Rocco Forte Private Villas, Verdura Resort

Sicily, Italy

At a Glance

  • Excellently poised resort with two kilometres of private, rugged Sicilian coastline

  • Practice your best swing at golfers’ paradise two Championship 18-hole courses and 9-hole course

  • Seafood fans will be enticed by the delicious fresh catch of the day at “Amare” on the beach, or for a more casual affair with a view opt for cliff-top “Liolà”, a typical Sicilian Trattoria with pizza oven

  • The queen of interiors Olga Polizzi has made her make on the stylish rooms which have subtle traditional Sicilian touches

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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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Insider's View

If you've hired a car, a great trip out from Verdura is to head east along the coast for around 45 minutes to discover the impressive white rock of Scala dei Turchi and the historic ruins of Valle dei Templi.

Upon request Verdura can organize a special dinner in different locations in the resort, the beach, Amare rooftop, Olive Garden or La Luna with a special tailor made menu.

For a true Sicilian experience take a trip out to Calabelotta to De Mates, a family run restaurant and gastronomic museum, there is no menu and they only use local ingredients – an amazing experience for foodies wanting to try a traditional Sicilian meal.

There are many amazing beaches between Agrigento and Sciacca which are worth visiting, Scala Dei Turchi is one of the mist beautiful and accordingly to popular traditions it was used by pirates to land on the coast of Agrigento.

Look out for the blender in Buon Giorno to make your own breakfast juice; there’s a fantastic range of fresh fruit on offer so you can make yours exactly the way you like it.

If you like Pina Coladas’…I’d highly recommend having one in hand as you watch the sunset from the Granita bar!

Try one of the cooking classes on offer with Chef Gianluca Interrante; he is incredibly knowledgeable and his passion is contagious! I made some delicious dishes in the Sicilian experience, but if you fancy something a little sweeter, why not try the chocolate masterclass

Ask at reception about the nearby go-karting. You and your children will love the professional track, safe environment and exhilarating experience. There's even a podium for the winners!

A trip to the Planeta winery and La Foresteria restaurant is a must. Superb wines, olive oils and a gastronomic feast in the most beautiful surroundings.

Be sure to ask for a Sicilian Mojito at the Granita Bar at sunset.  Made with fresh local blood orange juice it is Sicily in a glass!

Make sure you put half a day aside to visit Valley of the Temples in Agrigento – I would suggest having a private guide to get the full experience

The fitness facilities available at Verdura are some of the best – make sure to visit the fitness studio to work off some of the amazing food available!

Enjoy a delicious speciality pizza, and other local Sicilian dishes in the resort's trattoria, Liola.

Perfect for families, children can enjoy meeting others and making friends in the excellent kids club, or can try their hand at tennis, football and watersports.

Relax and completely unwind in the impressive spa - don't miss the outdoor thassotherapy pools.

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Description

Set on the rugged coastline of southern Sicily, Verdura Resort is a stylish and luxurious Rocco Forte property. With extensive grounds, first class facilities, renowned Rocco Forte Spa and exceptional service, it's perfect for families and friends.

Rocco Forte Private Villas sits on the hilltop and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and Sicilian countryside. The exclusive 3 or 4 bedroom villas are perfect for families or groups of friends who are looking for a home-from-home with the leisure facilities and fine dining of Verdura Resort.

Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel, is an exclusive resort located on the south-west coast of Sicily. The resort has a wonderful sense of space nestled within 230 hectares of gentle rolling Sicilian countryside with nearly 2km of private coastline. The interior design by Olga Polizzi mixes an understated contemporary style with traditional Sicilian touches. 

Verdura Resort's facilities are exceptional. 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 Rocco Forte Spa, where you'll find four outdoor Thalassotherapy pools, a Hamman, sauna, a state-of-the-art gym and a new spa programme with a range of treatment and therapies created using four components, Forte Organics, Rocco Forte Rituals, Rocco Forte Fitness and Rocco Forte Nourish.

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Accommodation

The elegant 3 and 4-bedroom villas all have an open plan living area, dining room and kitchen. Large private pools sit in perfectly landscaped gardens and each villa has a pergola-shaded terrace with outdoor living and dining area.

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.

Agata 3-Bedroom Sea View Villa

The Villa’s three bedrooms are located either upstairs or downstairs (according to the villa layout). Two are deluxe bedrooms and one is a grand master bedroom.

These rooms have an open floor plan which combines a fully equipped kitchen with dining and living areas.

