Sicily, Italy

Rocco Forte Private Villas

Style

Classic coastal casas

Setting

South of Sciacca

With the Verdura Resort for a neighbour, Rocco Forte Private Villas in Sicily’s wild west are in good company – the series of 20 standalone properties is at the entrance to the expansive, 570-acre estate, which stars a super spa, eight food and beverage outlets, a golf course and the Juventus academy. From their stranded, hilltop spot, the villas all have sparkling sea views and golf-course green in every direction. If the word ‘self-catering’ usually has you reaching for the Deliveroo app (and even hopping in a golf buggy and making for the main resort feels like too much effort), book a private chef to do all the hard work for you.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Two cocktails on arrival; those staying two nights or more get €100 to spend at the resort

First Glance

  • The villa has a fully equipped kitchen, with Smeg appliances.
  • Welcome hampers include flowers, fruits, local sparkling wine, bread and snacks.
  • Private chefs and butlers can be booked on request, and the villa team can help with supermarket sourcing and pre-arrival shopping lists.
  • There are a total of eight restaurants and bars over at Verdura Resort, a short buggy ride away, including: good-day-guaranteeing Buongiorno for breakfast, superfoods at the Spa Bar, seafood restaurant on the sand Amare (with the daily catch displayed for you to pick from and have the chef cook) and the cliff-top trattoria Liolà, for classic Sicilian suppers of arancini, caponata and wood-fire-cooked pizza, served family-style to share around the table.
  • Stock your fridge wisely, or head over to make your selection from Verdura’s bars. For the best cocktails, go thirsty to Granita to try its signatures, which include the Sicilian Mojito, made using blood oranges grown on the estate.

Villa highlights

  • Olga Polizzi interiors
  • Sea views from every bedroom
  • Proximity to Verdura Beach

Sleeping arrangements

  • Each villa has either three or four bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, sea views and an ensuite bathroom with a shower.
  • The master bedrooms have a sunken bath tub.
  • The bedrooms on the first floor are joined by a terrace.
  • The four-bedroom villas have a self-contained master suite with its own entrance, perfect for nannies.
  • Extra beds and cots can be added on request.

Key kit

  • TV in the living room and every bedroom
  • Irene Forte bath products
  • Slippers
  • Safe in each bedroom
  • Free WiFi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Electronic gates with video intercom
  • Laundry room with washing machine, dryer, iron and Dyson

Grounds

  • Outdoor living space with gardens, a pergola with access to the kitchen, a sea-facing terrace and a 60sq m pool.
  • Barbecue.
  • Golf buggies are the resort’s designated mode of transport and your private parking area has charging bays.

Location

  • The villas are set within the Verdura Resort, in Sicily’s remote, rural west, an hour or so south of Palermo.
  • The island capital Palermo has the nearest main airport, an hour and 20 minutes away by car. Rocco Forte (and Smith) stablemate Villa Igiea is there, too, for a perfect culture-and-coast holiday combination.
  • A car will come in handy if you’re planning to explore the coastline’s classical temples, fishing villages and concealed coves – but if you intend to stay behind your electronic gate for the duration, no one’s judging.
  • Each villa has its own carpark.
  • Verdura Resort has a helipad.

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