Fiber Thatch – Latest project and achievements


Fregate Island is a beautiful private resort in the Seychelles, owned by Dr Happel (currently #519 on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list). The island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean and is home to an abundance of birdlife. The island features some of the world’s most amazing beaches with white sand, crystal-clear waters and has a very unique ambiance that focuses on exclusivity and that sought after absolute relaxation and recharging of its rich and famous guests. In fact, the resort “Fregate Island Private” is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world and accommodation rates can run several thousand dollars per night!


15 years ago we were contacted by Mr Portier on behalf of Dr Happel. They had a massive problem:

  • At the time the resort had been in operation for about 9 years and the roofs had already been re-thatched 3 times by conventional thatch roof contractors! The time down and loss of revenue were tremendous.
  • The original thatch roof contractor used Thamnochortus Insignis (a member of the family Restionaceae, more commonly referred to and known as “Cape Thatch Reed”). Even though this is considered by thatch roof experts as one of the best species of vegetation for conventional thatch roofs, it did not measure up due to the extreme humidity and very regular daily rain that caused the roofs to compost at a vastly accelerated tempo. The condition of the roofs was so bad that it had become an embarrassment and had to be totally re roofed after only a 4 years period.
  • When the re-roofing was done, the contractor even used thatch that had been pre-treated with special chemicals that were supposed to slow done the composting process. Unfortunately, after another 4-year period the condition was just as bad as with the original thatch used!
  • Out of desperation, Fregate Island Private jumped out of the proverbial pot into the fire and thatched the entire resort with Bali Thatch, also known as “Alang Alang.” The Bali thatch was installed to a very thick 30 cm thickness. After only 18 months the Bali thatched roofs were starting to disintegrate due to the accelerated decomposing. Again “Fregate Island Private” were faced with this recurring nightmare.
  • To say that they had very serious problems with all the thatch roofs of the resort on the island is truly an understatement.
  • Fiber Roofing were contacted and requested to quote on replacing the current thatch with Fiber Reed Synthetic Thatch.


To add to the resort’s misery, the roofs had become infested by giant millipedes and other insects that continued to flourish in the insect paradise that was being used as roofing. We were told that millipedes were falling from the roofs landing in the beds with the guest causing pandemonium! 

A total nightmare for one of the world’s most exclusive resorts for the rich and famous!

Dr Happel’s own private Chalet complex was in an even worse condition! These chalets are perched on a cliff top, facing the brunt and onslaught of the ocean and its cyclones. This regular onslaught caused the inferior roofing to be torn apart by the hurricane winds. This was a major challenge that forced island management to cover the chalets roofs with cargo netting in an attempt to limit the damage and keep the roof from flying right off! After the fiber thatch tiles were fitted no netting has ever been needed and over the last 15 years the roofs withstood all hurricane damage.


  • Jan Grobler, Danie Vorster and three other thatch roof experts flew to Fregate Island on a fact-finding When they arrived, the “Alang Alang” had been on the roofs for only 18 months and had already decomposed so badly that there were literally holes in the roofs (you could put your hand through them!). Our claim that we are the most experienced and best roofing company in the world were put to the test.
  • We were given the almost impossible task with a nearly impossible deadline: To convert all the roofs on Fregate Island within 4 months!
  • The task entitled to re-do the roofs of the entire resort, approximately 10.000 square meters, in less than 15 weeks.
  • Delivering supplies to the island was problematic. Lack of infrastructure, mobilisation and transportation for the Fiber Roofing team and an unusually busy production schedule all contributed to the challenge at hand.


We are proud to say that Fiber Roofing had stellar success. Not only did we replace 10.000 square meters of roofing in just 4 months, but we gave the island a truly exotic feel with specially-designed roofing panels and installation techniques. We were able to guarantee that no storm nets would ever again be needed to keep the thatch from disintegrating.

