Archives for January 5, 2009

Arriving on Fregate Island is like a James Bond movie – your helicopter swooping low over the island barely missing the tops of the palms, lands beside the glimmering sea and the rocky outcrops which are peculiar to the Seychelles.

Accommodation is in magnificent pavilions which progressively offer more spectacular views as you climb higher up the cliff. The extremely private villas have large bedroom, equally large sitting room plus a large decking with day bed and Jacuzzi plus swimming pool.

Fregate is the Seychelle’s first eco and pioneering resort and probably the first to have developed its own Hydroponics House producing an abundance of fresh vegetables for the resorts consumption. This is the most remote of the granite islands in the Seychelles and as such remains exclusive and for those staying in one of the 16 villas you can be assured that there will be no day visitor to interrupt your peace.

Despite its air of exclusivity it does not mean that children are banned: on the contrary the resort goes out of its way to entertain and teach their young guests about the indigenous flora and fauna on this beautiful island.

Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea and exotic bird life and the thought that all you have to do that day is laze in the sun or maybe wander down to the spa or enjoy a round of golf. In a truly idyllic setting, with rooms either on an island or in gardens on the mainland, the new Four Seasons Resort is “the” place to stay on Mauritius.

All the villa rooms have a large terrace and garden and as an added treat their own plunge pool. The beds and linen are of the very best and the bathroom not only has a large bathtub and separate shower but an enormous outside shower area as well. All the mod cons here with a real coffee maker, enormous flat screen TV, Ipod docking station as well as the pre-requisite hair dryer!

The resort offers 3 restaurants as well as in-house dining: the cuisine ranges from the finest of French, through Italian to a fusion of Mauritian delicacies which combine just about all the flavours of the world – all of a mouth wateringly high standard.

When it comes to sporting activities there is a beautifully manicured Ernie Ells golf course, two astro tennis courts, a state of the art gym plus all the usual excellent water sports that Mauritius has to offer: like most hotels on the island, water skiing is included. For the less active the spa is a haven of peace and quiet and the signature spa treatment will leave you feeling blissful for many hours!

The nearby island of Ile aux Cerfs provides further unlimited sandy beaches and wonderful swimming. For those who are not so keen on sand the hotel’s stunning main pool lies between two small beaches and the Bambou restaurant offering delicious refreshments throughout the day.

The resort is just a short 40 minutes from the international airport which has regular direct flights from the UK on BA, Virgin and Air Mauritius. Why not try quad biking or horse back riding from one of the neighbouring estates or drive to Port Louis, the island’s colourful capital for some shopping in the traditional market or on the swanky waterfront. This is the land of the sugar cane so be sure to have one of the island’s punches.

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