Six Senses Zil Pasyon Debuts With Staggering Primeval Beauty

Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Photo/John Athimaritis

As my boat approached the island, the azure Indian Ocean around me, the giant stones on shore appeared even more majestic. Once on land I marveled at the prehistoric granite boulders punctuating the island’s terrain like some mystic sentinels of a lost civilization.

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Six Senses Spa Built Into The Giant Rocks
Photo/Celine Chhoun

Sometimes a place is so special, so distinct, attention must be paid. Six Senses Zil Pasyon, the luxurious resort on private island Félicité, Seychelles that opened last fall is one such place. The other worldly rock formations that make the island so unique have been cleverly incorporated into the architecture. The spa, a Six Senses trademark, features 5 double treatment villas strikingly built atop mammoth boulders and linked by rope bridges. It’s the island’s dramatic beauty that makes it such a mesmerizing retreat.

Villa Deck with Infinity Pool and Breathtaking Views
Photo/John Athimaritis

 

Lush Landscape Amid The Island’s Dramatic Boulders
Photo/Laurie Werner

In addition to the massive monoliths, nature shines in all its glory here. Exotic birds, swaying coco palms and pristine sand beaches are found on this tropical oasis. Everything from the design, cuisine to the wellness treatments, for which the brand is renowned, is impressive.

Powdery Grand Anse Beach – Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Photo/Mirella Contolli

Aqua enthusiasts like yours truly will love the crystal clear aquamarine water that surrounds the hilly island. I snorkeled just off the resort steps leading down to the sea amid coral gardens and an underwater kingdom of boundless fish in all sizes, shapes, and colors from jewel-toned, black and white striped to lemony yellow.

You can Snorkel Right Off The Resort Steps
Photo/John Athimaritis

 

Photo/John Athimaritis

The personable, attentive staff provided water and towels the moment I emerged from the sea ready to bask in a sun lounger. After lolling a bit, it was time for my archery session. Happily, they use my preferred type of bow and arrow.

Coco Island:  Minutes Away by Resort Boat with  Giant Rocks, Sea Turtles  and Fish Galore.

 

The Main Pool at The Water’s Edge
Photo/John Athimaritis

In addition to three white sand beaches to choose from with many secluded spots to kick back and relax, there’s a large swimming pool set at the water’s edge. You can also hop a boat for a 5-minute ride to dreamy Coco Island, for more snorkeling and more colossal rocks. Here, I swam with a large, friendly sea turtle in addition to a rainbow of marine life.

Villa Bedroom     Photo/John Athimaritis

 

Two Bedroom Villa Living Room
Photo/John Athimaritis

Each of the 30 stunning balau wood villas nestled amid the lush foliage of the hillsides offers total privacy and magnificent ocean vistas. Huge, handsome interior spaces with floor to ceiling windows showcase contemporary décor that blends with the island surroundings.

Island Rocks Incorporated Into The Architecture of The Deck of This  Two Bedroom Villa
Photo/John Athimaritis

 

Villa Bathroom With A Deep Tub and Playful Swing Facing The Ocean. Photo/John Athimaritis

Eye-catching aqua quartzite bathroom and pool tiles reflect the colors of the sea. These sybaritic sanctuaries include insanely comfortable Six Senses beds with plush linens, a dressing room, nifty high tech lavatories and deep tubs with playful swings beside them – both gazing out to the luminous water below. I especially enjoyed the outstanding Organic Pharmacy products provided in my villa for pampering soaks and indulgent primping après bath.

Villa Deck With Chaise Carved Into The Pool, You Can Read Reclining In the Water. Photo/Laurie Werner

 

Villa Deck, The Pool Sparkles Like A Starry Sky at Night. Photo/John Athimaritis

My spacious deck, a veritable outdoor playground, included a dining table, daybed, ultra comfy loungers and infinity pool large enough to swim in with a chaise carved into it so you can read, sunbathe and take in sunsets while reclining in the water. At night, the pool’s fiber optic dots sparkled like a brilliant star-lit sky.

Delicious Breakfast With A View on My Villa Deck
Photo/Laurie Werner

I always used in villa dining for breakfast on my deck. Juices of the day varied with concoctions such as coconut ginger, a mix of greens or watermelon, pomegranate and papaya. This was followed by inventive dishes like scrambled eggs with local crab and lemon crème fraiche or perhaps coconut pancakes, lime syrup with mango compote, all delivered promptly and set up perfectly by the excellent staff. There is no additional charge for this service, encouraging guests to enjoy any meal in their villa.

Stylish Island Cafe     Photo/John Athimaritis

 

Island Cafe Interior With Trendy Bar
Photo/ John Athimaritis

The whimsical but chic vibe of the resort is perfectly captured in the fanciful light bulb display dangling over the bar in fashionable Island Café, the main restaurant. The bird’s nest lanterns suspended from the Badamier tree in front of the eatery, beautifully illuminated at night, create a surreal setting.

Tasty Indian Dinner At The Island Cafe
Photo/Laurie Werner

The cuisine is a creative take on Creole flavors plus exciting Indian, European and International specialties. Some of the many standouts included tastiest soft shell crab curry, king prawns, grilled lobster, chicken tikka masala, rigatoni with spiced tomatoes and Australian lamb chops, all with herbs and vegetables from the organic garden.

Waterside Ocean Kitchen
Photo/John Athimaritis

 

Luscious Yellowtail Tuna Ceviche With Avocado,  Ocean Kitchen
Photo/Laurie Werner

For lunch, the seafront ‘no meat’ Ocean Kitchen offers sublime seafood such as grilled red snapper in a banana leaf, sautéed greens, cassava and addictive yellowtail tuna ceviche with avocado.

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Spa Built Into The Rocks

Visiting the spa which opened in February is a journey unto itself as you walk on primeval paths between the island’s towering stones. As I entered the hanging villa set on a large boulder for my massage, I immediately felt a sense of buoyancy.

You Cross A  Rope Bridge To Access The 5 Spa Villas.   Photo/Laurie Werner

A wide array of holistic, healing and rejuvenating treatments with expert in house therapists plus a rotating roster of top visiting practitioners from around the globe is planned. The Spa menu also features experience journeys with rituals and massages using native oils, herbs and Tibetan singing bowls.

Oceanfront Spa Treatment Rooms.

I found the Integrated Wellness Program, a Six Senses signature that measures and analyzes physiological markers to curate personalized nutrition, fitness and spa treatments, remarkably accurate. To round out the wellness journey, the spa also houses an elevated open-air saltwater pool with sundeck, hammam, yoga and meditation pavilion.

Yoga Pavillion
Photo/John Athimaritis
Six Senses Spa Pool
Photo/ John Athimaritis

High atop a hill, a glass of bubbly in hand I gazed at the sunset, an explosion of golden, magenta and orange hues. The gorgeous island spread before me surrounded by the vast Indian Ocean, Six Senses Zil Pasyon gets it all right.

Sunset With Champagne And Glorious Views
Photo/Laurie Werner

Etihad and its partner Air Seychelles have daily flights from New York with outstanding service through Abu Dhabi, connecting to a 4 hour flight to the Seychelles’ main island Mahe. From there it’s a short helicopter ride to the resort.  The Air Seychelles VIP service, a fantastic add on lets you relax in their air conditioned lounge while enjoying fresh coconut water, tropical fruit and other bites while they collect your luggage and process you through immigration when you arrive and get your boarding pass, conduct the immigration process and check in your luggage on the way out. They even have a separate X-ray screening directly outside the lounge so guests clear security there. George and Amal Clooney and Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge used this service when they visited the Seychelles.

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Air Seychelles VIP Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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