Six Senses Zil Pasyon Unveils the Secrets of its Creole Cuisine: A mixture of different cultures and flavors, but always cooked with love

25 07 2019

chefyusuf-sGuests at Six Senses Zil Pasyon can take a bite out of local culture by tasting delicious Creole-inspired dishes at the Ocean Kitchen, prepared with fresh local ingredients. Creole cuisine is a balanced mix of diverse influences from the different cultures that made their way through the Seychelles over the years, all adding an extra sparkle. This is why Creole cuisine is unique in its own way.

As in many cultures around the world, the art of cooking has played an important role in Seychellois families through the ages. Spices and fresh herbs are used to bring out the true flavors of fish and meat, which are predominant in the local diet. Salted meat or fish is an old tradition that has made its way onto the modern menu, where either is coated in rock salt, left in the sun to dry during the day and kept dry inside overnight. After a few days it is washed, boiled and cooked as a meal. Also integrated in today’s Creole cuisine is “gro manze”: sweet potatoes, breadfruit and cassava prepared boiled or as a fricassee, along with other traditional dishes including curries and rich tomato-based rougail.

Ocean Kitchen is the first non-meat restaurant in the Seychelles. As such it features dishes with locally and sustainably caught fish along with the freshly-picked vegetables, herbs and fruit from the resort’s organic garden on Félicité. Chef Yusuf Nourice, the Creole cuisine specialist, is in his element while stirring pots radiating with local aromas and flavors, while inviting guests to try authentic native cuisine.

As a boy, Yusuf would spend many hours watching his mother when she was cooking. He would sneak around the kitchen to smuggle fish balls with tuna and potato, his favorite food as a child. He still remembers the scent of her “bouyon blanc” and “bouyon bred” – soups with fish and cabbage respectively. All the recipes were passed down from generation to generation first-hand; no one in the family had a recipe book. Every cook would add their own ingredient or quantity based on their own personal taste and that’s what made every dish special. Growing up, cooking was not something Yusuf had in mind as a career, but it remained his passionate so he decided to follow his heart. Yusuf says, “When cooking, it is important to do it with love. You may not be able to smell it or see the love but you will definitely be able to taste it.”

Chef Christian, executive chef of Six Senses Zil Pasyon said, “Learning more and more about Creole cuisine is certainly a fascinating journey. There are so many little secrets and unthought-of combinations that wouldn’t simply cross your mind, but once you taste them, you feel it should have been an obvious choice. Yusuf and his team prepare every dish with such passion, captivating even the most demanding palates.”

To this day Yusuf is a firm believer of adding his own personal touch to each traditional dish, whether that is an extra pinch of fresh herbs, a little extra curry or a few drops of oyster sauce, his secret ingredient. Yusuf feels very strongly about his “Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche” and he is proud to share his recipe.

Ingredients
• Fresh yellowfin tuna cut into slices – 7 ounces (200 grams)
• Crushed avocado – 1 piece
• Chopped tomato – 1.8 ounces (50 grams)
• Chopped coriander – 0.5 ounces (15 grams)
• Fresh cream/crème fraiche – 1.2 ounces (35 grams)
• Lemon juice – 1.7 fluid ounces (20 milliliters)
• Salt, pepper to taste
• Crispy pitta bread – four pieces
• Seasonal green salad leaves
• Olive oil

Method
• Mix the crushed avocado, lemon juice, fresh cream and coriander in a bowl and season with salt and pepper
• Season tuna slices with salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil
• Put the avocado mix on a plate and layer the tuna slices
• Serve with fresh seasonal green salad and crispy pitta bread

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Six Senses Zil Pasyon proudly draws the short straw against plastic pollution

19 07 2019

DSC_0153_LH-sSix Senses Zil Pasyon starts a new journey towards a plastic-free future, by introducing stainless steel straws as a villa amenity, showing its commitment to the brand’s goal of being plastic-free by 2022.

During the turndown service of each villa, a stainless-steel straw and its cleaning brush are placed in the room for guests to take home. These straws were custom made for Six Senses Zil Pasyon and each one has an engraving reading: “Six Senses Plastic Free by 2022”. They are made by “Ecoboks”, a South African company based in Durban, who is passionately committed to providing sustainable solutions for protecting our planet.

Each straw is presented in a hand-made pouch made from the traditional African shweshwe material. Shweshwe is a cotton fabric which known for its distinctive vibrant colors and intricate geometrical patterns, most commonly used for traditional African clothing. The pouches are made by local women thus supporting the local community.

