The 10 hour flight however, was not the end of our journey… We then had to travel to Félicité Island where we were staying. The options to get to the private island were either a quick boat trip or the Zil air helicopter, so of course we chose the helicopter! Which I would recommend to anyone, it's not only more time efficient which is ideal after a long flight, but you get a birds eye sneak peak of the most beautiful islands. Such an exciting way to kick off this dreamy week! We landed onto the resorts own jetty helipad and walked straight into the hotel eager to change out of plane clothes and hop in the sea which was calling my name!
A couple of things about the room which couldn't have made me smile more were the private infinity pool and the best bath I've ever been in. Both had the most surreal panoramic view of the sea and the occasional lizard visiting on your window which really made the experience all the more enchanting!
This was the best welcome after a long days travelling, I couldn't decide what to do first!
A worry I did have before booking the trip was that we were staying in a secluded setting for a week, so finding things to do would be more of a challenge. How wrong I was.. The array of activities that are on offer were never ending! Something that I really enjoyed is visiting some of the surrounding islands by boat. You can visit Grande Soeur, Coco Island and La Digue, all of which have the most beautiful beaches and some have land turtles you can feed!
Being on this island takes you to a whole new hidden world of nature and I was soaking it all up as much as possible!
Some of you might have seen on my Instagram that we got to watch a film outside which they call ‘Cinema under the stars’. This happens twice a week after dinner and it was AMAZING! Everyone gets their own headphones, deck chairs & blankets to make the experience more private and unique. Being outside watching the sunset with a great movie - what more could you want!
We all know that I love my snacks, so I was eager to try out the food on the island. There were several restaurants and bars with a huge variety of cuisines ranging from their traditional Seychellois cooking to African, Chinese and Indian! All of the produce comes from their organic garden and the surrounding islands which is amazing. Everything was fresh, vibrant and delicious.
If there wasn’t enough to rave about already, something that really stood out and made me appreciate everything more was how environmentally friendly the hotel was. At the beginning of our stay we were welcomed by Anna, the sustainability manager at the hotel who gave us insight into their inspiring project.
The Six Senses has built sustainability into the design and supports the threatened eco systems by clearing the island of invasive species. They manage their own reverse osmosis plant and crystal water refinery, producing high quality drinking water without the use of plastic bottles. A chicken farm and an organic garden also support their overall aim of self-sustained food and drink on the island, which drastically reduces the environmental footprint.
Without a shadow of a doubt the best trip of 2018 was a week at the Six Senses Zil Payson in the Seychelles. Towards the beginning of November Rob & I headed on that 10 hour BA flight with so much excitement and anticipation. We had been planning the trip since the beginning of the year and it was finally becoming a reality.
Already a fan of the Maldives, I was eager to compare the two as I’ve heard they both have similarities. One of my friends had recently stayed at the Six Senses Zil Payson on their honeymoon and couldn’t stop raving about how incredible it was, from the nature to the service and everything about it sounded right up my street.
Up until recently there was no direct flight to the Seychelles but luckily British Airways saved the day with their newly introduced direct flight from Heathrow. We hopped on a smooth 10 hour flight, which you can get twice a week now.
First thing was first though, the room! Rob and I were escorted to our ocean front villa which overlooked the gorgeous Indian sea. It’s safe to say that the room alone is worth travelling here for (especially when you can order room service 24/7!) Opening the bedroom doors and walking onto the deck felt like absolute bliss.
Some other real highlights of the trip were swimming with turtles in crystal clear water, meditation classes while listening to the waves, and yoga in the pavilion which had the most tranquil and amazing view of the ocean. Yoga is not something that I do regularly but with a view like that, it's definitely something I could get used to!
One of the places I spent the most time was the spa (surprise surprise!)
It was situated right on the edge of the Island with an idyllic ocean view. Being able to listen to the waves just below you practically put me to sleep every time I visited! The spa offered such a range of treatments and experiences, but what I found really special was that they were all designed around the natural giving properties of the island and its eco-system.
Second recommendation: Have the Deep Tissue Massage (total bliss!)
The kitchen was incredible at catering to any food intolerances or dietary requirements. I am gluten free so the chefs made me the most delicious gluten free bread and pancakes which I probably was a little too obsessed with! The can do attitude that everyone showed truly made the experience all the more enjoyable.
There really wasn’t anything not to love about the resort. Every aspect of it was fabulous and we both enjoyed every moment, photos will never do it justice!
The Six Senses Seychelles has without a doubt won me over - A perfect place to wind down and have some really unique experiences. I will definitely be back, Six Senses Zil Payson!