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Rare Blooms as Reforestation Flourishes at Six Senses Zil Pasyon

FÉLICITÉ ISLAND, Seychelles – December 3, 2018 - Wright’s gardenia blooms once again. This critically endangered species, endemic to Seychelles, is known to naturally occur only on Aride Island, the northernmost granitic island in the archipelagic nation. But, thanks to the extensive habitat restoration efforts that have been underway on Félicité Island, this rare and beautiful flower has regained lost territory and is now thriving at Six Senses Zil Pasyon.

The results of 10 years of habitat restoration and reforestation work at Six Senses Zil Pasyon in Seychelles have taken root. A dedicated team has been in place since 2008, working to restore the island’s ecology to a natural state that supports local flora and fauna. Colonization in the island’s history brought invasive plant species that disrupted the natural balance and pushed out local wildlife. Painstaking efforts to uproot and eradicate those invasive plants are now allowing the true natural beauty of this island to flourish.

The blooming of Wright’s gardenia on Félicité is an accomplishment for both the island and conservationists worldwide, as up until now, the plant had been restricted to the single population on Aride Island, and this limited range makes the species particularly vulnerable to extinction. The flowering season of Wright’s gardenia extends from October to May, throughout the growing season. While the beautiful flowers endure only a few days once each bud bursts open, they produce a strong and captivating scent, a natural perfume, during their time in bloom. During this period, guests can admire the flowers close at hand.

Steve Hill, island ecologist and consultant to Six Senses Zil Pasyon, says, “This is but one example of the many successes already achieved in rare species conservation in this major ongoing habitat restoration project here at Félicité Island.”

Of the species planted in this extensive reforestation effort, 12 are considered Vulnerable, four Endangered, and three are Critically Endangered according to IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species. Eventually the reintroduction of once-endemic bird species to the island will take place which will encourage the local flora and fauna to flourish as it once did, allowing Six Senses Zil Pasyon to truly be an environmental jewel of the Seychelles.

Wright’s gardenia (Rothmannia annae) is listed as a Critically Endangered species.
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Félicité is fast becoming the emerging ecological jewel of Seychelles with two thirds of the island dedicated to plants, shrubs and trees indigenous or endemic to the Seychelles.
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About Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located on the private island of Félicité, the fifth largest island in Seychelles, offering unsurpassed vistas of the ocean and surrounding islands. This 30-villa and two multi-bedroom residence resort occupies one third of the total land and has been brilliantly designed to embrace the picturesque landscape of untouched beauty.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates one hotel, 15 resorts and 31 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. The portfolio will triple over the next 5 years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love.

For further information, please contact: 

Jemma Borocz
Marketing Communications Manager                     
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
M +248 2825640
E jemma.borocz@sixsenses.com       

Benjawan Sudhikam (Ms.)
Director of Public Relations
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas 
T +66 2 631 9781
M +66 8 181 38234                                               
E ben@sixsenses.com


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