Fregate Island, Seychelles
based on 7 nights
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based on 2 people sharing a Private Pool Villa on an all-inclusive basis, including private helicopter transfers.
At a Glance
The ultimate in privacy with each of the 17 private villas enjoying tranquil locations and infinity pools with spectacular ocean views
Unique experiences abound from breakfast up in the treetops in a private treehouse through to high tea at the highest point of the island
Spend the day on your own private beach, just you and your loved ones, the white sands and aqua sea
Explore the island in your very own golf cart, a zippy way to get out and about and meet the island’s roaming giant tortoises
Retreat to the cliff top Rock Spa for a treatment with spectacular panoramic view sure to relax and inspire
Water babies are fully indulged with an on-site PADI dive center, deep sea fishing charters, sailing dinghies, kayaks and windsurfers all there to enjoy
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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.
To start planning your vacation to Fregate Island
One of the world's most beautiful islands, Fregate is a private island, just four degrees south of the equator and surrounded by seven dream beaches. The ultimate luxury eco-lodge and a Seychelles jewel, guests here enjoy total seclusion.
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, snorkeling, 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. Savor a spellbinding panorama of paradise upon Mont Signal, an imposing 125-meter 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.
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 maximize 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.
|One Bedroom Villa||
These spacious villas can accommodate a family of 2 adults and 2 children. They feature a bedroom, a living room, an interconnecting vestibule with dining facilities, one big bathroom, one small bathroom, two outdoor showers, a large terrace with private pool, Jacuzzi, day bed and dining pavilion. Facilities include a telephone, wireless internet access, TV, DVD/CD player, air-conditioning and a ceiling fan, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a private butler service and personal buggy.
|Two Bedroom Villa||
Frégate Island Private's two two bedroom villas are very spacious and can accommodate up to six people. They feature two bedrooms, a living room, interconnecting vestibule with dining facilities, two big bathrooms, one small bathroom and three outdoor showers, a large terrace with private pool, Jacuzzi, day bed and dining pavilion. Facilities include a telephone, wireless internet access, TV, DVD/CD player, air-conditioning and a ceiling fan, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a private butler service and personal buggy.
The spacious Spa Villa can accommodate up to six people. It features two bedrooms, a living room, interconnecting vestibule with dining facilities, two big bathrooms, one small bathroom and three outdoor showers, a large terrace with private pool, Jacuzzi, day bed and dining pavilion. Facilities include a telephone, wireless internet access, TV, DVD/CD player, air-conditioning and a ceiling fan, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a private butler service and personal buggy.
The Presidential Villa Banyan Hill lies high above on the plateau of the eastern strip of Frégate Island Private and can only be reached over a private path. The residence offers a stunning view over the ocean, the nearby beaches, the marina and the rest of this green island. This villa features a huge open living area (approx. 150 sqm) with an additional small TV lounge (approx. 20 sqm), a large terrace with a private pool, seating and a fully equipped kitchen, three separate sleeping villas each for two people and located along the cliff with a veranda, en suite bathroom, TV, CD / DVD player and minibar. One extra bed for a child can be added in each separate sleeping villa. A chef and dedicated butlers will take care of all the guest’s wishes.
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.
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 spoiled 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 favorite 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 specialties 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.
The Frégate Island Private culinary experience is heavily influenced by the abundance and diversity of ingredients grown on the island, and harvested from the ocean.
The gourmet menu at Frégate House features the Chef's daily selection of local produce, with dining available both in the restaurant and on the lower terrace.
Every evening the Plantation House – a museum by day – transforms into a romantic restaurant serving traditional Creole dishes and island specialties. This historical building evokes the island's heritage and is a wonderful venue for al fresco dining.
The Pirate’s Bar, overlooking Anse Bambous, and the Anse Bambous Beach Bar also offer light snacks and drinks at lunch and dinner.
Frégate Island Private boasts an extensive wine cellar, with a selection of over 300 wines including some of the most sought-after labels from around the world.
|The Rock Spa||
Nestled on a cliff top with spectacular panoramic views of the sea, the Rock Spa is a natural haven of serenity. Its extensive range of treatments and therapies use only pure, natural products prepared from over 130 island-grown ingredients and countless medicinal plants, or ‘Raspay’, traditionally used by Seychellois healers.
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 snorkeling. 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)
Fully PADI certified scuba diving excursions are available for deeper exploration of the vibrant marine life living in an oasis of coral reefs. Frégate Island Private’s Dive Center offers various diving courses and certifications, with numerous dive sites suiting all levels of diver, from beginner through to experienced.
