Cerf Island Resort

Nature, luxury, exclusivity and the unique beauty of the Seychelles make Cerf Island a once in a life time experience. The resort's luxurious villas are blended within the natural environment of this extremely private island. The resort's unique design delivers a true Creole experience by incorporating the Seychellois architecture while preserving the natural beauty of this wonderful island.

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GEO Information

Cerf Island lies 3 kilometers off the north coast of Mahe and is situated at the entrance of the Saint Anne Marine National Park. Just fifteen minutes by boat from Mahe, this private island appears as an apparition in its surreal and lush unspoilt beauty.

The boat transfer will be arranged upon booking.

  • Introduction

    Cerf Island, in the heart of the Seychelles is a small and stunning island (roughly one by one kilometre in size) occupied by a fantastic resort operation, doing justice to its beautiful surrounds with warm impeccable Seychelloise hospitality, culture and cuisine.

    Cerf offers 24 luxury villas of differing design, all beautifully set amongst a natural wonderland of lush tropical forest and stunning vistas. The feel of the resort is understated elegance, five star luxury and a celebration of priceless natural surrounds. A stay at Cerf is a stand out experience that only the Seychelles can deliver.

    Cerf Island was named after the French fregate Le Cerf ('the deer') which arrived at Mahe's Port Victoria on 1st November 1756. The resort's restaurant is named '1756' to commemorate the year of its discovery.

  • The “1756” Restaurant

    An exhilarating cliff top setting complimented by equally exciting cuisine. Traditional Creole cuisine, perfected and personalised to a la carte standards is served, as are internationally inspired selections made with the freshest local ingredients available. A comprehensive wine list offers old and new world selections to accompany every dish.

    The Pool Bar

    Laze pool side or on the private beach and bar staff will make sure you are never wanting for a refreshing something or other – a wide selection of cocktails as well as light snacks are on offer.

    Beach Dining

    Beach dinners can be arranged for a truly stunning setting, with personalised menu options. Dining in the open on a secluded Seychelles beach is an experience never forgotten.

    In-room Dining

    Do not leave the heavenly and private surrounds of your superb accommodation if you don't want to. Order from a selection of light meals and have them delivered, straight from the a la carte kitchen.

  • Activities & Recreation

    The tropical island playground setting will inspire you to explore and immerse. Be as energetic, or as lethargic as you like with an array of water sports available, including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or windsurfing, or simply laze by the infinity edge pool or the beach, and sip cocktails for an afternoon, or a day, or more... Hike the lush hillside trails to see the island from different aspects, and observe some truly stunning and rare native Seychellois bird and animal species.


    • Infinity Edge Pool
    • Beach Loungers

    Water Activities

    ~ Scuba Diving
    ~ Guided Snorkeling
    ~ Sailing
    ~ Windsurfing
    ~ Kayaking
    ~ Pedal Boats
    ~ Glass Bottom Boat
    ~ Big Game Fishing
    ~ Trolling Fishing

    Land Activities

    ~ Nature Watching
    ~ Hiking/ Nature Trails
    ~ Tennis
    ~ Island Excursions
    ~ Picnics and Barbecues


    In a stunning natural paradise like the Seychelles you will never have a dull moment. There are dozens of fantastic islands to be discovered and explored, UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Vallee de Mai, home to the legendary coco-de-mer double nut, and extraordinary bird and tortoise colonies.
    Embark on an island hopping excursion and uncover the secrets of Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and many more.

    There is a large choice of excursions that can be organised with local professionals including:
    ~ Excursions to Praslin, La Digue and many other islands
    ~ Private Boat Charter with Skipper
    ~ Excursions and Tours to Mahe
    ~ Bird's eye scenic Helicopter Excursions

  • Cerf Island Spa

    The Cerf Island Spa is small and exclusive, like the island itself, and available only to one individual or couple at a time. The building is set hillside, amongst the trees, a truly boutique escape. Let the tropical aromas and birdsong transport you miles away while you enjoy one of the signature treatment packages combining Traditional Thai, Balinese and Swedish massage, and various aromatherapy, reflexology, detoxification, rejuvenation, pampering and beauty treatments.

    Visiting the Spa as a couple, your partner can use the steam room or Jacuzzi while you enjoy a massage either in or outside the treatment room. There are also various nail-care treatments on offer. If you prefer, you can even arrange for a massage in the privacy and comfort of your own villa, or on the balcony, or on your favourite spot on the resort's premises.

    The calm and soothing ambience of the island, its breathtakingly beautiful beaches and gastronomic traditions make it a popular choice for a soothing spa holiday. Add to those talcum powder soft white sand beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze and a never ending supply of cool drinks and cocktails...

