Fregate Island Private: The Experience

Located in Fregate Island, The Seychelles

Visitors come to the Seychelles seeking a tropical escape, and there are few better places to get that faraway feeling than Fregate. Secluded spots abound on this private island, and one could happily hide out on a sugar-white sandy beach and play castaway for a day. But on either side of the picturesque shoreline lie two unspoiled animal kingdoms waiting to be discovered. Explore inland jungles inhabited by plodding giant tortoises and rare tropical birds. Or get out on the water for a snorkeling, diving, or boating expedition, immersing yourself in a marine world that harbors the likes of giant manta rays and harmless whale sharks. At Fregate, you can let your wildlife-viewing wish list rule your itinerary, or just relax in a tucked-away spot and let nature come to you.

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Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Beaches

Seven unspoiled beaches break up the island’s rocky shoreline, each showcasing the powdery-white sands for which the Seychelles are known. Charming “Beach Vacant” and “Beach Occupied” signs ensure privacy for select stretches of coastline, while other shores—like Marina Beach—are popular gathering spots for swimming and snorkeling.

Sea Turtle Conservation

The Seychelles archipelago is one of the only places in the world where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand during daylight hours, making this fascinating phenomenon easily accessible for those visiting Fregate during the nesting season (October to January). Guests are also invited to assist island ecologists with conserving the endangered hawksbill and green sea turtle species by helping them track nesting spots and monitor hatchlings as they emerge from the nests.

Giant Tortoise Nursery

Stop by Fregate’s Aldabra giant tortoise nursery and help staff feed some of the island’s recent hatchlings.

Nature Walks

Take a day- or nighttime walk along the trails that wind across the island, accompanied by one of Fregate’s resident conservationists. Guides provide a deeper understanding of the role that conservation plays in maintaining the health of the island’s wildlife. You may also wish to explore the nature trails on your own.

Deep-sea Fishing

Set out with one of Fregate’s expert fishermen on a deep-sea fishing excursion in the Indian Ocean. Cast your line into waters inhabited by yellowfin tuna, mahimahi, marlin, and more. Each guest is invited on one complimentary deep-sea fishing trip experience. Additional trips are offered at an extra cost.

Water Sports

Navigate ocean waters in a sea kayak, sail a catamaran, or go windsurfing. The lodge also has a dinghy available for young boaters.

Land Sports

Head to the beach for a game of volleyball or badminton, or play a tennis match at the marina. Borrow the lodge bocce set and play on the grassy lawn of your choice.

Mountain Biking

Bike the island nature trails through secluded patches of jungle, and take on the challenge of conquering Mont Signal—Fregate’s tallest point, offering sweeping views over the Indian Ocean and neighboring islands.

Outdoor Yoga

Practice yoga on the grounds of the Rock Spa while soaking in the soothing Seychellois scenery. Each guest is invited to enjoy one complimentary yoga session with Fregate’s professional instructor. Additional sessions are offered at an extra cost.

Local Culture

One night each week, the lodge hosts a Creole evening with traditional dancing and food. Join staff, many of whom are Seychellois, for the celebration and learn about the local cultural heritage.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Adopt a Tortoise Program

Guests are invited to adopt one of the island’s Aldabra giant tortoises, providing conservation sponsorship for a young hatchling.

Snorkeling

Snorkel amid reefs inhabited by a diverse array of marine life, including moray eels, fantail rays, and butterflyfish. In open waters, swim with harmless whale sharks—the largest fish in the sea—between August and November.

Diving

Fregate is home to a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) center and offers certification courses for divers of all levels. Beginners are invited to learn the basics of diving during a complimentary introductory pool session. Guests who would like to dive in open waters will need to be previously certified or complete the PADI Discover Scuba Diving certification course at the lodge. Nighttime diving excursions are also available.

Motorized Water Sport

Skim turquoise waters on a thrilling waterskiing excursion, taking in incredible views across the ocean. Fregate’s younger guests can also get in on the action by hopping on a banana boat for a thrilling tubing adventure.

Sunset Cruise

Cast off from the Fregate harbor in the late afternoon, and enjoy canapés and champagne as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. (10 person maximum)

Beyond Fregate

The lodge can arrange helicopter transfers for outings to many of the nearby islands, including golf excursions on Praslin Island.

Food and Drink

Fregate serves up Creole and international cuisine—dishes that reflect the cultural melting pot that is the Seychelles. Onsite organic gardens cultivate more than 50 types of fruits and vegetables, and fresh fish are harvested from the surrounding waters. The lodge’s “dine everywhere” policy encourages guests to enjoy meals while immersed in the island scenery of their choice. Start the day with breakfast on your favorite beach; then lunch high up in a tree house dining nook, or have a gourmet sashimi picnic packed for a day out on the water. Join the lodge chef at the plantation restaurant and pick out ingredients for a curated meal, or eat by candlelight at the water’s edge. At Fregate, the range of dining venues is as limitless as guests’ imaginations.

The Spa

The award-winning Rock Spa is perched on a hilltop plateau, framed by the island’s dramatic granite rock formations, its treatment rooms enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows exposing the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean. Soothing therapies—ranging from facials to hot stone massages and body wraps—are designed to restore the body’s balance and energy, and locally sourced products employ the natural healing properties of native plants. After indulging in the spa’s restorative treatments, guests are invited to sip on tea or champagne in the outdoor water garden, a serene spot frequented by the island’s meandering giant tortoises.

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