was recommended and arranged for us by one of the excellent restaurant managers. Accompanied by Champagne, smoothies for the kids and yummy samosas and a few other extras (I don’t want to plot spoil for anyone keen to book). I can’t recommend this resort more highly!
Zil Payson is a beautiful resort which we visited as a family over the New Year holiday.
The villas are magnificent and ours had a simply stunning ocean view. They’re large compared to other similar properties and being so new are really well equipped. There are relatively few villas for such a big island and there’s lots of privacy.
The scenery around the island is very beautiful and there are a variety of beaches. Interestingly there seemed to be fewer beach lounging facilities compared to some beach resorts. In part this is because access to the sea is not always easy so we spent more time around our villa pool or the hotel pool.
Given we spent less time at the beach we took the opportunity to have a number of family adventures. Highlights included kayaking, visiting a nearby island to see the giant tortoises, sunset drinks on the island, hiking to the peak of the island and a fishing trip.
We had a terrific GEM (Ne) who was always on hand to suggest ideas of things to do and to shuttle us around the island on the golf buggy which you do need because the island is large. The Six Senses team worked really hard over New Year to make it a very special time of the year with a variety of events.
The arrival and departure is rather special too if you choose the helicopter option!
Thank you we enjoyed ourselves.
This place was superlative in every way: deliciously designed villas, exquisite food, and superior service. This was our first visit ever to a Six Senses, and now we are big fans!
-Ahmed, our GEM, was a true gemtleman and perfectly balanced proactivity with discretion!
-Christian the Chef is a genius! This was the best resort food we’ve ever had (even when compared to famous places like The Brando in French Polynesia)
-The location is stunning: a perfect little private island with amazing (and amazingly different) views of the surrounding islands
-Activities and variety to keep things more than interesting
-Sustainability... not a bit of plastic to be seen anywhere on the island! All bottles of water are glass, etc.!
-None really, except perhaps that the beaches themselves aren’t as “swimmable” as some of the more famous beaches on Mahe, Praslin, Fregate, etc.
Congratulations to Bryce and the entire staff! This is an excellently managaed property and WE WILL BE BACK!
Incredible! Six sense has over satisfy us!
Best of the best from all areas (villa/welcome/food/activity and amenities/comfort/beauty of island etc)
Villa was breathtaking with a wonderful lighted ‘as a sky with stars’ swimming pool. Q
Outside Cinema under the stars with popcorn and ice cream was a memorable experience with our kids
Our GEM Karen did everything to make our trip one of the most memorable- thank you Karen
We will come back before you know!!!