22 October 2015
SIR ROCCO FORTE ADDS PERSONAL TOUCH TO INAUGURAL INVITATIONAL EVENT AT VERDURA
International hotelier Sir Rocco Forte took time out from his busy schedule to give a personal welcome to a collection of the UK and Europe‟s top golf travel trade and media who took part in the inaugural Rocco Forte Invitational event at Sicily‟s deluxe Verdura Resort this month.
Sir Rocco was on hand at his resort to greet journalists and representatives from some of Europe‟s leading golf travel companies from countries including Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK for the fun-packed four-day event, held to showcase Verdura‟s wide choice of luxury golf and leisure facilities.
As well as being given the chance to play Verdura‟s two 18-hole championship golf courses – the East and the West, designed by world-renowned architect Kyle Phillips – guests also had the opportunity to enjoy an array of other relaxing activities that has helped make the resort one of Europe‟s premier contemporary luxury golf and lifestyle destinations.
Celebrity chef Fulvio Pierangelini gave a full demonstration of his talents by serving up a sumptuous Sicilian gala dinner on the opening night while guests eager to polish up their culinary skills were treated to a Sicilian cooking class with Resort chef Gianluca Interrante.
In addition, the international group also had the chance to enjoy visits to the nearby Planeta Winery and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while people seeking some relaxation during their stay took advantage of Verdura‟s range of five-star leisure facilities including its award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex.
Sir Rocco, who launched Rocco Forte Hotels with his sister Olga Polizzi in 1996, said: “Verdura Resort holds a very special place in my heart and whenever I‟m there, I always find it a struggle to leave. I founded Verdura to create an exceptional golf destination with outstanding hotel facilities. I spent years finding the right site and Sicily was a natural choice because of its climate and history.
“It was a great pleasure to welcome so many respected figures from the world of golf to the resort for the first-ever Rocco Forte Invitational, and to give them a real flavour of what Verdura has to offer. I‟m sure they will agree with me that it is a special place and I hope that they have taken many happy memories away with them. ”
Set in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura Resort – host to the European Tour‟s 2012 Sicilian Open – offers everything needed for a five-star golf break and features a par-three nine hole course as well as two outstanding 18-hole championship layouts.
Designed by Kyle Phillips, the three links-style layouts have been built to the highest specifications, with
tee times arranged at 12-minute intervals to ensure free-flowing play, five sets of tees making the courses playable for golfers of all abilities and one of its courses dedicated daily to two-ball play only.
Complementing the courses are extensive practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and excellent golf academy, while players can also take advantage of the latest state-of-the-art TaylorMade equipment when they hire clubs at the resort after a significant upgrade of its rental service this summer.
Verdura has won widespread recognition across the luxury global travel industry since opening in 2009 with honours including a „Golden Award for Golf„ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards and being named „Best Family European Golf Resort„ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide. Most recently, its East Course was included in Golf World‟s benchmark Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe rankings.
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 and suites – all with a sea view. Away from the fairways, guests can enjoy numerous other sports and leisure facilities including six tennis courts, a 60m two-tiered infinity pool, a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and an award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex.
For more information on Verdura Resort and to book a stay, phone +39 0925 99 8180 or visit www.roccofortehotels.com
Winter golf packages terms & conditions: Rates are per person sharing a double room. Offer is subject to availability, valid for new bookings and cannot be combined with any other offer. Children or extra adults will be charged separately. The offer is subject to black out dates and not available to group (above nine rooms) or golf clinic bookings. Verdura resort reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time.
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Since opening in 2009, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotels resort, (www.roccofortehotels.com) has quickly established itself among Europe‟s premier contemporary luxury 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, a 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports.
Verdura features 203 rooms and suites, all with sea view, and is a paradise for golfers, with its outstanding facilities. Golfers from all over the world come to enjoy the two 18-hole championship courses and a nine-hole par-three course, all designed by world-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips and playable all-year-round. Verdura was the host venue for the European Tour‟s 2012 Sicilian Open and its three links-style layouts have been built to the highest specifications. 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 recognition through numerous awards including a „Golden Award for Golf‟ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards and named „Best Family European Golf Resort„ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide.