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30 June 2015

Press Release

VERDURA RESORT FACT SHEET

ADDRESS:
Verdura Resort
S.S.115 Km 131
92019 Sciacca (AG), Sicily

CONTACTS: Tel:+39 0925 99 8001
Email:  reservations.verdura@roccofortehotels.com

www.roccofortehotels.com

LOCATION:
Located on the south west coast of Sicily, between the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and the fisherman city of Sciacca, the Resort is set in 230 hectars park among olive and orange groves, with more than 1.8 km private coast line. Palermo and Trapani airports are 80 min away.

STORY:
The resort is named after the grand Verdura family, who once owned the land you find the property on today. The last Duke of Verdura, famous for his beautiful jewellery design, was cousin to writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. His masterpiece, The Leopard, is in every bedroom.

FOUNDERS:
Sir. Rocco Forte and Ms.Olga Polizzi

AFFILIATION:
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MANAGING DIRECTOR: Ivan Artolli

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN

Architect: Flavio Albanese
Interior Designer: Olga Polizzi

Architecture:
Verdura Resort fuses strong, modernist, environmentally-sensitive architecture with design that is simultaneously luxurious, firmly rooted in Sicilian culture.

Inspired by the spectacular Mediterranean setting the architect used local colors such as bold, Latin terracotta and ochre and varied the textures by mixing local materials such as stone, sand and wood. Strong and geometrical lines characterize the buildings, according to the typical Sicilian houses.

Interior design:
The Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi, brought her experienced and intelligent hand on the design and feel of the resort, so that it has a tangible sense of place, a pared-down, contemporary edge and a simplicity that is in keeping with the local culture.

Sicily is hard, raw and rugged and this is reflected in the square, strong forms as well as the hot colors used. Ceramic are handcrafted locally and the furniture as been tailor made by Italian ateliers. A warm botanical motif drawn from an antique Sicilian maiolica tile is used to accentuate the soft furnishing.

Environment:
The resort has been conceived with a particular attention to the environment. It incorporates essential ecologically-aware features, including solar energy for sanitary water, photovoltaic panels for electricity, water-recycling – this is particularly important in Sicily, where rainfall is minimal and concentrated around short periods in the year. Furthermore there is a no-car policy in the resort in order to preserve the beauty of the landscape.

Rooms and Suites
Luxurious space, intelligent design, comfort and privacy characterize the 203 rooms at Verdura, all with sea view.

Deluxe: 40sqmt. first floor with balcony
Superior Deluxe: 40sqmt. ground floor with terrace
Superior Deluxe Sea Front: 40sqmt. ground floor, close to the seaside.

Designed in fresh and contemporary Sicilian style, the rooms have a private terrace or balcony facing the sea. Inside a four-poster king size bed and a roomy bathroom.

Junior and Classic Suite: 60sqmt. – Carefully chosen artwork and rich, warm fabrics create a relaxed feel. The suites are characterized by a spacious living room and a private balcony or a private terrace with stunning views over the sea.

Grand Suite: 72sqmt.– Spacious inside and outside, each suite has a private entrance, a generous separate living room, a kitchenette and a spacious bedroom. The pale stone bathroom faces a stunning light-well-courtyard. Outside, there is a private court yard, a sea-facing double terrace with seating areas, a dining table and a hammock.

Ambassador Suite: 170sqmt. – Situated just a short stroll from the water’s edge, they have a very large living room with a dining area, a kitchenette and a guest cloakroom. The generous bedroom provides a seating area and a walk-through wardrobe. The spacious bathrooms faces a nice courtyard with orange and lemon trees and has two relax areas. The outdoor space is equally impressive with dining and seating area, sun loungers and a hammock. Before entering the suite there is a private cozy furnished courtyard.

Presidential Suite: from 175sqmt. – here space, design, nature and elegance merge with the stunning Sicilian landscape. The suite, situated very close to the sea, assures the maximum of privacy with spectacular views over the Mediterranean sea. It faces a private garden with three terraces, a private swimming pool and a large outdoor dining area, perfect for dining under the stars. Stepping inside there is a generous living room with a dining area, a kitchenette, guest cloakroom and a cozy indoor garden. The roomy bathroom is finished in stone and has a sunken bath, a separate shower and a full-length relaxing area which faces a nice terrace with private Jacuzzi overlooking the sea. The suite may be connected with two suites to create a private villa.

MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

Head Chef Consultant:
Celebrity Chef Fulvio Pierangelini

Executive Chef: Paolo Platini

Philosophy:
According to Rocco Forte Hotels philosophy, the cuisine of the Resort’s restaurants is strongly connected to the authenticity of the island. The recipes highlights the flavours of the Mediterranean diet using Sicilian simple and typical produce such as freshly caught fish, extra-virgin olive oil produce by Verdura Organic Farm, vegetables, oranges, lemons, aromatic herbs and almonds coming from the resort’s own garden.

Restaurants and bars: Guests may enjoy romantic dinners on the private beach as well as authentic culinary experiences in one of the four characterful restaurants and 5 bars

Buongiorno:

  • Here a lavish buffet-style breakfast is served with sunshine and sparkling sea views.

Zagara:

  • Inspiring Mediterranean cuisine in a charming candlelit setting
  • A’ la carte menu designed by the celebrity Chef Fulvio. Pierangelini together with Verdura Executive Chef which showcases the abundant natural produce of the island  accompanied by a fine selection of Sicilian wines.(dinner)

Amare

  • Located on the beachfront with spacious outdoor terrace and lively cooking station.
  • It serves simple recipes and the fines local produce: fresh fish and seafood, “crudo” prepared and served as it is used in Sicilian fishing villages, meat barbecue. (lunch and dinner)

Liolà

  • Relaxed and rustic, Liolà is a typical Sicilian trattoria and pizzeria with stunning clifftop views over the sea.
  • The menu is simple yet enticing: Sicilian caponata, arancini, panelle, home-made pasta and granite. (lunch and dinner)

Private dinners

  • The Resort organizes candlelight romantic dinners on the beach or under the stars among the olive trees.

Bar

  • Granita Bar: vivid colors and a huge terrace with expansive view of the sea and mountains. It is ideal to sip a Sicilian style cocktail or to enjoy tapas-style Mediterranean dishes.
  • Torre Bar: the perfect location for a light golfing lunch or a refreshing drink after an afternoon on the fairways.
  • Pool Bar: located by the infinity pool, it proposes a selection of refreshments and classic dishes for lunch.
  • Oasi Bar: ideal for a refreshing drinks directly on the private beach of the resort.
  • Spa Bar: facing the country-yard of Verdura SPA, enables Spa guests to combine the wellness programmes with a healthy and low-calorie diet, multi-vitamin cocktails made with fresh vegetables and fruits. 

GOLF CLUB                             

Course designer: Kyle Phillips

Director of Golf: Niall Cameron

Golf courses:
A keen sportsman with a lifelong passion for golf, Sir Rocco was inspired to develop a five star golfing experience. Together with the renown designer Kyle Phillips his dream has come true.

Verdura, host venue of the European Tour Sicilian Open 2012, provides golf on a grand scale, with the personal service and attention to detail more usually associated with a private club. Golf courses are built of the finest grasses and are maintained to the highest agronomic level.

Two 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole par-3 course (913mt.) meander across terrain that undulates from mountain foothills down to the Mediterranean sea. A double ended driving range (65mt wide) completes the golf offer as well as a clubhouse with golf shop, bar, restaurant and boutiques. For those approaching the game there is a Golf Academy with excellent practice facilities led by PGA professional team.

VERDURA SPA

Spa Manager
Anna Fedre

Fitness Manager
Marcello Mulato

Philosophy:
The Spa is a 4.000sqmt. temple to wellness where to discover peace and balance among mind, body and spirit. The Spa has 11 treatment rooms and suites for couple rituals, two saunas, wide steam bath, 20mt heated indoor pool, four thalassotherpy pools with different salt concentrations and temperatures set amidst indigenous olive groves, two relaxing areas, 75sqmt. Technogym equipped gym, fitness studio with daily aerobic and meditation classes, personal trainer, hair and beauty studio.

Verdura Spa offers an holistic approach to health, wellbeing and fitness. According to the philosophy of the resort the wellness treatments take inspiration from the island, using local ingredients such as pure olive oil, marine salt, lavender, rosemary, oranges and lemons etc.

