Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Seychelles, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Promising that desert island experience – without leaving you feeling truly deserted – this Crusoe-like retreat is the only resort on the private island of Félicité, in the Seychelles. Featuring a mere 30 Villas and two Residences, if you could dream up an island hideaway, this boutique beach escape would surely be it. Every villa is trimmed with a stunning infinity pool. Its three beaches are dusted with soft white sand and embellished with dramatic boulders for a postcard-finish. Its main pool sits alongside breaking ocean waves to add a sensational backdrop. Its daytime diversions let you flit from water sports to nature trails with picnics. And its night scene brings you films under the stars, sophisticated dining, and tempting tipples in The Wine Vault and Lakanbiz rum bar. It’s no wonder the magazine editors at Condé Nast Traveler added Six Senses Zil Pasyon to their Gold List in 2018.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Paddle Boards
  • Yoga
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing

Where is it

On Félicité Island in the Seychelles, just east of the islands of Praslin and La Digue. Transfer time from Mahé International Airport: a 20-minute flight to Praslin, then 20 minutes by speedboat. The hotel can also arrange helicopter transfers on request, direct from Mahé to Félicité Island (20 minutes).

Hotel information

30 one- and two-bedroom pool villas, plus a 3-bedroom residence and a 4-bedroom residence. All with private infinity pool, private sundeck, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi, Mac Mini and bluetooth speaker, wine cellar* and mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, yoga mat, hairdryer, safe and spacious bathroom with organic bath amenities, rain shower and bath tub. Hideaway Pool Villas are set within the tropical vegetation on the east side of the resort, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. 

All Inclusive option: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in all dining outlets, including in-villa dining, buffet or à la carte. One destination dining experience (5-night minimum stay). Snacks in any outlet. All non-alcoholic beverages, premium alcoholic brands and a selection of wines. Mini-bar (replenished once per day). Laundry.

Half Board option: includes buffet or à la carte breakfast and dinner in all dining outlets, including in-villa dining. 

Full Board option: includes buffet or à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner in all dining outlets, including in-villa dining. 

Panorama Pool Villas are set in high locations with views of the Indian Ocean, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. 

Oceanfront Pool Villas are located closer to the Ocean, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. 

Pasyon Pool Villas are the signature villas of the resort, with private garden and impressive views, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children. 

2-Bedroom Pool Villas are larger with a living room between the two bedrooms and a private infinity pool with a sunken bed inside. They sleep maximum 4 adults and 2 children. 

3- and 4-Bedroom Residences are available on request. They feature a master bedroom and transparent-base plunge pool on the upper level that filters through to the living area below. The lower level also has a fully-equipped kitchen and two or three en-suite bedrooms and a large infinity-edge pool. 

  • Booking bonus: receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost and a complimentary upgrade from Half Board to Full Board, for travel between 1 Mar '19–21 Dec '19.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Blackout dates apply. Offers may not be combinable.

Island Café (International cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Chef’s Kitchen (open kitchen for handcrafted dishes, for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Ocean Kitchen (Oceanside seafood restaurant using fresh organic ingredients, fruit and vegetables) and The Wine Vault (tailor-made, unique experience). Lakanbiz Rum Bar (hidden honesty bar for home-infused rums and punches) and Koko Bar (poolside cocktails). Oceanfront spa* with 5 double treatment villas, saltwater pool, yoga and meditation pavilion. Fitness centre. Water sports including snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing*, fishing trips*, island-hopping excursions*. Petanque. Cinema under the stars (twice per week). Nature trails and treasure hunts. Organic farm. Trouloulou’s Kids Club* (4-12 years). Babysitting*.

5 nights: 22 Dec '18–8 Jan '19. No checkouts permitted on 31 Dec. 

