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 132 Reviews
Wild Africa meets Luxurious Paradise
Reviewed 2 months ago

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!

This is what heaven must be like
Reviewed 2 months ago

This place is perfect in every way. Our room was stunning. Loved our 1.4 meter private pool overlooking the turquoise sea. Our dedicated butler Edson was amazing. He was there for every need and always with a huge smile. Service in general was over the top. It felt like we were the only ones on the island.

The all-inclusive program was great. Tons of amazing food and great wine. The food is all grown on the island. Loved all the themed events. The plantation evening, featuring island history and creole food was terrific. Enjoyed hearing from the curator of the farm—great education about the fruits and uniques items he grows. Loved meeting the chef who clearly puts his heart and soul into every meal. A fun hike with the island’s environmentalist followed by a private breakfast up in their “treehouse” was fantastic! Had cocktails with the managing director at the beach, with all the amazing wildlife and hermit crabs. Our final dinner was one of the best meals we have ever eaten. Fresh tuna, Kobe beef, amazing vegetables—honestly, so good! All meals were made just for us because we have a daughter with many food allergies—thier chef handled it perfectly.

We all got spa treatments. Staff was so good and treatments excellent...unlike the average “hotel” massage. True professionals in a very calm, relaxed environment.

The diving and snorkeling was like none other. Literally millions of fish, rays, nurse and black tip sharks, turtles. The marina staff were fantastic. So good that we went out on the boat daily. Felt very safe with the snorkel and diving guides.

The environmental education was great too. 5000 Aldabra tortoises live on the island. We held several babies—magical. This island is very environmentally conscious—which we like a lot. This is a slice of heaven for sure. A value for what we got!

We will return in a heartbeat. Next time, we are staying longer!

Tropical peace and quiet
Reviewed 3 months 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 5 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 7 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.