Where Did Ruthless French Pirate La Buse Bury the Golden Cross?

Join the hunt for lost pirate treasure in the Seychelle’s lost world of prehistoric giant tortoises and towering banyan trees, and you could discover the legendary Royal Portuguese Golden Cross, which was buried on Frégate Island Private 250 years ago.

The Seychelles are located in the Indian Ocean, East of Africa and Northeast of Madagascar, and this summer’s school holidays will see budding Lara Crofts and Indiana Joneses descending on the luxury Frégate Island Private in the hope of finding the Royal Portuguese Golden Cross which has eluded bounty hunters.

Families will be scouring the spectacular tropical island, searching high and low, from the jungle trails that wind up to the peak of Glacis Serf, to the kaleidoscopic submarine world beneath the encircling waves. Whether these intrepid families can succeed where even James Bond creator Ian Fleming failed remains to be seen, but all are sure to take home a bulging haul of priceless, fun-filled memories of their adventures together.

According to legend, the ruthless French pirate La Buse stole the Royal Portuguese Golden Cross as it journeyed from India to Portugal, before burying it on Frégate – then a wild, jungle-covered hideaway for buccaneering brigands. While there is no X to mark the spot, the Seychelles National Archives are home to a mysterious scroll purporting to be the last will and testament of La Buse, which the pirate is said to have thrown from the gallows with his last words, “Find it for me!”

In between snorkelling in search of glints of gold amongst the coral, you can: swim in infinity pools; play on one of seven picture-postcard beaches with powdery white sand; build and race rafts; go on a Seychellois fishing trip; race crabs; and try your hand at sailing or scuba diving.

Then as the sun sinks into the Indian Ocean, Frégate’s families will gather around a firecamp on the beach to swap stories, barbecue the catch of the day, and toast marshmallows.

In between all the races, treasure hunting and other activities, there is plenty of time for relaxation – kids can absorb themselves for hours learning traditional Seychellois arts and crafts, while parents might prefer to relax and allow themselves to be pampered by their personal butler or in the all-natural Rock Spa.

Now that sounds like a summer to remember!!

Family summer holidays at Frégate Island Private start from £21,920 per family of four.

Scott Dunn (www.scottdunn.com; 020 8682 5020) offers seven night family summer holidays at Frégate Island Private, from £21,920 per family of four. Price includes seven nights villa accommodation for the price of six, for two adults and two children under 11yrs sharing on a full board basis; two hours’ babysitting per day; return economy flights from London Heathrow with Emirates; helicopter transfers; tax and service. The summer programme for families runs through August 2012, when the Seychelles enjoys beautiful warm weather and blue skies that are the envy of other Indian Ocean islands.

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