Marooned about 1,000 miles east of Africa and 2,000 miles far from India are the Seychelles islands. The tropical islands that form the archipelago are blessed with fine weather conditions and breathtaking natural beauty.
With half the granite and coralline islands uninhabited and with only about 200,000 visitors a year, a limited tourism policy adds to the exclusive appeal of the Seychelles. A rich culture and diversity reflects the islands’ mixed ethic heritage of European, African, Indian and Chinese.
Tucked away around the sleepy confines of the deep blue Indian Ocean, circled by pristine white sand and gentle swishing waves, is the exquisite Frégate Island resort.
From the moment you touch down on this green, lush mound of just 740 acres, you are aware of the natural beauty and harmony of this special retreat. The island offers a very unique and memorable castaway experience.
The resort’s commitment to being an eco-friendly environment coexisting with its natural resources is evident from the design and structure of amenities and its natural conservation philosophy.
It seems nothing has been left to chance with a team of dedicated on-site ecologists ensuring a haven for both wildlife and nature-loving guests alike.
Privacy And Tranquillity Come Easily
With only 16 divinely designed villas housing a maximum of 40 guests at any one time, tranquillity and relaxation come naturally. As one would expect from the limited number of inhabitants on this tropical island, privacy is also a key attraction.
The sumptuous and spacious 2,000-square-foot one-bedroom living quarters are tastefully constructed in fine African mahogany with Italian marble floors complete with Balinese style vaulted thatched roofs.
The living space décor exudes influences from India, China and Africa and is full of elegant and luxurious furnishings from silk and linen cushioned lounges and charming rare antiques to a king-size four-poster bed. It’s no wonder that guests can hide away in perfect bliss in their fully equipped nirvana retreats.
Every villa has a large bedroom with adjoining lounge, two bathrooms, a satellite TV, DVD/CD with surround sound, broadband internet facility, air conditioning and ceiling fan. Expansive sliding glass walls and French doors offer a truly cinematic view of the ocean.
The terraced garden has a jacuzzi and daybed under a palm-shaded gazebo. Fourteen of the villas sit on cliff tops with magnificent ocean views, while two villas have their own gardens, ideal for families with young children.
A resort speciality is to encourage guests to choose their own locally grown products from the plantation of plentiful exotic tropical fruits and flowers. Mango, papaya and breadfruit, a type of large seedless fruit with the texture of a ripe avocado, are typically used to provide oils and tonics.
The Rock Spa relies on native ingredients like the rare and sensual coco de mer. A personal apothecary is on hand to inform guests of the beneficial qualities of the products they choose before the ingredients are expertly mixed for spa treatments and massage. Guests can also have treatments in their own villas or at a secluded gazebo with a four-poster bed.
For guests who can tear themselves away from their idyllic hideaways, there is a lot to do and see in and around the island. Fregate Island is noted for its high-quality spa treatments. The Rock Spa offers personal and professional massages and spa therapies.
Blending the natural and the contemporary in style, the spa has two double suites and two single massage suites with patio, showers, baths and an infinity plunge pool, 22 feet in diameter. A resort speciality is to encourage guests to choose their own locally grown products from the plantation of plentiful exotic tropical fruits and flowers.
Mango, papaya and breadfruit, a type of large seedless fruit with the texture of a ripe avocado, are typically used to provide oils and tonics. The Rock Spa relies on native ingredients like the rare and sensual coco de mer. A personal apothecary is on hand to inform guests of the beneficial qualities of the products they choose before the ingredients are expertly mixed for spa treatments and massage.
Guests can also have treatments in their own villas or at a secluded gazebo with a four-poster bed.
A fully equipped gym and well-stocked library offer a chance to exercise or ponder. A hike up to the Mount Signal, with a summit of just over 400 feet, affords the opportunity to explore the rich foliage, sandy coves and hidden bays along the way.