Sports:
The resort has a 60mt. spectacular infinity pool, almost 2km private beach, football pitch (that was chosen by the German national team as its training camp for the 2010 World Cup) and a Tennis Academy with 6 clay courts.

A Water Sport Centre offers state-of-the-art equipment rental for great water sport activities such as wakeboarding, fly boarding, windsurfing, sailing and much more. A beach volley facility, complimentary bicycles, cycling and jogging trails that meanders among olive and orange groves complete the great sport experience at the Resort.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Verdùland “Verdùland” Kids’ Club has an indoor and outdoor playground and a dedicated swimming pool. A qualified team of kids assistants takes care of the Resort’s young guests (1-12 years old) with entertaining and creative activities, fun cooking lessons and much more. Kids can have lunch all together at Buongiorno restaurant with a special dedicated menu.

Youclub:
The teen’s club proposes to youngsters (13-18 years old) an extensive programme of daily activities such as capoeira on the beach, sport tournaments and beach parties.

CULTURAL AND CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Culinary Experiences: Cooking and pastry lessons - Sicilian cuisine is a triumph of flavours which has been enriched over the centuries by a variety of different culinary traditions. A cooking lesson with celebrity chef Fulvio Pierangelini or with Verdura’s Executive Chef will unveil the secrets of authentic Sicilian recipes. Ingredients are organic and handpicked from the Resort’s own vegetable garden and trees.

Mixology classes -  in the colorful setting of Granita Bar, Verdura Resort creative Mixologist guides the guests through the  creation of a Sicilian Mojito and other famous international cocktails.

Wine tasting - Sicily produces a great variety of wines which may be discovered during enthralling wine-tasting experiences with the sommelier.

Excursions: The extraodinary character of the Island is the result of many years of history. The Concierge of Verdura Resort has created bespoke excursions for discovering Sicily, its cuisine and wines, the architecture and landscape.

MEETING & EVENTS              

The resort offers a ballroom (up to 300 seats), 7 meeting rooms and a charming open-air amphitheater (up to 500 seats) 24-hr business centre, wi-fi access and secretarial services.

AKNOWLEDGMENTS              

2015 – Verdura Resort has been included in the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Guide within the "All the family” section

2014 – Verdura Resort featured in the Sunday Times Style Spa Special

2014 – Verdura Resort is featured in the Tatler Spa guide in the detox section

2014 – Verdura Resort named as one of the world’s best family hotels

2013  –  Verdura Resort is featured in the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Guide for the anti-ageing programme

2013 -  Verdura Resort is featured in the Psychologies Health & Healing Special

2013 -  Verdura Resort is featured in the Country & Townhouse Spa Special

2013 – Condé Nast Traveller included the Resort among the “5 best Golf Resort in Europe

2013 – Tatler Spa Guide 2013 features Verdura as one of the best spa destinations for families

2012 – Verdura Spa is selected by Architectural Digest as one of the "11 most beautifully designed spas around the world”

2010 -  Verdura Resort is featured in Condé Nast Traveller “Hot List"

2010 - Verdura Resorthas been included in the Rolex “Top 1000 Golf Courses” Guide achieving the highest score among Italian sites, 90 out of 100

AWARDS                      

2014 Futura Prospicere

2015 Voyages & Hôtels “Readers Awards” 

Golden Award for Golf

Italian Spa Awards – Area Wellness Magazine

2014 “Best Destination SPA”

2010 “Best new Spa”

2014 Italian Golf Federation: green award

Category “biodiversity”

2013 World Luxury Spa Awards

“Best Emerging Spa in Italy”

2013 Italian Touring Club

“Camere d’autore” Award

2013 Condè Nast Traveller (UK) “Readers Travel Award”

“Overseas Hotel Spas”

2012 Condè Nast Traveler (US) “Readers Travel Award”

“Best Hotel Spa in Europe”

2012 Condè Nast Traveller  “Readers Travel Award”

“World’s Top 30 Spas” 

2011 Stylist Spa Awards

“Best For Fabulous Food”

2011 Tatler Spa Guide

“Best For Weight Loss”

2011 Tatler Travel Guide

“Best Family European Golf Resort”

2010 Virtuoso “Best of the Best Hotel Awards”

“Best Family Program”

2010 Tatler Spa Awards

“Best Family Escape”