The villa holds an occupancy of 6 adults in 3 bedrooms with King-sized beds and an extra bed available on request.

Topazio 4-Bedroom Sea View Villa

These rooms are spread over 2 floors. Three of the four bedrooms are located upstairs on the first floor, each has en-suite bathrooms, king-sized beds and a view over the coast.

The master bedroom has a private outdoor terrace. The fourth bedroom has a master bedroom, and is detached from the rest of the Villa with separate entrance.

The size of the rooms are approx 297sqm and holds up to 8 adults with King-sized beds and an extra bed is available on requestion.

Childcare

Verdura offers great facilities for children and has a dedicated Kids club called Verdùland, which is grouped by three ages, babies, kids and teens plus boasts a number of specialised kids services, including a nightly turndown service, kids check-in, colouring books to specific in-house activities. Babysitting is also available on request. There is a fantastic VerdùDine Kids menu for children aged 4-12 years, which can be requested on a day by day basis for both lunch and dinner.

Babystitting

One babysitter for a maximum of two children can be arranged with Verdura and carries an hourly charge.

Verdùland Kid & Teens Club

Children of all ages have fun, create masterpieces and even learn a range of new skills in Verdùland. RBabies from newborn to 3 years have their own sleep room, outdoor playground and indoor play area, whilst RKids for children aged 4 to 12 years have a fantastic indoor space with a number of different zones, including TV room, arts and craft area, video games room and even a science lab and kitchen. A 1.2m outdoor heated pool, means there's plenty of time for a cool down in between activities. The Fort sits slightly separately from the Kids Club and is a cool hub where teens aged 13-16 years of age can meet, listen to music, play video games or even compete in a game of table tennis. Open during the day and early evening, teens can also benefit from a wellness and spa offering, which complements the on-site activities beautifully.

All three groups of the Verdùland Kids and Teen Club introduce four themes within their activity programs, education, sport, art and food ensuring learning whilst having fun go hand in hand.

RKids and RTeens are complimentary and open for 7 days a week in high season. Rbabies has an hourly, half day or full day charge including lunch and must be booked in advance.

Facilities

Verdura Resort is a beautiful destination where guests can enjoy a wide range of excellent facilities. Renowned for its Spa, many guests travel here for it alone. 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. A Kids menu is available on request. Golf lovers will not be disappointed with two championship courses and golf academy.

Golf

Verdura Resort has an award winning golf course and was ranked number one in Italy, at the 2016 Awards by Golf World Magazine.

Kyle Phillips has created the three links-style golf courses at Verdura. There are two 18 hole championship golf 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.

Rocco Forte Health

Rocco Forte Health at Verdura, offers a five step approach for both your body and mind. Each of the programmes are tailored to the individual and focuses on a specific area to target, Fit, Slim, Detox, Anti-Age or Relax. Guests can choose between a three or six day programme, that integrates all five pillars of Sebastian Kneipp's approach to wellbeing, which incorporate Water, Plants, Exercise, Nutrition and Balance. All programmes give a combination of expert advice, support and offer suggestions to include aspects of your plan into your daily life, once you've returned from your holiday.

Tennis

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 cart will be available to take you. The tennis centre is run by Sunball Academy, who are able to organise tennis clinics for both adults and children as well as individual lessons with the pros.

Spa

Voted 2012 Best Hotel Spa in Europe by readers of Conde Nast Traveller and re-branded in January 2016, the Rocco Forte Spa is one of Europe’s most advanced luxury wellbeing centres.

As part of the Rocco Forte group, the spa uses a 4 stage approach to treatments and relaxation; Rocco Forte Rituals, Rocco Forte Fitness, Rocco Forte Nourish and Rocco Forte Organics. The spa is a retreat of unparalleled luxury and serenity, with the philosophy centred on balancing both the body and mind.

Therapies and treatments offer an holistic approach to health and many treatments use organic Sicilian ingredients, including fresh plant extracts, marine salts, seaweed mud and cold-pressed plant oils.

Therapists can also work with guests to develop a more tailor made programme of treatment and fitness activities as part of the Rocco Forte Health Programme.

The setting, amongst olive groves is a tonic in itself. Housed in pavilions grouped around an open-air courtyard, the 4000m² spa has 11 treatment rooms (including double treatment suites), a 25m indoor swimming pool, a large hammam, saunas, a state-of-the-art 170m² 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.

