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Frégate, named after the graceful bird, is a near-perfect, 740-acre private island in the Seychelles, accommodating a maximum of 40 guests.
The island is situated on the edge of the inner group of granite islands that lie at the heart of this far-flung Indian Ocean archipelago. Frégate is a refuge for rare wildlife - endangered bird species make their home here, turtles lay their eggs on the sublime beaches, giant Aldabra tortoises wander around, and the elegant white-tailed tropic bird soars above the turquoise ocean.
Happily, Frégate also makes a perfect refuge for human beings looking to escape the cares of the modern world for a few days. Perched on the hillside above the whitest of sand beaches, the thatched villas provide guests with the highest degree of privacy and comfort, and have sheltered day-beds, individual spa pools, and sun decks to one side with panoramic views over the ocean.
The relaxing atmosphere of Frégate lends itself to doing nothing, but that would be to miss out on the dazzling underwater world that encircles the island. The island's small but well-equipped marina offers watersports facilities including kayaks and windsurfers, plus deep-sea fishing boats available for charter.
Children are kept entertained with all kinds of fun activities at the Castaway Club, while for adults there's a cliff-top spa offering all kinds of pampering treatments. Frégate's two restaurants serve excellent food prepared largely with local produce.
Why we love it
Aside from the diving, on the island itself there are plenty of activities for the energetic: walk to any one of the seven deserted beaches, climb Mount Signal, or go on a guided nature trail.