21 August 2017
VERDURA RESORT NEW LUXURY BREAKS WHET GOLFERS’ APPETITES
Award-winning golf, sumptuous food and wines, cocktails and olive oil are all included in the latest luxury golf and gastronomy packages on offer this summer and autumn at Verdura Resort, a European Tour Destination and host venue of the 2017 Rocco Forte Open – Verdura.
Spain’s Álvaro Quirós described the golf courses as “paradise” on his way to victory at the exclusive Sicilian resort, and guests can enjoy the same outstanding facilities over the next three months with the new four-night breaks, which start from €411 per person per night.
Serving up a mixture of sunny skies, a temperate climate and breathtaking scenery combined with a plethora of historical, cultural and gastronomic delights, Sicily has all the ingredients for a relaxing break, and Verdura Resort is the ideal base to discover this authentic part of the Mediterranean’s largest island.
The packages include accommodation in a junior suite, with daily American-style buffet breakfast; private airport transfers and two green fees per person (including buggies) on a choice of the resort’s two world-class 18-hole championship golf courses - the East and West.
In addition, two sumptuous three-course dinners; a Verdura Resort polo shirt; a Planeta wine experience at Sicily’s most distinguished winery – featuring wine tour, tasting and lunch; Verdura Società Agricola olive oil; a ‘molecular mixology’ cocktail tasting; and welcome fruit basket and sparkling wine in room are also included. Packages are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.
Nestling on the coast in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, and warmed by the Mediterranean sun and refreshed by the sea breeze, Verdura Resort – a member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network and named by Golf Digest as a recipient of an ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts’ in 2016 and 2017 – provides golf on a grand scale.
Designed by Kyle Philips, the resort’s golf courses offer uninterrupted views of the azure waters from the undulating greens. The award-winning resort includes two 18-hole championship courses, a nine-hole, par-three layout and extensive practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and outstanding academy.
In addition, guests can enjoy numerous other sports and leisure amenities including six tennis courts, an array of different watersports, a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and an award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex.
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 – a Rocco Forte hotel – features 203 rooms and suites, 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, the resort features an array of other luxury sports and leisure 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’s ‘Golf & Gastronomy’ packages are available to book until October 31, 2017, and include: airport transfers; four nights’ accommodation in a Junior Suite; in-suite welcome amenities; daily buffet breakfast; two three-course set menu dinners; two 18-hole green fees per person (including golf buggies); one Verdura Resort polo T-shirt per person; wine experience with a Planeta family member including transfers; a bottle of Verdura Società Agricola olive oil and two cocktails by the master barman at Granita Bar.
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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, a 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports.
Verdura features 203 rooms and suites, 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 had the honour of staging the 2017 Rocco Forte Open - Verdura. 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 and 2017. 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.
Future opening: Shanghai in 2018, Rome in 2018
Rosie O’Brien, Group Communications Director
Rocco Forte Hotels