Fregate Island Private

Fregate Island Private

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Fregate Island Private is a secluded paradise, 4 degrees south of the equator and 35 miles off Seychelles' Mahe coast. Guests will discover the castaway idyll of their dreams amidst relaxed luxury. Fregate Island Private boasts 17 luxurious Villas, each perched over rocks looking towards the sea, and naturally isolated from one another. Interior architecture is simple and elegant, faithfully reflecting a colonial architectural heritage. The master bedroom, the dining and living rooms have heavenly views. Outside, an infinity pool and Jacuzzi seemingly spills into the exotic blue of the Indian Ocean. Fregate Island Private is a one of a kind destination where guests can experience the ultimate offer to Seychelles luxury with an exclusive 5 – star experience and a team genuinely committed to conservation. The restoration and perception of its unique flora and fauna has always been, and will continue to be a fundamental raison d’être for years ahead. Our precious Seychelles Island is covered in lush forest, fringed by coral reefs and a sanctuary to some of the world’s rarest plants, reptiles, insects and birds. We welcome all kinds of travelers, near and far, in search of new inspiration to this peerless sanctuary. Fregate Island Private represents the most beautiful tropical paradise, amid its purest natural environment and harmless exquisite wildlife.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Badminton
Bicycles available
Kids stay free
Babysitting
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Personal trainer
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Boating
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Snorkelling
Tennis court
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Entertainment staff
Fishing
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Mosquito net
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Dining area
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Family rooms
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Michael G wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Simply Magical place !
Stunning Nature combined with exclusive top range premium Hospitality.
If you like perfection then you will find it all there on this beautiful island.
I would recommend this place to everybody who seek a special experience.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Adam K wrote a review Sept 2004
3 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The best resort in the world. I've stayed at a number of the top ranked resort and this secret hideaway is blessed with perfection. Gorgeous private white sand beaches, animal life that makes Jurassic Park look like a petting zoo, and beautiful forests to hike through. The villas were so relaxing and peaceful. All were perched above the ocean (except two family villas) and were bigger than most houses. The villas have three showers--two outside and one inside, a lovely deck, a jacuzzi, and a sitting room. Private dinners on your balcony are the norm. If you try really hard, you may see another one of the guests. I saw maybe two or three guests at breakfast once and that's about it. And the island was almost fully booked. If you can afford the price tag do it, if you can't afford it, then it's worth spending your kids college fund on it.
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longtimetraveller wrote a review Jun 2005
London, United Kingdom3 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have travelled a lot and this hotel is (in our view) the best Island resort in the World. It's very hard to speak too highly of the place so I'll only mention a few bad things - the villas are not super private. Our villa was closest to the main buildings (which was the subject of building works at the time) and all the builders had a pretty good view of our room when the curtains were not drawn. The other bad aspect is that it is necessary to pay in full in advance using a wire transfer - if the hotel went belly up, you would lose everything, and (unlike with a credit card) never get a refund. I guess such a great hotel can get away with such arrogance. It's better to book through a travel agent who can take your credit card (and any resultant risk).

Apart from these points, super hotel, and would love to go back. It's expensive, but if you're looking for a once in a lifetime destination (we went for our honeymoon), this is the Island destination.
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Date of stay: July 2002
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Coastal16482 wrote a review May 2006
London1 contribution50 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Fregate Island is indeed a tropical paradise. The beaches are simply pristine and the water is clear and warm. Unfortunately the resort has been constructed on a series of steep cliffs poised over the pounding sea. To reach the beaches requires a drive or a hike. The drive involves a cheap, poorly powered golf cart while the hike entails toiling up and down treacherous stone steps and steep inclines. The villas are comprised of two seperate buildings with thatched roofs and slippery-when-wet, varnished pine decking. Every morning our jacuzzi featured a floating creature of some description. Either a drowned brown skink or bright green gecko. The millipedes literally rained down from the ceilling, leaving sticky stains on the carpets and beautiful linen. The quality of the food (bearing in mind that the resort is all-inclusive of food) was good with delightful menu selections changing each day. We particularly enjoyed the freshly baked cookies and roasted cashew nuts in the villas.
Several requests made to the Reception staff were simply ignored or forgotten. We eventually had to confirm our own international flights and our passports were only returned on the day of departure. Messages were lost and it seemed that the staff, though willing, were badly organised and poorly trained. During our stay, we learned from a few of our favorite staff members that a number of significant management changes had occurred on the island recently. The staff organisation appeared confused and disorientated.
The beautiful beaches, glorious sea, abundant fauna and flora are all, unfortunately overshadowed by the lacklustre service, dated facilites, lack of comfort and aloof attitude of management. There is no value for money and we will be looking elsewhere for our next vacation. When looking to book a beach/island getaway, we envisioned warm, balmy nights; relaxed yet elegant comfort; value for money and an experience not to forget. I would recommend North Island for all of the above.
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Date of stay: April 2005
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Furnace7 wrote a review Aug 2010
Monte-Carlo, Monaco1 contribution35 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Why does one pay double the price of the very best accommodation at a similar resort to stay at Fregate?

