4.5
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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

4.5 Very Good 129 Reviews
Tropical peace and quiet
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place gets rave reviews, and I’m afraid I just have to agree.
The service is excellent, the food is excellent and the island is interesting. Our villa was large, well appointed, with an excellent infinity pool. You get a golf buggy for your personal transport. It is cleaned and charged overnight.
When you arrive you’ll be met by Management and your Personal Assistant. I would urge to really make use of your PA, because they will make your stay memorable. For example they will arrange for you to have breakfast in the Tree House, or dinner in the Library or whatever. As for the food itself, if you don’t see it on the menu, just ask: they will probably be able to provide it, they will certainly try to prepare it the way you want.
House wines and local beer are complimentary (you have a wine cooler in your room which is replenished daily). The house wines were very drinkable indeed, but if you want finer wines they are available to buy.
Most reviewers have not mentioned the network of trails on the island. If you have the time, they are certainly worth exploring – there are trail maps in your room directory. The trails are not difficult, but they can be rocky, so do not attempt to do them in flip-flops: you will get hurt. You can ask your Personal Assistant to photocopy the trail map that you want to take with you on the walk.
If you only have time to do one trail, I’d suggest Mont Signal. To do the whole walk, drive your buggy to one end of the trail and let your PA know where it is. The PA will get your buggy and leave at the other end of the trail, so it’ll be there waiting for you. Perfect.

The most magical place we have ever visited!
Reviewed 2 months ago

When we arrived to Fregate Island, we had high expectations (as we had seen many incredible photos)! Our expectations were exceeded.

From the moment you step foot on the island, you are in complete holiday mode. No request is too small or too large for the staff. One day we asked to have breakfast in the treehouse, another day we asked for lunch on the beach. The food at each of the restaurants is of an incredibly high standard so we spent our three nights / four days trying all the different items on the menu.

The rooms are incredible especially the private pool which comes with each of the villas! By far the largest private pool we have ever had in any Hotel. It was beautiful how private each of them were as well, we were not able to see any other villas from our room!

It is amazing that this slice of paradise exists where tortoises room the island freely. We loved driving around the island in our own golf buggy passing the tortoises on our way!

Private Island at its best
Reviewed 4 months ago

This place deserves 5 stars no matter what, it is simply a nature wonderland which has been preserved excellently. However, there were a couple of dings, which I believe are being remediated.

Food quality wasn't up to the level we had expected AND requested. I.e. my wife is very health conscious and had requested avocado and other food to fit her diet... it took the manager to get in a boat to the main island to get this, but that was a couple of days.... this was the low season, so not that many guests, but we had requested this as we always do. However, we did have wonderful meals, especially in the tree-house and also the the owners estate.

Diving will be AMAZING if you go during the good diving moths, we didnt however it was still pleasurable and the equipment is good. At the price I would have expected two-tank dives, but due to the shallow dives, they were 50+ minutes both days and quite good. First time I saw a Spanish Dancer (we saw two).

The beaches are wonderful and you can have your own beach for the day, the birds are plentiful and so are the tortoises. My wife loved the yoga and she is a yoga instructor herself.

We forgot the plush-toy tortoise (and have a grandchild who would love that), so Management agreed to send that to us in NYC as well a Fregate Cap, which is my standard souvenir from these places. Have not received it yet... but there is a long distance to NYC.

No matter when you go, this will be memorable.

Blissful Harmony with Nature
Reviewed 7 months ago

Reaching Fregate Island Private is a bit like making your way to Fantasy Island. The helicopter ride from Mahe takes about 40 minutes and creates a great sense of anticipation. Once you’ve arrived, you are greeted with leis and tropical drinks. Keeping in mind that this Island is an ecological preserve, you’ll appreciate a certain aroma in the air as you make your way from the helicopter landing site to your villa (you're passing through a bird nesting area). The smell may be strong but once you reach the villas, the air is incredibly fresh and the views from the villa over the Indian Ocean are exhilarating. The larger villas have direct beach access, but the single bedroom villas are perched high atop granite boulders and have access nearby. One really neat aspect about Fregate Island Private is the fact that many of the beach areas are typically unoccupied and some have a sign that you can use to indicate it is occupied, thus allowing you to have the beach entirely to yourself. The villas are extremely spacious and have large bedrooms and a separate large living area. Our Villa had two bathrooms and an extensive deck, hot tub, and substantial infinity Pool that offered commanding views over the Ocean. The pool is such an enjoyable place to relax as the changing sky and sun created a panoply of different colors and light. It was especially relaxing to enjoy the pool at night with the lights off, gazing up at the immense Milky Way while silhouettes of fruit bats passed overhead. The villa is quite spacious and airy. There is ample complimentary beer, wine, local rum, nuts, cookies, and fruit for your enjoyment. There was so much food, we rarely ate formal breakfast and simply snacked on the treats available in the villa. The lunches and dinners were extremely delicious. The ingredients were fresh and varied. You can have your meals at your villa or at the restaurant. Meals, beer, and many wines are included. Some of the meals can be taken at a variety of locations around the island. The manager Wayne is very helpful and it is extremely enjoyable and educational to take the island walk with him. I would also recommend the evening nature walk. Our personal helper, Tamil, had occasional communication issues due to linguistic misunderstanding but he tried very hard to maximize the events during our stay. I was quite amazed he trekked our lunch one day down the enormous flight of stairs to Anse Victorin (rated more than once the world’s most beautiful beach). There are many complimentary activities and during our six days, we could not partake in all. There is an air conditioned gym and lovely spa a short walk or buggy (your villa comes with an electric cart) drive from the villas and the Balinese massage we received was incredible. Just below the main lodge, you’ll find a very large infinity pool as well as a gorgeous beach. I only wish we’d had the time to enjoy them both. One thing you’ll appreciate while staying here, you rarely encounter other guests; it’s almost as if you have the entire island to yourself. Next time we visit, we plan to do much less.

Is Fregate the Garden of Eden? General Gordon and I think so...
Reviewed 11 months ago

I'm just wrapping up four nights here on assignment for Coastal Living Magazine (a quest for the figurative - and literal? - Graden of Eden. Fregate is the classic Indian Ocean island escape - the luxury villas are dressed in dark-wood dressers and cream-colored sofas, have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea, and infinity plunge pools the size of bowling lanes. The villas have slopeside views of the nearby islands (La Digue, Praslin, Felicite) and Fregate's own beaches (easy enough to walk down to on trails, or take your golf cart). Nature is a great draw here, all kinds of rare and endemic bird life. Went diving twice - off seamounts about 5-15 minutes offshore. The gear was in great shape, the diving crew fun and safe, drift dives but mellow currents. Coral has taken a hit from warmer water, but sealife is abundant, saw some trevally, octopus, stingrays and even a couple of gorgeous sharks. I wish my kids were here - they'd love the giant tortoises (everywhere), hikes out to an old pirate fortress and what looks to be a fun kid's club. The crew that run the resort are the top of their game - American GM Wayne and his wife Sally are gracious and have great expat stories of island-hopping around the world, Simon the agricultural manager gave me a crack tour of the impressive gardens, Martin, an naturalist took me on a neat night hike. Steven, the guest services manager runs a great team and can arrange anything. A special shout out to Nichol, personal-assistant extraordinaire. He's got the balance of service vs privacy drilled in. I'd rave more, but I have to pack up and go hide in the forest so they can't make me leave tomorrow morning.