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Island in the Sun

rr2.jpgrr1.jpgPerhaps the royal couple can be blamed (or credited) with the incredible amount of coverage that Seychelles is getting lately. Or maybe it’s just one of those best-kept secrets that’s no longer much of a secret. Whatever the reason, I’m seeing the African isles everywhere this month—on the cover of Budget Travel, in the latest issue of Islands—and don’t forget my honeymoon destination piece in this month’s Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. And though Robb Report appears to be on-trend by including two Seychelles resorts in its November private islands feature (written and photographed by yours truly), the magazine was actually quite the trailblazer for this of-the-moment destination when they ran my feature on the future of this pristine island-nation back in January.

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FRÉGATE ISLAND

At some point in the 16th century, pirates weary from pillaging and plundering took a break on Frégate Island, a 740-acre haven some 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa. The island’s remote location, dense jungles, and pristine waters made for an ideal hideaway for the bandits, who claimed Frégate as their own. Stories of buried treasure still persist on the island, but its true gems today are the powdersand beaches, lush tropical grounds, two restaurants, spa, and 17 ocean view villas that compose the 13-year-old Frégate Island Private resort.

With seven beaches and capacity for only a few dozen guests, Frégate offers vast stretches of sand for every visitor. The first people to reach Anse Macquereau beach each morning can flip over the “Do Not Disturb” sign, ensuring privacy from all but the occasional Seychelles fody bird, Frégate beetle, or Aldabra giant tortoise. (Frégate is home to the second-largest population of the reptiles.) At the beach, or on a hike along the island’s craggy cliffs, you can discover one of the rarest treasures on Earth: a pristine paradise all to yourself. —Jackie Caradonio



NORTH ISLAND

A typical day at North Island might involve tracking a rare Seychelles white-eye bird through the jungle, following a sea turtle into deep ocean chasms, or simply lying on one of four sandy beaches watching the tide ripple in and out. Twenty minutes by helicopter from the main island of Mahé, the 500-acre island housed a spice farm and coconut distillery before South Africa–based Wilderness (formerly Wilderness Safaris) began restoring the natural habitat and buildingan exclusive 11-villa resort, which opened to the public in 2003.

North Island’s two-bedroom villas offer direct beach access and massive sundecks, and all are within walking distance of a main swimming pool, a restaurant that serves made-to-order meals, a bar, and a spa. A second bar at West Beach, on the other side of the island, is the preferred setting for sundowners.

The resort’s butlers will arrange everything from afternoon cocktail sessions to sailing trips to nearby Silhouette Island, where guests can enjoy a picnic on the beach and join researchers while they study the endangered Seychelles giant turtle. —Jackie Caradonio

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