I have yet to find out why, BUT I can tell you why you should NOT.

Weather.
No reason to be here during the low season unless you want worse weather than in Europe.

Beaches.
We were told the sea would be too rough to swim which was correct. The beaches are photo-friendly but actually pretty useless and thanks for the sand flies. If you are a beach person, this is definitely not for you. The hint might be the granite all over the place!

Isolation.
This is the only reason I can find as to why you are paying $4,000 per night…. yes that's correct…. but I am not a film star, I don't wander around in the nude and I don't want to spend 2 weeks confined to a villa.
No-one at the 2 restaurants, no-one at the bar, no atmosphere whatsoever…..Boring!

Food.
The food was not up to the standards of a three star hotel. Steaks and lobster were horrible. Thank goodness we liked Indian and Thai which we had every lunch and dinner. Shame our local restaurants are of higher quality.
I have no problem eating the produce from the island but they should also be able to offer alternatives which they were unable to do.
While I understand with such a low occupancy rate, logistics must be a nightmare, but if the solution is not to offer any choices and rely on the island produce, that is a nightmare of a holiday.

Villa/Service
On arrival, the air conditioner had just been turned on although it was a horribly humid and cloudy day. Actually, the AC was the only thing during the whole trip which was better than I have at home….. the ONLY thing. The television didn't work at all during the duration of our stay. The DVD machine had to be changed and lots of the discs were scratched. At least the internet did work, albeit slowly and pretty challenging for my work. The actual accommodation was fine although looking its 10 years. The interior furniture was adequate. The decking was not well built but the pool was okay.
Fortunately, the junior p.a., that is what they are called, was duly overwhelmed after 24 hours and we were re-assigned a different villa and a senior p.a. With the new villa, supposedly viewing the sun rise and fall was possible, although during our stay we saw no evidence of such an event. The senior p.a., who actually was a great improvement, but why are they called p.a.'s when all they do is act as a waiter? When there are only 3 other villas occupied out of 16, why would you give one of your inferior villas, without any supposed views, to a couple staying 2 weeks in the low season? Was more money required? Paying double was not enough? Further proof the management is un-involved and prefers the birds.
The cleanliness of the place is open to question. Poo from the millipedes spent their time in the bath tub unmolested.
The sheets and pillows were poor quality.

Spa.

The one and a half hour massage and scrub at the spa using the natural products of the island was soothing but it didn't warrant double the cost of a similar treatment at a five star spa.

Animal life.

Those of us who have seen the Hitchcock film The Birds were slightly alarmed, but horror stories about the animal life by and large were greatly exaggerated with the exception of the sand flies which were prolific and not mentioned prior.

Exploration.

We did a day trip to Praslin and La Digue where we experienced an authentic Seychellois curry…. it was rubbish. We went to 2 beaches on La Digue, the famous one called the source of money, miss it, it has to be terrible in high season, worse than Margate. On Praslin, the Lazio beach was the best we had seen the whole trip but save yourself a lot of aggravation and just go to the Caribbean.

Conclusion.

