THE LEGENDARY CLUB MED CEFALU IS BEING GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE IN BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS.
Situated on a 14 hectare wild cape in the lush green landscapes of a small fishing village in the North of Sicily, the premises have been completely redesigned and restructured in order to offer guests an unforgettable experience. The Club Med Cefalù is a homage to Sicily and is the group’s first 5 Trident resort in Europe.
Located a two hour drive from Palermo, for the past 60 years this Club Med resort has enjoyed breathtaking views across the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea and promises guests a genuine taste of Sicily. The resort has been closed for the past ten years but is now reopening having been completely redesigned and restructured thanks to Italian architectural firm King Rosselli. In keeping with its outstanding natural environment, the new resort is nothing short of exceptional.
The sparse huts of yesteryear have been replaced with luxurious ly decorated bedrooms complete with either terrace or garden. The original buildings have been painstakingly restored and interior architect Sophie Jacqmin has created elegant and sophisticated interiors combing natural materials and fresh, cool Sicilian-inspired colours. The interior architect and designer has given the premises a fresh and summery feel with Baroque elements and many of the furnishings produced locally in Palermo.
The locally created furniture is set off by various artworks that have been created as allegories to nature by lighting specialist Brossier Saderne. This Angers-based company has succeeded in enhancing the interior decoration thanks to a creation comprising openwork stainless steel petals with a satin brass finish and indirect LED lighting. This vertical sculpture makes the perfect addition to the covered terrace area from which you can enjoy breathtaking views out onto the turquoise sea. It is a focal point of the interior design and reflects the warm colours of the Sicilian sunshine.
Elsewhere, the new imposing lighting creations were also the work of this lighting designer, such as the large, rounded petals composed of fine layers of steel with a copper finish that adorn the wall behind the reception desk and further contribute to the baroque and mineral feel of the premises. Brossier Saderne also created to the lighting designs in the Spa area with the brushed copper and wood veneer lamps that are fitted to each of the relaxation beds. Lastly, the lighting specialist used its savoir-faire to light up the Palazzo Gourmet Lounge restaurant with eye-catching LED wall lights depicting musical notes, a carefully positioned grand piano and even the music scores for great Italian operas that decorate the walls.
The Club has succeeded in overcoming constraints in order to give pride of place to the sensation of freedom. We feel as if we are floating in the middle of the sea as we step off a pontoon, we bathe in the silver glimmers of the sun as they reflect off of the deep blue waters whilst we relax at the beach bar, open at all hours for light refreshments. We sip on a spritz to get the evening off to a good start and savour the delicious cuisine that promises to make every meal a moment to remember. This is enough to make anyone fall in love with Sicily… and want to become a member of the Club.
Photos kind courtesy of photographer Mauro Puccini : www.mauropuccini.com