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Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: 5 star
Location: Africa
Country: Seychelles

Frégate Island Private

The original eco-hideaway, Frégate Island Private is a private paradise located in the Seychelles, in the midst of the Indian Ocean.  A multi-award-winning luxury retreat, Frégate Island Private has spearheaded the development of eco-tourism in the Seychelles.

Exemplary preservation, protection and nurturing of the unique natural environment of the island, and the utmost in exclusivity for guests, are the central principles at Frégate: This three-km square island offers seven dream beaches and just 16 luxuriously appointed villas, carefully positioned so that privacy is guaranteed and each with its own private infinity-edged pool; the island’s plantations produce fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices to form the basis of the island’s culinary and Rock Spa concepts; and a resident ecologist and zoologist coordinate the ongoing work towards the seamless integration of resort operations into the conservation and protection of this beautiful island’s natural ‘Garden of Eden’ environment.

Frégate Island Private has become a leading example of how to establish a balanced coexistence between man and nature – or nature and man – and is one of the most important sanctuaries for rare endemic and indigenous animals, setting an inspiring example for others to follow with conservation projects that have yielded dramatic results.


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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★★ ★ (5)
Staff Comment - Frégate Island Private is devoted to restoring the island to its natural environmental state together with organic and carbon neutrality initiatives. The retreat is constantly introducing new energy saving measures and is undertaking extensive ongoing research into the application of emerging energy technologies to its resort operation, in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. All staff quarters already have solar-assisted hot water systems, and successful experimentation in the use of pure coconut oil (from thousands of coconuts growing on Frégate) and recycled food oil is underway, with one island tractor already running on its own ‘bio diesel’: a mixture of diesel and used frying oil. Furthermore, there are plans to cover all roof areas of the back-of-house, service buildings with high efficiency solar panels that produce energy during daylight hours to be fed directly into the island energy grid.
With carbon neutrality initiatives at its fore, transport for staff is non-polluting rechargeable battery operated and includes bicycles. In 2008, Frégate introduced the first fully solar-powered guest buggy fleet in the Indian Ocean, which is estimated to save up to 12,000 litres of petrol per year. These replaced electric guest buggies, which in turn replaced petrol-powered back-of-house buggies, reducing fuel consumption by approximately 4,752 gallons per year; a saving of 41.677 tonnes per year in CO2 emissions.

Frégate Island is not jumping on the carbon offsetting bandwagon, however – they want to reduce actual emissions on the island, not ‘offset’ in a jungle thousands of miles away. A postgraduate from the renowned ETH Zurich technical college was invited to undertake a Masters study on Frégate comprising a comprehensive, independent analysis of the island’s carbon footprint, and exploring ways this can be reduced to achieve independently certified carbon negative status. With well over 800,000 trees on the island (and two more are planted with each guest arrival), and an estimated offsetting of approximately six tons of CO2 per tree per year, Frégate Island Private currently absorbs roughly 4.2 millions tons of CO2 each year. Always developing initiatives and exploring renewable energy sources in its aim to become carbon negative, Frégate is planning to install machinery to capture alternative energy, including sea currents, solar power, geo thermal, and the electric current inherent in osmotic pressure between salt and brackish water.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Frégate Island carefully controls water consumption and continually seeks ways to reduce energy used in the desalination process. The sewage treatment plant already provides water for irrigation, and water used in the high-efficiency hydroponics house is converted from seawater using reverse osmosis, with 30% of the seawater ending up as usable freshwater. All drinking water served is produced and bottled on island, including sparkling water following this year’s installation of a carbonating plant. With regard to horticultural practices, no pesticides, herbicides and insecticides are used. All pest control is based on organic contra strategies: for example, Seychellois cabbage is grown as a ‘decoy’ to attract pests, so that pesticides are not required.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - The restaurants at Frégate Island have sustainable menus that are seasonally geared around the organic produce grown on the island and in the hydroponics garden, and the spa prepares all of its own treatment products made freshly from 140 ingredients grown organically on the island, thus reducing the need for and amount of packaging on the island. 95% of all fresh produce consumed is grown organically on the island. All kitchen waste is composted for use as fertilizer, bio diesel (coconut and cooking oil) is recycled for machine operation, with approximately 80 litres of used kitchen oil per week re-used to fuel island tractors. Any non-degradable materials are shipped off the island for recycling.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - A forerunner in its field, the preservation, protection and nurture of its unique flora and fauna has always been - and continues to be – a fundamental raison d’être for Frégate Island Private. Frégate Island Private is 3 Sq Km in size and capable of housing many more accommodations with a much larger guest capacity. Restraint however, has been exercised to provide an idyllic, organic, natural environment for both guests and wildlife, flora and fauna. Frégate provides a living example of luxury being offered without compromising the environment, the indigenous flora and wildlife or expending unnecessary carbons. It strives to set new standards in integrating a luxury tourism operation into a natural retreat, and has become a leading example of how to establish a balanced coexistence between man and nature - or nature and man.