So you tell me why we paid double? You tell me why we went at all? Our last holiday was 2 weeks in the Maldives when it rained every day. This holiday was considerably less enjoyable. Not good…. As I write this, our last Wednesday evening, dinner was so bad we left it. No-one cares.
You have to laugh…. last day the AC has broken down.
160 euros for a bottle of Pimms.
Wine list, poor quality ridiculous prices.
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Date of stay: July 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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mmmttt_11 wrote a review Nov 2011
Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions31 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
the positives: beautiful beaches (i believe we were lucky about the sea not being too rough), attentive staff, butler service is good, golf cartes are helpful, turtles are beautiful.

the negatives: tired rooms, tired common areas, only average food (nowhere close to Aman quality), outdated technology (wifi, electric plugs,etc.). millipedes (see below)

if you are paying 5.000 euros per day for a family of 4, i do not believe that a resort can have the luxury of having the above negatives.

biggest problem that my family has encountered were the millipedes in the island. this is no joke nor exaggeration. i am aware that this comes as part of a package within this eco island however one may not want to see 10s of millipedes per day within his/her villa and we did every single day we were at fregate. seeing them in the middle of the night in the bedroom was very tough for my 9 and 6 yr olds and they basicaly did not like the island because of this. one may be ok with millipedes but if you are not, this place is not for you.

lastly: because of the millipedes and the lizards, etc, we wanted to leave 2 days early (shortening our stay from 6 to 4 nights) and received very opportunistic/unreasonable response from mgmt. in these cases i do not care what the agreement/disclaimer writes. i care about the reality: the fact was that only 3 or 4 of the 16 rooms were occupied therefore us leaving 2 days early did not result in any missed opportunity to the hotel. the manager told me that they will only refund 10% of the total pmt for the unused nights to me. i asked back for at least 15% as 15% of room rate was already taken from me as service charge and i at least wanted to get that part back for the days i was not going to stay and receive no service!!! however, my butler replied to me that the manager's final decision was to refund 10%. this was a joke. it really was an opportunistic approach by the hotel not sympathizing with the guest whatsoever. never make your reservations for too long to this place if you have any chance to shorten your stay. your pmts to this place goes down the drain. you can always lengthen it as it does not necessariy have high occupancy (ie last week).
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Date of stay: November 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Fregate_Island, General Manager at Fregate Island Private
Responded 21 Nov 2011
We are always extremely disappointed when our guests are unhappy with any aspect of their stay on Frégate Island Private, whatever the reason. We have over 30 years of restoration effort on Frégate Island and have been incredibly successful in so many projects, from the near extinct Magpie Robin to the annual nesting of the endangered Hawksbill turtle. Regrettably, we cannot control all of our restoration efforts and the existence of the prehistoric millipede is part of our success. Many, many attempts have been made to try to limit their access to the villas; however, they do still manage to access inside the buildings. All of our personal Butlers are available at any time of the day and the night and they are happy to remove millipedes from the villas, if guests feel uncomfortable with them in the room. We invest a huge amount in organizing familiarization trips to Frégate Island Private, to ensure that our travel partners have first-hand experiences and can accurately portray the experience in every respect. We feel that we must appreciate that our success on so many conservation and flora and fauna restoration projects have been so successful that it is no longer the natural and thriving habitants of the island who are the “outsiders“ - but we are!! With regards to our cancellation policy, we regrettably have to say that this does not stand in direct relevance to the occupancy of Frégate Island Private. Irrespective of how many rooms are available or occupied on the island it is not ethical nor correct to step out of a contract from either side – the guests’ or Frégate’s side. As mentioned, we are always extremely disappointed if guests leave the island early and we did not meet their expectations. However, unfortunately there is nothing we can do to change the contract short term for whatever reason. We still hope that we were able to deliver some good exceptional experiences to you and your family during your 4 nights stay on Frégate Island Private.
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ian e wrote a review Aug 2012
Sheffield, United Kingdom2 contributions29 helpful votes
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After searching many brochures and talking to a leading travel company my wife and I chose Fregate Island for our honeymoon destination (22nd to 29th July 2012). We were of course looking for a touch of paradise and thought this was the place. Although we had a wonderful stay and nothing will ever detract from some wonderful memories, it is worth I think logging some facts and observations that you may wish to consider before you book this resort. The service from our butler Dian who was truly a star was first class as was the service from all the other members of staff from the cleaner to the chef. However the facts are as follows.

We arrived by helicopter and were greeted by Dian the butler who apologised that the Managing Director did not welcome us personally. Now this is not a big place and there were only three villa's in use so the MD is not exactly overworked. We later found out having talked to several members of staff that they were treated in the most appaling way by said person. He is not liked and is generally considered to be a lazy person and a bully (quote x 3). The reason he did not greet us we were told later, was because he does not get out of bed until 10:00am in the morning. When we did meet him on our second day this man proved to be the singularly most smarmy and false person I have ever met. All he seemed bothered about was the obviously very wealthy people who he sucks up to beyond belief and tries to charm the ladies (Rant now over about him!!!).