Six Senses Zil Pasyon has said no to plastic straws since its opening in October 2016 and is now taking major steps to eliminate all single use plastic throughout its operations. Mark Leslie, general manager, says: “We would like our guests to take home not only memories of our island, but also new ideas on how we can all make small changes in our everyday lives towards a more sustainable future. We encourage everyone to refuse the plastic straw from their drinks and use our metal ones which they have carried home all the way from the Seychelles. The design of the carry-friendly pouches is so colorful and unique that it does not go unnoticed.”

The metal straws are also available for purchasing in Laboutik in more colorful designs.





Six Senses Laamu launches Junior Marine Biology program

21 05 2019

JMB1-01179-sEveryone can be a marine conservationist. That’s the message Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI), the marine team at Six Senses Laamu, wants to share with the next generation of marine stewards.

For this summer holiday, MUI is launching the Junior Marine Biology program for budding conservationists aged 6 to 16. The first of its kind in the Maldives, the program pairs one-on-one mentoring from the 10 MUI marine biologists with a “choose your own adventure” structure that allows the junior marine biologists to design their own personalized program.

Marteyne van Well, Six Senses Laamu general manager, says, “This program is truly unique. Unlike anything I’ve seen in the Maldives, it’s more than just a “be a marine biologist for a day’ experience. This is multiple sessions over the length of a guest’s stay that will help foster deeper engagement and understanding of marine biology.”

One of the largest marine teams in the Maldives, MUI’s 10 regular marine biologists have expertise in fields such as coral restoration, turtles, manta rays, seagrass and fisheries management. Young conservationists have the opportunity to be involved in ongoing research projects such as expanding the resort’s turtle database of 420 individuals, or joining the coral biologist in restoring the reef with the mid-water rope coral nursery.

The only resort in the southern Maldives’ Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu has pristine coral reefs, abundant seagrass beds, and mangrove forests right on its doorstep. Rich in marine life, these environments provide the perfect opportunity to see first-hand the importance of conserving the oceans.

Shelley Turnbull, Junior Marine Biology program coordinator, says the program will tap into the passion of future ocean stewards and encourage them to protect these habitats in Laamu and across the globe.

“We want our Junior Marine Biologists to have the tools they need and be empowered to create change back at home. Every action and every person, no matter how small, can have a positive impact on ocean conservation. We have already seen today’s youth coming up with innovative solutions to the problems past generations have created, such as plastic pollution. Take BioCellection for example; what began as an idea following a field trip to the local waste facility by high school seniors is now an enterprise turning plastics in landfill into chemicals to be used again.”

Young guests who are interested in becoming a Junior Marine Biologist can register their interest at the time of their booking and be greeted on arrival by the MUI team, ready to begin their adventure.

For more information contact reservations-laamu@sixsenses.com.





Umweltverträglicher Sonnenschutz: Als erste Hotelgruppe der Welt verbannt Six Senses umweltschädliche Sonnenprodukte

21 05 2019

020519_Sunscreen Pool_FINAL-sAuch Six Senses weiß: Wir können nicht alles kontrollieren, um das Meer zu schützen. In Zusammenhang mit den Six Senses Refugien allerdings schon. Daher verbannt Six Senses unternehmensweit alle toxischen Sonnenschutzmittel und bietet Alternativen an, die umweltfreundlich und biologisch sind. Nicht nur zum Schutz der sensiblen Meere und Küsten – sondern auch dem der Menschen und der gesamten Umwelt. Weltweit.

Unternehmensweit ab dem 1. September

Unternehmensübergreifend wird es ab dem 1. September 2019 in allen Six Senses Hotels Resorts und Spas nur noch Sonnenschutzprodukte geben, die keinerlei Gefährdung für die Meeresökosysteme darstellen. Die neuen hochwertigen Pflegemittel sind in den Spas und Boutiquen erhältlich. 

