In pictures: Six Senses Zil Pasyon opens

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Six Senses Zil Pasyon, located on the private island of Félicité in the Seychelles, is now open. Drawing upon the Six Senses perspective of providing innovative top-tier facilities wedded to environmental responsibility, the resort’s 28 one-bedroom pool villas and two two-bedroom pool villas have been designed to embrace the landscape surrounding it.

There are several dining venues, with the property’s culinary team led by Chef Richard Lee. The Island Café is inspired by flavours from the spice route and opens throughout the day serving casual meals in an open lounge and interactive Chef’s Kitchen. Above the Island Cafe, Lakanbiz presents a selection of flavoured and aged rums in a true-to-life pirate’s lair. At the water’s edge is the no-meat restaurant Ocean Kitchen, where the catch of the day is but one of the amazing organic dishes on the menu. Located next to the pool is Koko Bar. Guests seeking a more formal experience can visit the Wine Vault for a bespoke private dinner. In addition, every villa offers a variety of dining settings with wonderful views, while numerous magical destination-dining venues can be arranged around the island.

It might be expected that in an environment as breathtaking as Félicité, Six Senses Spa would be in its element. The creators have therefore placed the spa in and atop majestic rock formations close to the ocean, with energy from nature being a significant life force. Until the Six Senses Spa is revealed in January, a temporary spa is dedicated to signature spa treatments for guests.

Other facilities include an elongated infinity pool offering views of the surrounding islands with the ocean’s waves breaking over a rock wall, three white sand beaches, Trouloulou villa for youngsters, a gym with on-site personal trainer, cooking classes, treasure hunts, signature cinema beneath the stars and a library. Right off the resort’s beach, guests have the opportunity to swim with turtles and the resort’s Experience Centre has all the equipment that is required for exhilarating water activities, including dive excursions around the island. Six Senses hosts can arrange private fishing trips and visits to neighbouring islands by boat, hiking in the Coco de Mer Valley, which is a popular excursion for landlubbers, or climbs to the top of the hill to Sunset Point for magnificent nightfall experiences.

It is a 20-minute helicopter journey to Félicité or approximately 30 nautical miles (55 kilometres) north east of the Seychelles International Airport, which is located on the main island of Mahé.

Rates start at EUR 1200 per night inclusive of breakfast, tax and service charge.

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