This month sees the award-winning Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club in Mauritius celebrate its 15th anniversary.
Known for its golf course, stunning beaches and wide selection of activities, Ile aux Cerfs is a beautiful leisure island situated off Trou d’Eau Douce in the largest lagoon of Mauritius, offering breathtakingly picturesque surroundings in a chic and wild setting.
The definition of a golfer’s paradise, the 18-hole par 72 championship course, which was formally known as Le Touessrok, was designed by Bernhard Langer and is consistently ranked among the best in the world. Designed to be equal parts challenging and enjoyable, this sensational course is accessible to players of all levels, set amongst exotic gardens, pristine greens and surrounded by azure waters. Commonly thought of as the ‘island’s island’, Ile aux Cerfs’ golf course is one of the few courses in the world and the only course in Mauritius situated on its own exclusive island, spanning 38 hectares of the southern part of the 87-hectare isle, completely surrounded by the Indian Ocean.
The holes have been placed amongst beautifully kept greens that twist and weave past lakes and through lush gardens, fading into the white sands and stunningly blue lapping waves. In the distance the undulating volcanic landscape of Mauritius serves as the perfect backdrop – this is the epitome of a golfing paradise. Guests can also perfect their swing at the Golf Academy, or relax on Filibusters, the exclusive beach for golfers.
On the other end of the island is the Ile aux Cerfs Leisure Island, where visitors can enjoy a host of water sports, diverse dining options, or simply relax and soak up the sun and beautiful surroundings. Discover the rich marine life of one of the world’s largest coral-reef lagoons through snorkelling or diving, take to the skies to see the island from above with a parasailing adventure, or enjoy the undulating volcanic landscape of the island whilst kayaking. After working up an appetite, enjoy delectable cuisine at one of the range of restaurants, from Sands Grill, offering a truly Mauritian ‘feet-in-the-sand’ ambience serving the best fresh seafood, local delicacies and wood oven pizzas, to La Chaumière Masala Restaurant, combining Indian, Mauritian and Asian cuisine in a unique location – surrounded by vegetation, dine in your own personal thatched hut for an intimate and unforgettable meal.
Those who want to truly make the most of their island experience can now also stay overnight, with the launch of the Ile Aux Cerfs Bubble Lodges. Staying in a Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs has all the amenities of a luxury hotel room, with the rare opportunity to be in the heart of the island’s beautiful natural surroundings, whilst still maintaining the upmost in privacy. The elegant Bubble Lodges are extremely comfortable and spacious, with a lounge area and a small bathroom, in addition to an outdoor shower. Each has been tastefully decorated to seamlessly blend with the unique landscape.
A short speed boat ride from the east coast of Mauritius, a visit to Ile aux Cerfs is within easy reach for guests staying at Long Beach Mauritius, with both complimentary transfers to Ile aux Cerfs from Pointe Maurice and complimentary green fees on offer. Fringing the famed beach at Belle Mare, one of Mauritius’ longest and most beautiful white beaches, the five-star Long Beach Mauritius provides the ultimate escape for those seeking a blissful haven with equal measures of relaxation and activity. With a bold and contemporary style, Long Beach Mauritius offers four swimming pools, outstanding tropical gardens with over 500,000 different types of plants and varied activities designed to create ‘Timeless Memories’, from water-sports to endemic nature trails.
The anniversary of Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club coincides with the launch of the ‘Go Green’ concept on Ile aux Cerfs. This ongoing project aims to ensure that the island is as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible, with initiatives being implemented including the bars and restaurants stopping serving straws with their drinks.
For more information: www.ileauxcerfsgolfclub.com