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Fregate island, Seychelles

FREGATE


Named by the explorer Lazare Picault after the abundance of frigate birds on the island, Fregate or sometimes Frigate Island, is the easternmost of the granitic inner islands of the Seychelles, lying 55 km east of Mahe.

Like many of its neighbouring islands, Fregate is covered with a dense tropical forest, filled not only with endemic, native species, but also with other trees such as mango, banana trees, papaya trees and breadfruit trees.

The Seychelles Magpie Robin is the best representative wildlife of Fregate. Thanks to a successful elimination program of it predators, the species of bird have flourished on the island. The Seychelles white-eye was also reintroduced to Fregate from Conception and the population has risen to hundreds of birds. Despite being a mecca for many other birds, the Frigate birds, after which the island was named, are a rare sight.

The island also has its own giant insects. One in particular is the tenebrionid beetle, which lives nowhere else in the world, and the giant endemic millipede (Seychelleptus Seychellarum).

Fregate is also home to the second largest colony of Aldabra Giant Tortoises, around 600 of the species call the island home. Hawksbill turtles also come to nest on the beaches of Grand Anse, Anse Parc and Anse Victorin.

As a measure to ensure the survival of the islands original flora, 80,000 indigenous plants and trees were replanted on the island, and today these are flourishing.

Fregate Island Resort is an exclusive island resort that only a privileged few have had the unique opportunity to revel in the pleasure of visiting the stunning island for a truly luxurious location.

Set amidst this heavenly beauty lays Fregate Island Private Resort, a mere 20 mins transfer by Helicopter. The 16 luxury villas, all with private pools and Jacuzzi decks perched amongst the rocks, are spread across the hillside of this granitic, sculptured island. The 16 air-conditioned villas come with fans, bath, one indoor and two outdoor showers, CD/DVD, TV, and mini-bar. Clients can choose between Luxury 1 bedroom villa with Pool or Luxury 2 bedroom villa with Pool. Presidential villas can also be arranged.

Most of the superb and exclusively designed villas are built over-looking the spectacular ocean. Richly furnished in Thai silks and Egyptian cotton, each villa has a glass-enclosed entrance foyer, separate living room and bedroom, and two bathrooms with outdoor showers. The private wooden sun deck leads to a private pool with jacuzzi. This picture-perfect setting is ideal for in-villa dining. You also have the possibility to dine anywhere, anytime; in the tree house, in the bana grove, at the beach or any other location. A private butler takes care of your every need.

The resorts main building comes equipped with two restaurants, two bars, a library, an exclusive boutique, gallery, fitness centre and wine cellar. There are two infinity swimming pools spilling over the horizon into waterfalls cascading down the rocks.You can easily reach this in your own personal buggy.

Guests will delight at Fregate Island Private's new, innovative "Bird's Nest". Just off Grande Anse, one of Fregate's seven dream beaches, a wooden staircase winds up around the trunk of a coconut tree to a discreet platform discreetly camourflaged in palm leaves. Rising above the treetops, this hideaway is perfect for couples to enjoy stunning views, sip delicious sundowners, enjoy a gourmet meal prepared and served by their private butler, or just enjoy each others' company in a unique and secluded environment.

The rock spa, the first indigenous spa in the Seychelles, voted one of the worlds best, is in a wonderfully unique setting, and the treatments are tailor-made with natural island products created by the islands own spa apothecary. Treatments incorporates nature‘s elements of earth, fire, air and water into the Creole-inspired architecture. As you bathe in milk from the mountain top spa bath, it is intensely romantic.

We recommend relaxing on the jaw-dropping beach of Anse Victorin, hanging the specially designed ’do not disturb‘ sign, then ringing from the beach telephone for your butler to deliver your chilled champagne.

Other facilities on the island include PADI Dive Centre, Island Marina and Yacht Club, Personal island Buggy, Guided nature walks, castaway kids club house, Chapel, Museum, In-villa dining and « dine anywhere, anytime » with private butler service.

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