22 August 2018
NEW GLOBAL FAMILY AWARD IS CHILD’S PLAY FOR VERDURA RESORT
Synonymous with excellence and delivering an outstanding holiday experience in a spectacular setting, Sicily’s Verdura Resort is celebrating a sparkling new accolade after being named among the world’s best family hotels by top luxury magazine Condé Nast Traveller.
Verdura was the only venue in Italy to be included in the magazine’s list of ‘The 14 Best Family Hotels in the World 2018’, with the resort being hailed as “flawless” and singled out as being best for “a sleek beach estate for modernist island living.”
Announcing the list, the magazine said: “Set in thousands of hectares of a relatively unknown part of southern Sicily, Verdura was – and remains – a labour of love for Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi. It’s quite a set-up …. and incredibly impressive.
“You could be kept entertained for weeks. Guests of all ages help themselves to bicycles to whizz between two championship-level 18-hole golf courses, numerous tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, hiking trails and the private sandy beach. Children get their own cinema, pizza-making classes, a paddling pool and sports including touch rugby and volleyball for the older ones. They are in seventh heaven, as are parents: the children’s club is free for over-fours and the spa is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best in Italy.
“Low-rise buildings blend into the spectacular landscape. For extra privacy take one of the new villas, which have their own pools …. As di Lampedusa wrote of the area, ‘If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.’ But Verdura is just about as flawless as it will ever be.”
Nestling on the coast in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura Resort – a Rocco Forte hotel and home of the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open – is ideal for a family golf break and features two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – as well as a par-three nine-hole course, all designed by Kyle Phillips.
Complementing the courses are extensive practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and outstanding academy, with tuition provided by Verdura Resort PGA Professional Giacomo Dovetta, who was named as one of the world’s top 50 junior coaches by US Kids Golf earlier this year.
Situated on Sicily’s southern coast between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, the resort features 203 rooms, suites and villas all with a sea view, as well as three new villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, each with its own private swimming pool.
Away from the fairways, Verdura features an array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities, while guests also have the opportunity to sample, on and off-site, a taste of the gastronomy, wine, history and culture that has made Sicily famous across the world.
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Since opening in 2009, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotels resort, (www.roccofortehotels.com ) has quickly established itself amongst Europe’s premier contemporary exclusive golf and lifestyle destinations.
The resort is set in 230 hectares of stunning landscape overlooking the Mediterranean with 1.8km of private coastline, and offers golfing guests and families an unparalleled modern five-star experience on the largest island in the Mediterranean. The resort is located on the southern coast of Sicily between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports.
Verdura features 203 rooms, suites and villas all with sea views, and is a paradise for golfers with its outstanding facilities. Players from all over the world come to enjoy the two 18-hole championship courses and a nine-hole par-three course, with all three links-style layouts designed by world-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips, built to the highest specifications and playable all-year-round. 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. The courses are matched by outstanding practice amenities including a double-ended driving range and excellent golf academy.
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-metre 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. There is also plenty to keep the younger members of the family entertained with dedicated kids and teen clubs providing a variety of fun-packed activity programmes throughout the year.
Verdura Resort has received widespread international recognition and won numerous awards since opening. Among its most recent honours, it was ranked fourth in Golf World’s inaugural list of the ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe’ and named by Golf Digest as a recipient of an ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts’ in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In addition, the resort won the title of ‘Italy’s Best Golf Hotel’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards’; retained its place in Golf World’s benchmark ‘Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16’ rankings and claimed a ‘Golden Award for Golf’ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards. It was also named ‘Best Family European Golf Resort‘ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide, while it was the recipient of two accolades at the 2015 Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards in the ‘Best for Couples’ and ‘Wow Factor’ categories.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 11 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Assila Hotel, Jeddah.
Future openings: Rome in 2018, Shanghai in 2018
Daniela Moore, Group Communications Manager
Rocco Forte Hotels