A Sicilian Tale
22/06/2016Situated near the charming fishing port of Sciacca, the Verdura Resort is beautifully secluded on nearly two kilometres of private Mediterranean coastline along the South West coast of Sicily. And having journeyed for just over an hour from Palermo airport, it was an incredibly welcome retreat.
ll the rooms have beautiful sea views with Sicilian-inspired interiors and a large balcony or terrace. Ranging from a Deluxe Room to Presidential Suite, there’s a good choice for both couples and families. I would personally recommend the ground floor rooms as the terrace opens onto the lawn, making it perfect for children to play. The Grand Suites also have plenty of space for families, and connecting rooms are a flexible option.
The resort are just opening a new kids club, featuring cooking stations, art stations, it’s very own pool, and plenty of other sporty activities. It's also complimentary for children aged between 4 and 12. What’s more, all cars are restricted to the car park making the resort safe to roam and bike around freely.
While the children enjoy the club, take the opportunity to experience the impressive golf facilities. Home to two 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course, it’s ideal for keen golfers. Buggies are readily available and golf lessons are on offer. But the choice of activities doesn't stop there - there’s also a tennis academy, full-size football pitch and cycling and jogging trails to enjoy.
With four restaurants and five bars, there’s much to offer on the resort. With their own vegetable garden, and lemon, orange and olive trees, they try to always use local, fresh produce. Along with a cooking class, I also experienced a 90-minute wine tour and tasting at Palenta Winery; a perfect activity to enjoy outside of the resort.
For something more relaxing, visit the world-class spa which features a large gym, treatment rooms, sauna, steam and some classes. The three Thelasso pools were amazing, but please note that children aren't allowed in these (they can however use the indoor pool in the mornings). Verdura also hosts the largest pool in Europe – a 60m infinity pool - which is situated near all the restaurants and the beach. The beach is completely private for residents, not overcrowded at all. In fact, the whole resort - even when at full occupancy - never feels busy due to the vast size of it.
All in all, the resort is fantastic with everything you need in one place. Pair that with the exceptional service and beautiful scenic backdrop, it’s a perfect getaway for families and golfers alike.
By Sophie Hughes