All-villa beachside stay Six Senses Zil Pasyon sits on lesser-known private-island Félicité in the Seychelles. Its name rings true: a gasp-inspiring setting of white-sand beaches, soaring rocky outcrops and swaying palm trees does indeed bring on feelings of intense happiness. This boutique stay has an ocean-front pool, an eco-conscious ethic and a handful of eateries who plunder the sea for the freshest seafood. Dip into your private pool, snorkel in the island’s crystal-clear waters, and have your shoulder knots worked loose in the beach-side Six Senses Spa. In the evening, sip from a jar of house-made rum and watch as the sun melts into colours everywhere along the horizon. Like what you see? You can stay here while on our twin-centre South African adventures…
Private plunge pools
Spoiling Six Senses spa
One 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two
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The terrain, which includes many sets of stairs, may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues.This private island has three pristine natural beaches; you’ll find one in front of the pool and restaurant; two more are a three-minute walk or buggy ride from the hotel’s main drag. Each is a mix of white sands and rock, and all are suitable for swimming.
Bring big, glamorous sunglasses, an even bigger bottle of suncream, and a fill your suitcase with tropical swimwear.
Wear your breezy beach best during the day and don your dry, smart-casual look in the evening.
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White-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, sparkling teal waters: all the trappings of a tropical reverie are made real in Seychelles-set, private island stay Six Senses Zil Pasyon – an idyllic backdrop for castaway-playing couples. You could while away days dividing your time between your sea-view private villa and plunge pool, and the resort’s ocean-side infinity pool; oh, and the bar’s strung with hammocks, which may come in handy – did we mention the generous rations of a certain house-made sugar-cane spirit? No-one here is wondering where the rum has gone… It's also set in prime scuba territory, and has a close-to-the-action chef’s table (we have high hopes for our post-holiday dinner parties) and a stress-busting Six Senses Spa with five eco-themed treatment rooms and a seaside yoga pavilion.
Félicité, Brindas, 69126
36.6 mi / 59.1 km from city centre
- Aerobics instruction
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
Chef Richard Lee helms seafood restaurant Ocean Kitchen, an alfresco eatery on a wooden deck by the shore. Punters can watch the chefs fillet and fry in the open kitchen; fish are served straight off the barbecue grill and a bread oven fills the space with an intoxicating scent as fresh-baked loaves emerge. Hardcore carnivores take note: you’ll find protein only of the pescetarian-approved variety here; you won’t miss getting your chops around a Chateaubriand though – all sea-foraged fare is delicious. Ingredients are organic and grown on the island, or they're locally sourced from the surrounding waters and islands. Start with the freshly-made focaccia bread, then carry on to the catch of the day. In the mornings, you’ll find a dainty buffet breakfast of fruits and pastries at Island Café, as well as an à la carte selection of made-to-order eggs and more; drinks and snacks are served there throughout the day too, and both the lunch and dinner menus are spice-filled affairs with a mix of European, Asian and African fare.
Snag two spots at the long, wooden communal table for the best ocean views, or sit by the open chef’s kitchen for some foodie footnotes from the well-versed kitchen team.
Breakfast from 7.30am until you’ve had your fill. Lunch and dinner hours are flexible at the Island Café and Ocean Kitchen; private dining in the Wine Vault can be arranged on request. Koko bar is open all day, and Lakanbiz is open from 5pm to midnight.
Order from a slightly pared-down restaurant menu at any time of day or night; we’re especially partial to in-villa breakfasts.
Poolside Koko bar is right on the water’s edge and open all day; refreshing drinks of both shaken and stirred varieties are crafted using local, organic ingredients. Order an icy Kokolada and make a beeline for one of the seaside hammocks or catamaran nets to lie on. If you work up an appetite in the pool, samosas, spring rolls and other snacks are available throughout the day, too. Rum-soaked Lakanbiz bar opens in the evenings; with its low leather seats, antique furnishing and moody lighting, it channels the types of hangouts where local Kalu – a strong rum drink – was once consumed. Order a jar of house-made rum and sip until you sway to the bossa-nova beats.
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