The food although presented well left an awful lot to be desired. At the most it was average and we have had far better in many parts of the world. It is also limited, so you end up having roughly the same menu each lunch or dinner wherever you dine.

The wine is varied with a lot more choices for the red but limited on the white. However it is outrageously expensive. Forget about the import tax bull that the MD commented to me. An example is a bottle of Chateau Palmer which I can buy and do at many restaurants in the UK for between £175.00 and £220.00. Fregate Island is over £1,000.00 plus 15% tax !!!!!!!!!!

The villa (No:11) was wonderful, however very tired with varnish peeling all over. Loose and exposed screws to the decking area and tired in general. The pool was only cleaned once during our stay and this was only for flies and not the small debris on the bottom plus the hot tub was so dirty we did not enter at all. With the above said is not good when you are spending virtually all day by your pool because you are not going on the beach (see below).

The beaches. Now I am a beach lover and one of the reasons for choosing Fregate Island was because I love snorkelling and my new wife loves sunbathing. Please note and I really mean PLEASE NOTE: THESE BEACHES ARE A DEATH TRAP (literally) First day on the beach, the seas are quite rough but that it appears is normal. Not to worry, I am a very strong swimmer and have snorkelled many destinations throughout the world. One small problem that is not in the brochures is a very, very strong undercurrent together with a lethal side current. I got into a sticky situation, one that a less well abled swimmer would have had a severe problem with. Relating this story later to a member of staff (backed up by two other members of staff) we were told that in the last year TWO PEOPLE HAVE DIED in this situation. There are over 150 steps to get to this and other beaches with very little barrier protection and there have been many reported accidents just getting to the area. Neither is there a life guard on the island, basically if you get into trouble, you will drown !!!!!

The cost. We have talked over this point many times and can't understand why you are paying double that of any other resort of it's kind bar a few. Yes it is tranquil and yes it looks great from the villa out to sea. But double I think not, there are many places and locations around the world better, safer and cheaper.

