The combination of facilities, location and relaxed atmosphere offered by this modern hotel is very appealing. Our room was really nice, light and spacious, although the 'sea view' was across the slightly scrubby car park. You're so close to the beach that this didn't really matter too much, but I did notice it. A highlight is the outdoor pool area, which in mid-October was far from crowded, with loads of nice sunbeds and umbrellas. The pool was a bit chilly when we first got in, but sunlit and relaxing, and when we explored the farther reaches we found the jacuzzi-style areas with button-activated bubbles. We had lovely weather, so getting out of the pool to dry off was a pleasure too. You can get drinks and snacks by the pool; you could really spend an afternoon there. We also found a fantastic beach bar about 3-4 minutes walk from the hotel's beach, going left.
The breakfast buffet is standard fare but absolutely fine, and plentiful. It's nice that you can eat outside, although the outdoor breakfast area is not as pretty as you might hope. A plus is the fact that there's a laptop permanently on the reception desk for the use of guests, which we used for checking email. Slightly more negative is the fact that you pay 3 Euros for the second beach/pool towel (the first one is free), apparently to cover laundry costs? In other hotels we stayed at, the towels were free.
One thing that's a bit annoying in Sicilian hotels is how they all have signs saying you're not allowed to bring in food or drinks from outside, and since I always need to have a large bottle of mineral water in my room and don't want to spend a fortune on tiny bottles from the room mini-bar, I find this aggravating. However, it's not unique to Cefalu Sea Palace.
It's a very nice 10-minute stroll from the hotel to the centre of lovely Cefalu. On the way you'll be able to find Al Gabbianio, a good restaurant on the Lungomare across from the beach. Here we had some of the nicest food we found while on Sicily. Don't miss the delicious buffet-style Sicilian antipasti! You might also decide to climb La Rocca, which is the small mountain that overlooks the town. Be aware that the steps only go about two-thirds of the way up, though, and that you need to be reasonably fit to go further.
On balance, Cefalu was our favourite of the four bases we had during our Sicilian honeymoon. With hindsight, we could have stayed here a week quite happily and taken day trips to other parts of the island.
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