*Denotes local charge

Rating summary

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Nov 12, 2019 passportinonehand1 Ghent, Belgium

Words can't do justice to this beautiful island resort, so for once I'm going to keep it (quite) short. There are a couple things that we feel could be improved: - The speedboat transfer is not in line with what you would expect from a resort like this, take the helicopter instead! - Service at times was a bit hit or miss. Had some great… Read more
Words can't do justice to this beautiful island resort, so for once I'm going to keep it (quite) short. There are a couple things that we feel could be improved: - The speedboat transfer is not in line with what you would expect from a resort like this, take the helicopter instead! - Service at times was a bit hit or miss. Had some great encounters with staff, and unfortunately also some less than stellar encounters. Not a big deal to us, but worth mentioning nonetheless. With that out of the way, if you ever plan on coming here, you're in for a treat! The island is absolutely beautiful, the villas are spacious, modern and beautifully decorated and the food was great time and time again! For us the spa was probably the area that impressed us the most, on the one hand with how everything is built while respecting the natural environment, and on the other hand with the quality of the treatments. We also did some great excursions/experiences which we will never forget! A few that come to mind are the sunset hilltop experience, the breakfast on the beach (just watch out for lizards, they like to steal food!), the movienight under the stars, the kayak trip to Coco Island (beautiful!) and the hatching of a couple of baby turtles! By far the best hotel we've been to during our Seychelles trip, and one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in worldwide! Thank you for having us and looking forward to returning to paradise one day!. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic Hotel; one of a kind

Nov 8, 2019 Greencard4me

Fantastic hotel; The staff is dedicated to the smallest details. The villas are in immaculate shape. The kids entertainment was really great and thoughtful too. All in all; we did have a great vacation. We do recommend arrival and departure by helicopter to get an amazing view in the island
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Nov 4, 2019 moo5678

We just returned from a 4 night stay at this truly fantastic hotel. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Our GEM Ryan, was brilliant and couldn't do enough for us. After stepping off the helicopter we were taken straight to villa 18 - so private and had amazing views! The wildlife was fascinating - bats flying overhead and… Read more
We just returned from a 4 night stay at this truly fantastic hotel. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Our GEM Ryan, was brilliant and couldn't do enough for us. After stepping off the helicopter we were taken straight to villa 18 - so private and had amazing views! The wildlife was fascinating - bats flying overhead and little geckos. We even had a resident gecko to help catch the mosquitos. The snorkelling is brilliant too, we saw turtles, rays and fish of every colour. The hotel contacted us several times to alert us of turtles nesting, definitely worth a watch! Accommodation: Brilliant. So nicely decorated, great outside space and even a toilet that flushes itself! Food: The food was probably the weakest part of the hotel. Although tasty and nice, it wasn't 'wow' food. We found breakfast to be the best. In room dining was nice. One night, I asked if I could have an in room dining option in the restaurant and this was absolutely fine. Service: Faultless. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I do hope their hard work gets recognised. Activites/amenities: We did a guided snorkel which was great because the fish were explained to you and gives you an idea of safe places to snorkel independently. We also did a guided hike to the top of the island - not easy!! You need to be fit to do this but worth it if you can. There is a nice on site gym and beautiful spa too. We loved going to Grande Anase beach where there are private cabana beds to rest on. Overall we had the most fantastic holiday. We cannot wait to return. Thank you to everyone at Zil Payson (especially Ryan) for making our holiday so special! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A special place

Nov 3, 2019 Jeffrey S Ascot, United Kingdom

What a wonderful place. Our villa was beautiful with ocean waves crashing below. Service all very pleasant and professional. Food was exceptional, delicious and healthy. Spa treatment excellent. A first class place. We would love to go back. Only "con" to mention is about pricing on extras. Full board package mysteriously does not include non… Read more
What a wonderful place. Our villa was beautiful with ocean waves crashing below. Service all very pleasant and professional. Food was exceptional, delicious and healthy. Spa treatment excellent. A first class place. We would love to go back. Only "con" to mention is about pricing on extras. Full board package mysteriously does not include non alcoholic drinks for lunch and dinner. And wine list is rather pricy (But sommelier is very good) The water can't get any more blue and the setting is gorgeous. If you have the money it is a once in a lifetime splurge opportunity. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Location has the “wow” factor, customer service does not