Last note. There are so many birds around the harbour/plantation area, the stench makes you simply feel sick. The whole are is covered in white bird droppings and is beyond umpleasant!
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Fregate_Island, General Manager at Fregate Island Private
Responded 06 Aug 2012
August 5, 2012 by Paul van Frank (Managing Director of Frégate Island Private) Dear Mr Ian E, In a first instance, may I take this opportunity to thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback following your recent stay from July 22-29, 2012 on “Fregate Island Private”, on the auspicious occasion of your honeymoon. In this regard, I am delighted to learn, that you found the services provided by Dian, your Butler, to be to your total satisfaction, as well as those rendered by our other team members, as all credit goes to them. Having said this, based on your comments and observations, I sincerely regret, that you found the experience in itself not to be up to the expected standards and to this effect, I wish to respond as follows to the points raised. In terms of your arrival on “Fregate Island Private” on Sunday, July 22, 2012, it is indeed correct that, most unfortunately, I was not in a position to personally meet you upon descending from the helicopter, owing to the fact that, unbeknown to you, I had just returned from a business trip to Europe, during which, I fell very ill, had to be immediately hospitalized and operated upon, resulting in the need to briefly recuperate therefrom upon my return, as one would expect, prior to then meeting you upon the first available occasion. Furthermore, as per the norm, I took the opportunity to meet you on a number of subsequent instances during your stay, in order to ensure, that you were enjoying to the fullest your honeymoon and at the same time, to enquire, as to whether I could be of any other particular assistance to your spouse and your goodself. Equally, as you may recall, I was at the helipad, in order to wish you a safe journey home upon your departure. Nevertheless, taking into consideration the aforementioned, I can but only apologize for not having been able to meet you immediately upon arrival. As to the wellbeing and welfare of our enter team of some 145 members of Staff & Management, who are dedicated to providing our most discerning guests with the highest standard of service, whilst, I am extremely sorry, if some three team members voiced their discontent, I wish to assure you, that the Senior Management & myself, place an enormous importance on ensuring, that every endeavour is made in providing our entire team with our full and most sincere support, as one would expect, as well as to treat all with the highest degree of respect, courtesy and fairness at all times, which are values that are very close to our heart. By the same token, their wellbeing & welfare remains a top priority for us, including the provision on a regular basis of adequate social activities & entertainment. Additionally, continuous efforts are being made to grant our team with the necessary training & opportunity for development within the family of “Fregate Island Private”. With regards to the quality & portions of the food served on “Fregate Island Private” in our various restaurants & different locations, I am truly sorry, if you found your culinary experience not to be up to your expectations. Having said this, I was somewhat surprised to learn thereof, especially, as our newly appointed Executive Chef met you on several occasions, so as to enquire as to your level of satisfaction and at the same time, to understand your specific needs and wishes, with a view to fulfilling them. Nevertheless, our Executive Chef has, in the meantime, been appraised of your comments and in fact, is now preparing entirely new menus, for the enjoyment of our esteemed guests. Additionally, we propose “specials of the day”, precisely, so as to give our guests more choice, should they wish not to choose from the “A-la-Carte Menu” and naturally, our Executive Chef is always more than happy to prepare any other special dishes, that one would favour at any given time. In terms of our selection of wines on offer, every endeavour is made to be able to make available to our guests, a wide spectrum of wines at different price levels. On the same subject, it would only be appropriate to mention, that in the Seychelles, wines are indeed subject to high importation taxes. Nevertheless, please note, that our wine prices are on par with other destinations of a similar caliber. Furthermore, I deeply regret, that the impression you had of your Villa with Pool was not entirely to your satisfaction. On this same subject, it should be mentioned, that on a daily basis, our Villas are carefully checked by our Housekeeping team & our Maintenance team, who work relentlessly, so as to see to it, that all required maintenance works, if and when needed, are carried-out in a prompt and efficient manner, so as to maintain the required standards. As to the point brought forward regarding cleanliness of the pool & Jacuzzi, based on our records, both were checked and cleaned regularly on a daily basis. However, I have shared your comments with our Chief Engineer, in order to enable him to very carefully monitor the implementation thereof. Additionally, please note, that we are in the process of conducting a “soft refurbishment”, in order to offer our discerning guests, the level of experience expected. As to our beaches, of which there are no less than seven for our guests to enjoy not to mention the fact, that one of them “Anse Victorin” has recently been voted as “the best beach in the world”, far from being dangerous, based on our guests feedback, they are consistently proving to be a source of real enjoyment to all. In view of the fact, that there are seven beaches, spread across the island, whilst is not feasible for us to have a lifeguard on each beach, telephones are installed, with a direct line to both our main Reception, as well as linked to our Marina, where on a continuous basis, we have a dedicated rescue boat able to immediately intervene in case of any emergency. Furthermore, there are signs advising our guests, to be cautious, due to the possibility of prevailing currents. The same being mentioned in our in-Villa compendium. Additionally, it is worth highlighting, that our security team patrol daily the island, including the beaches for the safety & wellbeing of our guests, which is paramount to us. Having said this, being a tropical destination, the sea conditions are subject to change and thus, it is always advisable to be cautious. For the purpose of accuracy, there has only been one incident, that, most regrettably, took place in 2011, which was in fact totally unrelated to the sea conditions, as the sea was very calm at the time and the aforementioned was health related. Nevertheless, it was a tragic incident, which could not have been foreseen. On a different note, in terms of the cost of stay with us, I am sorry, if you felt it did not represent value for money, although, I do feel it appropriate to mention, that “Fregate Island Private” is a unique destination, spread over some 3 sqkms offering a wide variety of facilities, services and extraordinary experiences, whilst limited to only 16 Villas. “Fregate Island Private” prides itself in being a prime eco-conscious destination, which integrates a natural experience of unique flora & fauna, including the second largest free roaming population of Giant Aldabra tortoises in the world and providing refuge for multiple rare, endemic Seychelles bird species. For a brief time of the year, the island is home to breeding migratory seabirds and as such, in a few limited locations, an odour can be briefly perceived shortly after rainfall. An inconvenience for which we apologize. On a personal note, I am really sorry, for any shortcoming you experienced. Nevertheless, I wish to give you my personal assurance, that as the Managing Director of “Fregate Island Private”, I place particular importance on upholding at all times our core values. Once again, I wish to express to you my gratitude for your valuable feedback, which will undoubtedly, inspire us to strive to achieve greater heights of excellence in the services rendered to our esteemed guests. Yours sincerely Paul van Frank
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sashaRome wrote a review May 2008
italy1 contribution18 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I totally agree with the london review....an expensive mistake. I cannot understand how anyone that has travelled extensively at this level could write that it is the best resort in the world.Let me begin......we arrived at the island in August which we were told was a good month to go, (not so, we have had been to Lemuria in April2005 and it was a lot better!!!) it rained 4 days out of seven, anyway let's move on.The part of the island where you arrive is full of birds and the smell is awful let alolne the bird droppings everywhere, I have never seen anything like it. The room was lovely although the jacuzzi was a walk down and therefore never used it,( we stayed in the last one on the hill, my brother stayed in second to last, even better as the jacuzzi is directly on your terrace.The problem with the rooms are the two main creatures which share it with you....the jekills and the 25cm (not joking!!) long worms which the staff are very proud to have saved from extinsion, ok that's great but not in a five star hotel where you are paying Euro 1500 a night. Be careful as you walk around the room as they weave their way into the thatched roof and then fall on the floor (onto you if you are unlucky). The morning when we woke up we always found at least 2/3 dead on the floor, while at night while driving with your buggy there are hundreds along the road that you have to be careful not to squash.
Food..............there are two restaurants (the third was closed due to the swarm of birds on the other side of the island), the food is good but very limited, the service is non existing and the restaurants are dirty, be prepared to have breakfast with the birds every morning, it's fun the first day, but not for the rest. The main beach where there is also the restaurant has only few sunbeds ant those they have are full of bird droppings therefore unusable.The beaches are among the most beautiful i have seen, shame you cannot bathe in the water, first and main reason is that there is no reef and you get swept away by the current,(my husband tried and got knocked down flat on his face by the waves, very dangerous.) In fact on your arrival they will have you sign a non responsability slip, I now understand why.The second reason is that small sharks come in close to the shore, we actually saw them on several occasions, ok probably not dangerous but not pleasant. A beach resort is hardly a beach resort if you cannot even take a swim!!! When asked to the manager he told us we were out of season for swimming (ok agency's fault for not telling us), but looking at the postcards we noticed that the sea is always rough.
Gym............very poor, half the machines do not work.
Spa..............nice setting, good and professional girls working there.
Boutique........very nice and well stocked.
Staff in general tried to be helpful but very difficult to comunicate as they speak little english, this can get very frustrating.
If you have your heart set on going to the Seychelles try Lemuria, but if you want a beach resort top of the line go to the Maldives W Retreat and Spa(January is the best time as there is low tide).
I would like to point out that we were a party of eight and met another couple there from Italy, like us, who thought the same, (the lady was a tour operator) . Overall this is a resort which really should be amongst the best in the world, because of it's dramatic setting,but the idea you have is that it is left to it's own, it looks like a disinhabited and overgrown island which is publicized very very well, but don't be fooled....................what you see is absolutely not what you get!!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2007
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alvertos Revach wrote a review Apr 2009
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg398 contributions419 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My girlfriend and I arrived at the Hotel via a Helicopter Transfer from Mahe. In my opinion the 969 Euro one way charged by the Helicopter company is highway robbery, and that's one of the issues that the Fregate should address one way or another. The transfer is 15 minutes...

