In Dale's opinion there is nowhere better than Frégate Island Private for gorgeous, deserted beaches − there are seven in total − but it offers so much more besides. He says that the resort isn’t about glitzy spas and countless restaurant options, it’s about keeping things natural. It’s definitely suited to nature-lovers as wildlife is at the very heart of the resort, which has been lovingly rehabilitated to ensure that the island’s indigenous forest brims with thousands of native and rare trees. It’s a sanctuary for birds and animals, and as you go about your day you will see Giant Aldabra Tortoises roaming around and a host of birds − the resort even helped to save the native Magpie Robin from extinction. There are also lots of lizards such as geckos and skinks, as well as bugs including plenty of giant millipedes!
With just sixteen one and two-bedroom villas there is an overwhelming feeling of space and privacy at the resort, and even though there were a number of other guests on the island when Dale visited, he says that he rarely bumped into any of them. His villa was extremely spacious and comfortable with an excellent bathroom that featured an outdoor shower, a fantastic living room area, a private swimming pool and stunning views across the jungle and Indian Ocean. If you are travelling with a large family, Dale suggests the three-bedroom Banyan Hill Estate as it’s situated on its own secluded peninsula.
Always craving an adventure, Dale couldn’t wait to explore his stunning and wild surroundings and highly recommends joining one of the resident Conservationists for a nature walk to learn about the island’s ecosystem. You can even assist with tasks including checking on sea turtle hatchlings that are emerging from their nests, or monitoring bird boxes for new chicks. You can also venture out along the mountain trails by bicycle or your electric island buggy, while those wishing to delve into the inviting ocean waters should head to The Harbour & Yacht Club where the PADI Dive Centre offers guided day or night-time scubadiving trips, snorkelling and water sports including sailing, surfing, kayaking and water-skiing.
Cuisine is another highlight of the resort and Dale found that although there are two restaurants, guests generally take advantage of the dine anywhere, anytime concept, meaning that a private in-villa dinner or a beach barbecue can be requested. Or, there is the Treehouse which is set in one of the island’s largest Banyan Trees or the Yacht Club, but for something particularly special a Sashimi Picnic by boat or pre-dinner cocktails on Mont Signal − the highest point on Frégate Island − can be arranged. The resort’s Chefs cook up their mouth-watering Creole and International dishes using organic produce including herbs, exotic fruits and vegetables grown at the island’s own plantation. These ingredients are also used in the relaxing signature treatments at the fabulous Rock Spa. If you feel like unwinding with a yoga lesson instead, head to the gym where an instructor will happily guide you through some poses to help you gently stretch those muscles − a perfect way to start or end your day.