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Set amidst the idyllic islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the private island of Felicite is soon to be home to the Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Opening in the autumn of 2016, this luxury retreat will offer guests a haven in a striking setting of dramatic granite boulders, lush greenery and pristine beaches.
The Six Senses Zil Pasyon will be the only resort on the island, comprised of 30 pool villas with stunning vistas over the Indian Ocean beyond. The calming turquoise and pure white interiors mirror the tranquil natural setting, and each villa boasts a private sun deck and outdoor dining area. Set in spacious grounds, these villas have been constructed using natural materials such as timber and weathered rock, and are complete with a private wine cellar and ice machine, perfect for creating your own refreshing tipples.
There will be six dining and bar venues on the island, with the Island Café lying at the heart of the resort. Here the cuisine will be an exciting medley of Seychellois dishes, European food and Asian fare. For those who can't tear themselves away from the alluring ocean, there is a seafood kitchen set on the water's edge, offering the catch of the day.
The Seychelles is known as a spectacular water sports destination and a stay on the picturesque Felicite Island will not disappoint. Located outside the cyclone belt, it is ideally positioned to offer year-round activities such as fishing, snorkelling, sailing and excellent diving. Guests can enjoy an afternoon on one of the white sandy beaches, where there is a chance to swim or scuba dive with turtles. The Experience Centre has all the equipment needed for divers, so guests can explore the island's colourful underwater world whenever they wish.
Hikers will be in heaven, as there are many scenic walking trails amidst the island's forests and rocky landscapes. In addition, Felicite organises a range of island-hopping boat trips for those who wish to explore the Seychelles further. Alternatively, visitors can cycle around the uninhabited island of La Digue, or enjoy a guided tour of the Vallee de Mai, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the centre of Praslin National Park. For an afternoon of relaxation, the Six Senses Spa is perched in the rocks, high above the Indian Ocean, providing visitors with a space in which to unwind and indulge in a treatment or two.
Why we love it
The resort is only accessible by helicopter or boat, and flying above the islands or across the beautiful ocean, the Seychelles experience begins even before landing.