From Long Beach Resort Mauritius To Ile aux Cerfs: The Ultimate Day Trip
February 28 2020
February 28 2020
“Chic”, “modern” and “sophisticated” are just some of the words used to describe the five-star Long Beach hotel that lies majestically along the wild, untamed east coast of Mauritius. This staggeringly beautiful hotel has a majestic presence and incredible allure—it’s the ultimate destination for those looking to balance moments of utter relaxation with thrilling activities during a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in the tropical Eden of Mauritius.
Perfect for discerning couples and families, Long Beach is fabled for many reasons, the signature experiences and refined pleasures being notable drawcards for many. From exceptional gastronomic offerings and unique activities to a first-class and secluded tropical Cinq Mondes Spa, unparalleled golfing offerings and ample opportunity for memorable day trips, a stay Long Beach hotel in Mauritius is a must.
One of the most popular excursions for adventurous guests staying at Long Beach is a day spent at the magical oasis of Ile aux Cerfs. This dazzling island gem offers a spectacular way to spend a day in the Mauritian sun.
Does this resonate? Then this is what a day trip to Ile aux Cerfs might look for you as a Long Beach guest:
Start the day in the best possible way
Being a guest at Long Beach hotel means that you can enjoy unparalleled views of the sunrise every morning if you so desire. Set the tone for this magical day by celebrating dawn from the lagoon itself on a sunrise kayak session with other guests and some of Long Beach’s water sports team.
Allow yourself to be fully present as you enjoy the workout while savouring the changing colours of the sky, from purples to reds and oranges. As you arrive back on shore, enjoy complimentary detox water and you take in the incredible beauty of a new day.
Then, head to Le Marché for a sumptuous breakfast and embrace the exquisite array of breakfast options: from fresh hot breakfast options (made right in front of you) to tropical fruit, a selection of yoghurts and mueslis and freshly-baked delicacies.
Take advantage of the complimentary Pointe Maurice transfers
At Long Beach, it’s hugely important that guests have seamless, enjoyable experiences at every touchpoint, which is why they offer complimentary boat transfers to and from the official Ile aux Cerfs Jetty from Pointe Maurice. Once you’ve had a satisfying breakfast—ideally at one of the tables overlooking the ocean—it’s time to make your way to the jetty (the hotel can call a cab for you).
Once you are there, you might need to wait a little bit for the boat transfers to Ile aux Cerfs. Enjoy the fabulous opportunity to chat with other travellers or even some of the Ile aux Cerfs staff who might be making the trip as well.
The boat shuttle is open from 09:30 to 18:00 every day, with one leaving Pointe Maurice every 30 minutes.
Enjoy the feeling of fresh, sea air on your face and sunshine on your skin as you traverse the azure Indian Ocean waters and pass gorgeous tropical scenery during this exciting 20-minute boat trip.
Embrace the island lifestyle
Once you arrive at Ile aux Cerfs, you will enter a world of tropical wonder: crystal-clear lagoons, powder-fine white shores and all of the amenities and services you could need for a comfortable and fun-filled day. To help elevate your island experience, Ile aux Cerfs has a phenomenal beachside bar, Sands Bar which offers tropical, fruity cocktails and mocktails that are the perfect accompaniment to your beach experience. Enjoy a local rum tasting and pick your favourite one to be the base of your drink or simply enjoy a fresh fruit juice and savour the tranquillity of Ile aux Cerfs.
Come lunchtime, there are four exceptional restaurants to choose from Sands Grill, Sands Bar, La Chaumière Masala and the clubhouse restaurant, Langer’s Bar and Grill.
Sands Grill is a sublime choice for those looking for casual seaside dining, where you can enjoy your meal with your feet in the sand. The menu boasts a selection of local fish which can be grilled, steamed or fried, according to your preference. There are also spice-infused Mauritian delicacies and wood-friend pizzas on offer, ensuring that there’s something to satiate every palate. Sit back in the shade under the thatched-roof of Sands Grill and enjoy the 360º views of paradise.
Sands Bar is an even more laid back than Sands Grill, with a menu that focuses largely on pizzas. Enjoy freshly-cooked pizzas with a huge variety of flavours and marvel at the menu that incorporates creative options and classic flavours.
La Chaumière Masala is a particularly special restaurant, located on the side of a small hill, and amongst big rocks and tropical flora. Tables and chairs are located under small thatched pavilions that sit atop stilts that enjoy excellent views of the lagoon. Feast on Mauritian, Indian and Asian specialities to the sound of the birds in the trees and the lagoon water as it caresses the shore—a meal here is sure to be memorable.
Langer’s Bar and Grill is perfect for those who have an appreciation for golf. Overlooking the 18th hole of the truly exceptional Ile aux Cerfs Golf Course, designed by golfing legend Bernhard Langer himself, this is the place to be for some sophisticated favourites (such as salads or burgers) or Mauritian specialities.
Try a new activity
When you are not luxuriating on one of the beach loungers (which come with clean towels for a small fee), taking a walk along the beach and discovering the island or swimming/snorkelling in the magical picture-perfect waters, you can embrace a huge array of thrilling activities on this Leisure Island portion of Ile aux Cerfs.
Whether you prefer to be on land or in the water, there’s something spectacular in store for you here. Observe the island from a bird’s eye view via parasail, enjoy a thrilling banana boat ride or try your hand at water skiing—this is what island holidays are all about. You can also enjoy a speed boat ride around the island, or stay “on land” with the Acobranch and ziplining experience which will take you on a wonderful adventure through the treetops.
For those with a penchant for golf, the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, designed by none other than Bernhard Langer himself, is a must-play. Steal away for a quick round or simply visit the golf academy to perfect your swing and savour the exceptional experience in the most beautiful tropical surrounds. If you are new to the game, then you can enjoy the complimentary Golf Initiation for guests that takes place daily at 11:00 at the academy with one of the golf pros.
There’s so much to do in this dazzling haven, the hard part will be choosing what to save for your next visit.
Finish the day in style
Once you have embraced Ile aux Cerfs to the full, hop on the shuttles (both sea and land) that will take you back to designer luxury comforts at Long Beach. Take a breather in your garden- or sea-facing room as you get ready for a fabulous evening. Head to one of the exceptional restaurants—Hasu, perhaps?—and finish the evening off with your favourite signature Long Beach cocktail as you relish the pure bliss of a holiday in Mauritius. If only every day could look like this..,
Interested in calling Long Beach your home base while on an exceptional holiday in Mauritius? Then book your stay now and in the very near future, you could be having exceptional experiences—ones that inspire lifelong memories—of your own.