Since opening in 2009, the award-winning Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotels resort, has quickly established itself amongst Europe’s premier contemporary exclusive golf and lifestyle destinations. Located on the southern coast of Sicily between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, within 230 hectares of stunning landscape overlooking the Mediterranean with 1.8 km of private coastline, the resort offers golfing guests and families an unparalleled modern five-star experience on the largest island in the Mediterranean.
The Verdura has become the top-choice destination for golfers visiting Southern Italy due to its outstanding facilities. Players from all over the world can enjoy the two 18-hole championship courses and a nine-hole par-three course all year-round, with all three links-style layouts designed by world-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips. A member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network as a European Tour Destination, Verdura was the host venue for the 2012 Sicilian Open and is home to the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open. The resort’s East Course is ranked as one of the finest in continental Europe while its beautiful West Course, also a par-72, provides the ideal complement and features one of the most memorable finishes anywhere in the world with the final four holes set alongside the Mediterranean.
Verdura’s other sports facilities include six tennis courts; a 60m two-tiered infinity pool; numerous watersports, one football pitch; a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and a collection of running trails through olive and lemon groves. The resort’s award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex includes 11 treatment rooms, gym, yoga studio, a 25-meter indoor lap pool, four outdoor Thalassotherapy pools, a double-height steam room, male and female saunas and a spa bar for healthy alternatives.
Guests can sample an authentic taste of traditional Sicily with an array of dishes at one of the resort’s four restaurants and five bars – with fresh, organic produce sourced straight from Verdura’s own garden. In addition, visitors can enjoy an array of cultural and culinary experiences where they can discover the secrets of Sicilian cooking, with menus inspired by celebrity chef Fulvio Pierangelini, and taste the many famous wines of the region. – GM