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Club Med Cefalu Hotel 5 star
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Galleria S. Lucia Cefalu' Palermo, Italie Cefalý, Italy -
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A holiday village composed of shanties, the Club Med Cefalu has limited comfort but a spectacular location and a nice ambience. Ideal for a festive sojourn away from daily concerns.

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    •  Club Med Cefalu

      Club Med Cefalu   -   © Antoine Lorgnier / EASYVOYAGE

    •  Club Med Cefalu

      Club Med Cefalu   -   © Antoine Lorgnier / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    On a rocky spur, 1 mile away from Cefalu. To reach the hotel from Palermo airport (located 60 miles away), allow about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Accommodation 9.50 /10

    The village consists of 496 shanties arranged on a slope with a sharp drop, descending towards the sea. The accommodations overlook the Mediterranean Sea, but the view they enjoy is just theoretical. In fact, they are only pierced by a door. Inside, there is just enough space to fit a large bed (or two twin beds) and a small wardrobe. The decoration is limited to a mirror hung on the wall. Otherwise, the materials compose a raw setting: tiled floors, woven bamboo on the walls and thatched roof. Toilet facilities are outside, in three sanitary blocks that include toilets, showers and washbasins. If you want to make a call or watch TV, phone booths and a TV room are located at the reception.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    A village built in 1954, the Club Med Cefalu is composed of a traditional-looking building housing the reception, leading towards the pool over a walkaway bordered by flowery clumps. Spreading on about 2,100 square feet, the pool is large enough for swimming, a bonus for those who do not like to swim in the sea. Spacious, the solarium surrounding the pool enables you to choose your relaxing area depending on your preferences: close to the bar and the animation so you do not miss the ongoing activities, or towards the edge of the promontory to enjoy the panorama on the bay. As fo activities, the facilities include a fitness room, a tennis court and multi-sport fields.

    Food and drink 9.00 /10

    The restaurant is located outside, on a large terrace protected from the sun by a pergola. The tables, very simple, are made of green plastic. The best spots are at the edge of the sundeck, facing the bay and the very photogenic city of Cefalu. Meals are served buffet-style, with large selection of local specialities: Sicilian aubergines, marinated peppers, pasta with seafood... If you want to have a drink during the day or the evening, the bar overlooking the pool enjoys an open and warm setting, with its long painted wooden counter.

    Beach 7.30 /10

    The only sandy beach is actually a tiny cove where you can find a water sports club. Since the kayaks lined there do not leave much space to unroll your towel, a ''false'' beach has been built further up the coast - a concrete platform overlooking a narrow ribbon of sand uncovered when the tide is low. Those who want to bathe in the sea should wear sandals since there are rocks in the water. In return, the panorama is great: turquoise and indigo water as far as the eye can see, with ochre cliffs in the background. As for water activities, you can practice kayak and free dive.

    To know

    The Club Med Cefalu is one of the first hotels that has opened in the area. This village of shanties, that evokes the ''camping'' ambience of the outset of Club Med, is recommended for young clients without kids. Comfort is basic: no bathroom or electrical outlets in the shanties, an outdoor restaurant and disco. Since the village is located on the top of a rocky promontory, it is exposed to the wind. Since the woven bamboo inner walls have nothing to do with hard inner walls, you must expect drafts. These being said, the club offers lots of advantages: a pleasant, relaxating ambience, a variety of activities and a great location in the western side of Cefalu bay, at a 30 minute walk from the city centre.

    Equipment

    • Spa

      stretching

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, football, volleyball, basketball, kayak, dance, archery

    advantage

    • The warm ambience.
    • The architecture.
    • The panoramic location.
    • The relaxation areas.

    disadvantages

    • The beach is very small.
    • The solarium is quite small.
    • Few rooms offer a sea view.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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