cefalu sea palace Cefalu Scilly Italy
We decided to go for week in August and go package which is not something we normally do. We went with Thomson’s and were quite adamanent that we were not going to pay for any add ons which included securing seats together and paying in advance for additional luggage allowance.
There were no issues on check in, and true to their word there were no guarantees regarding seating together. We were given seats opposite each other which was no problem. But if you are with a family and/or want to sit together then im afraid paying the extra is the only guarantee.
Again, these days if you go charter you have to pay extra for a meal, we ate at the airport and loaded up with nibbles etc. The flight was around 2 ½ to 3 hr flight and was trouble free. My only critisism was throughout the duration of the fright it was freezing. The cynical side of me thought this was a deliberate act so that we would buy over inflated hot drinks ( I did!)
Arrival at the airport was fine, staff started checking passports and finally got bored and just waved everyone through which helped a lot. Thomson have obviously got things together as there were no issues in getting on the wrong coach etc. Everything was explained to you, at times I thought I was being treated like a child but can’t complain the whole transfer process was hassle free. The downside was transfer time which was about 2 and bit hours but we knew this anyway so there was no shock factor, it’s just something that some people may not like.
The hotel is situated on the sea front and with its own private beach. If you are looking for Caribbean white sand, you will need to holiday in the Caribbean to experience that kind of beach. The main thing is that the beach is clean but like most European beaches at that time of year incredibly crowded. A plus is that the hotel does not charge its guests for hire of umbrellas and sunbeds. There is also a nice little beach café which we used a few times for lunch.
The hotel itself is spacious and clean. The foyer is large and open and the front house staff are always very friendly and approachable. We were not expecting a room with a view and we were not disappointed as we had a view of a grassy knoll, however it wasn’t all that bad as we were hardly in the room. There is a decent sized balcony and the room was quite large with both a shower and bath. There was plenty of wardrobe space, but strangely enough no draws.
Breakfast was not extensive, but I would say more than adequate and they made an effort if you had an early start by laying out the basics.
The pool was a decent size, and there were never any problems with not having enough sunbeds. There was a whirl pool but cant comment as I did not use. The first Beach towel is allocated for free but thereafter you have to pay 3 euros for each subsequent replacement.
The one thing I couldn’t get my head around was the wifi. The only place this was available and was free was the foyer. There was nothing in the bar and pool area. If you wanted to make money surely you would have it on the more communal areas where you were selling something but that maybe just me. The hotel are also quite anal on people bringing food into the premises, im not talking about picnic hamper’s but anything from soft drinks to crisps. The room has a fridge and if you put anything in it, it is removed and thrown away. On the odd day I was using the wifi in the foyer you could observe the stealth activity of people with badly disguised contraband tucked in towels etc.
I would say that the hotel was nicely situated. It was a pleasant 15 minute stroll to the old medieval town which was great. The town was what you would expect cobbled streets buildings close to each other, full of charm and character. The town seems quite extensive but as someone who has really no sense of direction I did not get lost once. The restaurants are tripping over themselves but I can honestly say we didn’t have a bad meal and the prices were fair.
One of the specialities was basically an ice cream sandwich which was contained in a brioche roll and loaded with ice cream. I was tempted but at 2000 calories I politely declined. I resorted to the cone and yep as expected the ice cream was lovely.
In terms of trips, once again I was never one for the Travel Rep. meeting the morning after arrival having to listen to the over priced hard sale on trips of nightmare proportions. On this occasion I went and I was surprised at the professional approach, there was no hard sell just informative advice. I was impressed and went on a 3 trips and basically I felt they were good value. The first was a trip to Palermo (spelling sorry) worth a visit but nothing really exciting, and then Taormina, the later being quite pleasant with an old roman theatre to potter around and some gardens that an English Lady designed after having been thrown out from court by Queen Victoria. The other trip was to Mount Etna, quite a trek to get there (coach) but worth the visit remember to take warm clothing, failing that you can hire jackets or take the freeze option. The final trip which was an unexpected nice experience was to a mountain village where you got to see how certain recipes were made in a summer alfresco kitchen. Once done, you walk down to the restaurant where you have the Italian equivalent of a mezze meal. The food was excellent and live music was included. As a person who doesn’t like that sort of thing. I actually quite liked it.
All in all, the trip I enjoyed. 1 week was enough for me unless I traveled around the island. Would I go back , yes I would probably somewhere different for a few days.
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