With the natural environment at the centre of its philosophy, Frégate Island is constantly creating new eco-initiatives, the latest being the appointment of the Indian Ocean’s first resident zoologist, to monitor and document the conservation of endemic species – complementing the work of the island’s resident ecologist. Results include:
- Seychelles Magpie Robins: still the world’s seventh rarest bird, up from 22 worldwide in 1995 (all on Frégate Island) to approximately 180 today, including three family groups trans-located to neighbouring islands to protect the species and preserve genetic diversity: The latest was announced on 13 June 2008 as 16 Magpie Robins were trans-located to Denis Island in conjunction with Nature Seychelles.
- Seychelles Whiteye: also critically endangered, up from 31 birds in 1995 to over 100 today.
- Aldabra Giant Tortoises: up from 180 in 1995 to over 600 - the world’s second largest population of wild tortoises, behind only the Aldabra Atoll itself.
- Seychelles Terrapins: up from 8 individuals in 1995 to over 100 today, the biggest surviving population in the archipelago.
- reintroduction of the leaf insect to Frégate Island
- start of world’s first re-introduction of the endemic black parrot from Praslin island to Frégate Island
- setting up of most important repository of endemic trees in the Seychelles with over 30,000 trees

Frégate Island Private’s goals in terms of conservation and the protection of its environment inform every aspect of its operation, such as the replacement of electric guest buggies with fully solar-powered buggies – a first for the Indian Ocean. Many aspects are highly visible and participatory, with 30% of staff dedicated specifically to eco and conservation work. However, not only does the eco resort create and conserve; it nurtures and teaches. To encourage ecological awareness amongst guests, the resident ecology manager guides daily informative nature walks through the forest; the Castaway Kids’ Club leads outdoor nature-related activities in which children can learn and experience the natural environment around them; an on-island museum chronicles the history and the nature of the island for visitors and details the ecological accomplishments that have resulted; the resort administers a tortoise adoption and release program for guest participation; and one-on-one nature experiences are offered including meals in the jungle, picnics on the plains and spa treatments in a tree house.
The creation of two new hiking trails last year underlines the philosophy of making the entire island accessible to guests and enabling the discovery of its furthest corners, in combination with services provided by the hotel. The resort’s commitment to educating guests about its conservation and environmental work has even led to some making substantial donations to have specific areas of the island rehabilitated. One such recent programme aims to clear a 60,000 m2 plot of invasive species and rehabilitate it - over 280 rare Seychellois trees have been established on this plot so far.

Not only is Frégate’s environmental philosophy central to promotional communications, in the form of brochures, promotional literature, press kits and releases, and the resort’s website, but increasing wider awareness of Frégate’s conservation and environmental work is also a major priority for the resort’s PR agencies, which proactively arrange visits from high profile media and key influencers to demonstrate what has been achieved, and to provide an encouraging example to others within the tourism industry.
Frégate Island Private’s CSR policy is to focus on one major community project each year. In 2007 the island invested over SCR100,00 (approximately GBP£6,500) to sponsor new school kits for every single first grade pupil in the entire Republic of Seychelles – over 1,400 children. In 2008 Frégate Island Private paid US$5,000 for a local child to have sight-saving eye surgery in Kenya.
The resort also delivers a weekly donation of freshly harvested, organically grown fruit and vegetables (amounting to approximately three tons of fresh fruit per annum!) to the President’s Village Orphanage in the capital, Mahé, helping to ensure that the children have a healthy diet.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Frégate Island’s undertakings have been acknowledged not only internationally by our many guests and countless scientists, but also by the local government. The resort works closely both with the Seychelles government’s Ministries of Environment and Conservation, and with NGOs such as Nature Seychelles and Bird Life International, and its ecology conservation programme is being discussed by the government as a blueprint for ecological development for the Republic of Seychelles.
Working with local officials, Frégate Island Private has an important relationship with the Seychellois community. Lectures on ecology are given in the local schools by ecologist Steve Hill; internships are made available to local schoolchildren and young people; and various interest groups are invited for educational visits to Frégate Island. Frégate Island Private also works closely with neighbouring islands to advise on their conservation programmes, share its knowledge and experience, and facilitate habitat rehabilitation and species reintroduction in the wider Seychelles. Frégate also works closely with local bodies such as Nature Seychelles on wider conservation projects benefiting the whole country, e.g. the translocation of Magpie Robins to Denis Island in June 2008.
Much produce from Frégate is exported within the Seychelles. Frégate ships 1/2 a tonne of pumpkin to Mahé every week, and is also the Seychelles biggest producer and supplier of chilli.
The boutique at Frégate Island Private sells local Seychellois products and the gallery showcases the work of celebrated artists living in the Seychelles, including Camille Mondon, George Camille, Michael Adams and Jules Berard.

Contact Details

Name:
Frégate Island Private
Address:
P.O. Box 330,
Victoria, Mahe,
Seychelles
Telephone:
+248-670-100
Website:
www.fregate.com
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