Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to announce their latest opening, Six Senses Zil Payson, opening fall 2016 on the 652-acre Félicité Island, one of the most dramatically beautiful and unspoiled islands of the 115-island nation of the Seychelles.
With massive granite boulders fringing the shoreline and picture perfect beaches it is the island’s dramatic beauty that make it the perfect location for the newest Six Senses property.
True to Six Senses heritage of creating exceptional guest experiences in incredible places, Six Senses Zil Pasyon occupies just one third of the island’s total land – the rest is left to the delicacy of nature and wildlife. The resort includes 30 villas plus 17 private residences.
There will also be six distinctive dining and bar venues on the island, sport and leisure facilities, three pristine sandy beaches and an outdoor main pool. A highlight of any Six Senses resort is of course the Six Senses Spa which will feature nearly 7,000 square feet of spa space spread over 19,000 square feet of towering rocks, boulders and oceanfront. The resort also features the Trouloulou Kid’s Villa, an interactive camp for children between 4 and 12 years old.
Drawing upon the renowned Six Senses perspective of providing innovative and extensive facilities wedded to environmental responsibility, the resort has been brilliantly designed to embrace the untouched picturesque landscape. Designed by Six Senses Architecture and Design team and Richard Hywel Evans of Studio RHE in London, the resort features contemporary architecture and interiors that perfectly complement the island environment.
The resort’s architecture features uniquely attractive and comfortable spaces that appear to have evolved naturally as a collection of structures or a ‘village’ that is true to the island setting. An intentionally restrained base palette of stone, timber, tile and fabric is used to reflect the natural surroundings of weathered rock, petrified timber, vibrant vegetation and rare orchids. Moments of dynamic expression and exuberance are then created through the controlled use of color, art, fabric, furniture and movement.
The inspiration for the interior design again draws on the island’s natural assets to create spaces and moods that rest in harmony with their place. The lines are clean and simple, creating a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. The furniture and fittings have all been carefully selected to complement the landscape and vividly-colored flora and fauna. There are unsurpassed vistas of the ocean and surrounding islands from the higher points on the island. Into this setting nestles the villas.
Each villa offers great privacy, embraced by tropical vegetation and spacious grounds and most importantly unsurpassed vistas of the ocean and a private infinity pool. The 28 one-bedroom pool villas and two (2) two-bedroom pool villas range from 2,150 square feet to 5,380 square feet. Villa exteriors feature the subtle grains of balau timber with wooden shingle roofs. Exposed wooden beams feature in the living area’s vaulted ceiling in each villa, while fully operational bow windows expand and immerse guests into raw nature or when closed, create a personal climate-controlled environment. Each villa has a large private sun deck and outdoor dining area as well as a private wine cellar and ice machine. As with every Six Senses resort, each villa will have its own Guest Experience Maker (GEM).
Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon introduces contemporary architecture to the island and through its materiality, texture and form will accentuate the island’s natural geography. Combined with the integration of sustainable processes and technologies, it is designed to become an integral part of the island’s ecosystem, to offer guests a symbiotic experience of Félicité’s environmental and built features. The spa includes five individual villas for treatments, hammam, sauna, saltwater pool, steam, yoga platform and nail bar and will provide innovative ancient holistic treatments from in-house experts and regular visiting wellness practitioners.
The resort is located 30 nautical miles northeast of Mahe. Guests reach the island via a 20-minute helicopter journey or a 90-minute boat trip. Villas rates start at US$1,350 per night on a bed and breakfast basis.