Fregate Island Private: About

Located in Fregate Island, The Seychelles

Over 100 million years ago, what is now India broke away from the Gondwanaland supercontinent, beginning its slow drift across the Indian Ocean and leaving the isles of the Seychelles in its wake. Left to evolve in isolation until the 18th century, the archipelago flourished into a virtual Eden of prehistoric forests, exotic birds, and powder-white sands. This primordial paradise lives on at Fregate Island Private. The lodge owners have worked diligently to restore the island’s native habitats following the country’s plantation era, and thanks to their efforts, unique and endangered wildlife have returned to the indigenous forests and picturesque beaches. The lodge’s thatched villas—spacious and luxurious as they are—seem hidden away amid the island’s coastal gardens and granite cliffs. Inland, a network of nature paths beckons jungle explorers, and just beyond the shoreline, sapphire seas seduce kayakers, snorkelers, and swimmers.

Highlights

  • Walk island trails with a resident naturalist, pausing to observe giant tortoises and seek out rare tropical birds in the treetops.
  • Lunch on gourmet fare in the lodge tree house, high up in one of the island’s oldest and largest banyan trees.
  • Join professional instructors on a dive or snorkel in the Indian Ocean and spot dolphins, giant manta rays, and, if the season is right, gentle whale sharks.
  • Find a secluded stretch of shoreline and enjoy a blissful day amid tranquil tropical scenery.
  • Indulge in a variety of wellness treatments at the award-winning spa, then relax with tea or champagne in the surrounding water garden.

Why We Love This Lodge

Fregate is part tropical paradise, part wild isle—a place where brochure-worthy beaches are inhabited by creatures seemingly plucked from the Galápagos. Like those famous Ecuadorian isles, the wildlife here illustrates the power and wonder of what evolution can do in isolation. The beaches are some of the only in the world where sea turtles nest during daylight hours; thousands of rare and endemic tropical birds flit through the trees; and curiously, the Seychelles are the only other place on the planet outside of Darwin’s archipelago where giant tortoises roam free. This unique living laboratory is actively being preserved by Fregate Island Private, and guests are invited to take part in conservation by sponsoring a baby tortoise, planting an endemic tree sapling, or helping ensure that sea turtle eggs hatch successfully. Even lazy days on Fregate’s beautiful beaches help with island conservation—a portion of all lodge proceeds are used to support ecosystem regeneration.

Lodge Features

  • 16 newly renovated luxury villas and one grand estate
  • Elegant, private verandas, each furnished with a private infinity pool, hot tub, day bed, and dining pavilion
  • Award-winning spa outfitted with an air-conditioned gym, yoga studio, and treatment rooms
  • A range of dining venues, including an elevated tree house, a wine cellar, two restaurants, and a beach bar
  • Organic garden complex growing more than 130 varieties of fruits, vegetables and spices
  • Aldabra Giant tortoise nursery and plant nursery
  • Common areas, including a library, freshwater pool, a marina and yacht club
  • Boutique featuring local artwork, jewelry, and souvenirs
  • Volleyball, badminton, bocce, and tennis & basketball courts
  • Free Wi-fi in each villa and in the main areas

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Fregate Island Private, National Geographic guests are invited to join Fregate’s chef de cuisine in the island’s extensive organic gardens to select produce for a customized gourmet meal. Then head to the plantation house kitchen for a private cooking lesson, where you’ll assist in the preparation of your ingredients and learn tips from a culinary master.

Awards and Recognitions

Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Travel Awards: The Top 100, 2015
World Travel Awards, Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort, 2015
Condé Nast Traveler: Gold List, Best Holiday Hotels in the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian Ocean, 2014 & 2015
Condé Nast Gold List, Best Beach Hotels, 2014

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