What:

A lush 2.19 square metre private island with just 16 residences (each with a terrace, infinity pool and private jacuzzi) that are naturally isolated from each other and disappear into the verdant countryside. Offering the ultimate in privacy, seclusion and security, guests can privatize one of the seven beaches or do as many illustrious residents do (they’re too discreet to name names) and take over the whole island.

Who:

The island is the eighth ‘masterpiece hotel’ in Oetker Collection, making the resort the sister hotel of both the legendary Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, Antibes, and the Hotel Bristol, Paris.

Where:

The farthest eastern island of the Inner Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, Frégate Island is 4 degrees south of the equator and 35 miles off Seychelles' Mahe coast.

Why:

Fregate Island Private defines the notion of relaxed luxury, as well as pioneering sustainable and ecological development. Amidst the scent of Franipani and Ylang-ylang trees and the lushness of indigenous forest lie a sanctuary to over one hundred species of tropical birds, some extremely rare, as well as the second largest population in the world – 2000 – of free-roaming prehistoric Giant Aldabra Tortoises.

The chef and his stellar team work with as much fresh ingredients as possible, so as well as locally caught seafood, the island also produces 160 varieties of vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs.

The outstanding Rock Spa in itself is a reason many guests come to Fregate. Overseen by Ayurvedic Physician Dr Abhilash Haridas, the spa menu does not use commercial products but, again, locally sourced ingredients including the healing properties of plants grown on the island. Beauty connoisseurs agree that the treatments, massages and yoga instruction are world class.