Wieder Pionierarbeit – als erste Hotelgruppe der Welt

Anna Bjurstam, absolute Pionierin in Sachen Wellness bei Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas kommentiert. “ Wir sind stolz, die erste Hotelgruppe zu sein, die ausschließlich umweltfreundlichen Sonnenschutz bietet. Ausnahmslos überall in den Resorts. Nach intensiven Recherchen und Untersuchungen haben wir die derzeit besten Produkte ausgewählt, die nicht nur gut für Land und Meer sind, sondern auch für unsere eigene Gesundheit. Denn wir wissen: Auch das, was wir äußerlich auftragen, gelangt in unseren Körper. Viele internationale Studien haben die Wirkung von Sonnenschutz untersucht und zeigen, dass die toxischen Stoffe, die in vielen Produkten enthalten sind, zu Krebs führen können. Unser Ziel war es, unseren Gästen die gesündeste Pflege, die es auf dem Markt gibt, zur Verfügung zu stellen. Und gleichzeitig etwas für unsere Erde zu tun.“ 

Sicher zu 100 Prozent für die Korallenriffe

Six Senses hat sich für Sonnenschutz entschieden, der als zu 100 Prozent sicher für alle Riffe anerkannt ist. Das Ergebnis basiert auf Messergebnissen und Standards der Environmental Working Group. Gleichzeitig haben alle Produkte Verpackungen, die entweder vollkommen ökologisch oder komplett kompostierbar sind.

Mehr als 82.000 verschiedene Chemikalien allein durch Körperpflegemittel

Laut Marine Life, einer NGO (Nichtregierungsorganisation), gelangen mehr als 82.000 verschiedene Chemikalien, die rein Körperpflegeprodukten zugeordnet werden können, in die Weltmeere. Besonders stark ist die Belastung natürlich in beliebten Schwimm- und Tauchregionen. Die meisten Sonnenpflegemittel beinhalten synthetisch-chemische Bestandteile. Dazu zählt auch Oxybenzon, eine der gefährlichsten Chemikalien überhaupt. In Verbindungen mit dem gegenwärtigen Stand der Ozeanübersäuerung und dem Klimawandel führt das Mittel zu erheblichen Schäden an den Korallen. Beispielsweise werden die Abwehrkräfte gegen das Ausbleichen abgebaut, die DNA beschädigt; junge Korallen zeigen Deformationen und haben einen gestörten Hormonhaushalt.

Duzend Marken und mehr als 50 Produkte im Test

Six Senses hat sich mit einem Dutzend Marken und über 50 Produkten beschäftigt, die die festgelegten Kriterien für Umwelt und Gesundheit erfüllen. Die Liste wächst, je mehr Produkte gefunden werden. Damit hofft Six Senses, dass nicht nur die Umwelt geschützt wird, sondern auch Gäste sich intensiver mit der Materie befassen. Gezielte Hinweise erhalten Gäste noch vor Anreise – über die Six Senses Initiative und ihre Gründe im Allgemeinen sowie die Alternativen im Speziellen. Tauchbegeisterte Gäste bekommen eine kurze Green Fins Schulung. Das Programm ist in allen Tauchshops installiert und gibt Einblick, wie nachhaltiger Tourismus funktioniert und über das richtige Verhalten unter Wasser. Ziel ist die Erhaltung der Korallenriffe. Das Programm Green Fins wurde von der Umweltschutzorganisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNEP) in Zusammenarbeit mit Regional Seas erarbeitet.





Six Senses Krabey Island Launches Green Season Offer – Explore Cambodia’s Newest Gem

2 05 2019

Aerial_view_of_Oceanfront_Pool_Villa_Suite2_[8349-A4] -sSix Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia has launched its Hidden Gem Green Season Offer which is valid from April 22 to September 30, 2019. The offer includes 20 percent savings off seasonal rates, a dinner featuring contemporary Khmer cuisine for two at signature restaurant Tree plus complimentary airport transfers. In addition, guests can choose a complimentary activity from a menu of carefully-crafted experiences when staying for three nights or more. The warm, breezy days of the green season offer are ideal for exploring Six Senses Krabey, the hidden gem of Cambodia’s Riviera.

The complimentary experiences from which guests can chose when staying three nights or more include: a traditional Khmer massage at the Six Senses Spa Krabey Island (60 minutes), a private yoga session for two (60 minutes), a coffee & coconut scrub at the spa (60 minutes), a mixology session using local herbs at the Sunset Bar (60 minutes), a Khmer cooking class with lunch or an Alchemy Bar workshop session at the spa (50 minutes).

