No one was complaining about Fregate Island Private. To have a reservation among just 17 accommodations on the 741-acre paradise has been a privilege. In 1998, Fregate Island Private started the trend in the Seychelles for low-density, high-priced resorts to keep tourism selective and the archipelago’s delicate ecosystems intact. The resort is home to 2,200 free-roaming Aldabra giant tortoises, endemic plant and animal species, and birds abounding. Two years ago Fregate became the sister property of Le Bristol Paris and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Antibes, France), among other exclusive properties, as part of the Oetker Collection, Masterpiece Hotels—and the bar on utopia was raised yet again.
Throughout the resort, the 24-month renovation upgraded and modernized all facilities. Decor in the 17 villas is all-new, and their best features—expansive oceanfront decks with infinity-edge pools and hot tubs—have been redone. In the rooms, air-conditioning, televisions, Internet connection speeds, and minibars are now cutting-edge. Golf carts and watercraft are new, too, and more fuel-efficient. The marina was refitted with new equipment and public spaces for guests, including the Yacht Club, the Anse Bamboo Beach Bar, and a treehouse dining room. On one of the island’s seven white-sand beaches is a new kid’s club. The new head chef refocused the menus at Fregate’s restaurants and bars on ingredients grown on-island. Members among the staff of 150 can serve items from those menus, plus BBQ, sashimi picnics, and high tea—on the beach, by sea, or pretty much whereever you wish. (fregate.com)