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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

5.0 Excellent 123 Reviews
Is Fregate the Garden of Eden? General Gordon and I think so...
Reviewed 2 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.

Once In a lifetime
Reviewed 3 months ago

We flew into this island from the airport by helicopter. We were in the banyan hills villas, and the view was stunning. Beautiful beaches, buggies to drive for yourself and personal butler plus chef. Huge two century old tortoises, and we got to see turtles hatch too!

It was truly magical. Wonderful people, and an unforgettable experience.

One of the last paradise on earth
Reviewed 5 months ago

Dear Fregate Team
Thank you so much for our unforgettable stay on Fregate! Beautiful island, Great resort in a natural and unpolluted environment, very nice people all around, fantastic food and great support in all respects! Presumably one of the last paradise on earth!
If you're are looking for a genuine island with a lot of nature, privacy and relexation then will Fregate be the best place!
Looking forward to be back with you as soon as possible!
With the best regards Jeannette and Sandro

A Faultless Paradise
Reviewed 8 months ago

This is a stunning private island with amazing wildlife, picture perfect beaches overlooked by a handful of luxury villas with pools. The staff are all very professional friendly and attentive. They do their utmost to give the impression this is your private island. We never saw at any time more than two other guests. Our butler arranged a different venue for lunch, dinner, picnics and sundowners all arranged to obtain full benefit of the different beauty spots.

Unforgettable Memories with Giant Tortoises on the Best Beach of the World
Reviewed 9 months ago

Warm hospitality, excellent service team - the best personal butler Mr. Bonnie, you should ask him specially-, wild but luxury experience with pleasant touches.
There are over 4000 giant turtles you can see them everywhere. One of the most important detail is that the island is circled with beaches which have white sand and turquoise ocean water. You can enjoy on all of them but please do not skip to have picnic on the best beach of the World, Anse Victorin... If you like trekking, this island is perfect for this activity. After an early trekking tour in the middle of banyan tree jungles, you should combine the day a breakfast on the tree house with love birds...