Sicily, Italy

Verdura Resort

Rates from (inc tax)$217.49

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Modern Polizzi hideaway


Southern Sicily shoreline

Five-star and friendly, Verdura Resort on Sicily’s south coast was lovingly created by Rocco Forte and elegantly decorated by Olga Polizzi. Set in groomed shore-hugging grounds, each room or suite has a private sea-view terrace, and bathrooms are especially spacious and luxurious. 

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Two drinks in the Granita bar


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Need to know


203, including 50 suites.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $217.49 (€200), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR220.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast and use of the spa and beach facilities, golf driving range with unlimited balls, and the resort's bicycles. City tax (‎€3.50 a person, each night, for every guest over the age of 12) is charged at check-out.


Make sure you book spa treatments as far in advance as possible so you can properly anticipate relaxation.

At the hotel

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.

Our favourite rooms

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.

Packing tips

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.

Best for

Families with children of all ages, looking for a sun-drenched beach break.

Recommended rooms

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).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

It’s the usual seaside shtick here: you may like to sit by the window for a lovely view.

Dress Code

Since this is a luxury resort in Italy you can expect guests to look elegant and groomed – so unless your jeans are Armani, maybe don’t do totally casual if you want to fit in.

Hotel restaurant

Buon Giorno is the chic but casual main dining room where a sprawling buffet breakfast is available 7am–10.30am. La Zagara offers sophisticated Mediterranean dining 7.30pm–10.30pm: reserve a table on its terrace in balmy months. Amare is the Olga Polizzi-styled beachside restaurant open in summer, with fresh Mediterranean favourites and barbecued seafood, and folding glazing for the best views. Families will love the pizzeria, Liolà, Verdura’s colourful take on a traditional local trattoria, is a golf-buggy-ride away at the in-resort ersatz village Torre Verdura.

Hotel bar

Depending on the time of day and year, the pool bar is a charming spot for a tipple. Granita is the glossy lounge bar on the same level as reception, which as glamorous as it is, still welcomes families graciously. Off-season this is where to order lunch. During the summer months the Torre Bar is a wonderful place for drink; sit outside and you may hear dulcet notes drifting over from the piazzetta by the tower, where local musicians add a little extra heart and soul. Drinks from the Pool Bar can be delivered directly to your chaise-longue, as can salads, sandwiches and burgers. Open in summer, the Beach Bar is the place for a frosty drink or a post-watersports apéritif. The Spa Bar serves vitamin-packed cocktails created with fresh fruit and vegetables and light healthy dishes.

Last orders

Drinks served until 1am.

Room service

Classic pasta dishes and more substantial favourites from the main menu can be wheeled to your own room, with your meal set up at a linen-topped tablecloth on your terrace making it feel like a true extension of the restaurant.


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Verdura Resort
SS 115 km 131
Sciacca (AG)


Palermo airport is 134 kilometres away from the hotel, which is approximately 80 minutes away by car.


Sticking to the main roads, drive to Sciaccia and then there's a 10-minute drive to the hotel where there's free valet parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

The fitness studio has daily classes, including Pilates and yoga for €25 a person. Watersports, including scuba diving, stand-up paddle-boarding, knee-boarding and kayaking, can be arranged from the jetty. Or hire one of the resort's boats for a trip to Torre Salsa, Scala dei Turchi, Capo Bianco or Sciacca, finishing your day with a romantic picnic at sunset. On terra firma, the world is your oyster: say the word and a bike can be delivered to your room. The concierge can also arrange most activities, from boat and helicopter excursions to horse-riding. The Sunball Tennis Academy holds frequent classes (ranging €68 for an individual lesson to €305 for five); tournaments and camps are held here throughout the year, and instructors have worked with some all-time greats. On a hot day, you would struggle to decide which sun-drenched terrace to lie on next – this is a resort made for soaking up those Mediterranean rays. Since this luxury Sicily resort has just under two kilometres of private coast, it does indeed have its own beach, which is both pebbly and sandy. If it’s a tad too shingly for you, powder-soft perfection is just a 20-minute drive away along the coast. Venture beyond the groomed grounds and golf course of Verdura, and you don’t have to drive far to experience a taste of authentic Sicilian life and some of the world’s most exciting archeological sites – Agrigento, and the Valley of the Temples, is just under an hour’s drive. Some of the best-preserved relics of Greece’s Golden Age remain at Agrigento. One of eight magnificent temples, a Doric structure built in the 5th century BC is as iconic in appearance as the Parthenon here on this very special Unesco World Heritage site. The Leopard, the classic novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, is based on Santa Margherita di Belice – which is a short drive west from Verdura.



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Anonymous review

Having arrived in Italy from the UK, less than a couple of hours before, as soon as we stepped into Verdura Resort’s grand, square-angled marble entrance, mum and daughter were desperate for one thing – no, not spa treatments or suntanning – pasta. Clichés are fine when you’re in Italy. As it was mid-afternoon, and having been given as warm a welcome as they come, we were affectionately guided to a bar seemingly made for grown-ups, La Granita. Settled into our sophisticated sea-view spot our simple spaghetti pomodoro arrived as a feast. Olives, just-baked focaccia – all spread out in a glossy Olga Polizzi-perfected setting for this mum and her lucky five year old. Of course for our next meal, dinner, we were craving pizza – on tap, too – and Verdura delivered that with panache up in Liola.

Since this tribe was there in spring, we put the tranquility of the mod Med resort down to it being off-season. Yet a member of Verdura’s friendly staff assured us that occupancy was actually quite high – this sprawling resort just has that knack of feeling pin-drop peaceful. And there’s always a golf course, beach, spa, tennis courts to lure people away from the main hub so you’ll never be fighting for that sunlounger. No wonder celebrities like to sneak in en famille to enjoy a ‘normal’ holiday. If you call having an award-winning spa, a fully staffed kids club, golf buggies at your beck and call and your own private slice of the Med, well, ‘normal’.

We were only there for a weekend, but it was long enough to feel like an utterly relaxing escape. Within minutes Kitty has made a new best friend the same age in the kids club, while I sneaked off to steal some de-stressing time in the spa. A splash in the outdoor thalassotherapy pools, a sip of herbal tea, a steam in the cavernous hammam – never has a family resort delivered such delicious ‘me time’.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Verdura Resort’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything: spacious room, beach front terrace, bathroom, food in all 3 restaurants, huge swimming pool, beautiful beach, bikes to get around the large property, fantastic spa and more than friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Cheap food or drinks.


Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

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