Fregate is the easternmost of the Seychelles Inner Islands, but is just 15 minutes from Mahé by helicopter. Conservation is at the heart of this resort, and it’s the verdant forest and untouched shores that really set it apart; endemic plants flourish here, Aldabra giant tortoises roam between trees and turtles nest on the island’s shores.
The resort’s huge villas and Banyan Hill Estate — all with stunning infinity pools — sit high up on granite boulders backing seven deserted beaches. Explore the resort’s meandering paths in your personal buggy, hike through the forest with Fregate’s resident ecologist or launch a boat from the harbor of the resort’s Yacht Club.
Top suite: Three-villa Banyan Hill Estate from $16,500 per night
Around the island: Take out one of Fregate’s four sports boats for an island-hopping adventure from Praslin to neighboring La Digue.