Verdura Resort – Sicily, Italy
Hotel Type: A 5* family friendly resort set on the Mediterranean coastline, with incredible facilities, golf courses, Kids Club and spa.
Location: Verdura is located within 230 hectares of sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline, on the south-west coast of Sicily, next to the seaside town of Sciacca and the orange groves of Ribera. The capital, Palermo is just over an hour away by car. We suggest you fly into here and enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to reach Verdura.
Style: Minimalist modern with Sicilian flare.
Rooms: 203 light filled rooms & suites with views out over the glittering Mediterranean. There are also 8 private villas with more opening in March 2021.
Ideal For: Family time and being off the beaten track.
Swimming: The star attraction is the 60m outdoor swimming pool. The spa also has a 20m indoor lap pool as well as 4 thalassotherapy pools. If you fancy a dip in the sea then the private beach is just a 5 min stroll or bike ride away. The Villa Suites also all come with their own private pools.
Dining: There are eight different restaurants and bars here. In the summer head to Amare restaurant and indulge in fresh seafood by the sea. For an Italian feast head to Liola restaurant, this is also a great spot for families. Zagara restaurant overlooks the pool and serves fresh Mediterranean cuisine. If a snack is what you are after or a lighter lunch head to the Pool Bar or the Club House. The Pool Bar is a great place for a sunset cocktail. Try the Sicily mojito – made with blood oranges!
Activities: You will not hear the words ‘I am bored’ here. If you are a golf fan there is a championship 18- hole and a 9-hole par-3 course, all designed by Kyle Phillips as well as a double-ended driving range and putting green. There are 7 tennis courts, a full-size football pitch, Verduland kids and teenclub, private beach with water sports club, trekking, running and cycling trails, you can go horse riding, or charter a yacht, or join one of the complementary fitness classes. There also 4 boutiques and of course the fantastic spa. There is also the rest of the historic island of Sicily to explore – we highly recommend you do! Speak to us to find out more about their academy with stars and programme of events.
Spa: The spa here is an enormous stand-alone sanctuary. It boasts a 20m indoor swimming pool, 11 treatment rooms, saunas, gym, yoga studios, Rocco Forte wellness programs, personal training services and daily complementary fitness classes. We love that 90% of the ingredients in the skincare products used here come from the island.
Children: One of our child focused hotels. From the kids’ club to the football academy and golf lessons, children will have a holiday to remember
Price From: €500 per night B&B in a Deluxe Room.
Opening dates: March – November
Sprawled along a quiet stretch of private coastline in the west of Sicily, this flagship Rocco Forte resort is a sparkling jewel. The fresh scent of orange blossom hangs in the air in the 230 hectares of soft green landscape, and the view of the Mediterranean captivates you. Low slung architecture and infinity pools blend serenely into the surroundings with swaying palm trees and citrus groves dotted here and there. A week at Verdura being pampered by faultless staff could pass easily, but equally you could run out of time trying out all the activities. Golf buggies transport you around the resort and the concierge team is on hand to help with anything. Step outside the gates and you’ll find Greek temples, Baroque fishing villages, unspoilt islands and a volcano. This is a place for families who love to play, explore and be thoroughly looked after.
Light and airy, with Mediterranean views, all the rooms and suites have been luxuriously designed by Olga Polizzi, with little Sicilian touches. They are decorated in warm and earthy tones, reflecting the natural surroundings of the resort and the bathrooms are stocked with Ortigia products made just down the road. The Deluxe Rooms are really generous in size with very comfortable king size beds and balconies looking out over the sea. These work well with families as they can interconnect with other Deluxe Rooms or a Junior Suite. Views out over the sparkling Med and the golf courses greet you from the Superior Deluxe Rooms, and you can pop straight down to the sea from the Superior Deluxe Sea Front Rooms, with their four poster beds, walk through dressing rooms and private terraces. Set back with infinite sea views, the Junior Suites are a fabulous size. Roomy bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows opening out onto a balcony, they can accommodate an extra bed. The Classic Suites have their own terrace and with that comes a real sense of privacy and space. The Grand Suite is like a private apartment, with a large living area and its own kitchenette, and best of all an enormous terrace with a hammock. If you’re after a private pool, there are three Pool Suites – Iris, Agave and Tilia. They all feature comfortable open plan living areas and can each sleep up to six in three bedrooms with four poster beds. The bathrooms have sunken bathtubs, and the wide terraces could not be more perfect for sitting back on and breathing in fresh sea air. Luxury living is what you’ll experience in the Villa Suites – Acacia, Mimosa and Peonia. All on one level, they are glamorous and sophisticated havens – the bathrooms feel like a hammam. They all come with their own pool, achingly beautiful views out to sea and can sleep up to nine.
Not only do we love the distinctly Sicilian flavours at Verdura, we also love the choice of restaurants. Zagara, with its huge outside terrace, celebrates local cuisine, with much of the produce fresh from the sea and out of the resort’s gardens. Right next to the water sits Amare where the catch of the day is lightly grilled, or served in the true Sicilian style with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh lemon juice and salt. There’s a real trattoria feel at Liola where you can feast on traditional dishes and wood-fired pizza. Snack during the day at the Pool Bar or the Torre Bar at the golf club, and start the evening off with cocktails under the palm trees at Granita.
If your children adore their sport – this is the resort for you. There are dedicated children’s golf lessons and the Juventus Academy during the summer for budding football stars. Verduland – the resort’s kids’ club has a brilliant programme of activities for children of all ages. For babies up to three, there’s a sleep room and for the older ones, there’s a pool, a games room and a whole host of arts and crafts. Children can make movies, do science experiments and learn how to cook traditional Sicilian dishes. They all have access to the resort’s sporting facilities and most are rarely found inside.
Verdura is a place for doing as much or as little as you like. All you could possibly need for a week is right on tap within the resort, but the temptation to explore this beautiful part of Sicily is irresistible. The concierge team will happily suggest itineraries for you, taking in the magnificent Greek ruins in the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento and Selinunte, and the Baroque town of Sciacca. One of the most memorable things to do is take a helicopter and fly up over Mount Etna – you’ll get a volcano close up like no other. The resort also has a fully crewed 18m motor yacht which you can hire for the day to take you along the coast and out to the Egadi Islands Marine Reserve – if you’re lucky you’ll see loggerhead turtles. Water sports enthusiasts can choose from kayaking, paddle boarding and jet surfing and fishing trips can also be organised. If you’ve hired a car (which we strongly recommend), you’ll find quiet little beaches along the coast – perfect for a picnic and a snorkel. However, if you’re set on staying within the resort, you won’t be bored. A championship 18 hole links golf course and a none hole par 3 course will test every level of golfer. PGA professionals are on hand for lessons; an academy for tuition and clubs available for hire. There’s also a tennis academy for those who’d like to improve their backhand and work up a thirst for later. And the gourmands amongst you will want to head straight to the cookery school, where you’ll learn to make pasta and pizza Sicilian style. Delicious! Be sure to book a session at the Spa – undoubtedly the best on the island. There’s a treatment for everything, all expertly delivered by a dream team of therapists.