Fregate Island Private Hotel
Top of Class
Only a twenty minute flight from Mahe, Fregate Island rises 125 metres out of the Indian Ocean, a uniquely peaceful setting of verdant, tropical vegetation fringed by seven beaches, each a brilliant sweep of powdery white sand guarded by giant, iconic granite boulders. This is one of the so-called Inner Islands of the Seychelles.
This tropical paradise which is home to 2,000 free-roaming Giant Aldabra tortoises. The island also safeguards the nests of hundreds of endangered hawksbill turtles. The preservation, protection and nurture of its unique flora and fauna has always been a fundamental raison d'être for Frégate Island
Accommodation on Fregate Private Island
Fregate Island Private Hotel had restricted itself to just 16 villas so that you can experience the rare luxuries of space, security and utter seclusion within a tropical island setting of exuberant natural beauty.
The 16 massive villas (mostly 400-500sqm) each have one or two bedrooms, sitting room, two bathrooms, generous sundeck with outside showers, large infinity pool and jacuzzi, daybed pavilion and dining pavilion overlooking both the lush jungle and ocean. Each is nestled into the coastline naturally screened from each other by vegetation with a private beach buggy for your use. Each villa has telephone, wireless internet access, TV, DVD/CD player, iPod station, air-conditioning, safe, minibar and tea/coffee facilities and can accommodate one extra child.
Fregate House Restaurant and the Plantation House serving authentic creole dishes, both offer innovative cuisine inspired by the fruits & vegetables grown on their island plantation. The Pirate’s bar, beach bar and wine cellar are other convivial meeting places. Alternatively you can opt for a private romantic dinner in their unique Tree House.
Other facilities at Fregate Island Private Hotel include an island museum, DVD and book library, freshwater swimming pool, 25m lap pool, the Rock gym and Rock spa, boutique, the Castaway Kids clubhouse and a historic chapel.
Activities on Fregate Island
Fregate Island has seven beaches, one frequently voted ‘most beautiful in the world’, a private marina with yacht club and PADI dive centre. There’s an inspiring natural outdoor playground for children and several hiking trails
Activities at Fregate Island Private Hotel include nature walks with resident conservationists, hiking trails in the mountains, mountain biking, gym, Rock Spa and a star-gazing programme.
Complimentary activities include hobie cat sailing, sea kayaking, surfboarding, windsurfing, snorkeling from the shore, mountain biking, gum and island dining experiences. Activities at extra cost include scuba diving, PADI dive courses, deep sea fishing, water-skiing, snorkeling boat trips, power boating and spa treatments.
Presidential Villa at the Banyan Hill Estate
The Banyan Hill Estate is on a secluded peninsula and comprises three separate sleeping villas for 6 adults (and 3 children) and comes with your own personal chef, private butler and staff. There’s a large, architecturally stunning main building with open living area and grand dining space, a fully serviced kitchen, TV Lounge, private study /office and private infinity pool with spacious gazebo. Magnificently located on a hilltop overlooking the harbour, beaches and most of the island, the Banyan Hill Estate combines luxury with a unique feel of privacy and natural beauty.
Conservation on Fregate Island
This remote granite island has several conservation projects on the go. One such project is the rehabilitation of the indigenous forest with tens of thousands of trees planted. This works hand in hand within its status as a bird sanctuary to thousands of tropical birds with more than 100 species spotted here. It is credited with having saved the Seychelles Magpie Robin from extinction as well.
Any questions of mutual intrusion have become redundant: just as guests can enjoy the natural environment on hikes and beach walks, so the indigenous wildlife benefit from man-made infrastructure… thus ylang ylang thatch becomes not just a roof, but a highly sought-after nesting material; paved pathways a last warming place before sundown; and stone walls a maze of shelters from sun and rain.