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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

Address: Contrada Verdura

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City: Sciacca

Phone: 011-44-207-766-3141

Website: www.verduraresort.com

Expert Review

This much-anticipated resort from British hotelier Sir Rocco Forte opened in July 2009 on Sicily's southwest coast, about a 1.5 hour drive from the Palermo Airport and near the port town of Sciacca. Spread out over 570 acres, the property includes 203 rooms and suites, all with sea views, a contemporary décor, and amenities like custom-made bath products, chic beach bags and colorful flip-flops. Bikes are stationed at each room to help guests navigate the vast grounds, which stretch from the main reception building (home to the breakfast and fine-dining restaurants, a bar/lounge, and the massive outdoor pool) to the tennis courts, meeting facilities, and private red-sand beach. (Golf carts are also available for an additional fee.) On a small hill overlooking the guest quarters sit a café, a gelateria, a casual eatery, and a string of high-end boutiques. The cuisine - made with fresh local ingredients - is stellar, and the service warm and accommodating, but the real stars of the resort are the golf and spa facilities. The former is made up of two championship 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course, all overseen by an international team of pros. The spa complex - one of the largest in Europe - includes an indoor pool, a well-stocked gym manned by a trainer, a double-sized hammam, and four thalassotherapy soaking pools, each varying in temperature and mineral levels. In the eleven treatment rooms, therapists ply facials using an Italian skin care line and slow, relaxing massages incorporating Sicilian olive oil and citrus.

Tags: luxury | beach | spa | modern

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