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Hotel Kalura Cefalù Sicily Review

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If you are planning a vacation on Sicily, consider spending a few days in the northern, costal town of Cefalu. But book early. Because while there are not many hotels IN Cefalu, many are already full for June 2019 – Yes, next year.  When I say, ‘hotel’, I mean hotel. Not a condo, nor an apartment, which you will find plenty of. I mean a traditional hotel with full-on services. One excellent hotel in Cefalu I recommend is Hotel Kalura Cefalu. This is one premium 4* hotel that you will be glad you booked.

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Cefalu, Sicily 38.035000, 14.024500

I had just finished a lengthy, relaxing stay on the Aeolian Islands where I booked a self-catered apartment and I was looking for a more luxurious hotel in Cefalu during the few remaining nights I was in Sicily.

It needed to have that chilled, beachfront vibe going and I wanted to stay away from the main beach in Cefalu. Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily did not disappoint. Ironically, I booked in June and just a few days before arrival. 

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Location of Hotel Kalura Cefalu Siily 38.034031, 14.038467

Review of Hotel Kalura Cefalù, Sicily

Exterior of Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily
The stunning luscious grounds of Hotel Kalura right on the sea
Hotel Kalura Cefalu grounds
Beautiful ground Hotel Kalura Cefalu

First Impressions of Hotel Kalura Cefalu

The first thing you notice when you arrive is how lush the surroundings are. Hotel Kalura is among mature trees and well-manicured hedges and plants. It feels very calm and serene. When I first looked at the hotel from the outside, I was not that impressed. You find the main entrance, but from that side, you don’t see the sea. There was a long path leading away from the main door and I would have to explore what was beyond after check in.

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Parking and arrival at Hotel Kalura

The hotel has ample free parking for those with cars. I took a city bus a short distance from the Cefalu train station directly to the hotel. Hotel Kalura also offers transfer services for a fee from Palermo, Catania and Trapani if you are flying into one of those airports.

Hotel Kalura Cefalu main entrance
Main entrance of Hotel Kalura

Check-in at Hotel Kalura Cefalu

The reception desk and lobby areas were a different story and quite a surprise. For as bland as the exterior looked, the lobby was something else. There is a variety of really unique, colorful art all over the walls. It was all very tastefully done and definitely kept you looking around. The lobby area is very spacious and a nice place to just sit and read or observe. There is a gift store in the lobby with wines and other items.

Check-in was quick with 2 staff members attending guests. I had already paid for my stay online so I simply provided my passport, put a credit card on file for extras, and signed the check-in form. They explained the layout of the hotel, the time for breakfast and dinner and I was off to my room in about 10 minutes.

Check-in desk at Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily
Check-in desk at Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily
Hotel Kalura artwork
Various pieces of art hang from the ceiling and walls
Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily Etna Mural
Painting of Etna on the walls
Gift shop Hotel Kalura Cefalu
Gift shop Hotel Kalura Cefalu

Accommodation at Hotel Kalura

There are just over 80 rooms at Hotel Kalura and many have sea views. I had a very modern, double room with a terrace that overlooked the garden areas. It was nice to have a bit of green in front of me, which meant that no one was looking in my room. The mattress was firm, which I loved. The bathroom was ultra modern with an overhead shower, decent soap and amenities, and plush towels. The room was spacious, very clean and modern. There were two extra chairs, a small table and plenty of plugs for my phone and what-not. I was quite surprised because you never know if you get 4*s when you book 4*s or an exaggerated 3*. This was on the mark. They have a variety of singles and doubles with or without sea view, family rooms, studios and apartments.

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Hotel Kalura Cefalu Double Room
Very comfortable, spacious, modern double bedroom at Hotel Kalura Cefalu

Modern shower at Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily

Breakfast and Dining Rooms

For a hotel with just over 80 rooms, you won’t be tripping over other guests in the dining room. They have nearly 3000 ft of dining space. It’s like everyone in the hotel can eat at the same time. They have an indoor dining room that spills out onto their lovely spacious, seaview terrace. This is the area with the ‘wow factor.’ The dining room is great for breakfast and lunch because that’s the side the sun is on, and the terrace heats up quickly.

Breakfast is a buffet split into a number of stations. This is great because you are not standing in line with others to grab breakfast. There were plenty of hot and cold items to choose from. You will not go hungry here. A couple mornings I woke up earlier than breakfast started, but they had coffee, croissants and fruit ready for the early risers. Very accommodating.

The stunning outdoor dining area at Kalura Cefalu Sicily
Bar and dining terrace at Hotel Kalura
Hotel Kalura Cefalu Panorama Terrace
Breakfast on the seaview Panorama terrace

Beautiful terraces at Hotel Kalura Cefalu

The staff at Hotel Kalura were extremely professional
Service was impeccable at Hotel Kalura’s Panorama Restaurant
low-light dinner on the terrace at Hotel Kalura Cefalu
The dinner ambiance. They also have a piano player on some nights.

Dinners feel very elegant here. The evenings were humid, and many were dining inside in the air conditioning. But dining on the open-air terrace was a real pleasure. That sea view of La Caldura Bay is just magnificent. Staff are well-dressed and well-trained and the restaurant offered lots of reasonably-priced, tasty Sicilian specialties. You can request 1/2 board with your booking, which means breakfast and dinner included, but I went al a carte.

