Frégate Island, Seychelles

Saunter across Fregate Island and you’re more likely to encounter a giant Aldabra tortoise than another guest. There are 2,200 tortoises and only 30 visitors allowed at any one time.

A distinct lack of people on Fregate Island encourages the wildlife to flourish. As well as the two thousand-odd tortoises roaming through the island’s forest there are hundreds of endangered hawksbill turtles nesting on protected beaches. Not to mention a rehabilitated forest planted with tens of thousands of indigenous trees, and literally hundreds of thousands of tropical birds. There are 100 avian species recorded on the island, including the saved-from-extinction Seychelles magpie robin.

That’s quite a lot of wildlife to be enjoyed by a few lucky visitors. And there is another reason for joining them on your luxury, tailor-made holiday to the Seychelles. On one of the seven beaches is the Fregate Island Hotel with its own private harbour and a collection of just 16 ultimately luxurious guest residences.

Fregate Island Hotel, at a glance

  • Extremely luxurious hotel on a picture postcard island, compete with seven impeccable beaches and a verdant interior
  • Choice of just 16 private residences, all with their own private pools
  • Accommodating up to four adults and two children
  • Two bathrooms and two outdoor showers per residence
  • Many have direct access to the beach and ocean
  • Personal buggies for exploring the island
  • Banyan Hill Estate comprising three separate villas sleeping up to six adults and three children
  • Exclusive, whole island rentals
  • Exceptional food served in the stylish restaurants, bars, Treehouse, Yacht Club, beneath banyan trees, in the plantation, on the beach…

For leisure and pleasure

  • Choice of seven beaches – one of them frequently voted the world’s most beautiful
  • Rock Spa complete with air conditioned gym and personal trainer
  • Private inland harbour and yacht club
  • PADI dive centre and wide range of water sports
  • Wildlife including giant tortoises, endangered turtles and 100 different species of birds, some very rare
  • Romantic dining beneath the island’s oldest banyan trees
  • Hiking along twisting mountain trails
  • Star gazing programme
  • Helicopter trips to neighbouring islands and golfing destinations
  • Exciting natural playground and club for kids
  • I do not think that we have ever had so much care and attention from a travel company, which just goes to show that (in a good way), you do get what you pay for.

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    DL, Morocco, 2013