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.
How to Get There
We are a couple with no children, stayed here for 3 nights as a resort interlude in a two week trip to Italy. Beautiful modern property, our room was immaculate and quite comfortable.
We are golfers and found the course ok, not outstanding. Good greens, but dry and scruffy fairways. Very mediocre rental clubs, a bit old and beat up, I was given a bag with only 10 clubs and did not even receive a complimentary sleeve of balls, a bit tacky.
Our big complaint was communicated to the staff on departure. Although it was the first week of May the resort had many families with small children as guests, from infants to age 10 or so. Much of the resort was not yet open for the season, so unfortunately the lovely Granita Bar was filled with families with screaming children at cocktail hour as it was the only spot open at that hour serving food. Children should not be allowed in a bar, it ruins the space for other guests. Who wants to have a drink while seated by a child in a high chair having a tantrum with tomato sauce all over the floor? Or who wants to see 4 kids seated at the bar on stools, eating early dinner and making a mess? This put a huge damper on our time here, I can only imagine what it must be like in July and August. I’ve seen this at Ritz Carlton in Sintra also and I don’t get it, and I don’t like it. Those of us traveling without children deserve consideration as well. Our one dinner at the Pizzeria restaurant was not much better, was like a nursery school.
We stayed in late April and enjoyed every minute at Verdura. Rooms are top: amazing bed, really nice bathroom, great outdoor space. The Spa was great especially as the sea was still too cold for swimming. The only disappointing part was the beach (at least in April). I have seen much nicer in Sicily.
I would come back in similar out-of-season times, not sure if it is worth the high-season (double, triple) price.
First, this hotel is CLEAN. Let's hear it for housekeeping! We had two rooms - for some reason they didn't open the adjoining doors and we never bothered to call about it. The rooms are beautifully decorated and lots of space to unpack, and relax.
We arrived early April, and found some things strange. The outside area was not set up for seating. The sun was shining, and we asked to have late lunch/drinks outside but were told the cushions weren't out. I wonder why - even if it was too cold, why would anyone want to sit and look at unmade furniture?
We had drinks one evening at the bar, and my margarita had iodised salt around the rim, and was so sour I could not finish it. The casual restaurant made us wait 40 minutes for our table, and actually had us sit outside in the cold to wait for it. We were freezing!
I don't understand why the bar near the tower restaurant closed at 6pm? We would have had drinks there for sure.
My kids loved the bikes! So fun...if you have bicycles, you need to service them every so often! A pedal broke off as I was riding, and there were quite a few issues with working bikes.
It seemed the resort was not fully up and ready. The pool should have been made up, the beach loungers set up....Londoners were ready to site by the pool or beach. The restaurant by the beach was not open. It was a little weird how much was not open.
The store had beautiful items....but totally impractical and I would love to stock it and increase their sales by 3000%. :)
We had a downstairs room, and we could hear every step above, but our neighbours were quiet so we didn't mind. If you're picky, ask for upstairs.
Would highly recommend this resort. Beautiful setting, lovely spa, good restaurants and above all wonderfully friendly and helpful staff. A special mention to the wonderful team in the Granita Bar who made us feel so welcome.
This is an expensive and luxe resort. After two days non stop touristing it was a welcome reprieve and I wish I had longer to make the most of the extensive facilities and classes.
I loved the fact that cars were put away and guests provided with bicycles or (hire?) a golf cart.
My room was beautiful. The service excellent. And the breakfast buffet was terrific. There was even a gluten free bread plate upon request (although I did mourn not being able to eat the cakes).
The seafood dinner at Amare was excellent.