As far as the eye can see, the olive and orange groves go on and on, interweaved with well-manicured patches of green. Little lanes twist and turn into private enclaves where chatters of an on-going golf game fill the otherwise peacefully quiet air. In this majestic 230 hectares of landscape where Verdura Resort dwells, there is a piece of serenity for even the most restless of spirits.
There s something about the island of Sicily and its people that makes guests feel inexplicably comfortable right on arrival. It s a brand of hospitality that takes immense pride in their colourful and flavourful culture mixed with a fervor to impart it on anyone new. In a time where luxury resorts are beginning to merge into a repeated blur of the same offerings, Verdura's stand-out Sicilian character brings its charm in creating an experience that pleasantly veers between the warmth of a traditional Italian home and the fine comforts of modern amenities.
Visually, a 19th century tile pattern native to the island leads the Sicilian design concept which is reinforced with the use of intense colours - violet, ochre, scarlet - that is reminiscent of the surrounding rugged landscape. The raw and pared down exteriors host colourful interiors of mosaic walls, artefact-inspired pots and ancient-themed plaster reliefs. At the right moment, you could even envision yourself a medieval Roman princess gazing into the Mediterranean Sea. The design, which is green-certified,is a deliberate homage to the land that seamlessly blends with the three world-class golf courses that form the heart of the resort. Renowned among the golfing community, the resort sets itself apart with a complete holistic offering that goes beyond just the championship courses.
In comes the Verdura Spa, the vanguard flagship of the Rocco Forte Spas Concept launched early last year. The 4000 square meter complex is home to 11 treatment rooms, a gym, a fitness studio, an indoor lap pool, saunas and the signature outdoor Thalassotherapy pools. By itself, the spa warrants a few dedicated days to let yourself unwind and recharge through its dedicated treatments and wellness programs. Curated based on Sebastian Kneipp's five well being pillars, water, plants, exercise, nutrition and balance,the immersive experience is a combination of both administered treatments and reflective alone time. A complete range of bespoke treatments including facials, beauty rituals and massages is complemented by the Forte Organics product line that emphasises local plants and herbs. The Thalassotherapy pools is a self-discovery journey of hot and cold baths to stimulate the senses and as the sun sets,little nooks and corners of the spa offers a relaxing balm to unwind and reflect.
No Italian escapade is ever complete without the culinary touch. The resort's expansive space has afforded them the opportunity to peruse the land as an organic farm for herbs and vegetables including artichokes, eggplants, tomatoes,peppers, melons, red peppers and beans. The fresh produce are inevitably the stars in the kitchens of the resort s restaurants, alongside the Verdura Societa Agricola extra virgin olive oil which is produced from the rich groves on the property.In the summer, sit on the seafront terrace of Amare for freshly caught seafood cooked to your preference.Evenings call for a romantic setting at Zagara, the resort s signature restaurant, to indulge in the fine interpretations of seasonal produce by executive chef Paolo Platini. Dive into the intimacy of a Sicilian trattoria at Liola and sample heartwarming authentic dishes including caponata and arancini, and of course, a canolo with ricotta for a sweet finish. Italian cuisine is all about the touch of the hand, so get hands on with private cooking classes with the chef and you will head home with the invaluable knowledge of creating your favourite dish! May we suggest the cassata?
With a 1.8 km private coastline,there's ample of space for beach lounging and water activities during the sunny months, which in Sicily can sometimes be up to ten months a year. The temperate weather also means golfers can enjoy the facilities all year-long with its two 18-hole course and one 9-hole par-3 course. There s also a driving range and a golf academy led by a PGA professional team for budding enthusiasts. The resort has also introduced bike-sharing so guests can explore the entire property on bicycle and enjoy the organic farms.
For the culturally-inclined, a must-not miss sight while in the south of Sicily is the Valley of Temples, a stunningly well-preserved archaeological site of Greek temples from 600 BC that lays the foundation of Greek and Roman history. The remains are a UNESCO Heritage recognised site and is located in Agrigento, a 40-minute drive from the resort. Adventure seekers can also try skydiving and hiking in nearby mountain ranges.