Fregate Island Private completes total restoration

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    Under the management of the Oetker Collection, Fregate Island Private has completed a major refurbishment of the public areas, marina, Banyan Hill Estate and the resorts’ 16 private pool villas.The renovation took 24 months to complete under the supervision of Fregate’s Managing Director Wayne Kafcsak – a hugely respected resort professional who has managed luxury hotels around the world including Peter Island and Raffles Canouan Island.

    The villas have been given a modern island feel with white linen fabrics to complement the natural African hardwood interiors. Each villa has been modernised, adding new air conditioning systems, high speed wireless internet, TV systems and mini bars. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the villas each have their own private pools and Jacuzzi and these have all been renovated.

    The Presidential Villa, Banyan Hill, has had its three separate villas and the core entertainment building completely renewed to the standard of the rest of the resort’s villas. The commanding view of the Indian Ocean and the privacy of this amazing location sets it apart.

    Home to 2,200 free-roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises as well as numerous other endangered animal and bird species, the island is made up of two square kilometres of pure and pristine wilderness with seven private white sand beaches. Conservation is therefore important to Fregate Island Private and they have significantly improved its Magpie Robin, sea turtle and land tortoise projects.

    The Island has installed new, state-of-the-art fuel-efficient generators to power the island and a wastewater plant that converts wastewater to 95% pure usable water for irrigation. Their fleet of novel golf carts are powered by hybrid technology, as well as new Cummins ultra-fuel saving boat engines. LED and CFC lighting have also been installed throughout the property. Finally, major pruning and landscaping improvements completed in several locations on the island have significantly assisted pest control.

    Daniel Fountain / 07.08.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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