Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HOTEL CHECK ITALY, Verdura

 Sicily for a Mediterranean holiday?  Verdura attracts golfers and other active people and suits both families and couples. Review by Neil Bedford and Therese Larsen …

                                                                                                                                                 
Verdura is a beautiful property with so much space and an open feeling, tucked away in private grounds. A huge infinity pool, vast spa with indoor and outdoor pools plus THREE excellent golf courses are part of the attraction. 

Extensive lawns for the children to play on

The resort is highly suitable for families who want a choice of casual quality restaurants, lots of space, watersports, tennis, bicycles and more. Golfers would of course be extremely happy but it is definitely more than just a golf hotel.


Choice of casual quality restaurants - there are 9 bars and restaurants in season


Large infinity pool
Verdura is also well placed for sightseeing – the interesting and authentic harbor town of Sciacca is only 20 mins drive.

ROOMS AND SUITES

All rooms and suites offer terraces or balconies with seating area (sun loungers on ground floor), stunning sea and golf course views, four-poster beds, shower and bath. From the terrace you have a big shared grass area in front of you. To reach the beach you have a 5 mins walk around the golf course.

View from deluxe room

Our favourite for couples is a Superior Deluxe Seafront room, and for families a Grand suite. 

We stayed in Superior Deluxe rooms - 40 sqm ground floor rooms on the back row. The design is minimalistic using concrete style, with four-poster bed and walk through wardrobe towards the large bathroom, which has shower and bath. The four-poster beds add a touch of warmth. It is lovely to wake up in the morning, open the “blackout doors” onto a vast open grass lawn and the sea - wherever you turn beautiful scenery catches your eye and you feel like you are surrounded with all the space in the world.

The Grand Suite spreads over 72 sqm and accommodates up to 4 people, with living room, one bedroom plus kitchenette, private terrace and hammock. These are spacious suites, each with a private entrance and shady inner courtyard planted with orange trees. An excellent family option, it can connect with a Superior Deluxe Sea Front room.

Grand Suite

Other suites to enthuse over are the 170 sqm Ambassador Suite (accommodates up to 3 people, with great view, two outdoor terraces, hammock, sun-loungers etc and interconnects with a superior deluxe room).

And the very nicest, the 175 sqm Presidential Suite with pool (connects with two superior deluxe seafront rooms to make a lovely nest for a small group or a large family). 


Presidential suite - a private domain

FACILITIES


Sunset from the roof bar - The southwest facing pool is basked in sunshine all day 

  • 4 restaurants and 5 bars (in peak season) ranging from fine dining to pizzeria
  • 3 golf courses (2 x 18, 1 x 9 hole) and driving range. I played the last 4 holes of the West Course which have stunning shoreline locations, very unique in European resorts
  • 60m spit level infinity pool which fronts on to huge green lawns and then the beach 
  • 6 clay tennis courts and a football pitch (Juventus kids training academy in the summer)
  • 4 000 sqm spa with 4 open air thalassotherapy pools, indoor lap pool, sauna, hammam
  • All around the accommodations you can find spacious green lawns ideal for kids playing
  • Watersports centre with a reasonable selection of motorised and non-motorised equipment (sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing equipment for hire – lessons can be ordered for a supplement).
  • Push bikes are scattered all around the hotel so you just pick up and leave them whenever you are going anywhere. You only really “need” these when going to the golf club house which would take 10 mins walk or to the tennis courts which would be more like 20 mins walk. Buggies are also available.
 
Therese attempting a hole in one (of course)

Incredible prawns unique to the waters around Sicily, served with famous Sicilian oranges

Freshly caught fish in one of Sciacca's numerous seafood restaurants

YOU SHOULD KNOW

The beach is a wide, long strip backed by the hotel gardens and very nice indeed. Where the water reaches the shore it is rocky. These rocks end about 5 m in to the sea and then the seabed is sandy. You can also get out to the sandy area from the floating jetty.

LOCATION

90 mins from Palermo/2 hrs 30 mins from Catania. Hiring a car would be our preferred choice to explore the local area where you can visit ancient sites, wineries and beautiful villages. The ideal trip to Sicily would be to combine east and west with a stay in Taormina followed by Verdura. The closest town to Verdura is Sciacca (pronounced Shacka, 20 mins away) which is a bustling harbor town that can be explored in a day. It is an attractive town but also retains a really local feel and has some superb seafood restaurants…it is in fact the biggest fishing harbor in the Med.
A speedboat can take you there for around €200 (taxi €50).

For more about Verdura click HERE.

For a video on Verdura click HERE.


Note: Neil Bedford is Product Director Select Collection and Therese Larsen is a senior travel consultant in our Oslo Norway office.

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