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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Award-winning spa

    Privacy and discretion

    Golf and tennis

  • Kids will love

    Fully staffed kids club

    Swimming pools

    Bicycles to borrow

  • Don’t expect

    Village to walk to

    A buzz off-season

    A small bill


Rocco Forte spent years nurturing Verdura Resort, which his interior-designer sister Olga Polizzi finessed to blend beautifully with the landscape using natural materials. Pardon us comparing one great stay to another, but a word to Aman Junkies looking for luxury kicks in Sicily: get thee to Italy for this spa-enhanced dose of discreet service and setting-complementing architecture. And parents: the kids club is a fabulous affair.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Verdura Resort with us:

Two drinks in the Granita bar

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Verdura Resort

Stay 4 nights and receive €250 resort credit

Half board - save 25% offer


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Verdura Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


203, 50 of which are suites.


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


Double rooms from £558.47 (€643), including 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.

More details

Rates include breakfast and use of the spa, beach facilities, golf range and the resort's bicycles. City tax (‎€3.50 a person, each night, for every guest over 12) is charged at check-out. A half-board supplement for under-12s is available for €43 a day.

A sofa bed or cot can be added to the room free of charge for children under 12; a sofa bed can be added for €40 per night for children aged between 13 and 18, and for €80 per night for adults aged 18 and over.


Verdura Spa is an award-winning luxury wellbeing centre with thalassotherapy pools, a state-of-the-art gym and bespoke medispa programmes available.

At the hotel

Spa and thalassotherapy pools, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, four restaurants, five bars, kids club, playground, helipad, gardens, two championship-level 18-hole golf courses and a nine-hole par 3 course, private beach, fitness studio, salon and 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/DVD player, Ortigia toiletries, slippers, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms have sea views and many can interconnect to accommodate families; the Grand Suite has a large living area and a separate bedroom. For those with children under the age of four, rooms will be childproofed in advance. Wooden shutters ensure all light is blocked so it feels like midnight at midday, if you’re hoping little ones might lie in.


The spa’s sleek slate-tiled 25-metre heated indoor pool may appear the preserve of adults, but between 8am and 2pm children under the age of 16 can splash about here if accompanied by an adult. 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 over-16 guests in the spa, there are also heated mineral-rich thalassotherapy pools overlooking the rolling green grass, olive groves and mountains.


Also a vision in sand-coloured stone and earthy hues, Verdura Spa is a standalone 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. Kids can indulge too, with special mini manicures, massages and facials.


Some of the fitness classes, including sunset and sunrise yoga, take place outdoors. Jogging, trekking and cycling trails meander through the resort’s olive, orange and lemon trees.


Book ahead

Book babysitting and spa treatments as in advance as possible.

Food and drink

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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 for guests over 13 years old: 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, Verura’s colourful take on a traditional local trattoria, a golf-buggy-ride away at the in-resort ersatz village Torre Verdura.

Family fare

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 Granita bar.

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 tones drifting over from the piazzetta, 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. Liolà is only open from April–October.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    It’s the usual seaside shtick here: you may like to sit by the window for a lovely view – whether you’re a couple or you have the whole tribe in tow.

  • 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 linened tablecloth on your terrace making it feel like a true extension of the restaurant.


    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.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Verdura Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.


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.

Kids Club

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 to12 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.


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.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bottles • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Changing mat • Baby bath • Pushchair • Infant car seat • Playpen • Soft toys • Jumparoo • Sand pit • Crayons • Board books •

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Changing mat • Buggy • Stair gates • Socket covers • Playpen • Sun tents • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Sandpit • Bicycles with training wheels • Bike helmets • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Car booster seats • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Lego • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles • Nintendo Wii • Surfboards • Wetsuits • 12-rated movies • snooker


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Things to do

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 away.

Hotel activities

Watersports, including scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, kneeboarding 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 too is your oyster. Say the word and a bike can be delivered to your room with a suitable kids’ seat if you need one. The concierge can also arrange most activities from boat and helicopter excursions to horse riding. The Sunball Tennis Academy has a range of classes for adults and kids (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. 

Sunny days

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 indeed has its own beach, which is a mix of pebbly and sandy. If it’s a tad too shingly for you, it’s only a 20-minute drive to powder-soft perfection just along the coast.

Rainy days

The kids club is a cosy spot for film screenings and there are Nintendo Wii consoles to be taken full advantage of. The hotel can arrange pizza-making classes at Liolà. The spa is open to all over the age of 16. If it's not sunny poolside-frolicking weather, it could be the ideal time to have a drive to the Valley of the Temples.

And there's more…

The fitness studio has daily classes, including Pilates and yoga for €25 a person.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

From mid-July the temples at Agrigento are beautifully lit up from 7.30pm–11pm (until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays) making this a soul-uplifting spot to go for an evening's drive with your camera in summer.

Staying put is easy to do at this luxury hotel but also Verdura Resort is a fantastic base for those who want to see some of Sicily’s star attractions, including Valley of the Temples. South along the coast is Agrigento, an ancient town founded in 582BC by Greek settlers, and now a Unesco World Heritage site with the remains of eight Greek temples. Hour-long private tours with an English speaking licensed guide available at €10 a person.

Palazzo Filangeri-Cutò is a 17th-century palace in Santa Margherita di Belice built by the Spanish-origin nobles Corberas, it is where Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa based his novel The Leopard. The 1958 historical novel that portrays the changes in Sicilian aristocracy in the 19th century might be a little above your children’s heads, but this was where Lampedusa spent many of his childhood summers, so who knows, it may still go on to inspire them.

If you fancy a family-friendly Sicilian osteria with delicious local dishes, Hostaria del Vicolo at 10 Vicolo Sammaritano, Sciacca (+39 0925 23071) is just the ticket. Cosy and relaxed, this is the place to go for exceptionally fresh local food and a taste of the slow food movement, just 15 minutes away from the hotel off a typical Italian alley. A really reasonable wine list and warm and knowledgeable waiters who are happy to get any of the dishes adapted to please a younger or finicky palate make it perfect for all occasions. La Scogliera on Via Consolare Valeria (+39 0942 751390) is bang on a nice sandy beach in Sant' Alessio Siculo. A casual family-run cutie is a winner for fish delicacies and a perfect pitstop after a morning or afternoon spent at the beach. 
Porto San Paolo at 7 Via San Paolo has a great harbourside location in Sciacca (+39 0925 27982), and the terrace at this bustling trattoria enjoys an incredible view over the city and the sea. Staff don’t speak much other than Italian but the classic Mediterranean cuisine suits most palates.


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Verdura Resort
SS 115 km 131, Sciacca (AG), Sicily, 92019
Hotel setting

Southern Sicily shoreline


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.


The hotel can arrange a helicopter transfer service.

Parent travel tip

Definitely stick to the main roads if you’re doing the driving –preferably in daylight with a map in your hand. Get lost in this countryside in the darkness and SatNav might lead you down some garden paths you don’t want to be stuck at the end of.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Verdura Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.

Smith & Family

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’.

Anonymously reviewed by Juliet Kinsman, Smith Hotels

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Verdura Resort in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Grabbing a bike and cycling around the resort, to the tennis courts, golf lessons and restaurants. While the children were in tennis lessons I took the opportunity to relax in the Spa or workout in the gym. Finally there was the pool, many a lazy afternoon spent there - a fantastic break for all of us. Just trying to work out how quickly we can go back! loved visiting Agrigento and seeing the Valle dei Templi, truly breathtaking site. I was travelling with 2 girls aged 8 and 12

Don’t expect

to be disappointed!

Rating: 10/10 stars