Upon arrival, after a very long trip, we were greeted by the staff, and shown immediately to our Villa (number 6), which was great, as we were very tired from the trip, and it was only 9:00 am when we got there.

Here's my list of positives about the place:
* You have the whole island to yourself! With only 16 Villas and an average occupation rate of 70%, you will rarely bump into another guest. And with 5-6 beaches at your disposal (the Fregate is a very large private island), that's a really nice thing. So privacy is perfect.
* Service: From the amazing dedicated butler service (thanks Burhan) 24 hours a day, to all the other staff at the restaurants, etc. I have to say that the service is impeccable. Great job! Four Seasons +++ service.
* Beaches: gorgeous, especially 2-3 of them. But, there's a negative too (see below).
* Villas: Well maintained (maybe a freshening needed), very spacious, perfectly spaced out, with all the amenities that you would need, including free internet access. The exclusive pool / jacuzzi are great too.
* Nature: If you like Jurassic Park kind of nature, this is your place to be. Especially if you take a nature walk...
* Food: The highlight. "Anything anywhere" attitude. Great ingredients, all the fruits and vegetable grown organically on the island. Overall, perfect food, served perfectly, anywhere, anytime.
* The golf car: You get one for the duration of your stay. Fun to drive, great for exploration.
* The landscaping: Very well done. Great job by the "ecology" team.
* The attitude: Everyone, from management to the last gardener is friendly, with a "can do" attitude. Nothing we needed went unnoticed. Good people, smiling, helpful.

