FrÃ©gate Island Private
Fregate Island occupies a uniquely peaceful setting of verdant, tropical interiors and abundant nature fringed by seven dream beaches, each a brilliant sweep of powdery white sand, sentineled by 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'Ãªtre 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.
Fregate Island Private is approximately three square kilometers in size. Four degrees south of the equator, a 20-minute Twin Otter flight or short Helicopter ride away from Mahe, Fregate is a private island of outstanding natural beauty.
Fregate Island's unique attributes - such as its peaceful setting; the abundance of nature; its character and charm; the highly successful ecological program; the award-winning Rock Spa; and an outstanding gourmet experience with island-grown produce - make it a paradise for nature lovers, honeymooners and families alike.
Exclusivity in every respect is the maxim of Fregate Island and the preservation and protection of the island's unique flora and fauna is one of its proudest achievements.
With 16 villas, only a select number of guests have the prestige to fulfill their dream of a stay in paradise. The island remains private to Fregate guests only, making it an ideal refuge for the discerning traveller, ensuring the rare feeling of a truly tropical island paradise.
Fregate Island Private strives to set new standards in integrating a luxury tourism operation into a natural retreat, and has become a leading example of how to establish a balanced coexistence between man and nature - or nature and man. Any questions of mutual intrusion have become redundant: just as guests can enjoy the natural environment on hikes and beach walks, so too can indigenous wildlife benefit from man-made infrastructureâ€¦ thus ylang ylang thatch becomes not just a roof, but a highly sought-after nesting material; paved pathways a last warming place before sundown; and stone walls a maze of shelters from sun and rain.
Restaurants & Bars at FrÃ©gate Island Private
In keeping with its committed approach to ecological issues, Fregate Island Private continues to strengthen the connection between restaurant menus and island-grown produce. Influenced by the abundance and diversity of ingredients cultivated on Fregate Island, the executive chef takes guests to new gastronomic heights with innovative demonstrations of the extraordinary flavors that nature can deliver. His inspired recipes are the expression of a distinctive culinary style applied to the freshest seasonal produce, ensuring every dish is unique in character and flavor and a true reflection of the bountiful tropical setting in which it is enjoyed. The island's own plantation and hydroponics house ensure guests can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables every day.
Fregate House offers a daily gourmet menu featuring the Chef's selection of local produce at its peak. Dining in Fregate House is available on the lower terrace and also in the restaurant. The restaurant catches the evening sea breezes through open windows.
Every evening, the Plantation House â€“ a museum by day â€“ transforms into a romantic restaurant serving traditional Creole dishes and island specialties. This historical building evokes the memories of the early settlers and is a wonderful venue for open air dining. The Plantation House is closed seasonally due to bird nesting.
Island Dining Experience
In addition to the restaurants and bars, guests can enjoy bespoke dining experiences anywhere on the island â€“ Fregate is their oyster! Dinner in the Tree House, serenaded by birdsongâ€¦ barbecues on the beach or at the Yacht Clubâ€¦ private candlelight dinners in the privacy of their villaâ€¦ or a favorite setting of their own discovery. During the Garden Table Experience, the chef accompanies guests on a tour of the plantation and hydroponics house and explains the diverse vegetables, fruits and herbs growing on the island. Afterwards, guests enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in the chef's garden, freshly prepared by the chef using ingredients picked during the tour.
The Fregate Island Private wine cellar is comparable with the world's most famous, cosmopolitan hotel restaurants, with a selection of over 300 wines including some of the most sought-after labels, varietals and vineyards from around the globe. As well as hosting regular wine tastings, the cellar is an intimate and unusual dining venue for groups of up to 10 guests.
The Pirate's Bar, overlooking Anse Bambous, and the Anse Bambous Beach Bar offer light snacks and drinks at lunch and dinner.
Activities at FrÃ©gate Island Private
Away from the frenetic pace of preoccupied modern living, Fregate Island Private is another world.
Not solely a means of escapism, however: Fregate Island is about a return to nature. Complimenting the beautiful tropical island setting and the ebullience of flora and fauna, a wide-ranging array of activities and amenities at Fregate Island Private provides the perfect opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the island's natural environment.
By the harbor's edge, the newly renovated Yacht Club - with its intimate bar, billiard table, terrace and hammocks â€“ 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.
From the comfort of one of Fregate 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 Fregate Island Private's bounty.
Nature Walks and Trails
Weaving through the tropical jungle interior and along the sweeping, idyllic island coastline via 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 resort's 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-de-Mer palms and giant Banyan trees
- Encounter magnificent Aldabra giant tortoises, roaming the dense undergrowth and swampy terrain
- Meet the unique tenebrionid beetle, only found on Fregate's soil; and the Seychelles terrapin
~ Sailing Dinghies
~ Motor Yachts
~ Hobie Cats
~ Scuba Diving (PADI)
~ Fitness Center
~ Tennis Court
~ Volleyball/Badminton Court
~ Mountain Biking
~ Boccia Ball
The Fregate Island Museum is home to fascinating displays and exhibits where guests can learn about the maritime heritage of the Indian Ocean and the Seychelles, including the history of trade routes, piracy, slavery and whaling. Furthermore, they can gain an insight into what life was like on Fregate Island's plantation and in colonial Seychelles, and find out about the ongoing conservation work on the island, including displays introducing the diverse native flora, fauna and sea life flourishing on and around the island.
