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.
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.
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.
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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