VERDURA RESORT

ADDRESS: Verdura Resort
SS115 Km 131
92019 Sciacca (Agrigento), Sicily
 
CONTACT: Tel: +39 0925 9980 01
 
EMAIL: reservations.verdura@roccofortehotels.com
 
WEBSITE: roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/verdura-resort/
 
LOCATION: Situated on the south west coast of Sicily, between the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and the fishing town of Sciacca, the Resort is set in a 230 hectare park among olive and orange groves, with over 1.8 km of private coastline. Palermo and Trapani airports are 80 minutes away.
 
STORY: The resort is named after the great Verdura family which once owned the land where the property lies today. The last Duke of Verdura was a cousin of the renowned Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. A copy of his masterpiece, The Leopard, can be found in every bedroom.
 
FOUNDERS: Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi
 
GENERAL MANAGER: Giacomo Battafarano
 
RESORT MANAGER: Massimo Moreschini
 
ARCHITECT: Flavio Albanese
 
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN: Olga Polizzi
 
ARCHITECTURE: Verdura Resort fuses strong, modernist, environmentally-sensitive architecture with a design that is both luxurious and firmly rooted in Sicilian culture. Inspired by the spectacular Mediterranean setting, the Italian architect Flavio Albanese has used local colours such as Latin terracotta and ochre, and a variety of textures by mixing local stone, sand and wood. Strong geometrical lines characterize the buildings which recall the design of traditional Sicilian houses.
 
INTERIOR DESIGN: Olga Polizzi has created a tangible sense of place, a pared-down, contemporary edge and a simplicity that is in keeping with the local culture. In her own words, “My inspiration always starts from the place. Every project follows a different line of thought: I begin by reflecting on what is most suitable for a particular location. The wild, rugged characteristics of Sicily are reflected in our use of strong, squared forms and warm tones. While designing this resort, another fundamental consideration was to create a balance between luxury and environmental concerns. Sicily’s rustic, rugged landscape is reflected in the square, strong forms and the warm colours used. Handpainted ceramics are a regular feature of Sicilian houses and villas and Olga Polizzi has made these a key element in her design for the Verdura Resort where the tiles are handcrafted locally. She has used a 19th-century design as a recurring motif in various forms throughout both the private and public spaces. The bedcovers, lampshades and cushions in the bedrooms and suites, and the walls and soft furnishings in the Bar Granita are all inspired by this motif. Leading Italian companies, such as Paola Lenti, Bonacina, Driade, Flos, Porada, Flexform and Gabbianelli, have contributed to the creation of the resort. Luxurious space, intelligent design, comfort and privacy characterize the 203 rooms at Verdura, all with sea view.
 
SUSTAINABILITY: Social and environmental responsibility has been made a core feature of the resort, from the architecture of its buildings to its everyday management. Conceived with special attention to eco-friendly features, the resort is equipped with solar panels for the production of hot water, and a water recycling system. Furthermore, there is a no-car policy in the resort in order to preserve the beauty of the landscape. In addition, in 2016-18 the entire exterior lighting system, consisting of 8,300 lightbulbs, was replaced with LED bulbs.
 
ROOMS AND SUITES: The resort’s 203 elegant rooms and suites, divided into 7 categories, boast stunning sea vistas from private terraces. All rooms are equipped with ample wardrobe space, while the stone-finished bathrooms enjoy natural light and views of the resort’s green areas or attractive winter gardens adorned with citrus trees. Warm Sicilian hues of violet, ochre and scarlet enhance the luxurious atmosphere of the rooms and suites, each one slightly different from the other. Modern dark-wood four-poster beds feature romantic muslin mosquito screens, while cylindrical fabric lampshades provide suffused lighting. The floors are in polished concrete, the bathroom walls are enhanced with mosaics, and the rooms are adorned with colourful local artisan objects such as vases and ceramic tile table tops. The entrance to each room, and the reception area, are decorated with traditional Sicilian bas-reliefs recreated by the Italian company “Recuperando”. Bamboo has been used to create shady areas on the terraces, adding another element of traditional Sicilian craftsmanship.
 
  Deluxe and Superior Deluxe Rooms: 40 m2 – Designed in fresh, contemporary Sicilian style, the rooms have a private terrace or balcony facing the sea, as well as a king size four-poster bed and a spacious bathroom.
 
  Junior and Classic Suite: 60m2 – Carefully chosen artwork and rich, warm fabrics create a relaxed feel. The suites are characterized by a spacious living room and a private balcony or private terrace with stunning views over the sea.
 
