15 September 2016
VERDURA RANKED NO.1 IN ITALY IN NEW EUROPEAN GOLF RESORTS LIST
Verdura Resort is celebrating a sparkling new accolade after being named as Italy’s number one golf resort in Golf World magazine’s eagerly-awaited new ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe 2017’ rankings.
The deluxe Sicilian resort – a Rocco Forte hotel – has enhanced its position among Europe’s elite golfing destinations after being rated in fourth place in the poll, which assessed each entry over five different categories – golf courses, accommodation, practice facilities, accessibility and amenities.
Verdura was one of 10 Italian resorts to be included in the list, scoring a total of 84.3 points out of 100, and the magazine’s judging panel was glowing in its praise for the luxury facilities it offers guests on and off the course.
The Golf World Verdict said: “The Sicilian resort oozes class; it’s high calibre in every respect. Unsurprisingly well-designed courses by (Kyle) Phillips are matched by the hotel and facilities. If you’re surprised Verdura is in the top five, we are guessing you haven’t been there.”
Marco Truffelli, General Manager at Verdura Resort, said: “It is a real privilege for Verdura to have been ranked among the very best golf resorts in Europe.
“It is a reflection of our continued drive to improve our facilities for golfers, families and anyone looking to enjoy a memorable, luxury resort experience in beautiful Sicily.
“It was the vision of Sir Rocco Forte to own a resort with two magnificent championship golf courses and Kyle Phillips strategic layout ensured this vision was realised. Verdura is a treat for any golfer and we are delighted that this has been recognised by Golf World with this accolade.”
Chaired by Golf World magazine’s courses and travel editor Chris Bertram, the Top 100 judging panel sought views from leading figures in the golf tourism industry as well as some of Europe’s most respected golf travel media before finalising their list.
Host of the Sicilian Open in 2012 and nestling adjacent to the Mediterranean in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura’s world-class golf facilities include two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – as well as a par-three nine-hole course, double-ended driving range and first-class academy.
Built to the highest specifications, the resort’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.
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.
Verdura Resort has won widespread acclaim across the global golf travel industry since opening in 2009 and the Golf World award is the latest international honour to be bestowed on one of the new stars of European golf.
Bookings at Verdura have increased across its golfing sectors over the last 12 months, and its success on the course has been mirrored off it. In addition to being named ‘Best Golf Hotel in Italy’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards, the deluxe venue was one of the privileged recipients of an ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts 2016’ from Golf Digest magazine, the world’s best known golf title.
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 amongst 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 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 2016. 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 family of 10 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.
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Rosie O’Brien, Group Communications Director
Rocco Forte Hotels