    Cerf Island Spa’s Signature Massage

    Engage all your senses as this massage is uniquely designed to detoxify at the elemental level, relax muscles at the structural level and most importantly soothe the mind at the emotional level. Incorporating movements from Swedish, Indian Abhyanga, Lymphatic Drainage, Acupressure, Shiatsu and Thai Massages, this treatment will leave your body and soul in total harmony.

  • Awards & Recognition

    Excellent resort management has seen Cerf remain a favourite destination for discerning travellers worldwide and a host of awards and nominations, including Seychelles Leading Resort at the World Travel Awards, keep rolling in for Cerf. This much loved Seychelles destinations continues to impress guests and win hearts.


    Hiking the National Park

    Hiking in the Morne Mount Seychellois National Park on Mahé Island. The 699 m high Trois Frères Peak offers you a magnificent view over the harbour of Victoria, St. Anne Marine National Park and of the islands in the distance, La Digue and Praslin in the distance. The steep hike starts at Sans Souci Forset Station. The trail is signposted.


    Take a Trip into Nature

    Take a trip to the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles headquarters on Silhouette Island.
    It's run by very friendly people who and will be happy to show you around! Meet the lovely giant tortoises! Ask them to take you up Mont Pot-a-Eau to see Jardin Marron, an area which the Trust is restoring to its natural state - it's an amazing walk, and they'll show you all the flora and fauna on the way! You can see a chameleon, some geckos, and some beautiful white-tailed tropic birds! They also make gorgeous batiks, which are sold at the shops on Silhouette and at Beau Vallon on Mahé.


    Nature Walks

    If you are staying at The Cerf Island Resort, you have to dedicate a day to rediscover the joy of trekking for it is a unique occasion to explore the local fauna and flora.
    Surprising footpaths will lead you through lush vegetation with unexpected openings onto breathtaking views of the island's beaches.
    There are plenty of trails on the Seychelles islands, but to find them is a challenge. Normally the trails go to some breathtaking view point or end up at some nature phenomenon, water fall, shrine or plantation. The walks are hot, so bring plenty of water.
    A network of easy trails – none requiring more than two hours of walking time – laces the Vallée de Mai National Park, on Praslin. Home to the famed coco-de-mer palm, whose oversize, sensuously shaped nut has been wowing nature-lovers for centuries, this remains one of the world's most pristine tropical forests.


    Scuba Diving

    More than 100 different species of coral make the offshore reefs a very pleasant place for snorkelers and serious underwater photographers alike. Bring your fish chart, and get ready to be dazzled. Watch for whale sharks in August and November.

    Situated in the Indian Ocean about 1,000 miles east of Kenya and Tanzania, the islands in the inner group of Seychelles are solid granite, the peaks of a submerged continent. Huge gray boulders emerge like pachyderms along the shores of La Digue and Mahé, in startling contrast to the lapis sea.

    The sight of those stones creates a sort of cognitive dissonance. No matter where you dive along those two islands' coastlines, it looks like someplace else – the edge of some vaguely remembered mainland.

    Among those rocks, beyond the cinnamon and vanilla that perfume Seychelles' open-air markets, lies some of the world's finest diving. Octopus and lobster, clownfish and wrasse – all make their homes amid colourful sponges and gigantic rubbery leather corals that rise from the reefs like frozen globs in a sea-blue lava lamp.

    "The central Seychelles are the world's only mid-oceanic granite archipelago," notes Glynis Sanders, who, along with David Rowat, runs Mahé's Seychelles Underwater Centre. "Because of this, perhaps, the diversity we get here is amazing. Marine biologists come back with a list of species as long as your arm – and that's after one snorkeling trip!"

    The dive sites are considered very private - Seychelles sees relatively few visitors a year. Due to this the marine life is unusually tame.


Rooms & Suites

The luxury villas on Cerf Island are each positioned to ensure privacy, views and unique enjoyment of the exquisite surrounds.

The different villa types all capitalize on stunning views with grand design, incorporating both modern and rustic undertones. Choose from romance and intimacy, expansive ocean views, charming hillside or forest hideaway…

Tortoise Suites

The Tortoise Suites are set amongst meandering tropical gardens, with delightful forest pathways and glimpses of the Indian Ocean through the trees from a sprawling private balcony. This spacious suite is 68 square meters plus balcony. The traditionally flavoured modern room design, fitted with oiled, hardwood and rattan furniture will ease

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Hideaway Villas

The splendor of this tropical jungle villa will relax and invigorate you, inspiring imagination and all the senses. Direct Ocean views from the large private balcony overlook the Indian Ocean that beckons below, whilst exotic Seychelloise birds sing in the trees and tropical scents mingle in the breeze. Villa Facilities include: ~ Private

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Hillside Villas

Dramatically perched on the undulating hillside of the island, view patches of turquoise Indian Ocean through curtains of tropical foliage. These spacious villas are fashioned of timber and stone with a charming thatched roof, wooden walls, and a meandering balcony. Villa Facilities include: ~ Private Balcony ~ Large sliding doors to

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