  Grand Suite: 72m2 – With ample living space both inside and out, each suite has a private entrance, a generous separate living room, a kitchenette and a spacious bedroom. The pale stone bathroom faces a stunning lightwell courtyard. Outside, there is a private courtyard, a sea-facing double terrace with seating areas, a dining table and a hammock.
 
  Pool Suite
 
  Villa Tilia, Iris and Agave: 156m2 - with their breathtaking seafront views, these villas are an ideal setting for unforgettable moments. The three spacious outdoor terraces with direct access to the garden and private pool, offer a large dining area, sun loungers and hammock, for maximum enjoyment with family and friends. Inside, a comfortable living room with a kitchenette and three large bedrooms, each with a king size four-poster bed, sitting area and walk-through wardrobe, offer a perfect place for rest and comfort.
 
  Villa Suites: Acacia: 270m2 – Villa Acacia features unique and spacious outdoor terraces: one with a beautiful private pool and sun loungers, one with an invigorating Jacuzzi and another with a large dining area that is perfect for long, leisurely evening meals. Three large bedrooms, each with a king size four-poster bed and living area, offer the ideal surroundings for complete rest and relaxation.
 
  Villas Mimosa and Peonia: 250m2 – Overlooking the beautiful town of Sciacca and just a few steps from the water’s edge, Villas Peonia and Mimosa offer a memorable setting. Their spacious bedrooms all have king size four-poster beds, a sitting area and a practical walk-through wardrobe. The ample outdoor space is equally impressive with a comfortable dining and seating area, sun loungers and a hammock.
 
   
ROCCO FORTE PRIVATE VILLAS: Set on the hillside that gently slopes towards the resort’s private beach, these new villas are masterpieces of sustainable modern architecture built in harmony with the estate’s scenic surrounds. Ideal for multigenerational stays, the three or four-bedroomed villas have been designed as individual private residences. Each one has its own style and is designed throughout to pay homage to Sicily’s natural beauty, with floor-to-ceiling windows guaranteeing plenty of natural light while offering unparalleled views of the Mediterranean. in the décor features warm earth tones in harmony with the tuff stone used here as a primary material to mirror local traditions. Arranged over two levels and all with unparalleled views of the Sicilian coast and Mediterranean Sea, these Rocco Forte Private Villas guarantee privacy and security and are ideal for those seeking independent accommodation with the added benefits of the exclusive services that have made Verdura famous throughout the world.
 
CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF FOOD: Chef Fulvio Pierangelini
 
CHEF: Emanuele Riccobono
 
PHILOSOPHY: In keeping with the Rocco Forte Hotels philosophy, the cuisine at the resort’s restaurants is strongly connected to the authenticity of the island. The recipes enhance the flavours of the Mediterranean diet using simple, traditional Sicilian produce such as freshly caught fish, extra-virgin olive oil produced by the Verdura Organic Farm, and vegetables, oranges, lemons, aromatic herbs and almonds from the resort’s own organic garden.
 
RESTAURANTS: Buongiorno: this is the ideal place to enjoy a lavish buffet-style breakfast accompanied by freshly squeezed orange juice made with organic fruit from the resort’s own garden.
 
  Zagara: this restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant candlelit setting, overlooking our infinity pool with stunning views of the nearby sea.
 
  The menu, created by celebrity Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, showcases the island’s best natural produce, accompanied by a fine selection of Sicilian wines.
 
  Amare: Situated by the beach, on a wide seafront terrace, Amare offers simple recipes made with fresh daily produce. Freshly caught fish and seafood can be personally selected by guests and immediately cooked to order.
 
  Liolà: relaxed and rustic, Liolà is a typical Sicilian trattoria and pizzeria with stunning cliff top views over the sea. The menu is simple yet enticing: Sicilian caponata, arancini, panelle, home-made pasta and granitas.
 
  Private dinners: the Resort organizes romantic candlelit dinners on the beach or under the stars among the olive trees.
 
BARS: Granita Bar: combining vivid colours and a huge terrace with panoramic views of the sea, this is the ideal place to sip a Sicily-inspired cocktail or to enjoy tapas-style Mediterranean dishes.
 
  Torre Bar: the perfect location for a light golfing lunch or a refreshing drink after an afternoon on the fairways.
 
  Pool Bar: situated alongside the infinity pool, choose from a selection of refreshments, fresh, light Mediterranean salads, sandwiches and burgers.
 
  Beach Bar: the ideal spot for refreshing drinks on the private beach.
 
  Spa Bar: overlooking the courtyard of the Verdura Spa, the Spa Bar menu encompasses a range of natural and vegetarian haute cuisine, offering a wide range of fresh juices and smoothies made from the harvest of our very own Verdura vegetable garden and orchards.
 
