Fregate Island Private

A private island paradise with a conservation focus

Part safari, part secluded paradise, Seychelles’ Fregate Island Private is a nature lover’s dream. From saving sea turtles and rare birds to eliminating invasive plant species, conservation efforts abound on this unique outcrop.

Located four degrees south of the equator, the island is delightfully isolated, providing the perfect level of seclusion for its colorful inhabitants — you’re more likely to come across a giant Aldabra tortoise than another hotel guest.

Natural delights aren’t limited to encounters with local inhabitants, though. Seven scenic beaches, exotic reefs and gorgeous granite formations offer plenty of unforgettable photo opportunities. For those who need their creature comforts, the spectacular Rock Spa provides prime pampering and complimentary private dining.

But even with the meals and massages, the highlight here might just be soaking up a stellar sunset from your private infinity pool — this is paradise after all.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Perched high in the hills, Rock Spa is a serene, open-air retreat with its own gorgeous water garden for good measure. Focusing on the healing power of local plants, treatments might include a lemon and cinnamon immune-boosting scrub, a hydrating coconut and avocado body mask or a soothing scalp massage with hibiscus and holy basil.
  • Seven beautiful beaches provide plenty of opportunities for sun worshipping. Enjoy a stretch of sand all to yourself by simply flipping the “beach occupied” sign at the entrance to the clifftop path.
  • Commune with nature during a guided hike with Fregate Island Private’s resident conservationists. Glimpse at more than 100 species of birds, a group of geckos and some of the 3,000 giant Aldabra tortoises that inhabit the island. You might even see Hawksbill turtles come ashore to lay eggs in broad daylight.
  • Adventure seekers can take advantage of the resort’s water sports offerings, which include a dive center, four boats, surfing and kayaking gear.
  • About 80 percent of the produce used at the Seychelles hotel is organically grown on the island. Look out for patches of pineapple, eggplant and several types of basil that add extra fresh flavor to the cuisine.

Things to Know

  • Getting to this isolated paradise is a bit of an adventure — it’s a 20-minute helicopter journey from Mahé.
  • Each villa comes with its own golf cart to help you navigate the island. Each night, your vehicle is charged, packed with fresh towels and water bottles, and parked facing the ocean, so all you have to do is hop in.
  • Butler service comes standard here. Your helping hand will be as attentive or elusive as you wish.

The Rooms

  • Perched on a cliff overlooking the island’s white sand beaches, the resort’s 16 villas are luxurious hideaways with hand-carved details, Botticino marble floors, Thai silks and Egyptian cotton linens.
  • Each villa boasts plenty of opportunities to soak up Seychelles sun with a private infinity pool, Jacuzzi, sundeck with day beds and an outdoor dining pavilion.
  • One-bedroom Private Pool Villas are ideal for couples with a canopied, four-poster bed, spacious bathroom, light-filled living room and gorgeous outdoor living area. Families will appreciate the extra space that the 6,458-square-foot Private Pool Twin Villas provide.
  • For the ultimate island escape, book the 11,840-square-foot Banyan Hill Estate. Perched on its own peninsula, the three-villa accommodation is connected by a 1,614-square-foot living room, a fully equipped kitchen and an extensive furnished deck equipped with its own infinity pool.

The Restaurants

  • A highlight of the dining experience at the luxury hotel is that you can indulge almost anywhere. Have breakfast among the branches of a banyan tree. Catch your lunch and enjoy it without stepping off the boat. Savor a private barbecue on your pool villa terrace.
  • The main Fregate House restaurant is a cozy-chic spot for Creole and African cuisine, highlighting freshly caught seafood and island-grown produce.
  • Communal dining experiences, like festive barbecues with live entertainment, are regularly held at the colonial-style Plantation House.

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Fregate Island, Seychelles