Now, almost 15 years later, “Fregate Island Private” still has those same roofs we installed in 2006. Not a dollar was again spent on roofing maintenance. The roofs look as if they were thatched yesterday! If actions speak louder than words, then our track record is shouting at the highest pitch possible: “Fiber Roofing has a unique insight and understanding of the needs and challenges faced by resort projects through years of first hand practical experience gained through numerous successful turnkey projects that have been completed.”

If you’re an architect, quantity surveyor or a resort manager/owner, seriously consider Fiber Roofing for your next project to ensure peace of mind and a guaranteed success, give us a call, or send us a mail by clicking here.

We are not just another construction company or Synthetic roof manufacturer, but a roofing partner for life.

Many prestige resort developments followed(See our projects completed list).

See some of our latest……………………….

The Year 2016

Five Major contracts were awarded. Every thatch manufacturer in the world tendered because of the scope and prestige value of these contracts.

Fiber Roofing were awarded all Five contracts, an accomplishment that we believe no company has ever accomplished.                                                                                                                

Lapita Marriot Hotel Dubai Parks (24000m²)

The Year 2017

Two major contracts were awarded.

Four Seasons Resort

Jumeirah Vitavelli – Maldives (Revamping)

Reethi Faru Resort- Maldives

Year 2017-2018 Current projects

Holiday Inn – Kandooma – Maldives

Condition of ALL the roofs before refurbishment:

Refurbishment started on the 15th of July:

Three days Later, roofs completed:

Work in progress: The project – first phase (2016m²  ) will be completed end of August 2018.

House Scharapan – Musai Mara Kenya (New project)

Chobe Lodge – Bostwana

All the roofs to be re-done with Fiber Reed.

Jumeirah Vitavelli – Maldives

A further 20000 SQUARE METERS  revamping to be completed this year.

Bamboo River House – Seychelles

This roof is long over for replacement look out for “AFTER” photo!!

Projects Completed to date:

Fregate Island Private (Click to see more…) Seychelles ± 16000 m² Magic Reeve Bungalows Raratonga ± 1400 m²
La Digue island Lodge La Digue Island ± 600 m² Roncari House Puerto Rico ± 800 m²
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie La Digue Island ± 4500m² Harrington House Contantia South Africa ± 540 m²
Crown Beach Resort Cook Islands ± 2300 m² Ras Recidance Camps Bay South Africa ± 300 m²
Le Meridien Mahe Island ± 1200 m² Business Hunt Botswana ± 250 m²
Sunset Beach Hotel Mahe Island ± 1500 m² Montego bay Resort Jamaica ± 2460 m²
Le Relax Hotels Mahe Island ± 200 m² Twiga Project Congo Pointe Noire ± 1800 m²
Allamanda Retreat Australia ± 250 m² Limba Project Phase 1 Congo Pointe Noire ± 3100 m²
Indigo Beach Resort Saudi Arabia ± 4600 m² Jumeirah Hotel Beach Villas Dubai ± 4300 m²
Kat Project Obhur Saudi Arabia ± 2900 m² Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park Norway ± 1000 m²
Abdul Latif Jameel House Saudi Arabia ± 2400 m² Drakmoor Manor Zoo United Kingdom ± 500 m²
Ocean Park Summit Hong Kong ± 1200 m² Faunistic Park Le Cornelle Italy ± 300 m²
Mount Hartman Bay Grenada, West Indies ± 200 m² Lapita Marriot Hotel Dubai Parks (Click to see more..) Dubai ± 24000 m²
Dublin Zoo Ireland ± 600m² Reethi Faro (Click to see more….) Maldives ± 7000 m²
Hanover zoo Germany ± 2200 m² Jumeirah Vitavelli (Click to see more…) Maldives ± 10000 m²
Chester Zoo United Kingdom ± 1466 m²
Burger Zoo Netherlands ± 300 m²
Quilalea Azura Mozambique ± 240 m²
Paramount Pictures “The Hobbit” New Zealand ± 800 m²
La Reserve Hotel Praslin Island ± 1200 m²
Cap Lazare Mahe Island ± 400 m²