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Italy, Sicily, Sciacca GRD Rating 8.8

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

Golf breaks at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Italy. GRD Rating: 8.8





Resort Summary

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, host of the 2012 Sicilian Open, brings together luxurious and stylish accommodation, world-class golf & spa facilities and elegant restaurants and bars. Rocco Fortes Verdura Golf & Spa Resort offers discreet exclusivity and unforgettable holiday experiences that few places can match.

The resort is set over 230 hectares of stunning landscape with 1.8km of private coastline, yet has just 203 rooms and suites, giving a true sense of space and privacy. All rooms have private terraces and sea views. There beautifully designed interiors combine modern luxury with authentic Sicilian motifs.

There are two 18-hole championship golf courses, designed by leading architect Kyle Phillips at the Verdura Resort. The resorts extensive leisure facilities also include six tennis courts, a full- size football pitch a 60m infinity swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym and running trails which meander through the olive and lemon groves.

The resort's restaurants and bars celebrate Sicilian cuisine with menus created from fresh organic ingredients complemented by a superb wine list.

For those seeking deep relaxation the Verdura Spa is exceptional - with four thalassotherapy pools, an extensive treatment menu and personalised well-being programmes.

Golf Courses

West Course
18 holes
7318y
6692m
Par 72
Designed by Kyle Phillips
The West Course actually incorporates a vast stretch coastal land, but a number of its early holes stretch consecutively along the eastern boundary and a few fairways are a touch tight given the exposed nature of the site.

The beach-side holes are the West Course's star attraction, golfers get their first glimpse of the sea at the 8th and 9th before returning for a four hole encore at the 15th. It's these final four holes with their uninterrupted views that really steal the show. The 16th and 18th are beautiful two shotters', the 18th routed right along the shoreline, while the 15th and 17th are short holes dominated by watery backdrops.

There are other standout holes as well, including the strategic par five 4th and the strong par four 5th, with it's rousing approach played partly across a pronounced natural depression. The first coastal hole, the two shot 8th, is also terrific.
East Course
18 holes
7312y
6686m
Par 72
Designed by Kyle Phillips
The more undulating East Course is an equally memorable place for golf. Its finishing holes don't quite have the glamour of the West's and the front nine par fives that link the central area to the southern beach holes are a little underwhelming, but there are more directional changes here and plenty of design surprises as well.

Highpoints include the short par four 3rd, early water holes at the 5th and 6th, each with stunning outlooks, the intimidating ridgetop par three 12th and the semi sunken 13th green. From the 13th the course turns seaward, both the 14th and 15th are long holes that plummet across glorious linksy ground while the 16th is a delicious short hole played into a wickedly shallow target. The finishing duo are also really strong the penultimate hole rising gently into the foot of a Sicilian hillside, and the fabulous par four closer crashing from an elevated tee right along the craggy coastline.
Short Course
9 holes
Par 27
Designed by Kyle Phillips
The 9 Hole Par 3 Course appeals to novices and juniors or those wishing to improve their short game.

Accommodation

Set across 230 hectares of olive groves and countryside, the rooms are in two distinct types of building, Courtyard and Landscape, which are woven subtly into the landscape and offer a real sense of privacy and space. Natural materials such as stone, sand, wood and cane echo the traditional architecture of Sicily, and rooms make imaginative use of both outdoor and indoor space.

Created by Olga Polizzi, The Rocco Forte Hotels Director of Design, the interiors are beautifully appointed and encapsulate The Art of Simple Luxury. She has used a rich palette of earth tones and bright printed fabrics to reflect the character of Sicily, with a design motif inspired by a classic Sicilian tile.

Bedrooms feature four-poster wooden beds, polished concrete floors and artful Italian lighting, and are decorated with locally fired earthenware. The bathrooms are naturally lit with stone vanity tops, and some have outside courtyards with lemon trees. Guests can choose from the following accommodation,

- Deluxe Room
- Superior Deluxe Room
- Junior Suite
- Classic Suite
- Grand Suite
- Ambassador Suite
- Presidential Suite

Food and Drink

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort has created a culinary experience as unique as the island. With four different restaurants and four bars, plus private dining options, guests can choose the perfect venue to suit every occasion. Sicily's rich culinary heritage is celebrated at Verdura, from a family seafood barbecue at the beachside Amare restaurant to a romantic, clifftop dinner at Liola, watching the sun disappear into the ocean.

The resorts fine dining restaurant, La Zagara, offers a la carte menu serving fine Mediterranean cuisine, and elsewhere guests can feast on freshly baked pizzas, healthy snacks and favourite dishes from around the world. The resort has an extensive wine cellar stocked with many regional wines from around Italy and the world.

Children also have their tastes catered for. In each restaurant a specially created menu features freshly made favourites that can be served at the table or brought to your room. In the evening, Buon Giorno restaurant caters exclusively for junior guests.

If you want to chill out over a freshly mixed drink, Verdura's five bars, set in different locations around the resort provide a relaxing and stylish environment throughout the day and evening. Guests can take tea and biscuits at La Granita, a drink or two at the Pool Bar, and try a vitamin-packed fruit cocktail in the Spa Bar.

Golf Tuition and Practice Facilities

Verdura's practice facilities offer a double-ended driving range designed to accommodate groups of all sizes and students of all abilities, with two 75m-wide tees which provide the perfect hitting direction away from the sun, 3 chipping and putting greens and 3 practice bunkers.

The Verdura Golf Academy is lead by Golf Director Niall Cameron and his team of PGA qualified professionals.

Location

Enquire & Book Direct

Quote: GRD1037
Email Resort

Tel: +390925998001

All prices quoted are subject to change and availability. Please contact the resort directly to confirm all costs, dates and booking arrangements.

Website: http://www.verduraresort.com

Address

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
S.S. 115 Km 131
92019 Sciacca AG Sicily
Sciacca
Sicily
Italy

Getting there

Nearest airport: Palermo International Airport And Trapani Airport
Travel options: Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is situated on the south-west coast of Sicily 15 minutes from the attractive seaside town of Sciacca. Set in a valley of olive groves, the luxury resort is 40km from the ancient town of Agrigento. It takes approximately 80 minutes to drive from Palermo airport to the resort, resort transfers can be arranged in advance. Verdura Golf & Spa Resort has its own helipad for guests wishing to arrive by helicopter.

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Resort facilities

  • Beach
  • Beach Bar
  • Cycling
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Water sports

Hotel facilities

  • Bar
  • Internet
  • WiFi

Practice area

  • Video training
 

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