The Rocco Forte Collection's Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is an exclusive new resort located on the south coast of Sicily. The resort has a wonderful sense of space nestled within 230 hectares of gentle rolling Sicilian countryside with 1.8km of untouched private coastline.
The hotel has only 203 rooms and suites built into the landscape, all with private terraces or balconies and sea views. The interior design by Olga Polizzi mixes an understated modern style with traditional Sicilian touches.
The resort is perfect for couples, groups of friends or families offering plenty of top class facilities to enjoy. There are two 18-hole championship golf courses, six floodlit clay tennis courts, a full size football pitch, a 60m infinity pool and a fully equipped gym. Those wishing to unwind can do so in the award winning Verdura Spa. Facilities include four outdoor Thalassotherapy pools, a selection of treatments, mixed hamman, sauna, state-of-the-art gym and personalised well-being programmes.
There are four restaurants to choose from including La Zagra for fine Mediterranean cuisine, prepared with the freshest local ingredients under the close direction of their two Michelin star executive chef. Amare is the beach restaurant offering fresh seafood and Liola, a typical Sicilian Trattoria with pizza oven located in a stunning cliff top position a short walk from the hotel.
The coastline runs the whole length of Verdura. A section of which has been dedicated as a beach with imported sand for guest use.
The combination of sporting facilities, luxury accommodation and impeccable service in this fantastically spacious resort running along the Sicilian coastline combined with the presence of a Scott Dunn Explorers children's club from 4 months - 13 years makes Verdura a truly unforgettable holiday experience for all.
There are 203 rooms and suites many of which are interconnecting making them ideal for couples, families or small groups. All the interiors have personally been created by Olga Polizzi. The distinguishing feature about all the bedroom interiors is the pared-down and contemporary version of a traditional Sicilian motif drawn from an antique Sicilian maiolica tile in burnt reds and oranges. This enlarged and contemporary version of the motif is used to accentuate the otherwise neutral palette of the soft furnishings all custom made in Italy.
Roomy bathrooms in pale stone are accessorised with natural luxury bath products and accessed via walk-through wardrobes. All bathrooms have a bath and separate shower and lots of natural light.
Some rooms have courtyards planted with orange trees. All rooms have private terraces or balconies overlooking the sea.
|Deluxe and Superior deluxe rooms|
The deluxe rooms and superior deluxe rooms are exactly the same. The only difference is that the deluxe rooms are situated on the upper level of the resort (one row back from the sea) and the superior deluxe rooms are all on the lower level of the resort closest to the beach (frontline) with additional privacy.
Guests booking these 2 room types are able to choose whether they would like to be on the ground floor or the first floor. Guests staying on the ground floor have the benefit of additional outdoor space however the area is not fenced. Guests staying on the first floor have lovely balconies with great sea views. Please note that there is no lift access to the first floor.
Both these room types are 40sqm. Interconnecting options of these room types are as follows:
Deluxe room with a Deluxe room
Deluxe room with a Junior suite
Superior deluxe room with a Grand suite
Superior deluxe room with an Amassador suite
Superior deluxe room with a Presidential suite
|Junior and Classic Suites|
These 2 room types are virtually identical. All the Junior Suites are situated in the upper row and the classic suites on the lower row. Both these room types have a large openplan bedroom and sitting area of approximately 59sqm.
Guests are able to request to be on the ground floor or first floor. Both options offer lovely seaviews.
The only difference between these 2 room types is the positioning and layout of the terrace/balcony. The Junior Suites are built lengthways with the balcony at the end of the sitting area whereas the classic suites have a width way design with the terrace off the bedroom area and the sitting area.
There are a total of 20 Junior suites and 4 classic suites.
Junior Suites have the option to interconnect with a deluxe double room. There are no interconnecting options on the Classic suites.
The Grand suites are all situated on the lower row and have an inner courtyard and large private terrace. The bedroom and sitting room can be separated by a sliding door. There is also a kitchenette in the sitting room consisting of a fridge, hob, sink and coffee machine. This room type is ideal for families
The Grand Suites can accommodate families of 2 adults and 2 children who are able to sleep in the sitting room on a sofa bed/rollaway bed.
The Ambassador suites are larger versions of the Grand Suite with the addition of a dining area, kitchenette and a separate guest loo. They are 169sqm in size.
Ambassador Suites can interconnect with a superior double room.
This is one of the most impressive presidential suites that we have seen in the Mediterranean. This enormous 175sqm suite consists of a large bedroom, large separate sitting room with dining area (and ktichenette). Sliding doors from the living areas lead out onto a terrace with private 12m pool complete with sunloungers, outside dining area and jacuzzi.
In order to accommodation additional guests/family, the presidential suite can be connected to 1 or 2 superior deluxe rooms. All 3 rooms share an inner courtyard, which can be closed off and made exclusively available if one party books all 3 room types.
Surrounded by delicately scented orange orchards, the Scott Dunn Explorers children's club is in a converted wing of a former schoolhouse in a secluded area of the resort. Access to the club is either by golf buggy or pushbike. The club has a dedicated sleep room, spacious indoor area and a fenced garden. Children can perfect their serve and swing at the tailored tennis academy and golf clinic, or enjoy some lively team games on the nearby beautiful sandy beach. Our childcarers will arrange a game of beach cricket, sand sculpture competitions or rounders to keep them entertained all day.
Our qualified childcarers organise fun and exciting activities whatever your child’s age. The club is a dedicated children’s space designed to make sure your children have the holiday of a lifetime. With toys, games and creative activities crammed into the club as well as a grassy, shaded, outdoor space full of toys.
Older children will love exploring their surroundings by bike, whilst the younger ones will be transported around on the designated children's club golf buggy. In the heat of the day, kids can try their hand at baking tasty treats or medal making in the fully air-conditioned club.
Without doubt, Verdura is an excellent destination for all age groups and in particular older children. More information about our childcare services in Verdura can be found here.
|Scott Dunn children's club|
The Scott Dunn children's club caters for children from 4 months to 13 years and is open 6 days a week from 10am - 6pm (closed Wednesdays). The children are divided into 4 age groups and will have a fantastic variety of age appropriate fun filled days with a huge variety of activities.
The weekly cost includes all on and off site activities, drinks, snacks, lunch and a high tea.
The age groups are as follows:
Globetrotters: 4 months - 2years:
Adventurers: 3- 4years:
Voyagers: 5-7 years:
Pioneers: 8-13 years:
The Scott Dunn children's club is open from Easter to the end of the October half term.
|Globetrotters (4 months - 2 years)|
We understand that when it comes to looking after our youngest guests good communication with parents is absolutely key. Our experienced nannies will take time to discuss your child's routine and go out of their way to follow it, to help keep your child happy and settled. We tailor the day's activities taking into account the weather and of course the fun factor. For lunch we can whip up delicious fresh purees and meals using local produced freshly prepared on a daily basis. When its nap time, they can settle down in the specially designed sleep room.
|Adventurers (3-4 years)|
This age group are kept busy with lots of fantastic activities. Children can get creative with fantastic art equipment, bake delicious cakes or take part in games in the garden organised by our amazing childcare team.
|Voyagers (5-7 years)|
Voyagers spend much of their time out and about making the most of the exciting activities and facilities the resort and childcare team have on offer. When they do have some chill out time an area full of toys and games welcomes them where they can catch up with their friends.
|Pioneers (8-13 years)|
There is a busy and energetic programme of activities organised by the Scott Dunn childcare team for this age group. Most of which will be spent out and about amongst the resort.
|Scott Dunn babysitting|
Scott Dunn nannies are available for babysitting in the evenings at an additional charge which is payable locally. Prior to arrival, Scott Dunn is able to guarantee a minimum of 2 nights babysitting (not Tuesday or Wednesday evenings). In the event that Scott Dunn is not able to offer babysitting, babysitting can be arranged through the hotel.
The hotel runs a club especially for Teenagers which is situated in the Torre. This base consists of a pool table, Nintendo wii for example. During the peak period, there is tailor made leisure programme of sports and activities with teenagers in mind.
|Resort children's club|
There is a children's club operated by the hotel which caters for children from 4 years and is open 7 days a week from 9am - 7pm. The club is complimentary and includes a programme of activities. No pre-booking required.
Younger children may join the club for a charge of 20 euros per hour.
Verdura Golf Resort & Spa is a beautiful destination where guests can enjoy a wide range of excellent facilities. Renown for its Spa, many guests travel here for it alone - Condé Nast readers voted it the best European Spa 2012, and treatments using local ingredients are tailor made for each person. For those seeking a Spa retreat with a difference, the Vita Health Wellness Centre has a range of programmes from three to 14 days. There is a good selection of restaurants and bars, (some of which don't open in low season of November to March), offering delicious food grown locally and in the resort's gardens. Golf lovers will not be disappointed with two championship courses and golf academy.
Kyle Phillips has created the three links-style golf courses at Verdura. There are two world class championship courses - The East and The West, which challenge golfers of all abilities (there are 5 tee positions on each hole) and a nine-hole par-3 will appeal to novices and juniors. There is also a practice and teaching facility, plus a driving range and putting green with a chipping area.
The resort's tennis club house is located at the far end of the resort and has six floodlit clay courts. Guests can cycle there or alternatively a golf car will be available to take you. The tennis centre is run by Sunball who are able to organise tennis clinics for both adults and children as well as individual lessons with the pros.
Voted 2012 Best Hotel Spa in Europe by readers of Conde Nast Traveller, the Verdura Spa is one of Europe’s most advanced luxury wellbeing centres. It is a retreat of unparalleled luxury and serenity, whose philosophy is centred on balancing the body and mind. Therapies and and treatments offer an holistic approach to health, welllbeing and fitness; many are inspired by organic Sicilian ingredients including fresh plant extracts, marine salts, seaweed mud and cold-pressed plant oils. Treatments are focused around the four key areas of anti-ageing, detoxifying, fitness and thalassotherapy. Therapists work with guests to develop a tailor made programme of treatment and fitness activities
The setting, amongst olive groves is a tonic in itself. Housed in pavilions grouped around an open-air courtyard, the 4000 square metre spa has extensive treatment rooms (including double treatment suites), a 25m indoor swimming pool, a large hammam, saunas, a state-of-the-art gym and a hair and beauty centre. The Spa Bar, with a terrace overlooking the gardens, offers light meals, fruit and vegetable juices and infusions as well as healing teas. Verdura spa has four outdoor thalassotherapy pools. Heated between 25° and 37° centigrade, each offers varying salt densities, minerals and organisms, with a series of waterfalls and whirlpools. These waters are used to tone, moisturise and revitalise the skin, as well as encourage circulation.
The Vita Health Wellness Centre at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort offers four individual programmes focusing on detoxification; weight loss, stress management and better ageing. Each is tailored to individual guest's needs following diagnostic tests and is available as a seven day or 14 day programmes.
|Restaurants and bars|
Buon Giorno is a casual restaurant serving an international buffet breakfast. In the evenings it is open exclusively for children from 5-7pm, offering delicious and healthy dishes.
La Zagara is an à la carte restaurant with two Michelin stars serving fine Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients by renowned chef Fulvio Pierangelini. This restaurant is open all year round.
Amare is a beach restaurant serving fresh and simple cuisine including: salads, grilled fish, barbecues and pizza baked in a wooden oven.
Liolà is a Sicilian Trattoria serving home made pasta, fish and seafood. It is located by the 15th century watchtower and is very distinctive with its brightly coloured chairs and tables.
Granita Bar is a vibrant lounge with terrace overlooking the gardens and sea serving Mediterranean tapas and specially designed cocktails, and is open all year round.
Pool Bar - serves light meals and drinks by the pool
Torre Bar - serves all day snacks and drinks
Spa Bar - serves nutritional, low calorie salads and energy drinks.
Gelateria serves home made ice cream.
Those wishing to relax will not be disappointed at Verdura. And for those wishing to have a more active holiday, there is a myriad of opportunities. There is a good selection of water sports available from the beach including both motorised and non-motorised, and the resort's instructors are on hand with tuition if necessary. Guests can explore the resort by bicycle, or venture further a field to visit some of Sicily's great cultural sites. Why not try wine tasting, a mixology or a cookery class?
City-style push bikes for adults (some have baby seats) and child bikes are available for guests to use all over the resort on a complimentary basis. As the resort is very spread out, there is no better way to get to places than by bike via the numerous biking and running trails (it is a 7km round trip around the resort). Children especially love it! If you wish to receive a more 'professional bike' or wish to take the bikes outside the resort, there is an additional local charge.
As you would expect from a resort situated on the coast, the water sports offered are exemplary. The Water Sports Centre offers a number of activities from kayaking, stand up paddles, snorkelling, waterskiing and banana boat rides. There are a couple of funboats, a laser 1 and a laser bahia for sailing and a few windsurf boards and sails. Managed by Verdura's friendly and qualified team of instructors, rentals, private lessons and introductions to water sports are all available. Introductions to Water Sports are complimentary and purely theory based, taking place in the pool or on the beach.
Brand new for summer 2012, Verdura's pristine motor yacht, Salpa 38.5, is available to hire in July and August for private excursions to explore the beautiful Sicilian coast. A dedicated crew, completely at your service, will lead you through your memorable journey - whether you want to unwind and relax or get adventurous snorkelling in the magical and enchanting Sicilian waters or even follow the steps of the ancient Greeks.
Prices start from €1150 for 1-4 people and €1450 for 5-8 people (excluding VAT).
Includes canapés, champagne and soft drinks.
Duration about 4 hours.
The area around the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort offers a fascinating glimpse into Sicilian life and culture.
A short drive away is the picturesque seaside town of Sciacca. You can explore its medieval alleys and baroque churches, find a seafood restaurant for lunch, then relax on one of its many sandy beaches. Every February it attracts people from all over Italy for its Carnival, one of the biggest in the country and a dazzling parade of colourful costumes and giant papier-mache figures.
Further south along the coast is the ancient town of Agrigento, founded in 582BC by Greek settlers. Here you will find the unforgettable Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the remains of eight Greek temples. In July, their illuminated columns make a beautiful backdrop to the annual Blues & Wine Soul Festival. Another spellbinding ancient site are the Ancient Greek temples at tranquil Selinunte.
You can also soak up the simple pleasures of the countryside around the resort. Explore vineyards, olive and lemon groves, or find your own secret sandy cove. And don’t forget to take advantage of the resort’s 1.8km stretch of private coastline. Ask the concierge for more details of nearby walking routes and drives.
If you'd like to learn a few new culinary tricks, or discover how to create some of Sicily's incredible flavours, then how about a sessino with Fulvio Pierangelini, Italy's celebrated Michelin-star chef, or the Resort's brilliant Executive Chef? With the freshest local ingredients, the resort's outstanding chefs will give you some tips on how to create some spectacular dishes.
Scott Dunn have our own Guest Relations Manager in the resort to ensure all your holiday needs are met and to help with any enquiries you may have. Our Scott Dunn Explorers children's club/babysitting service is available from June to October. At all times, the local Verdura concierge is available to assist you in anyway possible to ensure that you get the most out of your holiday.
|Scott Dunn Guest Relations Manager|
There is a local Scott Dunn Guest Relations Manager based at Verdura. Our Manager is there to meet and greet Scott Dunn guests on arrival in resort and is available to assist with the smooth running and enjoyment of guests' holiday.
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.
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Location and directions
Located on the south coast of Sicily near the seaside town of Sciacca. Verdura is an 80 minutes drive from Palermo airport or a three hour drive from Catania.
How to get there
There are three airports in Sicily. The closest is Palermo which has regular flights from London Gatwick all year round operated by low cost airlines. British Airways flights run 2-3 times a week during the summer months into Catania from London Gatwick. The third airport is Trapani approximately 90 minutes from Verdura. This is the smallest airport and mainly handles internal domestic flights as well as a number of flights with Ryanair from Stansted.