Best of the Best 2018 - 14
FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE, OETKER COLLECTION
FR EGA TE ISLA N D, SEYCHELLES
N E I G H B O R H O O D Located in the Indian Ocean
At Fregate Island Private, you will feel at one with the heavenly nature that surrounds you. At
four degrees south of the equator, the island is a vision of giant granite boulders, powdery
white-sand beaches and some of the world's rarest flora and fauna, including more than 2,200
Aldabra giant tortoises. The resort welcomes only a select number of guests at a time to its 16
residences and the Banyan Hill Estate, all with large infinity pools and butler service. Practically everything is homegrown here, from the ingredients in your spa treatments to the water
you'll drink and the food you'll eat at the Plantation House restaurant.
A DV I S O R T I P
EUR85 spa credit per stay; 60-minute
snorkeling excursion, once per stay; and
60-minute sunset cruise, once per stay.
Opt for a helicopter transfer; the dream begins
even before your arrive. It takes you from the
"real" world to an untouched paradise!
-Ana Cristina Villaça
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Distance from Seychelles Airport (SEZ): 31 miles/50 km
Size: 17 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Casual
QU EEN SLA N D (N OOSA , SU N SHIN E COA ST), A UST RA L IA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Cosmopolitan and Famous Noosa
It's easy to find tranquillity on Makepeace Island, cosseted at Sir Richard Branson's exclusive,
all-inclusive retreat on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Around this 25-acre island, as many as
22 privileged guests swim laps in the central lagoon pool (it's lined by runway lights, for nighttime dips), play tennis and billiards, go fishing and grab Hobie Cats. The 11 bedrooms - individually adorned with Indonesian furnishings and artwork - are dispersed among the Bali
House and three private villas. Dine on the freshest fare served in a number of spellbinding locations, including a secluded beach for picnic lunches.
AUD100 credit towards one top ten off-island
activity per stay.
For the first time ever, you can book a room
or villa during Makepeace Island's celebration
weeks instead of hiring the whole island.
Distance from Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY): 20 minutes
Size: 11 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Casual
DOLPHIN ISLAND, FIJI
R A KIR A KI, FIJI
N E I G H B O R H O O D Ultimate Luxury "Castaway"
Expect to be indulged by Dolphin Island Resort Manager Dawn and her friendly Fijian team.
This is your own 14-acre private gem, available on an exclusive-use basis for eight lucky guests
at a time. Dine on freshly-caught fish and delicious Indo-Fijian fare. Immerse yourself in a
cooking experience with Dawn, who will share her culinary secrets. Chill in the bures with
dreamy island interiors, courtesy of renowned designer Virginia Fisher. For aquatic adventures, take a dip in the infinity pool, dive pristine coral reefs, paddleboard, kayak or fish. Enjoy
a cultural trip to a local village and learn more about the Fijian culture.
Traditional lovo feast for two with Fijian
musicians, once per stay.
For a romantic tryst, slip away to the Hilltop
Sleep-out bure. The flicker of candlelight,
the warm breeze and the soft swish of the
sea below make this unique Fijian hideaway
Distance from Airport: not applicable
Size: 4 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual