Rocco Forte Health and Spa at Verdura
Voted 2012 Best Hotel Spa in Europe by readers of Condé 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 treatments offer an holistic approach to health, wellbeing and fitness based on Sebastian Knelpp's five pillars , water, plants, exercise, nutrition and balance. These are then enriched by Sicilian traditions, using local scents and products. As part of the Rocco Forte Spa collective, Verdura also has a Rocco Forte Health centre and features five programmes offering Fit, Slim, Detox, Anti-age or Relax at their heart. Each programme is available for three to six days.
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.