Our Rating
7.4
Overall

Cerf Island Resort

Seychelles, Other Islands

from 470 per person sharing

Our Rating
7.4
Overall

Cerf Island Resort

Seychelles, Other Islands

from 470 per person sharing

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Our Verdict

If you’re wanting the small island feeling but your pocket can’t stretch as far as the mega-priced “one island, one resort” lodges, then this small and luxurious hotel of 24 gorgeous villas a mere 15 minute boat ride from Mahe could be just the place for you!

Our Ratings

7.4
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
7.5
Setting
7.0
Activities
7.5
Chill-Out Factor

Our Ratings

7.4
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
7.5
Setting
7.0
Activities
7.5
Chill-Out Factor

What's Hot

  • The villas are spacious, stylish and quite luxurious and being tucked away on the wooded hillside gives them plenty of privacy
  • The resort's position is quiet, idyllic and tranquil - yet it's also close to Mahe with all that the main island offers to tourists
  • Explore the area on one of the kayaks and discover your own secluded private beach, then snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Marine Park
  • Spoil yourself with a massage at the Spa!

What's Not

  • You're in sight of Mahe and its capital Victoria - so you don't have the "deserted island" feel of some of the further flung (and more expensive!) private islands
  • Beach below the resort is pretty but small - but then again this is not a big resort so you should never fee overcrowded
  • Prices of drinks (as in many Seychelles resorts) are enough to make your eyes water
  • The steep hillside position means that people of limited mobility should avoid
Cerf Island Resort

Cerf Island Resorttake one of the resort’s kayaks and paddle around the island and find an idyllic private beach to enjoy on your own

Lodge Profile

If you’re wanting the small island feeling but your pocket can’t stretch as far as the mega-priced “one island, one resort” lodges, then this small and luxurious hotel of 24 gorgeous villas a mere 15 minute boat ride from Mahe could be just the place for you!

Quick Overview

Rooms
24- 12 Hillside Villas, 7 Hideaway Villas, 5 Tortoise Suites
Distance to Beach
50m
Air Conditioning
Yes
Pool
Yes
Recommended Stay
6-8 nights

Cerf Island lies just off the east coast of Mahe and forms part of the gorgeous St Anne Marine Park, home to some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Seychelles. There are a couple of other small lodges and villas on the southern shores of Cerf Island which unfortunately overlook the monstrosity that is the Eden Island development – but Cerf Island Resort avoids that fate by being tucked away on the western tip of the island where an air of tranquility and blissful relaxation prevail. So although the island has other accommodation, these are out of sight and you almost feel that you have the whole place to yourself.

The resort certainly occupies a lovely spot with the 24 spacious and stylish villas built on the densely wooded hillside that lies above a lovely sandy beach enjoying views across the sea to Victoria and Mahe's east coast. The beach is quite small but very nice,and considering that there are only 24 villas and that the lodge is isolated you are unlikely to ever feel overcrowded. From the beach, you are only a few meters away from the first coral reefs where you can snorkel amidst tropical fish, rays, and if you’re lucky, perhaps even some turtles!

Just above the sandy beach with its comfy sun-loungers there is a lovely swimming pool built into the granite boulders and surrounded by huge takamaka trees that provide welcome shade and respite from the heat of tropical sun. Next to the swimming pool you will find the Pool Bar offering light snacks and an afternoon menu of fresh juices and beverages whilst the Cocktail Bar has a selection of traditional and international cocktails to tempt your pallet. Then there’s the 1756 Restaurant which also overlooks the sea and boasts a 180° ocean view of the entrance to the Marine Park, St Anne and Mahe – both traditional Creole as well as international cuisine is on offer here. But if you fancy a more private dining experience the staff will be happy to set up either in your villa or perhaps on the beach with your toes in the sand.

Small paths wind away from the main reception area and up through the trees where you will find the 24 villas hidden away amongst the lush vegetation. There are 3 room types here – 12 Hillside Villas, 7 similar Hideaway Villas which enjoy more secluded positions, and the 5 Tortoise Suites which add a separate lounge area (which can also double as a second bedroom) The timber and stone villas are all beautiful and exhibit the same décor and style with thatched roofs and shady verandas and lovely polished wooden floors. Luxuries abound with fine linen, air-conditioning, satellite television and DVD player – another highlight are the gorgeous bathrooms with their pale stone floors, his ‘n’ hers basins, Molton Brown toiletries, corner baths, showers and loads of fluffy towels.

For many guests the overwhelming tranquility of Cerf Island Resort with no noise from traffic or passersby will see them spending most of their time there either around the pool or in their villas – not to mention taking advantage of the Spa with its range of pampering massages and treatments. However if you’re wanting to get out and about there’s plenty that can be easily enjoyed. A firm favourite is to take one of the resort’s kayaks and paddle around the island and find an idyllic private beach to enjoy on your own; or you can paddle deeper into the Marine Park and enjoy some stunning snorkeling around the tiny islands that dot the bay. Climb the path up through the forest to the view site above the resort and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of surrounding islands like Moyenne, St Anne, Round and Long islands.

Of course with Mahe being just 15 minutes boat ride away it’s also easy to arrange to head over for some retail therapy in the markets and shops of Victoria or even to arrange a tour of the main island. Scuba diving, deep sea fishing and sailing are just some of the water-based activities also available.

Pricing

per person sharing

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Child Policy

  • Only children over 7 years of age are welcomed at the resort
  • Children are charged the adult rate
  • Children must accompany and share a villa with at least one adult