Just got back last night from one of our most memorable exotic holidays. We were treated like 'king & queen'. Sandrine and Georgio are the most fantastic managerial hosts anyone could hope for, they are very 'hands on' and concerned that you have an enjoyable stay. Ask about anything and they are there with the answer. They have only managed the hotel for 6months but are very knowlegable about the area.
We arrived on a Qatar flight (faultless) at 0730hrs to be picked up by a sleek company car and taken 5 mins down the road to Eden Island boat mariner where we were picked up by speedboat to take us to the island 10mins away. Our only upset was that the boat was very late but this was do to a technical fault of the boat? Greeted on island with cold towels and cool drink and explained where everything was. We thought we may have to wait until 2pm to get into our villa but, we thankfully were allowed to take up resident straight away.
The villas are on a steep hillside. After the first 2 days our calves started to ache, but it was a great way to tone up the legs! If you didn't want to walk then there are staff around with little golf trollies that would take you to where ever you wished to go, great dodgem ride! Go up to the Helipad, great views of the other surrounding islands.
Food was absolutely gorgeous. We didn't use the A la Carte menu at all, there was no need. Restaurant staff were good, especially little Manda. If you needed a packed lunch, this was no problem, they even supplied a cool bag. We went to Victoria on Mahe, 10mins by Cerfs boat. (free to use at 0830 and 3.30pm). To use the boat at any other time it is 10 euros pp single ticket. We visited the Botanical Gardens and then we took a local bus to Beau Vallon which was a good experience and to see the other side of Mahe island.
We had an early flight home, leaving Cerf at 0430hrs. My husband thinking of his stomach was concerned about an early breakfast at that hour in the morning, but he needn't have worried as when we got to our villa the evening before there was a tray of sliced fruit and pastries etc! They think of everything at this place! Tea/coffee making facilities in room, but no hot chocolate which would have been nice. If I'd of asked I would of got some supplied I'm sure.
Currency mostly used is the Seychelles Rupee but Euros excepted widely. Plugs are the same as in the UK, 3 square pin. We didn't use the Spa as we thought it was over priced. There is no fitness centre (thank God!) Mosquitos are about but you do have a mozzie net around the four poster bed.
Tipping is very easy. This is always at the visitors discretion, but when we paid our final account they add what you wish and this would then be divided between ALL staff. Also they have a 'Employee of the Month' that you can name someone who was exceptionally helpful. We found this difficult as every member of the team were wonderful!!!
If you need to ask anything just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you found this write up helpful. Thanks all at Cerf Island Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the entrance of the Sainte Anne National Marine Park, The Cerf Island Resort offers 24 intimate and luxurious villas, within a naturally elegant settings which is exclusive to this boutique hotel resort.. The resort boasts of fine dining restaurant, two infinity swimming pools, pool bars and beach side dining, secluded full service beach, relaxing lounges,Tennis court, helipad and luxurious nature spa - thus offering a truly authentic and sumptuous Creole experience. The alluring emptiness of the white sand beaches offer a personal oasis in nature's tropical playground. Relax and listen to the sound of the breeze in the trees and the gentle waves on the beach as you sip cocktails at the Bar. The infinity edge Pool and Lounge, offer the perfect relaxation. The marine park waters around the Island are a diving dreamland of abundant tropical sea-life. Watersports provide the intrepid with the ideal way to explore the island. Stroll amongst tropical vegetation to the marine reserve viewpoint to experience the benign mix of flora and fauna. Cerf Island Resort is the location for a truly memorable holiday in one of the most pristine natural environments on the planet... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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