2 weeks in the Seychelles was a surprise 60th birthday present and so reading reviews beforehand were borne out of pure curiosity and not a destination decider. I have to say that our experience was much more in keeping with the positive reviews and I often found myself wondering what some people were complaining about. Yes, the hill is steep but the buggy service does reduce the negativity of this. The food was consistently of a good standard - we were on the half board package and had the set meal every evening and it never disappointed. The house wine was perfectly acceptable - in fact better than what you might get in the UK. Breakfast was excellent with a good choice and always well cooked and presented.
The accommodation was very good. We stayed in the villa Bourzwan (?) - it didn't have a great view but it was spacious, clean and had everything you might need. The air conditioning was effective and reliable.
The staff and service was generally good although some of the waitresses were better than others - the more mature ladies being a little more attentive and interested in our well being.
The beach and pool are fine and there are plenty of beaches accessible by pedalo or kayak if you want a change and are fit enough. Hotel organized trips seemed a little expensive and we did not take any of them.
If you snorkel there are quite a lot of fish to see around the hotel jetty if you don't want to venture far - we made our own way to the best site between Moyenne and St Annes and it was worth the effort of pedaling there.
The free ferry service to Mahe was appreciated although if you don't take the 8.30 there and the 3.30 back the 10 Euro fare could get expensive if you wanted to go further afield regularly.
Cerf Island is an excellent venue for a relaxing 'do very little' holiday - our two week stay was perhaps a little long but I'm not complaining!
We both suffered from numerous insect bites despite all our precautions so if you are prone - be prepared.
Overall, it was a most relaxing and pleasant two weeks and a wonderful way to celebrate reaching 60.
- 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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