In fact the island is a joy for walkers, with wooded trails through cashew thickets, bamboo glades and citrus and avocado plantations. A helicopter or small aircraft island fly-by is another option. Guests who crave a round of golf can use the nearby Praslin Island course.
The island’s marina incorporates a certified PADI dive centre. Sailing and motorboats take guests to a number of different dive sites. Marine life to be observed at close range include stingrays, nurse sharks and schools of barracuda.
The marina itself overlooks a turquoise lagoon, protected by a small reef that restricts the waves and makes the area particularly safe for swimmers, snorkelers and inexperienced divers.
To go further from the shore the island has its own small fleet of vessels, including a 47-foot luxury teak launch ideal for excursions, the 37-foot Little Frégate Bird for those who want to go deep-water fishing and the 43-foot yacht Frégate Bird.
Lucky guests can witness their very own catch of the day cooked to their preference. Alternatively, guests can just kick back on one of the several stunning beaches leading to crystal clear turquoise waters. If having a beach almost to yourselves is not enough, then the Anse Macquereau is available for perfect seclusion. A beach of one’s own is as easy as posting the “beach occupied” sign.
Families travelling with children are catered to at the resort. An excellent castaway kids club offers fun and educational activities, a clubhouse, a playground and a special bay. Between the roaming giant turtles, water activities and tons of beach space, children should have more than enough to occupy their time and keep them amused. Complimentary free babysitting is also available.
Along with the resident 400 or so Aldabra Giant Tortoises that have right of way over guests, the island is rich in wildlife and rare and endemic flora and fauna. Many species of tropical and exotic birds can be seen cohabiting on the island including the Magpie Robin, a black-feathered bird that was nearly lost forever in the late 1960s and is a testament to the island’s commitment to protecting endangered species.
Other birds include the Fody and the Sunbird, land birds that are endemic to the Seychelles. The Hawksbill Turtle and Green Turtle, two rare and endangered species, are frequently seen, occasionally providing the spectacle of hatching baby turtles to the delight of on-looking guests.
There are two fine dining restaurants on the island, both with their own classic yet contemporary charm. Guests can learn about some of the early history of the island in the Plantation House museum before retiring to the House’s restaurant for traditional Creole dishes and island specialities, all in an atmospheric and romantic setting.
The Frégate House offers an à la carte menu and an extensive wine cellar featuring both old and new world vintages. Seafood lovers are particularly in their element with the array of superb fresh fish. The variety of fresh ingredients and produce that the island grows on its hydroponics and organic plantation are used to complement the chefs’ mouth-watering daily specials.
The open-air Pirates bar also serves up food and refreshments. Guests can have meals served in their villas, have champagne lunches delivered allowing them to picnic at their favourite island spot or opt for a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach.
The very exclusive and private nature of the Frégate estate coupled with the highest degree of comfort and sophistication make it an especially attractive destination for the rich and famous. Bill Gates has been a guest, Paul McCartney had his honeymoon there and Pierce Brosnan even rented all 16 villas once after the filming of a Bond movie.
For getting-away-from-it-all experiences with high-quality creature comforts, Frégate is a hard act to follow. The superb accommodation, all-round facilities and choice of island activities are ideal for singles, couples or families with children. Complimentary facilities include two freshwater pools, air conditioned gym, mountain bicycles, non-motorized water sports, diving instruction and guided walks.
Also inclusive in the daily rates are breakfast, lunch, dinner, light snacks and afternoon tea. On arrival guests are given their own personal electronic golf buggy to help them manoeuvre around the resort for the duration of their stay. In fact the personal touch is very much on the agenda at Frégate with a staff of more than 100 on hand to deal with every whim or requirement.
All in all, Fregate is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, a natural reserve where privacy and luxury are guaranteed. Whether you are looking for that dream tropical island holiday or perfect getaway, the Frégate Island experience will satisfy even the most discerning of travellers wanting that little slice of paradise.