26 July 2018
VINEYARDS AND ANCIENT VALLEYS OFFER NEW GOLFING EXPERIENCE AT VERDURA
Golfers often whine about a trip to the golf course leaving their game in ruins, but they can forget all about their worries and immerse themselves in the many historical, cultural and gastronomic delights that Sicily has to offer by sampling one of Verdura Resort’s new ‘Golf Experiential Packages’
A European Tour Destination and home of the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open, the resort offers award-winning golf on a grand scale and is also the ideal base to discover the many joys of the largest island in the Mediterranean.
Available until November 20, the new four-night breaks – which cost from €300 per person per night including VAT – not only include two rounds of golf (including buggies) on a choice of Verdura Resort’s two 18-hole championship courses – the East and West – but also offer the chance to immerse yourself in Sicily’s famous history and culture.
Guests can enjoy an exclusive wine tour including wine-tasting and lunch at Sicily’s most distinguished winery, Planeta, with the resort’s ‘Golf & Wine Package’. Alternatively, the opportunity to learn more about the island’s fascinating past awaits with the venue’s ‘Golf & Ancient Civilisation Package’ which features a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples – an exceptional historic testimony to Magna Graecia and a unique experience which ends with a walk on the stunning ‘Scala dei Turchi’ white rocks.
Sparkling wine, Verdura Societa Agricola olive oil, an exclusive Verdura Resort polo shirt and a welcome fruit basket are all included in the packages (which are based on two people sharing a room), together with accommodation in a Superior Deluxe room, daily American-style buffet breakfast, two three-course set menu dinners and private airport transfers.
Warmed by the Mediterranean sun and refreshed by the sea breeze, Verdura Resort has quickly risen to become one of Europe’s elite golf and lifestyle resorts. Designed by Kyle Philips, its 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, with guests enjoying personal service and attention to detail more usually associated with a private club.
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, as well as six 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 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.
n For more information on Verdura Resort’s new ‘Golf Experiential Packages’ and to book a stay, phone +39 0925 99 8180 or go to www.roccofortehotels.com/promotions/promotion/golf-wine/verdura-resort and www.roccofortehotels.com/promotions/promotion/golf-ancient-civilisation/verdura-resort/
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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, 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