Verdura Resort – Italy (Sicily)
The Resort counts of about 230 hectares of sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline, countryside, spa and golf. The area is bigger than the Principality of Monaco
Verdura Resort offers a private beach, 3 golf courses and uninterrupted sea views.
Luxurious eco-architecture and organic ingredients, grown in Sicily. Verdura is an oasis, a center of wellbeing, escapism and indulgence set against backdrop of charming Sicilian villages, ancient Greek and Roman sites and the beautiful, blue Mediterranean Sea.
The spirit of the resort is mainly focused on Golf. Thanks to the two championship-level 18-hole golf courses and a nine-hole par three course, Verdura represent a “must go” for all Golf Lovers.
Olive trees, orange groves and white-sand beaches, tennis courts, water sports, infinity and thalassotherapy pools Flagship Rocco Forte Spa that includes even beauty salon and a fitness Studio.
What we liked most
203 rooms set amid 230 hectares of beautiful Sicilian countryside, providing the rare luxury of exclusive privacy and space. Space, infinite space.
They have been trolled around for a personal guided tour by Marco who told us the story of Mr. Rocco and the story of the Resort.
If you like to play golf, you can’t miss Verdura.
203 rooms including 50 suites and three villas.
We have visited the villas, and they are fully 6 stars. Other rooms are in line with the category of the hotel.
Featuring a balcony, Verdura Resort's rooms are spacious and feature a king-size bed, satellite TV and a large en suite bathroom. Some also have a private courtyard and a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Food and Drink
Good mornings begin at “Buon Giorno” #Restaurant. Wake up to breakfast served with sunshine and sparkling sea views. You can prepare your own centrifuge with Km0 slow food fuits and vegetables.
Enjoy expertly-mixed cocktails with some light bites.
The Torre bar is the perfect spot for a light golfing lunch or a refreshing beer after an afternoon on the fairways.
Stretch out on a chaise longue by our pool and enjoy a delicious selection of refreshments and classic dishes for lunch.
Make your stay pleasant with their three restaurants:
There are seafood restaurants and then there’s Amare. Walk across the sand and step inside, listening as the waves lap against the shore, and settle in for a night of sublimely fresh seafood on the beachfront.
Order the catch of the day, brought ashore by local fishermen that day, and ask for it served grilled or ‘crudo’, just as they’ve enjoyed it for generations in surrounding Sicilian fishing villages—thinly sliced, anointed with local extra virgin olive oil, juice from citrus fruits grown nearby, and a pinch of rock salt. Peruse the menu, with its fresh salads and sensational pasta dishes, and watch the sky light up with colour as the sun sets over the Mediterranean.
With a colorful dining room that celebrates and showcases local artisanal crafts, and an outdoor terrace that looks out over the Sicilian coastline, Liolà is a stunning setting, whether you’re enjoying a romantic clifftop dinner for two or a lively family feast.
The menu reveals all manner of traditional trattoria-style dishes, from caponata made with locally-grown ingredients to crispy, yielding arancini and wood-fired pizza with tomatoes, breadcrumbs, pecorino cheese, salami and basil. Those looking for an authentic taste of Sicily will find it here.
Named for the fragrant orange blossom that scents the estate, Zagara restaurant is a unique expression of place, with a menu that revels in the flavours and ingredients of the Mediterranean, from the local catch of the day, served with homegrown braised fennel and citrus, to "Spaghettoni" with shrimp from Sciacca, zucchini leaves, and lemon.
With a glamorous dining room and an atmospheric outdoor terrace that offers views out towards the sea, Zagara combines elegant design and the natural beauty of Verdura to stunning effect.
A vision in sand-coloured stone and earthy hues, Verdura #Spa is a stand-alone sanctuary at the heart of the resort, with a museum-proportioned hammam, sophisticated relaxation areas and a juice bar. This Sicilian luxury spa takes a holistic approach to wellbeing, with an extensive menu of treatments infused with organic Sicilian plant oils and extracts that promise to promote anti-ageing, detoxification and fitness. Book a couples massage in one of the double treatment suites, and be sure to pop in the steam room and Finnish sauna.
The spa’s sleek, slate-tiled, 25-metre heated indoor pool is good for cloudier days. The star attraction is the parasol- and lounger-edged, 60-metre outdoor pool, between the private stretch of coast and Verdura’s main building; a lifeguard surveys this pool and the shore all summer. For guests in the spa, there are also heated, mineral-rich thalassotherapy pools overlooking the rolling green grass, olive groves and mountains.
Services and facilities
The #fitness studio has daily classes, including Pilates and yoga for €25 a person. Watersports, including scuba diving, stand-up paddle-boarding, knee-boarding and kayaking, can be arranged from the jetty. Or hire one of the resort's boats for a trip to Torre Salsa, Scala dei Turchi, Capo Bianco or Sciacca, finishing your day with a romantic picnic at sunset.
On terra firma, the world is your oyster: say the word and a bike can be delivered to your room. The concierge can also arrange most activities, from boat and helicopter excursions to horse-riding. The Sunball Tennis Academy holds frequent classes (ranging €68 for an individual lesson to €305 for five); tournaments and camps are held here throughout the year, and instructors have worked with some all-time greats. On a hot day, you would struggle to decide which sun-drenched terrace to lie on next – this is a resort made for soaking up those Mediterranean rays. Since this luxury Sicily resort has just under two kilometres of private coast, it does indeed have its own beach, which is both pebbly and sandy. If it’s a tad too shingly for you, powder-soft perfection is just a 20-minute drive away along the coast.
Venture beyond the groomed grounds and golf course of Verdura, and you don’t have to drive far to experience a taste of authentic Sicilian life and some of the world’s most exciting archeological sites – Agrigento, and the Valley of the Temples, is just under an hour’s drive. Some of the best-preserved relics of Greece’s Golden Age remain at Agrigento. One of eight magnificent temples, a Doric structure built in the 5th century BC is as iconic in appearance as the Parthenon here on this very special Unesco World Heritage site. The Leopard, the classic novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, is based on Santa Margherita di Belice – which is a short drive west from Verdura.
SS 115 km 131
Tel. +39 0925 9980 01
Closest Airport: Palermo airport is 134 kilometres away from the hotel, which is approximately 80 minutes away by car.
Price start: 450€ + per night