From the comfort of one of Frégate Island’s stylish, fully equipped fishing vessels, both expert and novice fishermen can enjoy the excitement of deep-sea fishing in one of the world’s richest fishing grounds. Reel in yellow-fin tuna, dorado, wahoo, sailfish, marlin, and even billfish. On return to the island, the chefs will create a gastronomic delight prepared specially with the catch of the day; the perfect dining experience by which to enjoy Frégate Island Private’s bounty.
Katie May (Staff)
I loved Fregate Island. After just one night, I left the island with my shoulders more relaxed, and a smile on my face. I love how they try to balance their responsibility to nature and the environment, with superb luxurious accommodation, and the chance to drive myself around the island on my own golf buggy was such fun! The most special moment, was watching the sun go down from Grand Anse, whilst patiently waiting for a Hawksbill Turtle to nest and start laying her eggs!
Alone. All alone. Just the two of you. Actually, three of you; there's Sumith too - the butler who has just unpacked your cases. And is bringing bacon and eggs to your villa. Because you can have barbecued catch of the day, you can have rum punch, you can have whatever the hell you want. And you want bacon and eggs. But back to being alone - because, thankfully, Sumith will only come when you call him, and you'll never, ever see another guest. Just 2,000 giant tortoises (the biggest population outside the Galapagos), and fruit bats the size of badgers, and more than a hundred species of tropical birds, and giant millipedes (surprisingly crunchy underfoot), and Fregate beetles, which are famous and have their own enclosure at London Zoo. Fregate, now under the watchful eye of hotel supremos the Oetker Collection, is properly wild and intensely private. Just draw the gate across your path and run stark naked. There's nothing quite like being where the wild things are.
On Frgate, nature and fine-tuned artifice coexist. Eat lunch on the terrace of your teak villa, with its private infinity pool, louvred doors and artfully scattered frangipani flowers, and a row of tiny, berry-bright birds sit along your veranda rail, hoping to steal your bread. And if you venture out into the wilderness, one moment you're sidestepping a giant tortoise and the next you're on a platform 100 meters up a tree, eating breakfast (cooked on a barbecue and winched up) from a table spread with damask as white as the fairy terns wheeling below. Frgate Island Private is at once a grand hotel and a conservation project. It has white-sand beaches strewn with purple cowrie shells the size of kiwi fruit, its own airstrip, solar-powered buggies for bumbling around the blossoming woodlands and a restaurant where the produce of the immense vegetable garden is transmuted into luscious oddities such as ylang-ylang scented hollandaise. This is Never Never Land with great service and a clear conscience: the hotel's takings fund the regeneration of the island's ecosystem.
Juliet Morris (Staff)
I was very lucky to spend 3 nights at Fregate Island and until you have actually stayed there, it is hard to understand the uniqueness of place. The island is totally unique with it's natural beauty and Garden of Eden feel. Great efforts have gone into preserving the natural environment and enabling man to live alongside nature with minimal impact. Fregate Island certainly is an original luxury eco-retreat offering very high standards of service, beautifully appointed accommodation and original dining experiences. Guests can pretty much choose any location to dine around the island - suggested options are; breakfast in the tree house, high tea on the highest point of the island with fabulous ocean views or dining in the Plantation House, the Yacht Club or the old Boat House. If you like bird-life and wildlife then this island is an ideal choice as you are surrounded by nature. I went for a dive at Coral Gardens dive site, just nearby to Anse Victorin (voted one of the best beaches in the world by Conde Naste) and I was very excited to spot a Guitar Shark (otherwise known as a Shovel Nose Ray). Like Anna, I also had one of the best massages I have ever experienced. Ask for Widi, one of the Balinese therapists - she has magical hands...
Anna Northeast (Staff)
Fregate Island really is a paradise island. I adored my stay there, it's the perfect spot to either totally relax or explore. Privacy is a big thing here and each villa isn't overlooked and has lots of space and a private infinity pool. They are luxuriously appointed, you will feel very pampered. You also have your own golf buggy and are encouraged to explore the island.
There's lots of wildlife and if birds are your passion you won't be disappointed. However, if you don't like birds, be aware that there are a lot of them around and they are everywhere. There are also plenty of giant tortoises roaming wild as well as giant millipedes which aren't particularly pretty to look at but are harmless.
I would particularly recommend the High Tea which is set out for you at the highest point of the island with amazing views. My favorite experience though was the Tree House breakfast, an incredible way to start the day.
Finally, try the spa, the staff are incredibly talented and the massage I had there was one of the best I've ever experienced.
All in all, Fregate is not a cheap option, however, it is a unique island experience that you will never forget. Perfect for couples or for families who want time together in a very special environment.
Location & directions
Fregate Island, Seychelles
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.
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