The back story
Six Senses is the world leader in the art of barefoot luxury and its properties are renowned for their marriage of sustainable design and cutting-edge wellness programmes. Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles, is their third in the Indian Ocean (the first, in the Maldives, was an instant hit), with three more resorts – Fiji, Cambodia and Bhutan – due to open in 2018.
Well-heeled jet-setters seeking a new level of easy-going luxury and privacy.
Five-star trappings with a conscience. Look past the infinity pool, the world-beating spa and personal butler and you’ll find a resort that is serious about its eco credentials. Take a tour of the organic farm with the resident marine biologist who will also explain the turtle conservation programme.
The Six Senses team has brought its A-game with two main dining experiences – the Island Cafe, offering pan-Asian and European fare, and the meat-free Ocean Kitchen with its focus on Creole flavours. Chef Richard Lee’s Michelin-starred credentials are on display in a menu that’s big on exciting ingredients from the neighbouring islands. After dinner, head upstairs to the honesty bar for some rum-based concoctions or watch a movie at the open-air cinema.
Félicité is the fifth-largest island in an archipelago of 115. Zil Payson offers 30 individual pool villas on the 652-acre island, all of which are carved into the island’s granite rock face. It’s accessed either by boat from Praslin or a private 15-minute helicopter ride from Mahé.
Villas are vast, ranging from 200 to 500m2, and with a comfy day bed, private infinity pool, al fresco dining area, music system and bar, they are designed to hole up in. The overall effect is effortless simplicity, which only a very talented design team can pull off.