Encircled with gorgeous palm-fringed, sugar-white beaches, as well as clear turquoise waters and in-shore reefs that teem with colourful tropical fish, the small island of Ile aux Cerfs (Deer Island) is one of the most beautiful beach locations in Mauritius.
Located just a short boat ride away from the small fishing village of Trou d'Eau Douce off the east coast of Mauritius, this pearl of an island offers full service facilities including a restaurant, bar and shops housed in pretty thatched-roof kiosks.
Swim, snorkel or enjoy one of several water sport activities, such as parasailing, kite surfing and windsurfing. Discover waterfalls on a walk through dense forest or tee off from the 18-hole championship golf course.
Later, relax with a ‘cold one’ at a local beachside restaurant or at the exclusive 5-star Touessrok Hotel.
In addition to Le Touessrok at Ile aux Cerfs, nearby Trou d'Eau Douce offers an excellent choice of 5-star resorts that typically front a pristine white-sand beach, including the following…
Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa
Location: Coastal Road, Trou d'Eau Douce
Ave nightly price: AUD721 per room
Description: Located along the white sand, palm-fringed beach of Trou d’Eau Douce Bay, Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is set in a tropical garden and offers a spa and wellness centre, 18-hole golf course and outdoor pool. The elegant rooms feature Mauritian style décor and offer views of the Indian Ocean. They come equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, sofa and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa resort features an extensive range of culinary cuisines. Five restaurants and three bars provide a lively yet sophisticated offering, including Le Bazar restaurant, a dynamic food theatre featuring dishes from around the world, Safran, the internationally acclaimed Indian restaurant, Kushi a Japanese restaurant with sensational sea views and Yakiniku grills, and Republik Beach Club & Grill, a trendy beach club serving Mediterranean cuisine and barbecue grills. Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa also features a private island, Ilot Magenie, which is open exclusively to Shangri-La's guests and features a trendy beach club and on-island butlers The resort boasts an array of facilities and activities which guests can enjoy during their stay, including a fitness centre, sun terrace and bar, and golf and windsurfing. CHI, The Spa has a variety of massages and treatments. Free WiFi is available and the SSR International Airport is within 50 minutes’ drive.
Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Location: Beau Champ, Trou d'Eau Douce
Ave nightly price: AUD1,784 per room
Description: Surrounded by tropical lush gardens and the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius includes 4 pools. It offers complimentary use of the golf course designed by Ernie Els. The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita offers elegantly decorated villas with private gardens. They all come with a TV with DVD player and an iPod/iPhone docking station. Some include a private pool. The on-site restaurant offers a variety of dishes, mixing the local tradition and fresh fish with continental classics. Cooking classes with the resort’s chefs are also available. Guests can wake up and enjoy a relaxing yoga session, or head to the wellness centre for a massage or a beauty treatment. Daily snorkelling excursions are also organized by the staff. The town of Bel Air is 3 km away, while Port Louis’ city centre is 46 km away. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is 33 km from the property, and a shuttle service can be arranged upon request.
Location: La Pelouse, Trou d'Eau Douce
Ave nightly price: AUD231 per room
Description: Offering free boat trips to Île aux Cerfs Island, Tropical Attitude is a beachfront hotel in a garden with coconut trees. Decorated in a traditional style, it provides an outdoor pool and free watersports. Featuring a furnished terrace, most of the spacious rooms face the Indian Ocean, while some overlook the tropical garden. Decorated mainly in white, each air-conditioned room has a satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom. Local and international cuisine from Le Cocotier Restaurant, and drinks from La Canne à Sucre Bar, can be taken on the ocean-view terrace. Free activities include glass-bottomed boat trips. Bicycles can be hired, and volleyball, table tennis and board games are available. There is free Wi-Fi in the 24-hour reception and in the bar. With views towards Trou d’Eau Douce fishing village, 2 km away, Hotel Tropical Attitude is a 15-minute drive from Belle Mare. Mauritius International Airport is around 45 minutes’ away by car.
Le Surcouf Hotel & Spa
Location: Coastal Road, Trou d'Eau Douce
Ave nightly price: AUD181 per room
Description: Situated along the white sand beach of Trou d'Eau Douce, Le Surcouf Hotel & Spa is set in a tropical garden. It features a swimming pool, Ocean Spa and Creole-inspired architecture. The air-conditioned rooms all come with colourful décor and balconies with Indian Ocean views. They also include a TV and electric kettle. The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with a shower. Guests can enjoy a fusion of European cuisine and Mauritian flavours at the restaurant. They can also relax with a massage or treatment at the Ocean Spa. The hotel offers a boathouse and a variety of water sports, such as scuba diving and snorkelling. Excursions, tours and horse riding can be arranged by the front desk. Bicycles are available for rent. Le Surcouf is located 15 km from the Central Flacq Market and 40 km from SSR International Airport. The capital city of Port Louis is 50 km from the hotel.
Latest update: about Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius: 30 December, 2022