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“"Most relaxing and secluded resort we ever been too"”
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Cerf Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cerf Island
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Rodenbach, Germany
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“"Most relaxing and secluded resort we ever been too"”
Reviewed 3 November 2012

My wife and I chose Cerf for our wedding and honeymoon, previous reviews weren't promising but with new management we were very pleased with an incredible wedding and stay. The treatment was professional, every detail was taken care of and Sandrine, Georgio and staff went above and beyond to accommodate any special requests. It's a great place for a wedding, honeymoon or getaway for couples. The rooms are fabulous with tranquil scenery of the jungle of fruit trees below and ocean view. Very private and the free use of paddle boats, kayaks, and snorkel gear allowed us to escape to near by islands for day excursions. It's been a month and looking at the photo's brings us right back to moments on Cerf Island. We highly recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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PGiorgio S, General Manager at Cerf Island Resort, responded to this review, 8 November 2012
Dear mike R,
Thank you for your feed back and for taking the time to share your positive experience with the rest of the world.
We are glad you had a fantastic wedding and honeymoon and we are very pleased we managed to make one of the best day of your life a memorable one.
We hope we will have the chance to host you again in the future, and we wish you once again a wonderful happy life together.
keep looking at the picture during the cold german winter, hopefully they will warm you up.

Best Regards

Piergiorgio & Sandrine
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Cerf Island Resort
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

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 pmdental@btopenworld.com. Hope you found this write up helpful. Thanks all at Cerf Island Resort.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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PGiorgio S, General Manager at Cerf Island Resort, responded to this review, 25 October 2012
Dear Vanessa 1957,
Thank you for your great review and for taking the time to share your positive experience with the other travellers around the world.
We are glad you have enjoyed your holiday at Cerf Island Resort, it has been a pleasure having you here and we hope you will remember the Seychelles, the peoples and the Creole spirit for a long time.
On behalf of all the Cerf Island Team I take this opportunity to wish many more happy holiday.

Kind Regards
Piergiorgio & Sandrine
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

We spent 3 days in cerf island where we felt at home when arriving. The rooms in small bungalow spread around thecliff are just perfect. The terrace offer privacy and confortable place to relax in the evening. The partially open air bathroom is also great. The staff is very friendly especially Sandrine who was always paying attention.
The beach is small but you can take a kayak and explore farer.
I would recommand for a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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PGiorgio S, General Manager at Cerf Island Resort, responded to this review, 24 August 2012
Dear Ittenh67,
Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderfull review.
We are happy you have enjoyed your stay even if for such a short stay you managed to captured the real spirit of cerf island.
Sandrine is truly a fantastic person and she always trying to go the extra mile in order to make our guests to fell at home.
We thank you for sharing your positive experience with the rest of the world and we hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you once again at Cerf Island Resort soon.

Best Regards
Piergiorgio Secchi
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Staplehurst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

We always read reviews before choosing a holiday destination and can say that anyone who has something bad to say about Cerf Island resort will always be a minority.

This is a fantastic place to stay and really is a little paradise. The accommodation exceeds anything we have ever stayed in or ever likely to.

What strikes you is the way that the accommodation has been set into the surroundings without destroying the natural beauty which gives a feel of seclusion. The whole resort nestles in well kept existing tree’s and planted areas with fruit trees, palms, flowering Hibiscus and many other beautiful flowering shrubs and trees.

Food, well we love trying new things and enjoy our food and we were not disappointed far from it. Food was served quickly and the staff were always friendly and quick to smile and engage in conversation which made us feel at home. We only had one lunch in the entire time we were there as we felt that the breakfast was so good we just did not need anything until evening. The evening meal was fantastic many variations and we did not get offered the same meal twice in the 8 days we spent on Cerf.

We had a daily walk up to the helipad just to take in the view which is brilliant; you can see from here the main land and all surrounding islands. Don’t forget to enjoy the view on the way up of the resort too.

Cerf resort has two beaches both offering some natural shade from tree’s when you need it and plenty of sunshine when you don’t. You also have two infinity pools to choose from with plenty of loungers and umbrellas. From the beach you can take a pedelo or kayak and the snorkelling in the shallow waters are very good with plenty of fish both large and small so I recommend an underwater camera. It is possible to kayak around the island or pedelo if you wish.

The resort offers a boat service to and from the main land so hop on and take the opportunity to visit Mahe it is well worth the trip. We visited the botanical gardens amongst others but knew that we had to leave something as we really would like to visit again.

