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Soak up the serenity of the Seychelles—and spot the rare wildlife of the archipelago—during an eight-day stay on the private isle of Fregate. Explore jungles inhabited by plodding tortoises and rare tropical birds; relax on picturesque beaches; and get out on the water for snorkeling, diving, and kayaking excursions.
Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.
Land in Mahé and transfer to the Zil airbase to board a helicopter. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Seychelles archipelago on the 15-minute ride to your private island getaway. Settle into your villa, then meet your personal assistant, who will take you on an extended island tour and will be available to help as much or as little as you’d like throughout your stay. This evening, dine on Creole and international cuisine at the Fregate House restaurant, or take advantage of the lodge’s “dine everywhere” policy and eat a meal in the comfort of your villa.
Wake up to breakfast overlooking the Indian Ocean, spotting exotic birds through the open windows of the Fregate House restaurant. Treat yourself to a welcome massage at the award-winning Rock Spa, lofted on a hilltop plateau with floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the treatment rooms that look out onto the sapphire sea. Sip on tea or champagne in the outdoor water garden, a favorite hangout for the island’s meandering giant tortoises. This afternoon, discover the island’s best snorkeling spots with the guidance of the lodge’s marina team. Toast the stunning Seychelles sunset with a cocktail on the beach at Grand Anse, then savor a private chef-prepared barbecue at a secluded beach spot of your choosing.
Join the lodge’s agriculture manager on a tour of the island’s extensive organic gardens, where more than 50 types of fruits and vegetables are cultivated. Select produce for a customized gourmet meal, which you’ll learn how to prepare in a private cooking lesson at the plantation house kitchen. Soak up the sun on a daybed in the sand at Anse Bambous beach, sipping an island cocktail from the beach bar. In the late afternoon, nibble on canapés and sip champagne during a sunset cruise around the island. Once you return, sit down to a private dinner underneath the stars.
Set out on a deep-sea fishing trip with a local fisherman, casting your line in some of the world’s richest waters for yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, marlin, and more. Or spend the morning snorkeling, kayaking, or mountain biking. Later, linger over high tea at the Glacis Cerf Pavilion, situated on the island’s highest point; from here you can gaze out over the outer islands and spy fairy terns flying above the forest. This evening, play a game of pool at the Yacht Club while the chef prepares your dinner in front of you.
Discover the island’s dazzling array of indigenous flora and fauna and hear about local conservation programs on a guided nature walk. Climb a treehouse nestled in the island’s oldest banyan tree. Here, high in the tropical forest, a light breakfast will be delivered to you via pulley. Then, experienced divers can gear up for a diving excursion, and novices can enjoy an introduction to the sport. This evening, dine on fine Creole cuisine in the historical plantation house, the veranda-fronted residence of the plantation owner during colonial days.
Energize your morning with yoga on the porch of the Rock Spa. After breakfast, head to Fregate’s Aldabra giant tortoise nursery, where you can help staff feed the ancient creatures and learn about breeding efforts. See recent hatchlings in the tortoise sanctuary, and consider adopting one to help provide conservation sponsorship. Continue on to white-sand Anse Victorin, a secluded spot framed by granite cliffs and a fringe of coconut palms that has been called one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A picnic blanket loaded with a spread of delicacies will be waiting for you.
Explore the outer islands of the Seychelles on a daylong excursion by boat. Drop by the laid-back island of La Digue, where you can hitch a ride on an ox cart to the famous Anse Source D’Argent, a pristine beach backed by monumental granite boulders. Or head to Praslin Island and visit the beautiful Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the world’s largest remaining stand of coco de mer, a palm tree with the plant kingdom’s largest seed once believed to sprout from the ocean floor. On your way back to Fregate, put on your gear and go for a dive in a secluded bay.
Enjoy breakfast in your villa and take one last dip in your private infinity pool. Depart by helicopter or small Twin Otter airplane.