Restaurants and bars

Buon Giorno is a casual restaurant serving an international full buffet breakfast.

La Zagara is an à la carte, adult only fine dining restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients. This restaurant is open all year round.

Amare is a beach restaurant serving fresh and simple cuisine for lunch and dinner 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. A buffet-style lunch is served daily.

Spa Bar - serves nutritional, low calorie salads and energy drinks.

Activities

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. A great selection of water sports is 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 afield to visit some of Sicily's great cultural sites. Why not try wine tasting, a mixology or a cookery class?

Excursions

The area around the Verdura 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.

Biking

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.

Cooking lessons

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 session with Fulvio Pierangelini, Italy's celebrity 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.

Juventus Football Academy

Available between the 1 July - 2 September, children aged between 5-16 years of age, can become master footballers and enrol at the Juventus Football Training Academy. More details can be found here.

Sunball Tennis Academy

Sunball Tennis Academy based at Verdura in an International Tennis School that uses ITP's Play & Stay concept as its main method of teaching. Focussing on coordination, ball feeding, team spirit and movement, players of all ages are able to learn the basics or help improve their game.

There is clubhouse on-site serving both drinks and snacks, plus a tennis shop which offers both equipment to buy or rent.

There are six clay courts to choose from and guests can choose either a private or group lesson or alternatively hire a court for their own game.

Verdura's Yacht

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. Prices are subject to change.

Water sports

As you would expect from a resort situated on the coast, the water sports offered are exemplary. The Water Sports Club offers a number of activities from kayaking, stand up paddles and snorkelling to the more adrenalin fuelled activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and banana boat rides. There are a number of funboats, laser's 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. For those that want to learn to swim or just eager to improve their stroke, the swimming academy offers private lessons for all levels and abilities in the infinity pool.

Reviews

4

(Press)

The Italians really know how to do family fun. Damn it that the umbilically attached villas are sooo expensive. But, dont sweat it, the Olga Polizzi-designed rooms are as fabulous. What a blissfully rugged, pine-scented island, with inky-blue waters and an unfailing sea breeze. Yes its a big-bananas hotel, but it cleverly retains a sense of style and intimacy no whiffs of chlorine, nothing plastic or tacky. The sheer size and openness and raw beauty are an adventure, without being in the least bit hard to negotiate important if you are with brood or buggy. Days whirl by in a flurry: pools with a swimming instructor on call; a pretty pale beach of the sort you dont often find in the Med; floodlit tennis courts; bikes to borrow; and a free (yes free) kids club with excitements such as pottery and theatre. Teenagers can dump the grump there are cinema nights and a weekly party on the beach with enough gelato to sink a vaporetto. Meanwhile, the restaurants are sparkling and sophisticated, and the spa oozes serious wow factor. And, glory be, let the sun shine. Hot. At Easter. Yippee!

5

(Press)

Italians just know how to do family fun, and nowhere could be smarter or more sparkling with sophistication than Rocco Fortes beachside outpost on the south-west coast of Sicily. Few have cottoned on to it yet, but those who do have found sand as fine as sugar, New Yark-style mod cons and an excuse to dress up glamorously in the evenings. If you have children under four, your stark Olga Polizzi-designed room with wraparound seaviews will be rigged up with night lights and other crucial kit (cots, baby baths, mini bathrobes and slippers). There are bikes to borrow and children love zooming about even weaving through the poolside tables at dinner. The beach is an exquisite, bucket and spade playground with quiet time spend under white parasols. And then theres the all-round family entertainment; three immaculate golf courses (including a nine-hole where juniors can sign up for two hours of daily lessons), six floodlit tennis courts, an enormous, two-tiered swimming for dive bombing, a separate mini pool for toddlers and a kids club. The food cant fail to please, with pasta, pizza, burgers, beachside barbecues even a detox menu. One of the four restuarants, Buon Giorno, opens early for childrens dinners and highchairs and booster seats are standard, as are unbreakable colourful plates and cutlery.

4

Anne White (Staff)

I loved the immense amount of space you have at Verdura Golf and Spa resort - if you are travelling with a young family there is so many green areas where the children can happily play.

All of the rooms have lovely sea views and are tastefully designed with neutral colours and lots of natural colours. The food I had was good with lots of choice or restaurants and locations. There was lots of choice for breakfasts.

In the local town of Sciacca (15 min drive from the hotel) there is a nice selection of local tratorrias if you fancy a change from the resort restaurants.

