Hotel Cerf Island Resort Hotel 4 star
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P.O BOX 1071 Seychelles Ile du Cerf, Seychelles
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Cerf Island Marine Park Resort is a small family hotel ideally located on Cerf Island, in the heart of the St. Anne Marine Park. Set 'away from it all' on a well-preserved island, you get the true hotel experience here, but at the same time you are just a stone's throw away from the main island of Mahé and the airport. A small spa, a very good restaurant and charming rooms are the strong points of Cerf Islanfd Marine Park Resort, which is nestled in the midst of a small paradise.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.

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    • Hotel Cerf Island Resort

      Cerf Island Resort   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

    • Hotel Cerf Island Resort

      Cerf Island Resort   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

       
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    Location 7.75 /10

    The establishment is on the western coast of Cerf Island at the heart of the St. Anne Marine Park and 1,8 mi east of Mahé, which can be reached in 10 minutes by boat from Eden Island. Transfer time to the airport is around 20 minutes, including 10 minutes by boat, although those with the means can make the 5 minute journey from the airport by helicopter.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    One of the highlights of the Cerf Island Marine Park Resort is the luxurious Robinson cabin. Your accommodation comes in the form of lovely wooden chalets with red latan palm leaf roofs, nestling on a hill covered in tropical vegetation. The bedrooms have wooden flooring and furniture, and feature natural materials bringing a touch of charm to this place surrounded by a tropical forest. The decor is original and very tasteful and the bedrooms themselves are furnished with a four-poster king size bed with mosquito netting, a desk, a small lounge area with two sofas, an armchair and a wicker coffee table. You can admire the natural setting from the large wooden terrace furnished with a wooden table, two armchairs and two cushioned wicker deck chairs. This spot, rocked by the rolling waves and singing birds, greatly contributes to the tropical forest experience. This is also the ideal place to enjoy an intimate dinner and admire the superb sunsets. Hidden away in the beautiful wardrobe, the satellite television broadcasts 6 channels and has a DVD player, with films available from reception at no extra cost. The rooms are spacious (72m², of which 20m² is taken up by the terrace) and have discreet individual air conditioning combined with a roof fan, a torch, a large free electronic safe, an umbrella, a mobile phone, a mini bar refrigerator and tea and coffee-making facilities. Room service is also available from 7:00am to 10:00pm. The bathrooms are clean and nicely decorated. They have a large bathtub for two people with a flexible shower, a separate exterior shower, a separate toilet, a bidet, a designer glass double vanity unit, tissues, a magnifying mirror, bathrobes, a hair dryer and Molton Brown welcome toiletries.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    A member of the Exclusive Island Hotels and Resorts group, the Cerf Island Marine Park Resort consists of 12 charming chalets scattered along a hill (covered in tropical vegetation) where perfect peace reigns, hardly disturbed by the birdsong and the water running in the pools. The open reception overlooks the sea and a 6 ft-deep infinity pool which you can cool off in between 6:30am and 6:30pm. You can then go and relax on the sun terrace, lounging comfortably on a wooden deckchair with a comfortable cushion in the shade of a green canvas parasol. Without forgetting the nearby shower where you can rinse off. Towels are also provided here free of charge. Feeling a little thirsty? The swimming pool bar serves cocktails and cold drinks from midday until 6:00pm.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    Meals are taken in the company of birdsong in the hotel's only restaurant, named 1756 after its year of discovery by a French sailor of Cerf Island on the 'Le Cerf' frigate, which gave its name to the island. With its superb location overlooking the sea under a palm-leaf roof, it serves excellent Creole cuisine prepared by a chef from the Seychelles. We highly recommend the Coétivy shrimps, which are a real treat! Breakfast is served between 7:30am and 11:00am, lunch between 12:30pm and 3:30pm and dinner between 7:00pm and 9:30pm. With a capacity of 34 guests, the restaurant has a 180° panoramic view over the islands of the St. Anne Marine Park. It has a set menu and an international buffet is served once a week, together with a barbecue evening and a Creole evening. Music is provided twice a week. On request, you can choose to have a romantic candle-lit dinner in your room, by the swimming pool or on the beach. The restaurant bar serves various cocktails between 7:00am and 11:00pm. The swimming-pool also has a bar which is open between 9:00am and 6:00pm.

    Beach 8.20 /10

    The beach is relatively small but heavenly - you are in the Seychelles! Alongside the clear and wonderfully warm water, on the fine, white sand you will find coconut trees, wooden deckchairs with cushions and a shower - waiter service is also provided. Watch out for sea urchins, rocks and coral in the water: sandals are recommended. Be aware that from May to September, south-east trade winds can bring algae on to the shore. Masks, flippers and snorkels are supplied at no extra cost and guests here have the opportunity to bathe in the heart of a protected nature reserve. Pedalos and kayaks are also supplied free of charge, and they are the best way of discovering Cerf Island, which you can easily travel around on these vessels. You can moor wherever you like, including on the neighbouring islands: Longue, Moyenne and Ronde.

    To know

    Children under 7 are not allowed at the Cerf Island Marine Park Resort. The hotel has a helipad located at the top of a 108 m high hill, the highest point on the island, from which you can enjoy a superb 360°C panoramic view over Cerf Island, Mahé and the surrounding islands that make up the St. Anne Marine Park: Longue, Moyenne, Ronde and St. Anne. Cerf Island is a small island that measures just under 1 mi in length and less than half a mile wide, and has a second hotel, the Habitation Cerf Island. It is also the only island in the St. Anne Marine Park that has a local population, located on the other side of the island. For sports enthusiasts, a large screen television has been installed in the reception area, which also has a library area and board games including chess.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, sailing, kayak, (free), paddle boats, (free), sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The location on Cerf Island, in the heart of the St. Anne Marine Park.
    • The comfortable and charming bedrooms.
    • The delicious cuisine from the Seychelles.

    disadvantages

    • Difficult access.
    • The many steps mean it is not suitable for elderly or handicapped people.

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      10 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2012 Posted on 2014-03-10 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        très bel hôtel bien situé avec un personnel accueillant et sympathique. le petit déjeuner est copieux.

      • Advantages

        disponibilité du personnel courtoisie proprete

      • Disavantages

        rien à signaler. regrets de pas etre resté plus longtemps

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2011 Posted on 2013-11-12 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        très bel hôtel , ou vous aurez l'impression d?être un peu Robinson Crusoé avec le confort en plus .

      • Advantages

        accueil et services au top

      • Disavantages

        pas assez de navette pour rejoindre victoria (la capitale)

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2013-07-28 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        super tres agreable vu sur la une plage magnifique

      • Advantages

        services vue sur la colline

      • Disavantages

        wifi payant pour une chambre a ce prix

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10