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At a glance

  • Each villa is completely private with its own huge deck area and private pool overlooking the ocean

  • Take high tea with a private butler serving you afternoon goodies at the top of the island

  • Enjoy breakfast served to you in your own private treehouse

  • Every villa comes with its own golf cart to get around the island

  • There is one private beach on the island - first come first served and it's yours for the day

Description

Fregate is a uniquely peaceful setting of verdant, tropical interiors and abundant nature fringed by seven dream beaches, each a brilliant sweep of powdery white sand dotted with giant, iconic granite boulders. The preservation, protection and nurture of its unique flora and fauna has always been - and continues to be - a fundamental raison d'être for Fregate Island Private. With only 16 villas and one Presidential Villa, guests are invited to experience the rare luxuries of space, security and seclusion within a tropical island setting of exuberant natural beauty.

The island is a stunningly peaceful setting of tropical landscape and abundant nature. All the villas have an exceptional level of comfort and privacy, and the service is impeccable - nothing is too much trouble. Each villa has a living room, large bedroom and two bathrooms, with showers inside and out. The large private sundecks are furnished with king-size sun beds, carved pool armchairs and a table for dining al fresco. A wooden staircase leads down to a private Jacuzzi with unforgettable views of the Indian Ocean.

Fregate’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the world for swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing and fishing. The island can be explored along the coast or through the jungle, and a fresh water pool is centrally located between the villas and integrated into a natural rock basin. Other facilities include the Rock Spa perched on a cliff-top plateau overlooking the sea and two restaurants which serve fresh produce grown on the island. Take advantage of a bespoke dining experience - anything, anytime, anywhere, from dinner in the Tree House to a private beach barbecue.

Weaving through the tropical jungle interior and along the sweeping island coastline there are numerous sun-dappled walking paths and nature trails. Guests can explore the abundant beauty of Fregate Island Private either at their own pace or accompanied by one of the ecologists, and interact with its spectacular living athenaeum of flora and fauna: a modern day Noah’s Ark. Savour a spellbinding panorama of paradise upon Mont Signal, an imposing 125-metre granite peak… Behold the sight of the island’s most famous inhabitant, the Seychelles-Shama Thrush, commonly called the Magpie Robin… Listen to the glorious musical improvisations of the Seychelles Blue Pigeon. Safari through lush forests of extraordinary Coco der Mer palms and giant Banyan trees. Encounter magnificent Aldabra giant tortoises, roaming the dense undergrowth and swampy terrain; the unique tenebrionid beetle, only found on Fregate’s soil; and the Seychelles terrapin.

Accommodation

Fregate Island Private has just 16 villas and one Presidential Villa, accommodating only a selected number of guests at any one time and thereby ensuring the island remains exclusively the realm of its guests. Each villa is built of native mahogany, blending into its natural surroundings and positioned to ensure total privacy and maximise the views of the ocean. Each villa has a large terrace and private infinity pool, day bed and Jacuzzi. And for the ultimate in luxury and pampering, each villa comes with a personal butler and an island buggy.

Childcare

The Castaway Clubhouse keeps children between 5 and 12 years entertained with arts and crafts, games, books and CDs. During Christmas and Easter, Fregate Island Private offers fun activities where children can explore and enjoy the island in a safe and secure environment, where a Castaway Activity Coordinator is available to supervise all activities. Babysitters are available for children under five years of age who wish to visit the Castaway Kids Club, at an extra cost.

Facilities

With its seven fabulous beaches, Frégate Island is a complete paradise for guests. And with the array of facilities that the resort offers, you are truly spoilt for choice. In addition to the restaurants and bars, guests can enjoy bespoke dining experiences anywhere on the island - dinner in the Tree House, barbecues on the beach, a private candlelight dinner in the privacy of your villa, or at a favourite setting of your own discovery.

Frégate Island Private's Yacht Club, with its intimate bar, billiard table, terrace and hammocks - is the perfect place to unwind after an invigorating day on the water. The bar is open into the evening, offering home-spiced rum specialities and BBQ events on request. Sheltered from the waves by a small reef, the tranquil lagoon and shallow beach are particularly safe for swimmers, snorkellers, and beginner divers. Sailing boats and motorboats, helmed by fully qualified yachtsmen, are available to take guests to explore the numerous dive sites around the island.

Right beside the spa, the Rock Gym with its wonderful views into greens and rock formations offers fitness equipment from dumb-bells to multifunctional gym systems. Facilities also include a full size, hard surface tennis court; a grass volleyball/badminton court; paved mountain biking/jogging tracks; and boccia ball; while beginner and advanced yoga classes are also available. Sports equipment and facilities are provided for guests free of charge.

Activities

There are numerous activities available so that guests can chose to be as active as they like. It is possible to arrange scuba diving introduction in the pool and follow up out at sea. There are both Sunfish and Hobie Cat sailing boats - again with tuition where needed (there is also an Optomist for children to start their sailing adventures in). Likewise with windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. For those wishing to explore on land there are mountain bikes, hikes and nature walks around the island.

As part of your stay you will receive the following additional benefits:

  • A “ half-day deep sea fishing excursion”
  • An introduction to scuba diving
  • A welcome “ head & shoulders massage” (55 minutes)
  • An introductory yoga session in the morning at the Rock Spa (45 minutes)

When to travel

Situated just south of the equator, the Seychelles have a warm tropical climate. The consistently warm tropical weather makes the Seychelles a good year round destination.

There is little fluctuation in warmth, with temperatures ranging from 24C to 31C all year round. From May to October a southeast trade wind can bring marginally cooler weather and fresh breezes. From November to March the northwest monsoon wind blows, typically raising temperature and humidity. December and January are the wettest months, but the rain falls in short sharp bursts before the sun comes out again.

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Location and directions

Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Four degrees south of the equator, a 20-minute flight away from Mahé, Fregate is a private island of outstanding natural beauty. Located near the East African coast, the Seychelles form an archipelago of 115 islands, scattered across the Indian Ocean.

How to get there

A 12-hour 30-minute international flight with one change to Mahé International Airport. Guests will be greeted at the airport by hotel staff, who will arrange the 20-minute transfer flight to the island. Helicopter transfers are also available.



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