For those who wish to focus their time on the island on wellness, the expansive Six Senses Spa Krabey Island which is inspired by the sacred Khmer Kbal Spean River, offers a wide range of holistic rejuvenation and beauty treatments. The spa features the Six Senses Integrated Wellness screening that forms the basis to create a personalized program to boost metabolism, energy levels and brain power. It integrates knowledge from Cambodian communities into its signature treatments using natural Khmer herbs and is influenced by ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

There are activities for all ages and energy levels that include water sports, fishing, snorkeling, speedboat excursions to neighboring islands, an organic farm visit with cooking classes, night sky observatory, horizon lap pool, jungle fitness circuit and the open-air Cinema Paradiso. The Nest which is offered to children between 4 and 12 years of age incorporates the Grow With Six Senses approach for reconnecting young guests with nature through play.

The resort’s two restaurants offer menus focused on quality local produce and seasonality, much of it grown at the resort’s own 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) organic farm and herb garden. There is also the Sunset Bar which includes comfy sofas, lazy hammocks and a generous side order of sun dipping over the Gulf of Thailand. An ice cream parlor serves up more than 15 flavors daily on a complimentary basis for guests.

Villas, 40 in total, are spacious, sustainable and thoughtfully-designed with green living roofs and private infinity-edged pools. Six Senses Krabey Island is an island hideaway with dense tropical jungle and rocky coastline surrounded by azure waters. From Sihanouk International Airport, it is a 10-minute drive to the resort’s mainland reception then a quick 15-minute crossing to Krabey Island.

Green season rates start from USD 530 net per night in a Hideaway Pool Villa Suite and are subject to terms and conditions. The resort is accepting online bookings via: www.sixsenses.com, email: reservations-krabey@sixsenses.com or phone: +855 69 944 888.





Six Senses Laamu Leads the Maldives as Eco-Resort of the Year

2 04 2019

organic-sTourists visit the Maldives to experience diverse coral reefs, out-of-the-ordinary marine life and beautiful palm-fringed beaches. When a business relies on natural assets, like
Six Senses Laamu does, environmentally-responsible operations that conserve them are a must. What the resort does on land is just as important as what it does on and under water, and that is why MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators) has named Six Senses Laamu the Leading Eco-Resort at the Maldives Travel Awards 2018.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operate with the philosophies of wellness and sustainability at their core. These values permeate through all areas of resort operations and into its local community outreach programs as well. An extensive list of corporate sustainability guidelines keeps properties on target to optimize energy efficiency, reduce water consumption, limit chemical usage, increase garden and food production, source locally, recycle materials, treat people equitably, give back to local communities and protect ecosystems. The map below summarizes Six Senses Laamu’s atoll-wide impacts in 2018.

A 2018 Booking.com survey on travel trends found that 86 percent of global travelers are interested in offsetting the environmental impact of their stay. Six Senses Laamu seeks to raise awareness among tourists to be environmentally-conscious, both on holiday and when they return home. Being named Leading Eco-Resort 2018 has a lot to do with the resort’s guests who choose to stay at Six Senses for its commitment to sustainability.

Six Senses Laamu produces as much as possible onsite, to reduce emissions from long-distance transport and works towards zero-waste operations by recycling materials into new and useful products. The resort sustainability manager works with all departments on ways they can be more efficient, less wasteful and in the long run achieve greater cost savings. Here are some of the highlights from 2018:

Water – Low-flow fixtures installed on taps and showers helped to reduce water consumption by 25 percent and 227,780 ft3 (6,450 m3) of grey water was recycled for landscaping.

Waste – Six Senses has announced that the company will be plastic-free by 2022. By bottling our own desalinated water in reusable glass bottles, we avoided 226,600 single-use plastic bottles this year.

Plastic-Free – Fifty five reverse osmosis water filters were donated for all 21 schools and pre-schools in Laamu Atoll, as well as 30 households in L.Maamendhoo. 3,949 students and families now have access to safe, reliable drinking water and will avoid bringing more than 1,360,000 single-use plastic water bottles to school each year.

Composting – Organic waste from landscaping is processed in a wood chipper machine and combined with food waste to be composted into organic soil for the gardens. The resort produced 22,597 pounds (10,250 kilograms) of compost in 2018.

Leaf Garden – Six Senses Laamu produced 16,424 pounds (7,450 kilograms) of more than 30 different varieties of organic herbs, salad leaves, microgreens and sprouts for kitchens and bars, as well as more than 20 kinds of chilies and two varieties of mushrooms.