Finally I must say the staff and I do mean all staff were great, they were efficient friendly and made you feel welcome and made us feel that we would want to return and they would welcome us back. The management of Cerf Resort will helpyou in anyway possible. If they can make your holiday a holiday of a lifetime they will. There really is nothing they wont do within their power to ensure you have a great holiday.

In summary a great resort, great food, great beach, great staff, great accomodation and a beautiful place to relax.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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PGiorgio S, General Manager at Cerf Island Resort, responded to this review, 14 August 2012
Dear Buddah 1969,
We thank you for your kind review, we are glad you had a fantastic time at the Resort and we hope we will have the chance to welcome you again soon in the near future.

Best Regards

Piergiorgio Secchi
General Manager
Cerf Island Resort
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Puerto del Rosario, Spain
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

My wife and I felt at home almost the minute we arrived. Our stay was for 3 weeks and we did wonder if we would get bored, but we did not. We went for lovely walks along the beach, trips in the kayak and did a few boat trips with the hotel boat. All the staff were very friendly, though like most of the locals, a bit too laid back, especially when it came to service in the restaurant! However, there was nothing to rush for. We did a 2 day trip to La Digue and Praslin, but felt it probably was not really worth it and we were glad to get back. By the way, the ferry trip back from Praslin was very rough and we were told that it gets a lot worse into the Summer.
The couple who manage the hotel, Pierregorgio and Sandrine are a lovely couple and very hands on and take a personal interest in your needs.
We found the food to be excellent and they were very willing to alter the menu to whatever you prefer.
All in all, I would recommend this resort and the location. We may go back in the future.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the lower level as the higher ones are a bit of a climb.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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PGiorgio S, General Manager at Cerf Island Resort, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Mopid,
Thank you for your review and for sharing your positive experience with the rest of the world.
We always strive to provide the best service possible to all our guests and try to make them fell at home as much as we can.
We are glad you have enjoyed your long stay and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in our resort very soon.

With the warmest regards

Piergiorgio & Sandrine
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Cerf Island Resort
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

We stayed here a while ago now but had a fantastic honeymoon and found all the staff to be friendly and helpful.
Our villa was fantastic - way too big - we had a whole second room with TV, bathroom etc which we didn't use!!!! Beautifully finished though with a lovely big bath to relax in.
The food was OK and when my husband did not fancy anything on the menu they made him something else which was nice.
We had a great helicopter trip to see the islands from above and this was the highlight of our trip!
This is a very quiet, relaxed island and although I would not desbribe it as basic - if you want 5* you should go to one of the larger, chain hotels/resorts. Cerf provides a more personal service and we loved it.
Hope to come back one day!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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PGiorgio S, Directeur général at Cerf Island Resort, responded to this review, 19 June 2012
Dear Familymugambi,

Thank you very much for your review, all your kind comments were forwarded to my managers and their teams.

My team and I strive to deliver excellent personal service and we are very happy we have managed to achieve this during your honeymoon last year.

We hope that we will be able to welcome you back very soon at Cerf Island Resort,

Kind regards,
P. Secchi, General manager
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Kent UK
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

My wife and I went to Cerf in 2007 and enjoyed it so much that we promised ourselves a revisit, and this we have just completed. You always worry that a return will not live up to the first visit, but we need not have been concerned, it was wonderful. Since our previous visit 12 new lodges have been added and the original 12 refurbished, and they are excellent, spacious, well laid out, comfortable and we especially love the outdoor bathroom with the large jacuzzi bath. The lodges are set in tropical forest and the views from the spacious well furnished veranda were terrific. There is now a wonderful new pool, extended beach area and the new restaurant and seating area done to a very high standard. Service was very good, staff friendly and the food well cooked and presented. A truly relaxing chill-out experience, highly recommended.
We now look forward to a third visit!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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PGiorgio S, Directeur général at Cerf Island Resort, responded to this review, 19 June 2012
Dear Vanillaman,

Thank you for your kind review following your second visit at Cerf Island Resort.

We are very happy you have enjoyed the new resort's facilities and thank you for describing them so well to your fellow travellers.

Your review was shared with my team and they were well pleased to hear all the compliments you have made regarding the resort, the food and the service.

We are looking to welcoming you soon for your third visit!

Best regards,
P.Secchi, General Manager
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Property: Cerf Island Resort
Address: PO Box 1071, Mahe, Cerf Island, Seychelles (Formerly Cerf Island Marine Park Resort)
Region: Seychelles > Cerf Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cerf Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cerf Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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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