Inspiration for Félicité
Blending structures into the landscape
The design of Six Senses Zil Pasyon was conceptualized and brought to life by renowned architect Richard Hywel Evans of London’s Studio RHE, with the aim of keeping an untouched look for Félicité.
The architect’s vision and main concept for the different areas of the resort was that the structures would blend into their natural surroundings and compliment the majestic landscape of Seychelles. His aim was for Félicité, the island which Six Senses Zil Pasyon calls home, to appear untouched from the outside, with the idea that the accommodations should not be seen from the sea.
The ocean-side resort villas were designed as a modern interpretation of the indigenous architecture. By employing local building materials such as timber frame construction and shingle roofs, the 30 individual villas merge seamlessly with the lush tropical landscape. Meanwhile, the private residences, which sit higher on the island, are a stark contrast to the villas, clad in grey granite to blend in with the island rock. Each is unique and contoured to follow the natural landscape. Their geometric forms contrast with the soft weathered forms of the island, defining the emerging structures as man-made.
The Spa, with a location specifically chosen by the architect based on the natural land formations, has been designed as a collection of individual unique moments scattered lightly among the most beautiful and challenging site on the island. Treatment villas are linked by experience pathways and journeys through the dramatic rockscape which allow the guest to explore and interact in this most unique of settings. The rocky outcrop benefits from natural rock shading, calming sea noise, cool breezes and infinite framed views of the Indian Ocean. Spa experiences are designed around and with the color, beauty and natural health-giving properties of the island’s flora and fauna.
Richard Hywel Evans, of the inspiration and design, commented, “Six Senses Zil Pasyon introduces contemporary architecture to Félicité that, through its materiality, texture and form accentuates the island’s natural geography. The private residences stand out by fitting into the natural landscape. When we first found the site, it was unimaginable that this magical location could be built on as it was virtually inaccessible due to the extreme topography and the overgrown invasive vegetation. It is fantastic that the scheme is being recognized as one of the world’s best resorts as it offers a unique, bespoke solution for this exclusive, untouched island.”
Through the blend of the manmade structures and natural formations, guests experience a true sense of place when staying at Six Senses Zil Pasyon. From the villas and private residences to the spa and restaurants at the heart of the resort, each individual building celebrates its surroundings and demonstrates how the natural and built can work together in harmony to enhance each other’s beauty.
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