What We Love
- A destination thalassotherapy spa — one of the largest in Europe
- Three Kyle Phillips–designed golf courses
- Verdura flip-flops in each room
- Free bicycles for use on the grounds
What To Know
- All rooms have a sea view
- Verdura is 80 minutes from Palermo airport and 90 minutes from Trapani airport
- Caters to a diverse clientele, from families to couples to business travelers
- A city tax of approximately $5 per person (11 and over), per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A 45-minute drive north of Agrigento, on Sicily’s southern coast, Verdura is a triumph of design, offering sea views at every turn. With three Kyle Phillips–designed golf courses, an enormous spa and a gourmet food scene, it’s a buzzing destination resort in an ancient Sicilian setting. Traditional materials were used in its construction, orange and olive groves dot the grounds, and on the links-style golf courses, 40 species of native grass and other plants were picked for the landscaping.
Bed and Bath
Rocco Forte’s famed director of design, Olga Polizzi, has left her ever-refined mark in the 203 guestrooms’ clean, contemporary style and uniquely Sicilian touches: classical sculptures, local ceramics, potted orange trees and bookshelves stacked with works by Sicilian authors. All room and suite categories have picture-perfect views from large terraces; sunset cocktails and stargazing are highly recommended. The huge bathrooms are spa-like (some have private courtyards and all feature Ortigia bath products).
One of the largest in Europe, the spa is constructed from white marble and volcanic tuff and makes clever use of its indoor and outdoor spaces. Four outdoor thalassotherapy pools are filled with minerals and salts said to moisturize the skin and improve circulation, and all treatments incorporate locally grown ingredients such as freshly plucked lemons, the highest-quality olive oil and sea salt from Trapani. After a day filled with pool lounging and rounds of golf, sample a basil and gin cocktail or a Sicilian mojito. Downstairs, La Zagara restaurant serves Mediterranean delicacies such as pan-fried silver crabber fish with a chickpea biscuit and pepper sauce, while the clifftop Liolà produces trattoria-style cuisine in a breathtaking setting.
In the Area
Visit Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the best-preserved Doric temples outside Athens. Check out the volcanic steam rising from Mount Etna on a helicopter tour organized by the resort. The excursion ends with a ride around the crater in a 4X4. Sip and spit at the nearby Planeta vineyard. Ulmo, located in a 16th-century farmhouse, is the most popular winery tour, or you can learn the art of Sicilian cuisine with a cooking lesson from the resort’s executive chef.