The stylish Verdura Resort is one of the Rocco Forte Hotels and is the only golf and spa resort among eleven objects of the group. On the southwest coast of Sicily, one hour drive away from Palermo, this exceptional resort overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Spread over 230 hectares, this sprawling resort is dedicated to a clear, simple luxury combined with traditional Sicilian architecture. Natural materials such as wood, stone and marble as well as mosaics, artefacts and ceramic objects complete the Mediterranean style. The highlight of the resort, in addition to the three first-class golf courses designed by Kyle Phillips, is the 4,000-square-meter spa area – specializing in luxurious thalasso and aromatherapy treatments – and culinary delights. With two kilometers of private beach, six tennis courts, a 60-meter infinity pool, numerous children’s activities and an excellent Kids (4 to 12 years) and Teens Club (13-17 years) as well as four restaurants and five bars with gourmet and casual dining Opportunities, the Verdura Resort is the ideal place for all those of you who at the same time have an individual service and a true sense of location.
Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman and CEO of Rocco Forte Hotels, explains: “From the beginning, I wanted to create a truly luxurious resort that offers exceptional golfing, spa and dining experiences amidst panoramic views and spectacular design, with the rugged southwestern coast of Sicily offering the ideal frame “.
Where is the hotel? What is nearby?
The Verdura Resort is located on the Mediterranean Sea, on 230 acres of land and has a nearly two-kilometer long private stretch of coastline. The town of Sciacca with its picturesque harbor is just a short distance away, about a 15-minute drive away. History buffs will love the incomparable location near the major ancient sites of Agrigento and Selinunte.
Which room types are there?
The Verdura Resort in Sicily has a total of 6 room types: Deluxe Room, Superior Deluxe Room, Superior Deluxe Sea Front Room, Junior Suite, Classic Suite and Grand Suite. The hotel also has a total of six new villas: Villa Acacia, Villa Mimosa, Villa Peonia, Villa Tilia, Villa Iris and Villa Agave.
The 203 rooms and suites are modern and spacious, with typical Sicilian elements, warm colors, soft lighting and local artifacts, spread over two buildings: “Courtyard” and “Landscape” near the sea and slightly below the Courtyard. Building. All rooms have ocean views, a private furnished terrace or balcony and are furnished with a king-size four-poster bed, bathroom with separate shower, bathrobe, hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV (flat screen), wireless internet (no charge), desk, Minibar, safe and air conditioning.
What is the culinary art?
Gourmets beware: star chef Fulvio Pierangelini – known as a great “maestro” of Italy and his former Florentine restaurant with two Michelin stars – and his team spoil their guests in four different restaurants. The “Buon Giorno” serves the breakfast buffet, at lunchtime the restaurant is exclusively for the youngest guests.
The “La Zagara” serves Mediterranean a la carte specialties in the evenings and “Amare” serves barbecues, fish dishes and salads right on the beach. Its lively cooking station serves the best local specialties. Be sure to try “Crudo”, the house specialty: Thinly sliced catch of the day with virgin olive oil, citrus fruits and a pinch of rock salt.
The relaxed and rustic “Liola” is a typical Sicilian trattoria. The restaurant has its own pizzeria and a large terrace with an impressive view from the cliffs overlooking the sea. Here they eat just like the locals and enjoy authentic Sicilian specialties with a view that will take your breath away.
In addition, several bars expand the culinary offer of the Verdura Resort: How about an aperitif in the “Granita”? It is the ideal place to sip a Sicilian cocktail or to enjoy Mediterranean tapas dishes – sea view inkluisive. The “Torre Bar” is perfect for a light golf meal or a refreshing drink after an afternoon on the fairways. The “Pool Bar” is located by the infinity pool and offers a variety of refreshments, fresh and light Mediterranean salads, sandwiches and hamburgers. The “Oasi Bar” is ideal for refreshing drinks on the private beach. Located opposite the Verdura SPA courtyard, the Spa Bar allows spa guests to combine health programs with a healthy diet and multivitamin cocktails made with fresh vegetables and fruits.
What activities are there?
Sport plays a big role in the Rocco Forte Verdura Resort in Sicily. Above all, it lives up to its reputation as one of the leading golf destinations in Europe. It is a golfer’s paradise. And that’s even officially confirmed: for the third time in a row, Verdura Resort has been honored with the Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award by prestigious Golf Digest, making it one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe. A hat-trick of the golf media world, so to speak. There is also a new Golf Academy, run by a team of PGA professionals, available all year round. The small golf pros of tomorrow coaches in the Junior Academy Giacomo Dovetta, who was rated by US Kids Golf as one of the 50 best junior coaches in the world. An avid golfer himself, Sir Rocco Forte identified a gap in the market for a luxurious golf and spa resort in the Mediterranean and chose Californian golf architect Kyle Phillips for the creative use of natural and man-made landforms to create world-class golfing experiences is. Sir Rocco Forte adds: “For golfers, Verdura offers a first-class experience with 45 holes of the highest design in the Sicilian countryside with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, but larger balls fly through the air at the Verdura Resort: The Juventus Training Experience is a great place for football fans The legendary striker and former French international David Trezeguet will be the little champions’ tips and tricks at the Verdura Resort from 19 to 26 August 2018 at the age of five to sixteen And that the French can play football, they have proven at this year’s World Cup yes.
It does not always have to be golf and football, the Verdura Resort can also be extraordinary: New challenges are waiting in the resort’s Fencing Academy for those who want to try something new. Here are four of the best fencing professionals in Italy, ready to give an introduction to the Olympic sport and hopefully arouse your interest. If that’s not enough, there’s a beach volleyball, rugby and hip-hop academy, tennis camps, a water sports club, cooking classes and a variety of yoga, pilates and trekking activities. You will notice that there is certainly not enough exercise in the Verdura Resort in Sicily. For the gourmets among you, there is also something fine at the resort: From October 26 to October 30, 2018, the olive oil harvest takes place there. And you can be there: experience the true Sicily by exploring the production of pure olive oil, an integral part of Italian cuisine. The autumnal ritual is led by Fulvio Pierangelini. After the harvest, the chef accompanies the guests to a nearby oil mill where they can enjoy pressed samples and other local produce. Finally, guests may take part in a special cooking class with Fulvio, which will reveal the secrets of the historic Sicilian recipes. Well, if that does not seem mysterious?
Travelling to Sicily? What about flights and transportation?
There are several ways to get to Verdura Resort. The airport in Palermo and Trapani is approximately a 80 minutes drive, Sciacca 15 minutes and Agrigento 40 minutes. The airports are served regularly from many European cities.