Oct 15, 2019 AlettaVM London, United Kingdom

My husband and I recently visited this resort as one of our honeymoon destinations, and stayed for 7 nights. We have always stayed in relatively luxurious resorts, but never quite at £2k per night. We had booked this resort hoping that the price point would mean an absolutely exceptional experience. However, this was not quite the case - To… Read more
My husband and I recently visited this resort as one of our honeymoon destinations, and stayed for 7 nights. We have always stayed in relatively luxurious resorts, but never quite at £2k per night. We had booked this resort hoping that the price point would mean an absolutely exceptional experience. However, this was not quite the case - To start with the things that went wrong: 1. Despite the price point and the fact that we selected the full board option, various items were not included such as the minibar, coconut water (during certain times) and all alcohol and beverages. The items that were not included were overpriced. A number of items that would be, particularly in resorts of this calibre, free of charge, were charged, such as laundry, mini bar items, etc. No notices or information is given on this in the room either, so you literally have to guess on whether things are going to be charged. 2. When we landed in Praslin at around 6pm, the other people on our flight were picked up immediately, but we waited over 30 minutes for a hotel representative to pick us up. No apologies were given for this delay. We would’ve expected a hotel to send someone earlier and be there waiting for us when we arrive. 3. On the first day we decided to go to the main pool to relax, and when we got there, there were no towels by the pool, no staff around to order drinks, and you had to go and find someone if you wanted one. It then started to rain so we decided to sit in the restaurant. My husband and I threw on some clothes quickly, but since I was soaking wet I only put on my trousers and wore just my bikini top. We sat in the restaurant for at least 30 minutes until someone served us. They then took our orders and then after about another 20 minutes or so the waitress came back and said that “normally they don’t allow people to not wear tops in the restaurant, but she’ll make an exception” - we felt that this was really invasive and awkward as firstly, it’s a restaurant literally at the pool, with no other options for casual poolside dining, secondly, there was no one else in the restaurant so she really didn’t need to mention that she was making an exception, and lastly, there were absolutely no signs up anywhere mentioning this. I then told her to cancel our order and we went up to the room to dine. News spread quickly of this incident and the restaurant manager came to our room to “confront” us about it - I explained what happened but he silenced me when I told him what the waitress had told me. No apology was given by him or our guest experience manager (or GEM, as they are referred to). 4. On the third day we went to a Creole night at the restaurant, and my husband had the lobster and prawns. Everything was fine until later in the night he woke up violently ill. The next morning the nurse had to be called to give him medicine and electrolytes. Again, after this incident, news spread fast but, as before, our GEM, the restaurant manager, chef and the hotel manager all acknowledged the incident, but no apology given. 5. The final straw came on the last day when we were checking out. I had packed the beach bag we had been using for the entire trip and which had been given to us - it was presented as though it was a gift, and certainly we had been given these before as gifts at other resorts, but when it came to checkout our GEM wanted us to pay ~£30 for it!! A hessian bag that I wouldn’t even have paid £10 for if it was new!!! The GEM was very surprised when I then went to my suitcase to dig out the bag and hand it to him. This left a very bitter taste in our mouths indeed. Despite all this, the hotel was still lovely: a great room, lovely staff (however clueless, and with very poor management), absolutely breathtaking location. With all these wonderful natural assets and location you would expect more to be done to make this absolutely memorable. Our take away of this resort was that the little things do count, and that despite location etc. if it doesn’t have the crucial little things such as making sure you have drinks and towels by pool, fresh soap in room when old one runs out, prompt service at restaurant, management presence, apologies for things done below standard, etc. then it detracts from the overall experience of what can be absolutely spectacular. This all boils down to very poor management, lack of manager presence and poor communication. We saw this shine through most noticeably when we had at least 5 waiters serving us on every given meal, or none at all! The chaos is very obvious. Ultimately our advice is that you can enjoy this hotel if customer service isn’t such a priority. Read less