5

Katherine Gotla (Staff)

This truly is a 5 star experience with impeccable "Rocco Forte" service.

Try the four Thalassotherapy pools - they range in temperature and saltiness, relax on the loungers whilst having a healthy juice, swim the 20m indoor lap pool with views onto the Sicilian hills, then indulge in a sauna or steam bath - at no extra cost.

5

Katherine Gotla (Staff)

Sicily is a gastronomic heaven - there are 13 Michelin star restaurants in Sicily and Verdura has it's very own 2 stars in "Zagara". Chef Fulvio Pierangelini demonstrates some superb dishes not only in his restaurant, but also in his cookery classes. His passion for food and wine is infectious and so is his enthusiasm for genuine, local ingredients.

5

Katherine Gotla (Staff)

Your children will love our new Scott Dunn "Explorers" Children's Club - a short buggy ride away from the main hotel. There's a beautiful garden amongst the olive trees for the children, a sleep room, age-related playrooms and activities, plus access to the tennis and golf. Our nannies can also babysit exclusively for Scott Dunn guests (extra charge). All-in-all, the facilities for your children are superb and the safe, beach-style entry level to the main pool is a great pull.

4

Jenny James (Staff)

Verdura is located in a beautiful location between Sciacca and Agrigento, the resort feels like a vast Sicilian estate with meandering paths and tracks through the two Championship golf courses. Even if you are not a golfer you can appreciate the manicured landscape leading up to the hotels main buildings.

The accommodation is sea front and all rooms look out to sea regardless of which type of room you are in.

The main restaurant and pool is a short walk from all rooms however if you dont fancy walking you simply pick up one of the free to use bikes on the resort to cycle around, these are a great way to explore the tracks and paths on the estate.

In regards to dining, you cannot go wrong with any of the restaurants, my favourite has to be Liola though which is the casual Sicilian homely style restaurant located near the golf club house (a short walk, cycle or buggy ride from the reception). They serve traditional cuisine using fresh and local ingredients, their menu features plenty of fish if you are a seafood lover! The style of the restaurant feels like a Sicilian home with pottery and beautiful tiled floors and walls. Zagara is the Michelin restaurant overlooking the pool which offers Sicilain fine dining, this is also the restaurant where many of the cookery classes take place I highly recommend doing one and make sure you pre-book! The classes not only teach you about technique and Verdura inspired recipes they teach you about the Sicilian food culture and emotion that they have with food.

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Hannah Fullagar (Staff)

Verdura certainly lived up to my expectations; the rolling green hills of the golf course create the perfect rural setting for a relaxing break in the sun. Each room in the resort benefits from sea views, which can also be enjoyed from the main pool area and restaurants.

Throughout the resort there is a great sense of space; if you wanted a little time alone it certainly wouldnt be hard to find a little spot and forget anyone else was on the resort with you! The complimentary bikes really are the perfect little addition to help you find your way around the grounds too.

Like most of Sicily, Verdura prides itself on its food and rightly so. Fresh, local produce (some of it grown on-site) is used to create the mouth-watering menus in each restaurant. My personal favourite was Liola, the traditional Sicilian Trattoria, but you certainly must go to Zagara for the Michelin Star experience!

Verdura is an incredibly family-friendly property and parents can truly relax on holiday knowing their children are having a great time in very capable hands.

Whether youre going for the golf, a relaxing spa break, or just some family time in the sunshine, Verdura is such a flexible resort. With the lovely town of Sciacca just a fifteen minute drive away, its the ideal location for a Sicilian getaway.

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Sierra Obermark (Staff)

From the friendly and warm welcome, complete with a refreshing welcome drink, to the golf buggy shuttle drivers on request, and the attentive restaurant staff, the service here was excellent. The rooms are spacious and have a stylish contemporary dcor. All rooms have wonderful views over either the lawns or the golf course out to the sea, and ground floor rooms benefit from an outdoor patio area opening straight onto the grass, creating a lovely feeling of space. The special Verdura pizza in the resort's trattoria, Liola, was superb, and the breakfast selection is extensive, complete with local Sicilian specialities. The spa is extensive and extremely well equipped - the thassotherapy pools here are particularly unique and provide an extremely relaxing experience. 

Location & directions

Sicily, Italy

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 low-cost flight options from London Gatwick or with British Airways 2-3 times a week from London Heathrow. British Airways also have flights 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.

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