We visit a new island resort in the Seychelles, the country most sought after by romantic royals but also becoming more popular with families. Six Senses Zil Pasyon is the only hotel on the island of Felicite and it captivates Neil Bedford with its many stunning features…
|Jungle flowing steeply down to rocky shores and white beaches|
This is the ultimate barefoot chic private island. “Barefoot” might sound overly rustic, but Six Senses Zil Pasyon has it all…combining the best features of our favourite barefoot destinations.
Indeed it is a dream island for couples and honeymooners. And for kids who have got old enough to be allowed to explore on their own, Felicite will be an island of adventure and lifetime memories. It is not the ultimate destination for younger children because of the steep terrain – but there is a kids club for tiny tots to keep them safe while the parents are out swimming and exploring.
The island is steeply hilly and covered in jungle, rising to 213m, scattered with picturesque granite boulders. It has three beautiful beaches – one west-facing, one south, and one north, meaning there is usually one sheltered.
Unique experiences to enjoy include trekking on the rugged green island, snorkeling off the main beach and off the sensational Cocos Island just a short kayak paddle away.
|Oceanfront villa nestled into foliage|
Thirty highly desirable villas with one or two bedrooms lie near the shore or further up the slope, all with a lush tropical feel, large open living spaces, infinity pools and sublime views. They are functional, light and open with little drops of bright colour and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors taking up half the villa to showcase the sea views.
The bathrooms are some of the best I have ever seen. Huge open spaces with giant showers, his and hers vanities, bathtub right by the window and space age toilet with enough gizmos to make you nervous what will happen if you press the wrong button. One demonstrated by our butler (Guest Experience Maker), emits (organic) perfume.
|Stunning villa bedroom|
In addition several contemporary residences are being built higher up with three to four bedrooms and loads of living space.
|Extensive living room in a Residence|
In a “central”area of the island there is a library, wine cellar, chefs table, 2 tropical bars and a rum lounge, 2 restaurants, boules court, overwater hammock/nets, sun loungers on boulders, main pool, watersports centre, tiny tots club, boutique…
Dining fits in perfectly with the destination with light fresh food and local flavours. Ocean kitchen is a no-meat restaurant with incredible seafood and salads. The Island Café does a mix of cuisines with a local feel. You can also dine in the Wine Cellar or at magical spots around the island.
Service is approachable and friendly – and staff are dressed down in T shirts. Close enough to La Digue and Praslin, Six Senses has access to a good pool of staff and can keep them smiling and happy.
Tipped to be one of the world’s best, a spa will open on Felicite in March 2017. Carved into the cliffs above the sea with its infinity pool, it will have dedicated wellness programmes – but also be the place to dip in and out, with all Six Senses awakened.
It is only 15 minutes to La Digue by boat – a must visit. La Digue is best explored on a bike as much of the time will be spent on the beach of Anse Source d’Argent – which is a protected site with an entry charge.
Another must is sunset cocktails on the granite boulders.
Verdict: Six Senses Zil Pasyon is a worthy favourite – up there with the best.
Today's blog is by Neil Bedford Product Director of Select Collection.
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