Kukulhu Village – 51 hens and four roosters now call Kukulhu Village (chicken farm) home. The flock produced a total of 1,750 eggs in their first eight months on the island – a drop in the bucket, but a high-quality, organic drop nonetheless.

Sustainability Fund – Point five of one percent of total resort revenues, 50 percent of water sales, and 100 percent of soft toy sales are allocated towards local projects that benefit the surrounding environment or communities. Six Senses Laamu spent USD 204, 556 in 2018 on research and conservation, education and outreach, and community development in Laamu Atoll.

“Being named Maldives’ Leading Eco-Resort is an amazing achievement, but sustainability is always a work in progress,” Marteyne van Well, general manager, said of the award. “We are constantly learning from our peers and improving service in order to stay competitive and we readily share our knowledge with others so that they too can create a positive impact with their business.”





Grow With Six Senses Immerses Young Guests – Into the Six Dimensions of Wellness at Six Senses Zighy Bay

28 03 2019

Goat_feeding-sSix Senses Zighy Bay is taking its little guests on an incredible experience that will unquestionably enrich their six dimensions of learning. As Grow With Six Senses, the program for kids, comes into its own, parents now can plan their holiday knowing their little ones will be entertained in the most holistic, enriching and fun-filled ways and in touch with nature.

The resort is a refuge for both mind and soul, but well-being is not just for grownups. Featuring an array of activities that suit adults and children alike, there is a subtle educational element that helps younger guests grow socially, spiritually, environmentally, physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Children will learn through interacting with animals and plants at Six Senses Zighy Bay’s own farm and organic garden. Housing baby goats, camels, chickens, cows and much more, children can collect their own breakfast food when visiting the farm in Dibba. They can learn about how the resort cares for these animals as well as see and learn about the different kinds of produce growing there. The flora has another purpose too, feeding those very animals. The famous Zighy goats that live in the bay and the beloved family of camels love to eat the leaves and branches of the plants and trees around the beach and the mountain. The stone apple leaves and fruit, the branches and leaves of the neem tree and so many others are included in their favorite treats.

Among the stony and palm-shaded pathways of the resort, guests can head to the organic garden and learn about the different herbs and their benefits. From seeing how to reclaim the seeds of different fruits and vegetables to sowing those seeds, and caring for plants, every step in a plant’s life goes home with the little ones; they get to explore the garden and get their hands dirty. Budding chefs can learn how to prepare their own healthy food, and also understand the correct meaning of organic and how to shop for the right food for them and the environment. Both the farm and the garden teach them about the different ingredients, understand their nutritional benefits and learn how to use them in their diet.

An interactive session can be arranged at Earth Lab, where kids and parents can learn about recycling and upcycling, they can even then take their experiments and handiwork back home as mementos. Kids can explore how to make soap at home with different herbs and botanicals and what each ingredient can do for them. They can also go to the Alchemy Bar and create fun products that are organic and sustainable to use on themselves; such as scrubs, and masks. And while they’re at the spa maybe even enrich their souls through animal yoga poses surrounded by nature’s music.

Water babies can enjoy exploring the underwater residents when snorkeling in the calm Gulf of Oman and find out a whole lot more with the resident marine biologist. They will learn about ocean clean-ups and how harmful human waste can be to marine life especially the friendly sea turtles and manta rays in the gulf. For those a bit more adventurous, the family can even experience diving and get up close and personal with some of the rich underwater fauna of the region.

All Six Senses Zighy Bay accommodations are built from natural stone and warm woods, the traditional Omani villas reflect an enclave where families can unwind in the cool indoors under high indigenous-style ceilings, in the colorfully cushioned living area and on the cloudlike bed made with unbleached cotton sheets topped with guest’s choice of ergonomic pillows.

Six Senses Zighy Bay offers families the opportunity to go out and explore the farm, the peninsula and other sustinablity activities with the Zighy Family Adventure package. Cruise around over the emerald waters of the Gulf of Oman in a traditional dhow, take a trip down to the farm to meet the resort’s lovely animals, have a lot of fun experimenting in the Earth Lab and learn about the wonders of the underwater marine life with the resort’s marine biologist with all of those experiences included in the activity package for USD 310++ (OMR 120) per adult and USD 130++ (OMR 50) per child, aged 12 years old or younger. This offer is valid until June 10, 2019.

All activities promise to be just as fun for parents as they are for children. For booking and reservation, please email reservations-zighy@sixsenses.com or call +968 2673 5555.








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