I did feel a bit strange dining alone because all the other tables were either couples or families. Thankfully, the waiters kept me company with a bit of chat as they were doing their service. It’s definitely a lovely place for a romantic dinner as the sun goes down. Twice a week they have a piano player which added nicely to the atmosphere.

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The restaurant at Hotel Kalura serves local Sicilian specialties
Spaghetti with fresh clams and a glass of crisp, white wine. What more could you ask for?

Sports Facilities at Hotel Kalura

You will find plenty to keep you entertained at Hotel Kalura Cefalu in the sports department. They have an 82-ft swimming pool to use if swimming in the sea is not your thing. Otherwise, head down seaside and grab one of the free lounge chairs and umbrellas where you can take a dip as you wish. There’s also a sandy beach area next to it, if you prefer to walk into the water versus jumping straight in.

The outdoor pool at Hotel Kalura Cefalu
25 meter swimming pool at Hotel Kalura
Beautiful beach area and crystal waters off hotel kalura
Swimming at Hotel Kalura Cefalu

Unique landscape and architecture at Hotel Kalura Cefalu

If you are interested in scuba diving, Sicilia Divers has a center right on the property offering training courses and dive trips to some local spots. There’s also table tennis, basketball, or maybe you’d like to take a beginner’s yoga class. They offer a lot to do.

This hotel is set in the mountainous, ‘Madonie’ area, and within view of the city’s famous mountain, called the Rocca. This can be explored by foot, by bike or driving. You can also arrange to visit the Aeolian islands which are only 1.5 hrs away.

The famous La Rocca in Cefalu as seen from Hotel Kalura property
The symbol of Cefalu, La Rocca mountain is great for hiking

One afternoon, the staff were preparing an aperitif pool side. Nice for afternoon glass of champagne, wine or Aperol-spritz. Otherwise, grab something from the pool bar.

Friendly Hotel Kalura staff
Staff Preparing apero at Hotel Kalura Cefalu

Going to Cefalu town and beyond.

There is a city bus just by the street entrance of the hotel that will take you into Cefalu town in about 10 minutes. Otherwise you can walk it in about 25 minutes. To be honest, I was really happy to just chill here and would have enjoyed a few more days. Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily is located at Via Vincenzo Cavallaro 13, Cefalù Italia. Enjoy!

Sunrises are beautiful at Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily
Sunrises are beautiful at Hotel Kalura

The main photo at the top is © Hotel Kalura Cefalu Sicily

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Life On The Mediterranean

US expat living the life on the Mediterranean in the South of France. I regularly travel to Spain, Italy, Greece and other intriguing locations around the Mediterranean. Former Hyatt Corp Marketing Manager, student accommodation director and hotel photoshoot art director.

14 Comments

  1. Lydia
    August 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Although this is the first time I’ve heard about Cefalu, your post inspired me to add it to my bucket list, Maureen! Plus, this hotel seems perfect for staying there. How many days would be enough to explore Cefalu?

    • Anonymous
      August 10, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Lydia, thanks for stopping by. I’d say if you can do a 3-night stay that would be good. You can spend one lounging around the hotel and beach area, another to explore Cefalu town and another to hike up to the temple and surrounding area. That hotel is lovely, but may appear a bit out of the way, because it’s not in the center of Cefalu, but I loved the location.

  2. Erica
    July 31, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Stunning pictures! A few friends have recently returned from Sicily and they’ve been raving about it so much that my partner and I are planning to book a trip over Christmas! Thanks for this rec, the hotel looks perfect and I’m bookmarking it for our when we book!

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Erica, Hotel Kalura Cefalu is in a fantastic location. You will love being there just away from the crowds. Very romantic and typical of that area.

  3. umiko
    July 31, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    The hotel looks nice. Why is it not too many hotel around? Is it because of space?

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Umico, I imagine space is limited, but in that area there are quite a few apartments to rent.

  4. Sage Scott
    July 30, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Oh, that seaside terrace in the first photo is just divine! I could seriously sit out there with a bottle of wine from sunset to sunrise!

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2018 at 7:43 am

      I agree. Sounds like a great name for a film – A bottle of Wine from Sunset to Sunrise. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Toti and Alessia
    July 30, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    The colour of the sea is such as amazing, blue like never seen before. We love those photos. We really like your post and we are thinking about this place. Thank you!

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2018 at 7:44 am

      The Aeolian Islands are definitely worth a visit. The water is stunning and it feels so remote. Each island is so different. Thanks for the comment

  6. Followingtherivera
    July 30, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    I return each year to Sicily for the summer! I loved the Aeolian Islands (we stayed on Lipari). Hotel Kalura looks so pretty and I can imagine having an al fresco breakfast on that lovely terrace and enjoying the views! This is truly a great choice!

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2018 at 7:45 am

      I loved being there. The staff were super and the accommodation was great. It was scorching hot on that terrace and I was struggling to drink warm coffee with all that heat. The beach area is magnificent!

  7. Adventure Dawgs
    July 29, 2018 at 1:49 am

    How did you ever manage to drag yourself away from that patio? Just wow.

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2018 at 7:32 am

      I know. It’s a great place to hang out and would have loved to stay for a few more days. Definitely on my return list.

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