Just west of the Sicilian town of Sciacca, Verdura Resort is arguably the best spa on the island. Blending seamlessly into the dramatic landscape with the use of natural materials, the hotel stretches across private coastline, and is a modernist’s haven. Outside the hotel is a boxy, contemporary Mediterranean affair, while the interiors are warm, fresh and inviting; think large slabs of sandstone, terracotta and neutral shades, and sinkable sofas that create an effortless, stylishly Italian aesthetic. The Presidential Suite with three outdoor terraces, private pool, and Jacuzzi is the most impressive.
There are two championship-level golf courses at the resort, designed by Kyle Phillips – if you’re that way inclined – but the main attraction here is the spa. There’s an indoor pool, outdoor pool plus four mineral-rich thalassotherapy pools, while the spa itself is a stylish, earthy sanctuary right at the heart of the resort. With a holistic approach to wellbeing, the spa specialises in detox, slimming and anti-ageing programmes, as well as offering one-off treatments and a complimentary course of Shiatsu.
The resort is secluded – adding to that air of peace – but that doesn’t really matter when it comes to eating choices; as well as the spa there are four restaurants and five bars all serving a variety of options, from the upscale Zagara, to the relaxed beachfront Amare, and traditional trattoria-style Liolà with cliff top views.
Verdura is the kind of place you’ll never want to leave. Sleek, sophisticated and just the right balance between traditional and contemporary Sicily, this hotel offers up the ultimate in relaxation and style. The views across the Med are unbeatable, the rooms luxurious and elegant yet welcoming, and the spa and service second to none.
For more information about Verdura Resort, Sicily go to its website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images courtesy of Verdura Resort