Fregate Island Private has its own Christian chapel, complete with a campanile, with capacity for a congregation of approximately 20, and full wedding and other services are available on request.
Boutique & Gallery
Fregate Island Private is home to the Seychelles' most exclusive boutique, offering the signature Fregate Private Label collection of stylish, exclusively branded fashions, and accessories. Fregate Island Private's bespoke collection of diamonds, tanzanite, pearls and 18-carat jewellery produced by Diamonds SA creatively encompasses beautiful Seychellois design.
Luxury, handcrafted gifts of the finest craftsmanship, including Plantation jams and chutneys and bottled oils from the Rock Spa, as well as home furnishings inspired by the nature of the island are available for guests to purchase as mementos of their time spent on this precious fragment of unspoiled nature.
Fregate Island's gallery collection showcases the artwork of celebrated artists living in the Seychelles, including Camille Mondon, George Camille, Michael Adams and Jules Berard. Guests can organize private viewings to hear more about and truly appreciate the collected works.
Rock Spa at FrÃ©gate Island Private
The Rock Spa is a natural haven of serenity, nestled on a cliff-top plateau commanding panoramic views of the sea. Reached via a dramatic rock archway at the apex of a canyon of granite boulders and banyan roots, flanked by freshwater pools and cascading waterfalls, the spa celebrates the island's unique surroundings and embraces the traditional elements of earth, air, fire and water. Eschewing the commercialism of branded spa products and merchandise, the Rock Spa is a truly natural Seychellois spa experience which embraces the ecology of its unique surroundings.
Using only pure, natural products prepared from over 130 island-grown ingredients and free from any chemical or artificial ingredients, the Rock Spa's treatments and therapies incorporate countless medicinal plants, or â€˜Raspay', traditionally used by Seychellois healers - from Madagascar periwinkle to boost the immune system, to Yam weed for soothing joint pain.
In the Rock Spa's own Apothecary, Madame Dibwa (derived from the French for â€œthe fairy woman from the forestâ€) and her team of qualified therapists blend indigenous know-how with the principles of herbalism and aromatherapy to create unique scrubs, pastes and oils which form the basis of traditional treatments for relaxation, revitalization, detoxification or specific ailments.
The island-wide emphasis on the principle that â€˜fresh is best' ensures ever-changing daily specials on the spa menu, depending on which plants, fruits and herbs are in season.
Spa Facilities include:
~ 4 Treatment Suites
~ On-site apothecary
~ Zen / Yoga Garden
Rooms & Suites
Fregate Island Private has villas accommodating only a select number of guests at any one time and thereby ensuring the island remains exclusively the realm of its guests - no day visitors are allowed.
Positioned to guarantee ultimate privacy, each villa is built of native mahogany and clad in rich African Chamfuta Teak wood, blending harmoniously into its natural surroundings.
The typical villa plan features square spaces rotated 45 degrees, maximizing views of the ocean through two facades. The tropical feel of the buildings is intentionally casual, in keeping with the surroundings; in addition to an indulgent private infinity pool, each villa features a large terrace - with day bed and Jacuzzi - which flows from the interior as part of an extended living area. Interior architecture is simple and elegant.
The post and lintel structure is mirrored inside, framing picture-perfect views of the island; African Chamfuta Teak skirting boards edge cream Botticino marble floors, while vaulted roofs and Merbou timber framework faithfully reflect a diverse colonial architectural heritage.
Fregate Island Private introduced a comprehensive butler concept; a private butler is assigned to each villa to assure personalized and individual services throughout the guest's stay, providing anything, anytime, anywhere on the island.
Presidential Villa - Banyan Hill
The Presidential Villa lies high above on the plateau of the eastern strip of FrÃ©gate 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. It is furnished with an exclusive collection of antiques from around the
The Spa Villa (approx. 500 sqm) includes a living room, a large bedroom, three bathrooms, terrace, infinity pool, a daybed and dining pavilion. This Villa also features a mini spa with a bathroom, which can be converted into a second bedroom. Hand-carved wood, precious silk and Egyptian cotton create a cozy atmosphere. Integrated glass walls
Two Bedroom Villa
The Two Bedroom Villas (approx. 500 sqm) include a living room, two bedrooms, three bathrooms, terrace, infinity pool, a daybed and dining pavilion. The second bedroom has the same features as the first bedroom except that there are twin beds. Hand-carved wood, precious silk and Egyptian cotton create a cozy atmosphere. Integrated glass walls
One Bedroom Villa
The 13 One Bedroom Villas (300-400 sqm) include a living room, a large bedroom, two bathrooms, terrace, infinity pool, a daybed and dining pavilion. Hand-carved wood, precious silk and Egyptian cotton create a cozy atmosphere. Integrated glass walls in various rooms allow for a view of the ocean, the sky and the surrounding vegetation. The