This is the tropical honeymoon haven where Cheryl Cole is enjoying a luxury holiday with dancer Derek Hough. The pair checked into the exclusive resort in Tanzania five days ago – and friends say Cheryl, 26, couldn’t be happier.
Besotted Derek, 25, was determined to impress the X Factor queen when he invited her on a mystery break. And Cheryl, who has become close to Derek since splitting from cheating Chelsea defender hubby Ashley, 30, is said to have been won over.
While Ashley and his England teammates were booed off the pitch in South Africa on Friday after their woeful 0-0 draw with Algeria, Cheryl was enjoying quality time with the hunky American dancer in the African paradise.
A pal said: “She’s having a brilliant holiday. Cheryl is really impressed with Derek’s taste and is loving spending some time with him.
“They’ve been enjoying lots of days out and Derek makes her laugh. She is having the time of her life.”
The Girls Aloud star has even phoned her mum Joan Callaghan, 50, gushing about how much fun she’s been having with the hunky American dancer. The friend added: “Cheryl had no clue where Derek was taking her when he whisked off on her holiday.
“She was so excited when they landed in Tanzania because she loves Africa. She’s got really fond memories of the country after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro last year for charity. The hotel is situated one of the most beautiful places in the world. She told her mum he couldn’t have picked a better place.”
The couple are staying at the Doubletree Oyster Bay hotel on the Indian Ocean, which has its own private beach with white sand and crystal-clear water.
Derek, who has told pals he is head over heels in love with the Girls Aloud singer, wanted somewhere where they would enjoy total privacy.
The resort is close to dozens of the country’s best safari parks and the palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar are nearby too. And the country’s top shopping mall is right next door in case Cheryl wants to treat herself to a new outfit.
The Sunday Mirror revealed the couple’s holiday two weeks ago when Derek’s uncle Aaron Nelson said his nephew was planning a romantic secret trip away.
He said: “He and his new lady are going off on a romantic holiday. It’s somewhere very nice and he doesn’t want the paparazzi following him.
“For Derek this is true love. He is in totally in love with this girl.”