Verdura Golf and Spa ResortSciacca, Sicily / Italy
The very definition of a luxury resort, Verdura’s vast magnitude and comparatively low room count gifts this hotel an air of exclusivity and intimacy. Boasting some of the best facilities in Europe, Verdura is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, a 60m infinity swimming pool and an award winning spa centre. All topped off by a stunning location on the warm southern coast of Sicily, just a short distance from the seaside town of Sciacca.
What to love
- Spacious suites designed with a traditional Sicilian décor by interior designer Olga Pollizi - each featuring a private terrace with panoramic sea views.
- Impressive Verdura Spa (voted best in Europe 2012 by Conde Nast Traveller) provides four thalassotherapy pools and a packed treatment menu.
- Divine food and service on offer throughout the resort, with a restaurant team fronted by Michelin starred chef Fulvio Pierangelini.
- The Verdura resort is surrounded by beautiful scenery in each and every direction, including 1.8km of private coastline.
What to know
- The Verdura is part of the Rocco Forte Collection and is an exclusive new resort on the coast with extensive grounds leading right to the water’s edge.
- First choice for sports and activities – home to two premium 18-hole championship golf course and a smaller 9-hole course. Facilities also include a full sized football pitch, six tennis courts and a fully equipped gym.
- The children’s club (for 4-12 yrs) and teen’s club is complimentary and available every day offering a superb choice of activities.
- There is a good choice of interconnecting sea view rooms and suites.
Benefiting from years of long summers and mild winters, the south coast of Sicily is home to spectacular landscapes, green rolling hills and stunning beachfront resorts that back onto the Mediterranean Sea. So it makes perfect sense that the owners of the Verdura Golf and Spa Resort decided to make their home here, just outside the southern seaside town of Sciacca, with a complex that stretches across 1.8km of private coastline.
Despite its enormity, the Verdura hotel has a comparatively low number of rooms and suites, giving the resort a private and secluded ambience, and ensuring easy access to all on-site facilities. Each of the hotel’s suites has a soft and natural décor, purposely styled by interior designer Olga Pollizi to emulate traditional Sicilian architecture. Polished concrete floors, four-poster beds and signature Italian lighting add an elegant finesse to the interiors, while each room being equipped with a large private terrace allows guests to enjoy the resort’s exterior beauty.
Boasting some of the finest hotel facilities in the world, the jewel in Verdura’s crown is its stunning golf course. Designed by leading architect Kyle Phillips, the resort features two 18-hole championship links-style golf course, plus a smaller 9-hole course, which attracts professionals from all over the world. Not to be overlooked, the resort is also home to six tennis courts, a full size football pitch and a fully equipped gym.
For those who enjoy less strenuous relaxation, prepare to be enchanted by Verdura’s 60m infinity swimming pool – one of the largest in Europe – which is accompanied by a chilled out terrace and bar area. The resort’s Verdura Spa is another must try; having won best European hotel spa in 2012 by Conde Nast Traveller, it features four thalassotherapy pools and an all-encompassing treatment menu.
Not to be outdone by the resort’s first class facilities, Verdura’s restaurant team is led by Michelin starred chef Fulvio Pierangelini. With four different restaurants and four bars on-site, there’s plenty of choice to be had, each celebrating a mix of traditional and Sicilian cuisine created using fresh organic ingredients.
When to travel
Sicily enjoys a blissful Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm springs and autumns. Even February, the coolest month, has average temperatures of 13°C, which means that any time of year is suitable.
If you want to go sightseeing around the island’s legendary historic and natural sites, October–November and March–June are reliably warm, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C. July and August are blessed with glorious sunshine, and average temperatures of around 28°C. Whatever the season, Verdura’s beach will never get crowded.
Best months to visit: June – September
Good months to visit: March – May and October - December.
Verdura Golf and Spa Resort is situated on the south coast of Sicily near the seaside town of Sciacca. Verdura is a 80 minutes drive from Palermo airport or a 3 hour drive from Catania.
Verdura’s Kid’s Club for children from the ages of 4 to 12 is free to attend (subject to season and special activities).
The Club is overseen by a qualified team of individuals, each CPR certified, who perfectly understand and anticipate children’s needs.
The kid’s Club has a large exterior play area, with a small pool, a sand pit, swings, a see-saw and football goals. The interior play area screens cartoons and movies, has an array of games, and hosts special activities such as pottery classes, cooking lessons, acting and theatre.
Group tennis, water sports, golf and swimming sessions are also organised by the Club and a special Kid's Spa Menu is available for children over 6.
Verdura’s Teen’s Club for 13-18 year olds is free to attend (subject to season and special activities). The Club provides the perfect opportunity for young adults to chill and hang out, allowing them to meet like-minded guests.
Entertainment comes in many exciting forms. The Club itself has a Billiards table, Darts table, Board Games and Nintendo Wii. Tailor-made programmes offer the chance to try a thrilling variety of sports and activities: football, tennis, golf and an array of Water Sports, as well as cooking, alcohol- free cocktail-making and pottery classes. In the evening there is the chance to enjoy Disco, Cinema or Karaoke nights! Excursions to explore Sicily without parents in tow are also organised.
All the rooms at the resort sleep two, but extra beds can be added to some room types and additional rooms can be added with interconnecting doors to accommodate families of all sizes.Those with children under the age of four will have their rooms specially childproofed on arrival.
Pool and beach areas are supervised at all times, and a professional babysitting service is available (subject to availability).
The resort can supply everything from high chairs and crayons to NINTENDO WII consoles. Before arrival, your child's details will be taken, so they can be greeted with the appropriate amenities.
Special kid's menus are available, and dishes can be ordered in advance so there is no waiting at the table.