Stay at the Verdura
The journey makes the destination all the more rewarding. Travel south from the bustling lanes of ancient Palmero and into splendid isolation on Sicily's southwest coast. Where once only olive and lemon groves stood alone but now lies paradise reborn. The ancient olive and lemon groves remain but around them has risen – in sublime harmony and with the deepest respect for the landscape it has grown out from – a truly special holiday destination. Sicily's premier luxury resort – the Verdura – where the only worry you will face is one of too many choices. To the golf course or the spa? That is the question.
Set in 230 hectares of lush Mediterranean gardens, 90 minutes south of Palermo airport, the journey may feel as if you are heading to nowhere but once you arrive the isolation will heighten the feeling of exclusivity. That said, should you wish to explore local Sicilian life, or enjoy any nightlife you will have to plan for a drive.
168 generously-sized rooms, 32 suites and three private villas. The villas sleep at least six and up to nine, so they are a great option for travelling families or holidaying groups.
Who is it for
Almost everyone. Couples will love the spa and grounds. Golfers will think they are in heaven. While the only stress parents will have is telling their kids the holiday will eventually come to an end. Those hooked on the buzz of a downtown stay may find the isolated setting a little too relaxing.
Amenities & Activities
Strap yourself in, it’s quite a list. Four restaurants and five bars. A fine white sand beach (manmade but stunning). A two-tiered 60m swimming pool, reportedly one of the biggest in Europe. The marvellous Verdura Spa, one of Italy’s most advanced wellness facilities. A Kids’ Club with indoor and outdoor playgrounds and an extensive range of programs and activities, ranging from capoeira lessons on the beach to football practice with Juventus coaches. Two 18-hole championship golf courses and one 9-hole course. And that's just for starters.