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 only stayed at Verdura for one night during a 2 week tour, but it was like a breath of fresh air! Huge resort with a beautiful pool and beach. Rooms were large and well appointed with beautiful views. Breakfast was excellent. Drinks in the bar were expensive, but included a large antipasto that could serve as a light dinner!
We spent longer weekend in one of the villas and we enjoyed our stay. It was our second visit, the first was five years ago. The resort is big which enables relax and peace for the clients.
The villa consists od three bedrooms which were built from one suite and two rooms and additionally a swimming pool was added into the garden. Our villa was not standing alone, we had another suite with guests on one side. The pool is heated but had a strange smell and so we did not use it at all. We went regularly after the golf to the hotel spa, which is great.
The main pool in the garden was not heated and so was cold.
The golf courses are both beautiful, the quality of the greens was worse than during our first visit but were still good for amateur golf.
The breakfast was for me somehow the weakest point - tables too close to each other, selection of food was for a five star hotel rather small. Once we ordered eggs, they did not arrive at all and so we ordered them again....
The food in the restaurants was good, however we enjoyed the most the evening in Liola Trattoria - we had the daily offer and the pizza we ate was the best we have ever eaten
The beach is sandy but the entrance to the sea is rocky - difficult for children and older people to access the sea.
Would I come back? Yes
We had a lovely 3 day break here. We had a superior first floor room. The views over the sea and pool were stunning. The pool is huge. The service was friendly and attentive. There are several options for eating. The seafood restaurant was expensive and I think we made the wrong choice - I suspect the salt baked fish is the thing to go for. The fine dining restaurant was very good. The pizza restaurant good for kids. The hotel is very child friendly (we do not have any). We do not play golf and we didn't use the spa. The location is handily half way between the archeological sites at Agrigento and Selinunte which was the main reason for our choice of hotel. All this luxury costs but overall we were happy with our stay.
This is not a hotel...its a huge resort. It lacks intimacy and charm for sure but that being said it is great for a golf holiday. The rooms are large with massive bathrooms.
Bikes are available everywhere to hop on and get around the resort.
The spa was beautiful and services were great. The pool area is beautiful and has a second indoor pool.
Restaurants are average...this area could use some improvement.
Spent a long weekend at this sensational resort.
Beautiful place, fantastic food and great golf and the weather was perfect. The rooms are lovely with everything you could wish for and the service is great.I would recommend this place to anyone.