A strikingly beautiful place of granite outcrops, stunning beaches and a host of indigenous fauna and flora, Fregate Island is the ultimate private island getaway. Situated 56 km from Mahé, the island offers 16 indulgent, exceptionally secluded villas, along with fabulous resort facilities and a number of exciting activities for guests of all ages.
With exclusive access to seven pristine beaches, aquamarine ocean waters and forested hills, guests can savour one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Each villa has its own large infinity pool and Jacuzzi, and every group of guests is allocated a private butler and solar-powered golf buggy. Perched atop a cliff, the Rock Spa is a truly spectacular place to enjoy the resort’s range of indulgent treatments.
A host of sea and land-based activities, along with island-hopping excursions, a comprehensive children’s programme and varied dining experiences, will keep every holidaymaker thoroughly entertained.
Fregate Island has a remarkable conservation legacy. The critically endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin was saved from extinction here, while 2 200 Giant Aldabra Tortoises can be seen roaming the landscape. The island is also an important breeding ground for endangered turtles and a variety of bird species.
Located four degrees south of the Equator, the 2.19 square kilometre Fregate Island is the easternmost of the Seychelles granitic Inner Islands. Although two centuries of intensive agricultural practices virtually wiped out the island’s native woodland, the last 30 years have been spent meticulously restoring the environment, with the result that numerous rare and almost-extinct species now flourish here. Jungles of takamaka and banyan trees drape the hills, interspersed with dazzling blossoming plants such as Wrights Gardenia and Indian Mulberry. The restoration has allowed the population of Giant Aldabra Tortoises to grow to over 2 200, while the on-island conservation staff have nurtured the number of Seychelles Magpie Robins from just 14 to more than 100.
The staff are also responsible for safeguarding the nests of endangered Hawksbill and Green Turtles from October to January, and guests on the island have the chance to experience the egg-laying process first-hand during this time.
There are over 10 km of roads and walking trails on the island, which guests can explore with their buggies, by foot or on from the seat of a provided mountain bike. Stretching up from the idyllic beaches and sheltered coves, the 125-metre high Mont Signal is the island’s highest point, treating hikers to fabulous views of the forests, coastline and rugged granite peaks.
The thatched resort is built and furnished in Creole style, with colourful fabrics, airy interiors and rich wooden furniture creating an idyllic island vibe. Facilities include a fully-equipped gym, two elegant restaurants, two bars and a private wine cellar. The island has a wonderful hydroponics garden and harvests most of its fresh produce from here and the myriad of fruit trees and herb gardens on the property. The resort’s exceptional food can be enjoyed in locations ranging from the restaurants, to the marina, the beach, the forest, or the privacy of your villa.
The marina is the centre for watersports at Fregate. Snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking can all be enjoyed free of charge, while scuba diving and deep sea fishing come at extra charge. After a busy day on the water, the Yacht Club is a peaceful retreat for afternoon tea, snooker or an evening barbeque.
Other facilities at Fregate include a tennis court, two swimming pools and a well kitted out library. Kids will love the resort’s tortoise nursery, as well as the Castaway Kids Club, which supervises a number of activities for the little ones to enjoy.
The old plantation owner’s residence, known as The Plantation House, holds an exquisite restaurant, as well as a museum that colourfully illustrates the natural and historical heritage of the island.
The size of Fregate’s luxurious villas ranges from 400m2 for a Private Pool Residence that sleeps two adults and two children, up to 700m2 for a residence that sleeps up to four adults and two kids. Every villa features a dining pavilion, living area and large terrace with a shaded day bed, Jacuzzi and sparkling infinity pool. The bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers and a bath overlooking the sea.
Guests can hop into their private buggy to discover the wondrous coves, forests and mountains of the picturesque island, or opt to go adventuring on foot or on the saddle of one of the resort’s mountain bikes.
For fitness enthusiasts, a personal trainer and yoga instructor can be enlisted to make the most of time spent at the state-of-the-art gym. The Rock Spa is a Zen-like space to enjoy a host of decadent treatments and massages, while the white sands of one the seven beaches are a soothing panacea for life’s worries. The reefs of the island abound with marine life, offering a world-class snorkelling and scuba diving experience.
Throughout their pampered stay at Fregate, guests will enjoy an inventive mix of Creole, Indian and international dishes, with fresh seafood being a particular speciality.