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What We Love

  • The complete escape of this private island
  • Choice of seven beaches, including your own private beach with a DO NOT DISTURB sign
  • 6-to-1 staff to guest ratio
  • Colossal private infinity pools
  • No roads here: Buggies are the island’s sole mode of transportation
  • Much of the food is grown or made on the island
  • Private butler assigned to each villa

What To Know

  • This is an eco-retreat, so nature is part of the experience. You’ll be sharing the island with quite a few tropical birds, large bugs and giant tortoises
  • Guests are isolated in this private island paradise, so your only food options are through the hotel
  • Cocktails are on the pricey side ($28)
  • The resort was constructed in the late ’90s and has not been renovated
  • In-room WiFi is free but can be slow
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Overview

The Review

{“type”:”headline”,”text”:”The look”} Robinson Crusoe shipwrecked with a colonial decorator. Creole cottages bedecked with antiques and elegant modern takes on plantation furniture. Native mahogany framing vast panoramas of undulating hills, palm trees and colossal boulders, the blues of the Indian Ocean, and your neighbors — who range from Brobdingnagian tortoises to Technicolor birds.

{“type”:”headline”,”text”:”Bed and bath”} Frégate’s 17 villas straddle the island’s western precipice, principally in the form of 4,300-square-foot one-bedroom units, each equipped with a dramatic infinity pool, a Jacuzzi, a daybed pavilion and an alfresco dining area, all overlooking the ocean. Each understated villa is partitioned by a glass-encased foyer and has two bathrooms and two outdoor showers, all simply appointed with African teak furnishings.

{“type”:”headline”,”text”:”Beyond”} Anse Victorin, one of Frégate’s seven beaches, is consistently rated among the best of the world, and your private butler can arrange picnic lunches and candlelit dinners there. Or dine a hundred feet up in a luxury treehouse perched in the canopy. These and all other meals served in-villa or in the restaurants are made entirely from ingredients grown or made on the island (think lobster and breadfruit curry or heart of palm and passion fruit salad). Other facilities include a PADI-certified dive center, a spa, three bars and a marina.

{“type”:”headline”,”text”:”What to do”} You may be marooned on the island, but there are more than 750 acres (and quite a bit of ocean) to explore. Take to the trails on foot or a mountain bike and get acquainted with tropical birds and giant tortoises. Dive below the surface to discover the diverse aquatic life of the Seychelles, or sail above it on one of the hotel’s private fishing boats; the chef will prepare whatever you catch. Afterward, relax in the spa or on one of the island’s seven beaches. With the flip of a DO NOT DISTURB sign, you can have completely private reign of Anse Maquereau beach.

