Checking in: Grand Palladium Sicilia Resort & Spa

Sicily’s sublime northern coast, home to natural bays and the magical mediaeval town of Cefalù, is where you’ll find the Grand Palladium Sicilia Resort & Spa: a five-star all-inclusive with direct beach access. The Club takes a look inside…

pools a plenty

Pools a plenty

Among the newly renovated facilities at the Grand Palladium Sicilia Resort & Spa, you’ll find four pools. Our favourite is the coolly mood-lit Sicilia Pool, ringed by feathery palms and shaded loungers: perfect for sunny swims. Or, if you don’t want to go those extra few steps to the beach, sunbathe just metres away at the Beach Pool – you’ll hear the waves and get the full benefit of the sea air without worrying about seaweed or sneaky sea creatures. Come siesta-time, seek shade at the indoor spa pool or at the garden pool, which sits beneath a pretty copse of palm trees.

little treats

Little treats

Families will love the dedicated playrooms, tennis courts and full programme of activities for all ages. Drop little ones off for up to 130 minutes of babysitting at the Baby Club. Teens, meanwhile, can indulge in adult-free fun at the Junior’s Club, which features a selection of videogames and music.

sleeping by the sea

Sleeping by the sea

There’s a contemporary take on coastal design here: think wicker accents, creamy tones and wall-to-wall windows. All rooms – from Deluxe to the Presidential Suite – come with a king-sized bed or twin beds, a 55-inch flatscreen TV and furnished outdoor terrace. Upgrade for even more perks: rooms near or looking on to the Tyrrhenian sea have extra space for the kids, plus larger terraces with loungers (or even a dining table, if you’re entertaining Italian-style). Couples should book into a Deluxe Bungalow for a private hideaway, while families should check out the Family Bungalow, which comfortably sleeps up to five.

relax and unwind

Relax and unwind

It’s a one-way ticket to tranquillity at the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness. Cure what ails you at the hydrotherapy zone or freshen up at the Scandi-style sauna. Indulge your playful side at the sensory shower and hydromassage baths, with both hot- and cold-water options to pummel your stubborn aches into submission. Wellness journeys can be taken up a notch by the resort’s experienced therapists – go for a sensorial or decontracting massage, combined with an uplifting facial. Did we mention there’s a gym?

everything on a plate

Everything on a plate

With the resort’s all-inclusive ‘Infinite Indulgence’® package, everything’s yours for the enjoying: that’s your three square meals, plus drinks, snacks and ice cream. Savour Sicilian specialities such as crusty arancini at spiaggia-facing Sicania, cooked while you watch, or at alfresco Portofino, which ferries out wood-fired pizzas, pasta and fish. Meat-lovers should head to the El Dorado grillhouse for prime sirloin and ribs, artfully charred to your liking and paired with a glass of red. And for far-eastern culinary flights, Chang Thai (above) offers savoury Asian plates in stylish surrounds. Fancy a nightcap? Choose from one of the Grand Palladium’s six bars; the Xtra Time Sports Bar specialises in international sports, cold brews and succulent patties.

sicily's northern wonders

Sicily’s northern wonders

If you can spare a day away from the resort, travel just 15 minutes east to mediaeval Cefalù. This red-roofed town edges a glorious golden beach beneath the 880ft La Rocca mountain, which is worth a wander for spectacular views over the bay. Marvel at the mosaic of Christ Pantocrator at the 12th-century cathedral, and sample fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants lining the cobbled streets. You can also head to the 16th-century wash house, or lavatorio (used until relatively recently), and view the contemporary art now lining its walls. Just south of Cefalù, you’ll find the undulating green hills, villages and castles of Madonie National Park. Belissimo.

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