01 June 2016
VERDURA IS ‘BEST INTERNATIONAL RESORT’ SAYS WORLD’S NUMBER ONE GOLF TITLE
Verdura Resort’s position among the world’s elite golf and lifestyle destinations has been further enhanced after the deluxe Sicily resort received leading international acclaim from Golf Digest, the world’s best known golf title.
The magazine, which has more than 1.6m subscribers in the US alone, named Verdura as one of the recipients of an ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts 2016’ in its first-ever list of the ‘Best Things in Golf’.
Unveiled for the first time in the May issue of Golf Digest, the inaugural list features a select group of leading names from the global golf industry and was compiled with the emphasis on lifestyle properties, products and services.
Host of the Sicilian Open in 2012 and nestling adjacent to the Mediterranean in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura has everything needed for a relaxing golfing break and features two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – as well as a par-three nine hole course.
Designed by top architect Kyle Phillips and built to the highest specifications, Verdura’s three links-style layouts offer a golf experience to remember, 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.
Announcing the award, Jerry Tarde, chairman and editor-in-chief of Golf Digest, told Verdura Resort: “Congratulations on your editors’ choice award. This is part of a first-ever program for Golf Digest that represents the Best Things in Golf.”
Ivan Artolli, Managing Director at Verdura Resort, said: “It is a real privilege for Verdura to have received such a global accolade.
“Golf Digest is probably the most widely read golf publication in the world. Its thoughts and opinions are respected the world over and to have been named in such a prestigious new list is a clear illustration of how far our resort has come in such a short space of time.”
The Golf Digest accolade is the latest honour to be bestowed on Verdura Resort – a Rocco Forte hotel – following a hugely-successful last 12 months that including being named ‘Best Golf Hotel in Italy’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards and retaining its place in Golf World’s benchmark ‘Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16’ rankings.
Situated on Sicily’s southern coast between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, Verdura Resort features 203 rooms and suites – all with a sea view.
Away from the fairways, the resort features an array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities while guests also have the opportunity to sample a taste of the gastronomy, wine, history and culture that has made Sicily famous across the world.
For more information on Verdura Resort and to book a stay, phone +39 0925 99 8180 or visit www.roccofortehotels.com
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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, most recently, winning the title of ‘Italy’s Best Golf Hotel’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards’, retaining its place in Golf World’s benchmark ‘Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16’ rankings and claiming a ‘Golden Award for Golf’ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards. In addition, it was also named ‘Best Family European Golf Resort‘ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide, Modern Course in Italy’ by leading Italian magazine ‘Il Mondo del Golf’. In addition, Verdura claimed a ‘Golden Award for Golf’ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards and was 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.