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Frégate Island Private Resort, Seychelles

Once a drop-off point for pirates, tiny Frégate Island is a very exclusive, uber luxurious, hideaway only 20 minutes by helicopter from Mahé. Its tagline is ‘Privacy, it’s is in our nature’ – and it does what it says on the tin. Whatever you do here, you can expect a private view of pristine nature.

 

It is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been, and absolutely perfect for couples who want complete privacy, as you can dine in your villa, on the beach, or with a white linen tablecloth spread wherever you want. It’s also all-inclusive, with Champagne on tap.

 

Just a mile long and less than a mile wide, the island has seven beautiful white sand beaches and its own coral reef. The lush tropical vegetation with coconut palms, bamboos and sandragon trees are home to over 1000 bird species, including the rare Seychelles Magpie Robin, which this island saved from extinction, and 3,000 giant Aldabra tortoises.

 

Accommodation is in 16 beautifully-appointed private Pool Villas with antiques and Asian artwork, and butler service. Each villa has a separate bedroom and sitting room, and a sundeck and gazebo with steps down to a private pool in the rocks, overlooking the ocean. You are given a golf buggy to explore the island. Facilities include a Yacht Club with PADI Dive Centre, and The Rock Spa, where guests can collect their own fruit and botanicals for treatments from the gardens.

There is a gourmet a la carte restaurant in Frégate House, but no evening entertainment. You can reserve the beach for special occasions and arrange Champagne breakfasts or picnic lunches, complete with white linen tablecloths. Private dining everywhere means breakfast in the branches of a Banyan tree watching snowy fairy terns, catching your own bonito for a sashimi lunch on the sea or a stroll through the plantation to choose your produce from the fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices used in the cuisine and dine in the fields or a BBQ on the terrace of your Pool Villa.

Susie suggests:

  • If a special birthday/anniversary reserve the beach for a private Champagne breakfast or picnic lunch
  • Private dining can be anywhere on the island – just speak to your butler
  • Take a nature walk with the resident conservationist along some of the 11km of trails criss-crossing the island
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