BANGKOK – 24 February 2014 – Adding to their wealth of experience operating extraordinary Indian Ocean resorts, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas announces their first resort in the Seychelles called Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Scheduled to open in 2015, the resort is located on the private island of Félicité. The island is approximately 55 kilometers, or 30 nautical miles northeast of Mahe, with access by helicopter from the International Airport or a short boat ride from neighbouring La Digue and Praslin islands.
Félicité is one of the most dramatically beautiful isles in the 115-island nation featuring massive granite boulders that fringe the shoreline and create an air of drama and mystery. Measuring 264 hectares (652 acres), the resort will create a very personal destination that embraces nature whilst offering every creature comfort. A sanctuary within the natural environment, the island features prolific indigenous and abundant flora and fauna – the ideal site for a Six Senses project and the sole resort on the island. Six Senses Zil Pasyon will be located on the north side of the island and will occupy less than one third of the total land.
With just 28 one-bedroom villas, two (2) two-bedroom villas and 17 private residences, all with private pools, Richard Hywel Evans of Studio RHE has created an oasis of serenity encircled by the Indian Ocean, while Six Senses will oversee interior design.
The resort will include two restaurants, a bar, retail outlets, a recreation center and Six Senses Spa in addition to a well-appointed gym and swimming pool. It will also provide intimate function space ideal for board meetings, weddings and special celebrations.
White sandy beaches and azure waters compliment the picturesque landscape of untouched beauty, offering guests the opportunity to swim with turtles right off the main beach. There are unsurpassed vistas of the ocean and surrounding islands from the higher points on the island.
“It is a great honour for Six Senses to be selected as the resort operator by Félicité Island Development Limited,” said Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. “The island of Félicité is absolutely gorgeous and we eagerly look forward to creating a rich Six Senses experience for our guests on this pristine private island.”
“The development of Six Senses Zil Pasyon on Félicité Island is the result of visionary ambition of the shareholders and the Zil Pasyon team resulting in this rare luxurious and ecologically sensitive development offering,” said Francis Savy, director of Félicité Island Development Limited. “It will expose Six Senses values across all touch-points with a genuine unified message – delivering on the promise.”
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Six Senses,” said Kishore Buxani, director of Félicité Island Development Limited who signed the agreement with Bohnenberger. “We truly believe the combination of our island development and the brand will create a truly unique and exceptionally memorable experience for our guests.”
Seychelles offers a myriad of water sports alternatives including diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, yacht charter and island-hopping boat trips. Located outside the cyclone belt, it offers year-round activities. In addition, there are numerous scenic and inspirational walking trails amidst the islands lushness. Offering perpetual summer, Seychelles is also a popular and favoured destination for weddings and honeymoons.
The parties were advised by Jones Lang Lasalle Hotels (Singapore) and Mukesh Valabhji of the Capital Management Group (Seychelles).