VERDURA ORGANIC FARM: Set up in 2014 as an expression of our love for local produce and strong ties with the region, the Verdura Organic Farm aims to enhance Sicily’s fruits of the earth and involve guests in an ever more authentic and sustainable experience. The 230-hectare Verdura farm boasts an abundance of fruit trees, including 3047 olives, 3703 oranges, 150 almonds, 150 prickly pears, 120 pomegranates, and 50 lemons. More than 2600 square metres of land are dedicated to our vegetable garden where a wide range of vegetables and herbs are grown according to strict organic farming methods. These include artichokes, aubergines, tomatoes, peppers, melons, chillies, broad beans, rosemary, sage, mint and wild fennel. Nestled in this delightful corner of the resort is the Casina nell’Orto, where the emphasis is on fresh, wholesome ingredients, sustainability and biodiversity. Here, guests can rediscover the joys of authentic food and join our gardener to harvest the herbs and vegetables first hand and transform them into marvellous dishes in the company of our dedicated and highly-knowledgeable chefs. Alternatively, these flavoursome homegrown ingredients can be enjoyed in the comfort of our resort restaurants, or at the Granita Bar in the form of Sicilian-style cocktails.
 
  2014 also marked the beginning of our own extra virgin olive oil production. Local olive varieties (Cerasuola, Biancolilla and Nocellara) are hand-picked and cold-pressed within a few hours of harvesting in order to maximise the organoleptic properties of the oil. Verdura’s extra virgin olive oil has an intense bright green colour and a harmonious bouquet of typical local aromas: orange blossom, artichoke, mint and basil. It has been such a success that we have taken it beyond the confines of the Verdura Resort to be used in every kitchen and restaurant in the Rocco Forte Hotels group.
 
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES:  
ROCCO FORTE KIDS: The Verdura Resort is an ideal location for family stays, offering unique, fun and exciting experiences, even for the youngest members. We welcome children of all ages and offer tailor-made programmes for babies (ages 0-3), kids (ages 4-12) and teens (ages 13-16). Our young guests will receive their Rocco Forte Family passport at check-in, to mark the start of a holiday dedicated to fun and creativity, and so that parents will be able to enjoy a relaxing and worry-free stay. Our young guests have daily access to Verdùland, an area of over 450 m2, designed to meet the needs of different age groups. Our friendly hedgehog mascot, Verdù, will welcome the children and accompany them on new adventures designed to involve them in cooking, creativity and play.
 
  Of course, time is also set aside for wellness, and both Kids and Teens can enjoy specially formulated spa treatments and massages at the Verdura Spa.
 
VERDÙLAND: Verdùland has indoor and outdoor areas and a heated swimming pool. A daily programme of educational and leisure activities provides our young guests with ample opportunities to learn to cook, create and play, with our specialised, multilingual team. Our fun-themed, colourful VerdùDine area is where the children can enjoy our specially created, healthy meals both at lunch and dinner time. Verdùland also offers teenagers a dedicated area in which to meet and plan their day of sport, games and music.
 
JUVENTUS:  
TRAINING EXPERIENCE: Guests aged 5 to 16 can enjoy an exciting “black and white” sports experience. They will make new friends and practice their football skills with professional Juventus coaches. (July –September)
 
ACADEMIES WITH THE STARS: A wide range of exciting sporting academies, and a wide choice of exclusive experiences from June to August: fencing, beach volley, swimming, hip hop and basketball with Italian and international stars and champions.
 
GOLF CLUB:  
COURSE DESIGNER: Kyle Phillips
 
GOLF DIRECTOR: António Castelo
 
GOLF COURSES: A keen sportsman with a lifelong passion for golf, Sir Rocco was inspired to develop a five star golfing experience. The exceptional course at Verdura was created in collaboration with renowned golf course designer Kyle Phillips.
 
  Host venue of the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open in 2017 and 2018, Verdura provides golf on a grand scale, with the personal service and attention to detail more usually associated with a private club. The golf courses are laid out with the finest grasses and are maintained to the highest level.
 
  An 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole par-3 course (913m) meander across terrain that undulates from the mountain foothills down to the Mediterranean. A double ended driving range (65m wide), and a clubhouse with golf shop, bar, restaurant and boutiques, complete the golfing experience. For those approaching the game for the first time there is a Golf Academy offering excellent practice facilities led by a PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) team.
 
