“I had never been to Sicily before but will definitely want to go back after visiting stylish and modern Verdura, located on the southern coast of the island, with my family last summer. Even though we went in the high season, the resort never felt crowded as everything is so spread out over 560 acres. With so many different activities including three championship golf courses (almost every hole has a sea view!), tennis, water sports, four pools and a 43,000-square foot spa (voted as Europe’s best by Condé Nast Traveler), there is something to do for everyone. We were able to get two interconnecting rooms (a must when traveling with kids!) and the friendly hotel staff always looked after our every need without fuss. It was truly a vacation for everyone!”
- Experienced by Trusted Friend: Alison Porter, Scottsdale, Arizona
(Date Experienced: July 2014)
A fun and relaxing summer vacation. The kids can enjoy the complimentary, staffed kids club and playground while the adults play golf, get pampered at the spa with its thalassotherapy pools, or simply lounge outdoors and enjoy the sun and smells of local olive trees and the Mediterranean air. If you want to explore the island, take a drive to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a Unesco World Heritage site with the remains of eight Greek temples, which is less than an hour’s drive away.
The family no matter what age. The resort staff will child-proof your room pre-arrival and golf carts are provided to help you get from one place to another throughout the resort. My 15-year old daughter particularly liked the teenage facility, which had a billiards table, video games and teenage-friendly activities, while my 10-year old son had fun playing soccer with his new friends on the full-size soccer field - the same that the German national team practiced on pre-World Cup 2010.
We thoroughly enjoyed borrowing the hotel bikes and going late-afternoon family rides throughout the rolling Sicilian country side.
Best time to go
Between April and October even though August can get very hot. Verdura also schedules yoga and other wellness retreats throughout the year.
Verdura can be a bit of a pain to get to but so well worth it. You will fly into Palermo and then drive 82 miles (approximately 80 minutes) to get to the resort. Also, the hotel beach can be quite rocky. If this bothers you, beautiful powdery beaches are just a 20-minute drive away.
From 280 Euros per night.