Splendid Sicilian Escape


This April will see the launch of Rocco Forte Private Villas, consisting of the first 20 private villas overlooking the sparkling bay of Verdura Resort, Sicily.

The Sicilian Southern coast resort is part of Rocco Forte Hotels and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterain. Immersed in a 230-hectare park, it has 203 elegant rooms and suites as well as 20 new Rocco Forte Private Villas, nestled on the hillside that gently slopes towards the resort’s private coast, which is over 1.8 kilometers long. The resort's restaurants and bars celebrate Mediterranean cuisine using seasonal ingredients typical of the island, accompanied by an extensive wine list. The Verdura Spa is an exclusive refuge with a holistic approach to health and well-being: 4,000 square meters with four thalassotherapy pools, two saunas, a hammam and a wide range of personalised treatments and programmes. The resort also has a 4,000 square meter convention centre.

On site there are championship golf courses, designed by Kyle Phillips and leading figures of the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open in 2017 and 2018, The European Tour stage, making Verdura the golf destination par excellence in the Mediterranean. The sporting offer is further enriched with six tennis courts, a 60-metre infinity pool, a football pitch, an equipped gym offering a full programme of fitness and meditation activities, as well as jogging paths that wind through the estate's olive and citrus groves.

The new villas will guarantee ultimate privacy and security for those who seek exclusive accommodation combined with the unique services that have made Verdura Resort famous throughout the Mediterranean. The Rocco Forte Private Villas are set on the resort’s expansive grounds, perched on a hillside from which guests can take in the entire 230 hectare estate, the championship golf and stunning bay of Verdura. Ideal for multi-generational stays and ranging from 200 square meters to 300 square meters, the Rocco Forte Private Villas are divided into two categories, with 3 or 4 bedrooms respectively, large private pools set in landscaped gardens and individually tailored services depending on guests’ wishes.

Each of the Rocco Forte Private Villas have been individually designed and styled by Olga Polizzi, Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels. The villas’ architecture is inspired by Sicily’s natural beauty and incorporates the characteristic features of a traditional Sicilian ‘baglio’ building: wooden beams, flat roofs and external stairs. Warm earth tone colours are weaved throughout and beautifully combined with the traditional natural tuff stone that is used as the main material in the villas architecture.

Arranged over two levels, each villa offers a bright living area and fully equipped kitchen. All bedrooms lead onto a balcony and have direct access to the private swimming pool in each villa’s panoramic garden. The villas’ décor pays homage to emblems of Sicilian art, such as the gilding of the late Byzantine mosaics at the Palatine Chapel of Palermo and the perfect geometries seen in the floor of the island’s Monreale Cathedral. The sweeping views over the championship golf courses and the glittering sea are breath-taking.

The resort’s private beach, bars and restaurants, award winning spa, championship golf courses and tennis courts and Kids’ Club are just minutes away from the villas, accessible by golf buggy, electric bikes or on foot through the verdant landscape of Verdura Resort.

Sir Rocco Forte, commenting on the launch of the Villas: “This is our first venture into villa accommodation and we have carefully studied the market to ensure we deliver the highest standards of design and service. The same meticulous attention to detail which we provide in all our hotels will be enhanced by an added level of tailored opportunities. The villas will offer further choice to our Verdura guests, enabling them to enjoy an even greater level of privacy whilst still having full access to all the amenities of the resort”.

Guests may plan ahead of their stay and choose an enhanced level of servicing including weekly fresh produce supplies from Verdura’s own gardens, or the assistance of a daily housekeeper for individual cleaning and laundry and the preparation of a leisurely poolside breakfast each morning. A personalised concierge service may also be available for the organisation of private in villa dinners, unique experiences and extraordinary sightseeing trips around beautiful Sicily.

A series of services such as in-villa check-in, exclusive use of golf buggies and electric bikes, two rounds of golf per villa and daily servicing are included in each stay.

Visit: https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/rocco-forte-private-villas/

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