Club Med has officially opened its first 5-Trident resort in the Mediterranean region, as well as the flagship property for its luxury Exclusive Collection in Europe. Called Club Med Cefalù, the new all-inclusive resort on Sicily’s northern coast celebrated its grand opening with a ceremony on June 10.
Henri Giscard d’Estaing, president and global CEO of Club Med, inaugurated the new resort, along with Gianfranco Micciché, president of the regional Assembly; Gaetano Armao, vice president of the Sicilian region; His Grace Giuseppe Marciante, Bishop of Cefalù; and Rosario Lapunzina, Mayor of Cefalù.
Built around a completely renovated “village of holiday huts” that first opened in 1957, the new resort offers views across the bay and over the historic town of Cefalù, which is a short walk away from the resort. At 5 Tridents, the highest level on Club Med’s rating scale, the luxury all-inclusive will be aimed at active couples, friends and families with children over eight years old. The new resort will be open 10 months of the year, from March to early January.
The resort offers a wide range of land and water sports activities, including stand-up paddleboarding and electric surfboards (available for the first time at Club Med). Among its wellness offerings, guests can enjoy the Carita Spa, fitness lessons, and what’s being billed as Sicily’s first natural swimming pool, situated in the resort’s Zen Zone.
In terms of dining, the resort will be home to three restaurants aimed at spotlighting the cuisine of Sicily and the rest of Italy. The menu at the Palazzo Gourmet Lounge restaurant has been created by four-time Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton, who hails from Milan.
Designed by Sophie Jacqmin, the resort’s look aims to combine a baroque, mineral spirit with modern architecture by Italian firm King Rosselli. The site also integrates historic buildings that have been preserved, such as the fully functional Chapel, the Genoese towers and the Palazzo.
The resort is part of Club Media’s Exclusive Collection, which includes 5-Trident/Exclusive Collection resorts, 5-Trident/Exclusive Collection Spaces in 4-Trident resorts, and the Villas & Chalets. It is just over an hour from Palermo’s airport.