Some negatives:
* The beaches: With the exception of the Marina Beach, and partially the beach under the Lobby / Restaurant area, it's very difficult to impossible to swim in the other beaches due to the waves / currents. The Seychelles do not have reefs around the island like the Maldives, so the ocean waves come directly onto the beach. So, yes, the beaches are very beautiful, but a) the Maldives compare and b) it's better to swim / snorkel in the Maldives.
* Bugs: For me it was not really an issue. But for my girlfriend it was. The place is basically luxury within nature, so you get things like spiders, mosquitoes, and the indigenous giant millipede. The later is really huge and harmless, but certainly no fun to see crawling next to your bed (they seem to fall from the ceiling sometimes). Don;t think this is a major issue though. I brought along bug spray and that took care of things (I sprayed the room on arrival - they are not allowed to do so with chemicals, its; a conservation issue...). Also, you burn some special incense and that keeps the mosquitoes away. Not as big an issue as other reviewers have made it.
* The cost: Now, I do realize why they have to charge so much. I did the math, and the operation seems to be break even. I fully believe that the owner, a German billionaire, is basically covering his costs, and is not turning a profit. Because the place is enormous... I can only imagine what the lease of the island costs vs. a place in the Maldives. And in the Maldives, in islands 1/50th the size you will find 40 Villas, not 16. I do understand. However, the Value for Money factor is not high in my opinion. If 3.000 Euro / night is something you make in an hour, then yes, by all means this is a place you should visit. Otherwise, try something else.

Overall, one of the best places I have ever been. The rough sea at the beaches spoiled some of it, and that leads me to still believe that there's no place like the Maldives (especially resorts like Island Hideaway, which are not so crowded and have space between Villas).

