Spa and thalassotherapy pools, helipad, gardens, two championship-level 18-hole golf courses and a nine-hole par three course, private beach, fitness studio, salon, free WiFi throughout (high-speed WiFi for an extra charge). In your room: flatscreen TV with satellite channels, pay-per-view films, well-stocked in-room bar, CD and DVD player, and Ortigia toiletries.
Many rooms can interconnect, perfect for larger parties or families; all have sea views. Wooden shutters ensure all light is blocked so it feels like midnight at midday, so no need for troubled sleepers to bring their eye masks.
The spa’s sleek, slate-tiled, 25-metre heated indoor pool is good for cloudier days. The star attraction is the parasol- and lounger-edged, 60-metre outdoor pool, between the private stretch of coast and Verdura’s main building; a lifeguard surveys this pool and the shore all summer. For guests in the spa, there are also heated, mineral-rich thalassotherapy pools overlooking the rolling green grass, olive groves and mountains.
A vision in sand-coloured stone and earthy hues, Verdura Spa is a stand-alone sanctuary at the heart of the resort, with a museum-proportioned hammam, sophisticated relaxation areas and a juice bar. This Sicilian luxury spa takes a holistic approach to wellbeing, with an extensive menu of treatments infused with organic Sicilian plant oils and extracts that promise to promote anti-ageing, detoxification and fitness. Book a couples massage in one of the double treatment suites, and be sure to pop in the steam room and Finnish sauna.
Tennis kit will be handy if you fancy a whirl on the courts. Bring comfortable outdoor footwear to take advantage of the jogging, trekking and cycling trails that meander through the resort’s olive, orange and lemon trees.
Many of the fitness classes take place outdoors, such as Sunset and Sunrise Yoga.
The Kids' Club is fantastic, so Verdura is a great place to bring your sprogs.
Families with children of all ages, looking for a sun-drenched beach break.
A baby cot can be added to all room categories for free, and a sofa bed for little Smiths can be also added to all room categories (free for children up to 12, €40 for 13 to 18 year-olds, €80 for over-18s).
The seasonal (April to October) RBabies nursery, for newborns through to three year olds, has supervised indoor and outdoor play spaces and a sleep room. Sessions are €15 an hour, €45 for a four-hour half day (including lunch), or €90 for a full day (including lunch), and booking is essential. Parents can attend sessions if they wish, too.
Open during half term and the school holidays (daily from 10am–8pm), Verdùland is the hotel's theme-park-sized, free-to-attend kids club; a 450sq m space comprising dedicated areas for different age groups. RKids, for four-to-12 year olds, is tricked out and techy with a TV room, games room and a science lab. Hotel mascot, Verdù the hedgehog, holds lively themed activities focused on education (Sicilian history, astrology, mythology, gardening and language), arts and crafts (painting, pottery, sculpture, dance, short-film making, drama and a Verdura's Got Talent competition), sport (gentle yoga and gymnastics), and food (learning to cook a range of globally inspired dishes in a tot-tailored kitchen) with beach trips in between. There's a supervised shallow pool too (with a maximum depth of 1.20 metres), for games of water polo. Older kids can hang out in the RTeens Fort, and play video games, table tennis or pool, and listen to music. More adventurous sporting options include beginners lessons in a range of watersports, horse-riding, trekking and biking; and on-site sporting institutions (football and golf academies, and a tennis clinic) help to hone skills. Bespoke programmes of yoga, sports and spa treatments can be arranged, and bootcamps for the more daring. Some activities are charged: three, two-hour golf lessons are €80–120 (including kit), two-and-a-half-hour coaching sessions at the Juventus football academy are from €370–485, tennis coaching is €69–275 for one to five lessons, and swimming lessons are €65–260. On rainy days, the hotel can arrange pizza-making classes at Liolà.
Highchairs are available throughout the hotel, but for the most appealing children’s menus Liolà is great fun. VerdùDine is the healthy buffet-dining option in the kids club. Off-season, the only rendezvous open to serve food at lunchtime is la Granita bar.
Babysitters can be booked at €24 an hour in advance; for a maximum of two children. It’s €50 an hour for three. After midnight, the charge is €30 an hour.
No need to pack
The hotel has highchairs, sterilisers, bottles, weaning spoons, bibs, beakers, changing mats, baby baths, pushchairs, infant car seats, playpens, soft toys, crayons, potties, stair gates, socket covers, swimming aids, and car booster seats.
Bring your favourite flicks on your computer if you don’t want to pay €5 for an in-room movie (guests get one film free).