Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Toni Atkin­son

The new­est star of Club Med’s Ex­clu­sive Col­lec­tion, and the first five-tri­dent re­sort in Europe, opened its doors in June 2018. Nes­tled neatly into rocky cliffs over­look­ing the charm­ing his­tor­i­cal town of Cefalù, the vil­lage-style re­sort rests in har­mony with the en­vi­ron­ment thanks to the ex­ten­sive use of lo­cal wood and stone.

Beau­ti­ful his­tor­i­cal el­e­ments of the re­sort have been pre­served and mod­ernised to cre­ate an en­chant­ing ambience within the vil­lage, most no­tably the Palazzo Gourmet Lounge where guests can en­joy light, all-day din­ing, or sim­ply drinks in the bar. Two other restau­rants de­liver spec­tac­u­lar views over the sparkling emer­ald Mediter­ranean. The main din­ing room, La Rocca, over­looks Cefalù and the im­pos­ing rock that tow­ers above the lit­tle town, while La Riva Beach Restau­rant over­looks the sea.

As part of Club Med’s aim to en­sure its guests feel at home, rooms are light and sur­pris­ingly spa­cious, and many of the pub­lic spa­ces through­out the vil­lage pro­vide in­ti­mate ar­eas for a more pri­vate ex­pe­ri­ence.

Two beau­ti­fully ap­pointed pool ar­eas, in­clud­ing a nat­u­rally fil­tered Zen pool, as well as swim­ming and sun­bathing spa­ces dot­ted along the sea are ser­viced by their own bars and pro­vide plenty of op­tions to soak up the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.

If all of that isn’t enough, the re­sort’s ded­i­cated concierge will tai­lor ex­cur­sions of the lo­cal area for an ad­di­tional charge, and can in­cor­po­rate drive-your­self tours in one of the re­sort's fleet of Fiat 500s. The town of Cefalù is only 15 min­utes’ walk or five min­utes’ drive from the re­sort, and has an unas­sum­ing charm steeped in his­tory.

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