It’s fair to say that there aren’t too many island retreats that disappoint. “I’m off to my island retreat,” you say to people with an overly practiced air of nonchalance, and it’s met with a mixture of knowing glances, impressed nods and jealous scowls (mainly the scowls).However, our early impressions are that Fregate Island Private – part of the Oetker Collection – is set to incite a shade more envious glances than most.
This prestigious retreat occupies an entire private island in the middle of the impossibly turquoise and temperate waters of the Indian Ocean. Beautifully crafted and nestled nicely into the coastal line, its sixteen residences – ranging from 400 to 700 square meters – are naturally secluded. They all have their own luxurious terrace, large private infinity pool and Jacuzzi.
On the island, guests also enjoy seven stunning beaches with the possibility to “privatize” their own, including a beach acclaimed amongst the ten best in the world.
It’s also home to 2,000 free-roaming giant Aldabra tortoises, although at time of writing we can’t quite figure out whether that’s a good thing. It’s the term “free-roaming” that worries us most, followed swiftly by “giant”.
Stunning location and wandering wildlife aside, our favourite aspect about Fregate Island Private has to be their “dine anywhere” philosophy. On the beach, up a tree (seriously), just tell them where you want it, and it shall be done.