Would I go back? Yes, but only after a few years.
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Date of stay: April 2009
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MJH wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution13 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I will start with the usual “we’ve been to many exclusive places around the world” routine...and this really is very true in our case. We have an enormous amount of comparison points. Aman Resorts would probably be a good benchmark with which to compare places such as Fregate, and we have been to most of the Amans.
Fregate is undoubtedly a photographically beautiful island. The the initial arrival is quite a “wow” in that respect, but things sort of disappoint thereafter. The wildlife (we loved it, but for the occasional few a put-off apparently, but you really shouldn’t be in the Seychelles if you are not into birds or centipedes) is very interesting and the conservation effort is clearly to be applauded...although we wondered if really the island was “conservation first, clients second” at times. As of October 2019, the villas and general facilities are dated...certainly for the money one is paying. The beach bar (apparently) isn’t “shabby chic”...it’s just shabby...there’s nobody there ..you have to call someone to come down, eventually. The main restaurant and common areas feel aesthetically very unimaginative. I can’t think of any other of the facilities I would describe as “wow”...the spa area is ok perhaps. Generally they probably need a more inspirational architect or need to commit proper money for a more comprehensive update, not incremental “catch-up/patch up” changes. I won’t go on to list things, but I noticed quite a few things where I felt a good architect with some imagination and attention to micro details may have improved on things. The food is ok but hardly knockout for such an expensive place. The service is well-meaning enough, but quite slow at times, Seychelles-style. All in all, just disappointing for the (very large) amount of money.
The one thing I really need to highlight though, and something that I’m truly bemused does not appear in many other reviews, is the fact that the very photogenic beaches are only useful for just that ...nice photographs...because you can forget enjoying going in the water...and with kids they are 100% a non-starter. Most they tell you to simply not go in (and you wouldn’t, not even strong swimmers), and the two bits they highlight as “swimming beaches” simply are not ...a somewhat scruffy bit of sand called “Marina beach” is simply a foot slicing exercise to get into the water across the broken coral for subsequently not a particularly amazing swimming experience, and the small section down in front of the main restaurant with its nasty shore break would knock most kids (and some adults) off their feet and churn then around in the sand in a nanosecond. There’s plenty of random rocks around under the water to slam into if you get anything wrong. What is disappointing is that via my agent I very specifically asked about swimming possibilities for both adults and children, and was specific about the time of year we were visiting, and the reply was “yes” and the old “the beaches change with the seasons so there’s always nice swimming somewhere”. Rest assured the denial will come, but I really don’t believe it. A manager at another high end place in the Seychelles summed it up honestly: “the Seychelles is pretty well one of the worst places in the Indian Ocean for actually swimming in the sea”. He’s right.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Teresa W asked a question Jan 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio142 contributions159 helpful votes
Are the millipedes still a huge problem here? How was the food?
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Baden-Baden, Germany1 contribution
Dear Teresa, Thank you very much for your interest in Fregate Island Private. As we are very dedicated to nature and conservation, we appreciate the millipedes to be a part of our ecosystem. Nevertheless, we always work on keeping them apart from the villas. Since summer 2017 we do have a new chef, who works with a new designed food concept to continously develop the culinary experience on our island pearl. If you have any further questions, please don`t hesitate to ask again. Thank you very much. Best regards, Your Fregate Island Private Team
Rich M asked a question Apr 2017
4 contributions9 helpful votes
How much does the boat transfer cost round trip from Mahe?
Seychelles
Dear Rich M, Greetings from Fregate Island Private! Thank you very much for your message and your interest in Fregate Island Private. The boat transfer costs 1.500 € and takes 1 and a half hour. But we prefer for you to choose the helicopter transfer with "Zil Air" (Partner of us) which costs only 919 € and takes only 15 minutes. We are look forward to welcoming you on our Island! If you have any further questions please contact our reservation Supervisor Ms Elena Freitag: +49 7221 900 9922 Best regards, Fregate Island Private team
Seychelles
Dear iansums, Thank you very much for your kind email and your shown interest to Fregate Island Private. With pleasure I would like to forward you first information regarding a honeymoon at our private island. Our exotic pearl is a natural oasis of peaceful seclusion that recalls the ultimate touchstone for romantic escapism, the Garden of Eden. Newlyweds touching down at this ultra-exclusive luxury island resort are showered with complimentary romantic treats. Our private island is a dream destination for the whole family all year around and especially for honeymooners a perfect venue: dream location, creative cuisine, inspiring décor and welcoming staff to ensure an once-in-a-lifetime celebration. In one of our only 16 beautiful crafted residences with private infinity pool and Jacuzzi, you can relax and discover the ultimate in comfort and privacy. A private butler will take care of all queries you might have all day and night long. The island provides lots of activities to keep the little ones busy and bursting with joy. Our kids' coordinator has plenty of ideas for things to do for children on our jewel of conservation. Our team would be delighted to forward you more detailed information, such as our honeymoon special via email, which will give you a great deal of pleasure. Therefore, I kindly ask you to contact them directly via email or via telephone under +49 7221 900 8071. Sincerely, Wayne Kafcsak Managing Director
Answer from Frank Marrenbach
Baden-Baden, Germany6 contributions
Dear Angshuman B, Thank you for your interest in Fregate Island Private. It is our pleasure to inform you about the activities available on our jewel of conservation. Activities on Fregate Island Private are mostly connected to the beautiful and conserved nature. Strolls through the jungle, a day on one of the seven beaches or diving through the untouched reefs are just some of numerous options. Concerning your first question could you kindly give us more information on which red and white dunes you mean exactly? We hope our information is helpful for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions regarding our island. You may contact us directly via email available on our website or via phone under +49 7221 900 8071. Your Fregate Island Private team
KoTravellers wrote a tip Jan 2019
Sydney, Australia102 contributions113 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are amazing!"
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Adder26 wrote a tip Oct 2017
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates65 contributions110 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Villa 3 ( two bed) has direct access to your own beach !"
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elcinozkan wrote a tip Sept 2017
Istanbul, Türkiye3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have special view over their own infinity pool lying to ocean. We stayed at Villa 5 which has the only vertical swimming pool."
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Christian G wrote a tip Dec 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark266 contributions196 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms (all rooms are houses) are amazing"
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Riguzzi wrote a tip Sept 2016
Sao Paulo, SP118 contributions61 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"just a few rooms have direct access to the beach, some are on the top of the hill with a great view"
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