Dreaming of that perfect, idyllic, Instagramable vacation that’s been all over your feed this summer? Let me tell you about a little slice of heaven in Sicily called Cefalù. Nestled atop a rocky cove, with the hills of Northern Sicily behind looking out onto the cobalt blue waters of the Mediterranean sits an exquisitely picturesque medieval city. Located just an hour outside of the Italian island’s capital, Palermo, the old town of Cefalù is gracefully tucked under a 244-metre (800 ft) giant rock overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Dominated by a 12th-century Norman cathedral in the centre of town, this breathtaking view is best observed while sipping a cappuccino or Aperol Spritz while soaking in the expansive infinity pool at the nearby Club Med Exclusive Collection Cefalù Resort.
Cefalù is Club Med’s first 5-Trident resort in Europe, and the grounds themselves earned that honour. Each “room” is, in fact, a secluded Villettas tucked away amongst the lush grounds with dream-like views. The star of the show really is the expansive grounds, with two swimming pools, a seaside deck and beach, three restaurants and four bars. As you walk from your Villetta to the beach, the gentle sound of the Mediterranean breaking against the rocks fills your ears. In the distance, a couple floats peacefully by on a paddle board, catching some sun. The sweet smell of maple syrup wafts while the eye feasts on well-tended gardens dotted with everything from sweeping rosemary, heliconia, plumeria, oleander, bougainvillea, yellow aloe, prickly pears, pomegranates eucalyptus, pepper berries, lantana, yucca, and aloe blossoms. It is like being in a Sicilian dream.
If you’re looking to party, we recommend requesting a room near the main pool area. Within a quick walking distance of the fitness centre, the main pool and bar, the spa, and most of the restaurants, you are at the centre of it all. If you are looking for more early nights and lounging in the sun days, request a Mediterranean Seaside view room. You will be closer to the beach and Zen Natural Pool and will be lulled to sleep every night by the sounds of the waves crashing against the shore.
Sicily is a remarkable island with so much history, culture and tradition that makes you feel like you are in another time. The Club Med Exclusive Collection Cefalù Resort is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the island, with the old town of Cefalù only a 10-minute taxi or 30-minute walk away, a huge selection of day trips to sights around the island, and of course, the endless all-inclusive activities at the resort. Open all year long, it is the perfect destination anytime. Get more info on Club Med Cefalù here.
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