How to Get There

Frégate Island Private Hotel
Frégate Island
, Seychelles

Reviews

Beaches for photos not swimming , not great for kids, tired/dated
mjh111965

I will start with the usual “we’ve been to many exclusive places around the world” routine...and this really is very true in our case. We have an enormous amount of comparison points. Aman Resorts would probably be a good benchmark with which to compare places such as Fregate, and we have been to most of the Amans.
Fregate is undoubtedly a photographically beautiful island. The the initial arrival is quite a “wow” in that respect, but things sort of disappoint thereafter. The wildlife (we loved it, but for the occasional few a put-off apparently, but you really shouldn’t be in the Seychelles if you are not into birds or centipedes) is very interesting and the conservation effort is clearly to be applauded...although we wondered if really the island was “conservation first, clients second” at times. As of October 2019, the villas and general facilities are dated...certainly for the money one is paying. The beach bar (apparently) isn’t “shabby chic”...it’s just shabby...there’s nobody there ..you have to call someone to come down, eventually. The main restaurant and common areas feel aesthetically very unimaginative. I can’t think of any other of the facilities I would describe as “wow”...the spa area is ok perhaps. Generally they probably need a more inspirational architect or need to commit proper money for a more comprehensive update, not incremental “catch-up/patch up” changes. I won’t go on to list things, but I noticed quite a few things where I felt a good architect with some imagination and attention to micro details may have improved on things. The food is ok but hardly knockout for such an expensive place. The service is well-meaning enough, but quite slow at times, Seychelles-style. All in all, just disappointing for the (very large) amount of money.
The one thing I really need to highlight though, and something that I’m truly bemused does not appear in many other reviews, is the fact that the very photogenic beaches are only useful for just that ...nice photographs...because you can forget enjoying going in the water...and with kids they are 100% a non-starter. Most they tell you to simply not go in (and you wouldn’t, not even strong swimmers), and the two bits they highlight as “swimming beaches” simply are not ...a somewhat scruffy bit of sand called “Marina beach” is simply a foot slicing exercise to get into the water across the broken coral for subsequently not a particularly amazing swimming experience, and the small section down in front of the main restaurant with its nasty shore break would knock most kids (and some adults) off their feet and churn then around in the sand in a nanosecond. There’s plenty of random rocks around under the water to slam into if you get anything wrong. What is disappointing is that via my agent I very specifically asked about swimming possibilities for both adults and children, and was specific about the time of year we were visiting, and the reply was “yes” and the old “the beaches change with the seasons so there’s always nice swimming somewhere”. Rest assured the denial will come, but I really don’t believe it. A manager at another high end place in the Seychelles summed it up honestly: “the Seychelles is pretty well one of the worst places in the Indian Ocean for actually swimming in the sea”. He’s right.

Do not come here: full of warms
worldcustomer2017

This private island is full of giant millipedes warms which enter your villa, your underwear, clothes and food! Outrageously expensive : £3000+ a night for a villa and you get to experience this phobia!

I and my husband booked our stay for 6 nights via Knightsbridge Circle Luxury concierge company based in London.

After 3 nights, upon waking up with these millipedes next to my bed and clothes, I had enough and demanded to leave the island immediately.
We moved to the newly opened Six Senses resort which was free from any of these creatures and had great service.
So we basically had to pay again for our holiday.
I have been several times to Seychelles to different islands. These millipedes are native to Fregate Island only.

On top of that, Fregate private island whose management charges outrageous amounts to their guests, does not have any activities! They do not even have a proper boat to begin with. We booked a private day trip to the other islands and they wanted to put us in a transport ferry boat, can you imagine?

To give some credit, their beaches are beautiful but warning: you can’t swim in any because of strong currents and waves and also to get to them there are like 200 steep stairs down. My husband slipped and fell on his back. Very dangerous.

Last but not least, there were like 300 types of birds nesting and pooping everywhere.

To sum up: this island is not adequate for tourism. They need to make a lot of changes and lower their unreasonable prices.

Wild Africa meets Luxurious Paradise
C_and_N2001

The first rule of marketing is “location, location, location” and this place has inherited the Garden of Eden! If you’re tired of the magazine air-brushed Maldives, or if French Polynesia is just too far, if you like a touch of luxury with your adventure, then this is the place for you.
Pros:
-African jungle fauna that will overwhelm you... 5000+ tortoises (some of them 200 yr old), hundreds of thousand birds, large fruit bats, etc. etc. This place seems like a step-back to the Jurassic era
-amazing villas with more-than-amazing views
-some of the world’s most beautiful beaches where you will be the ONLY one on the beach!
-privacy!!! You’ll basically never see other guests or be bothered at all
-delicious and healthy food... freshly caught fish, 80% of fruits and vegetables (so fresh and delicious!) served are grown on the island, etc. you can eat well AND loose weight here
-great mix of relax and activity... they organize and propose things for you to do every day to make sure that you get to know the island, etc. you don’t have to call or organize anything... they think ahead and make it happen
-personalized service... they know your name, learn your preferences and habits, and tailor the service to match
Cons:
-none really but the hotel could use an “update” in some cases (e.g., the gym)... there’s a little wear-and-tear that you might not expect at these prices but the management says they’re aware and will make future investments

We’d love to thank Edson and Angela (our assigned assistants), the management team including Wayne and Arta, all of the waitstaff in the restaurant (David, Ades, etc.) and housekeeping (Mimirose!). Kudos also to Richard who is fighting the “good fight” in terms of ecology and conservation.

We will definitely be back!