ET PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE:  
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT: Because of the scarcity of water resources in Sicily, and the quantities required to maintain the resort’s golf courses, a water-recycling system has been installed. A further measure introduced to save water has been the conversion of the lawn around the golf course into decorative rock gardens. Because of these and other initiatives, in 2014 the Verdura Resort received the environmental "Committed to Green" award, a European project supported by the Italian Golf Federation and endorsed by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. The project provides guidelines for the adoption of eco-sustainable policies on the golf course, and aims to raise awareness of environmental issues amongst golf clubs and players.
 
  Awarded in the "biodiversity" category, Verdura Resort has implemented a renaturalisation programme by restoring over 70,000 different species of native Sicilian plants and shrubs.
 
  In particular, in collaboration with the Department of Botany of the University of Palermo, the resort has engaged in the creation and naturalisation of wetlands, which provide a stopover site for migratory birds and a nesting place for waterfowl.
 
VERDURA SPA:  
SPA DIRECTOR: Luciano Porcu
 
PHILOSOPHY: Set amid olive and citrus groves, Verdura Spa is one of Europe’s most advanced luxury wellness centres, offering a comprehensive holistic approach to health, wellbeing and the body. The wealth of fitness programmes and treatments on offer includes the use of traditional Sicilian products to enhance the experience.
 
  The Verdura Spa philosophy is based on Sebastian Kneipp’s five pillars: water, herbs, exercise, nutrition and lifestyle. The harmonious combination of these elements contributes to personal wellness, leading to the process of self-healing which is enhanced by the wisdom of Sicilian traditions, natural products and local aromas, and by our team of therapists and health professionals.
 
  Housed in a group of pavilions around an open-air courtyard, the 4,000 square metre spa has spacious treatment rooms for individuals and suites for couples. It also boasts a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, a steam room, Finnish and infrared saunas, a fitness studio, ample relaxation areas and a hair and beauty salon. The spa’s showpiece is the outdoor thalassotherapy circuit consisting of four pools, distinguished by different temperatures, varying saline densities, and different mineral and microorganism content. The circuit involves passing from the warmest to the coldest pool, spending between 10 and 15 minutes in each one. As well as encouraging deep relaxation, the circuit provides a revitalising, antimicrobial and cleansing action on the skin. Thalassotherapy stimulates vascular and lymphatic circulation, helps eliminate toxins, encourages breathing and oxygenation, and is highly beneficial to the musculoskeletal system.
 
  To complete the pampering experience, our Spa Bar offers a choice of light meals, smoothies, juices, infusions and therapeutic tisanes, served on its terrace overlooking the surrounding hills.
 
SPORTS AND FITNESS: The fitness area has a 170m2 Gym, equipped with the latest Technogym equipment, as well as a fitness studio with daily classes in the 20-metre indoor pool.. Our Fitness Team will help guests meet their exercise goals and reach their full potential.
 
  But training is not just limited to our indoor facilities: some of our fitness classes, such as Sunset and Sunrise Yoga, take place outdoors. In addition, there are jogging, trekking and cycling trails that meander through the resort’s olive, orange and lemon groves.
 
  The resort has a 2km private beach with a Water Sport Centre that offers state-of-the-art equipment rental for great water sport activities such as wake and flyboarding, windsurfing, etc. A football pitch (that was chosen by the German national team as its training camp for the 2010 World Cup) and a Tennis Academy with 6 clay courts complete the resort’s sport facilities.
 
EXCURSIONS AND CULINARY EXPERIENCES:  
CULINARY EXPERIENCES: Cooking and pastry lessons - Sicilian cuisine is a triumph of flavours and has been enriched over the centuries by a variety of different culinary traditions. A cooking lesson with Verdura chefs will unveil the secrets of authentic Sicilian recipes. Ingredients are organic and handpicked from the Resort’s own organic vegetable garden and trees.
 
  Mixology classes - In the colourful setting of Granita Bar, our Verdura Resort creative Mixologist guides the guests through the creation of the Sicilian Mojito and other famous international cocktails.
 
  Wine tasting – Sicily produces a great variety of wines which can be discovered during enthralling wine-tasting experiences with our sommelier.
 
EXCURSIONS: The extraordinary character of the island of Sicily is the result of many years of history. The Concierge has created bespoke excursions for the discovery of Sicily, its cuisine and wines, the architecture and landscape.
 
  Guests can take wine and food tours, try skydiving, take a private flight over mountain ranges and olive groves, or explore ancient sights in the nearby towns of Sciacca and Agrigento. The Resort is close to the Valley of Temples, a UNESCO Heritage Site
 
CONFERENCE CENTRE: The resort offers a ballroom (up to 300 seats), 7 meeting rooms, a charming open-air amphitheatre (up to 500 seats), a 24-hr business centre, wi-fi access and secretarial services.