First Look: Six Senses Zil Pasyon

The Seychelles was thought to be the Garden of Eden when it was first discovered by Europeans in the 1700s. But surprisingly, due no doubt to the remoteness of the islands located more than 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa, high-end tourism didn’t arrive here until the 1990s. And for the nearly three decades since, there were just two properties vying for the luxury traveler in search of a Robinson Crusoe–style private island retreat. Today, however, the 115 islands tell a different story as they rise to become one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous tropical destinations. And in late 2016, the Thailand-based brand Six Senses became the new kid on the block, bringing a stylish, international flair to the place with its property Zil Pasyon on Félicité Island.

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Everything is a bit wild in the Seychelles, a land where huge fruit bats and giant tortoises are as prevalent as sparrows and squirrels are back home. So it is a welcome treat for the vaguely squeamish to arrive at the new Six Senses Zil Pasyon, on the private Félicité Island northeast of Mahé.

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The property’s 30 villas sit amidst lush jungle and huge, prehistoric-looking granite boulders. But inside the air-conditioned villas, finishes are high-tech, very comfortable and supremely luxurious. Décor, in teal blue and hard-wood brown, is stylish and the mosquito net–draped beds are plush. All views look out onto the infinity pool and stunning horizon beyond. The bathrooms, which feature an open-plan, rainfall shower, free-standing tub, Japanese electric toilet, double vanities and cushioned swing, have been named the world’s most beautiful.

– Amelia Osborne Scott on August 18, 2017

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