We’re one month into a brand new year and with all of the cultural hurricanes taking place across the world, we’re more than entitled to a little rest and relaxation. One of the biggest travel myths is that the best spa and wellness facilities can only be found in the Indian Ocean and Asia. Whilst these elusive regions are renowned for their superior spa facilities, one of the most exceptional and comprehensive wellness experiences can be found closer to home.
Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel, in Sicily is the perfect short-haul solution for all your wellbeing needs. The flight time is appealing, but there is no shortage of options when it comes to getting the very best from your relaxing and restoring Italian getaway.
A member of the prestigious Rocco Forte Hotels group, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel, has won many travel awards for its impressive facilities and children’s programmes. Inspired by the Rocco Forte family’s love of sport and healthy living, this substantial resort is set over five-hundred acres, comprising two championship golf courses and is the official host of the 2017 Rocco Forte Open on this year’s European Tour.
When it comes to wellness, Verdura Resort is in a class of its own. Rocco Forte Health offers a balanced and integrated approach to health, using state-of-the-art techniques, with programmes individualised for every guest. The five health-focused programmes covered are Fit, Slim, Detox, Anti-age and Relax. Each programme integrates all of Sebastian Kneipp’s five pillars. Nutrition and exercise are key components of any well-balanced lifestyle and, therefore, are the central aspects of their approach to healthy living. Treatments and therapies incorporate different water applications, whilst locally grown plants and herbs are used in products, treatments and Nourish menus.
"Nature has provided us generously with everything we need to remain in good health."
A 19th century priest, Kneipp was a pioneering naturopath who cured himself of tuberculosis by swimming in the cold water of the Danube River. After witnessing first-hand the healing powers of water, he began to study the health-promoting elements of nature as a whole. His philosophy incorporated a strong belief in regular exercise and a diet rich in foods that remain in their natural state rather than being stripped of nutrients during harsh cooking methods. Kneipp was also one of the first to understand that mental health is as vital as physical wellbeing.
Inspired by Kneipp’s holistic, but effective approach to wellness, Verdura Spa integrated his five pillars into every aspect of their spa, exercise and nutrition programmes. Whilst each pillar improves wellbeing, it’s through the interplay of all five at Verdura Spa that self-healing begins. This is enhanced further by local Sicilian traditions, products and scents, and the experienced team of health professionals and therapists on hand throughout your wellness journey. It is truly refreshing to know that the entire resort is dedicated to helping you achieve your personal wellness goals, with intelligent advice that you can realistically incorporate and enjoy in your daily life.
Verdura Resort excels in its unmatched ability to provide comprehensive and detailed tailor-made plans for each guest. Their impressive ‘Personal Diagnosis’ service ensures each guest receives a bespoke plan and the due care and attention to guarantee results and satisfaction at the end of your stay. Additionally, the range of options available at Verdura far outweighs any typical spa resort. For example, golf lovers can incorporate a round on any one of the three Kyle Phillips-designed courses into their wellness plan, whilst those seeking to unwind from the stress of daily life can enjoy guided meditation and yoga amid sun-kissed olive groves, oranges and lemon trees, with views of the mountains and endless space. Verdura encourages guests to give themselves the most invaluable gift of all; that of health, and there is truly no better setting in which to indulge.
Eating well is often the most challenging aspect of any wellness plan, but the masterful minds at Verdura Resort have negated any concerns by preparing fresh, wholesome food that combines Kneipp’s core wellness philosophy with the famed Italian flavours that put the country’s cuisine on the map. The resort’s in-house celebrity chef, Fulvio Pierangelini, has created healthy menus inspired by the produce grown on the resort. The menus are rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, olive oil and wholegrains and are flavoured with herbs grown in the garden – ‘garden-to-plate-dining’ at its most delicious and nutritious.
With stylish accommodation and a state of the art spa incorporated into each wellness plan, Verdura Resort is the most effective and elegant setting in which to rediscover the gift of health. If you’re tired of fad diets and detoxes that leave you in the doldrums, Verdura is a fresh and inspiring destination, close to home, that can truly deliver on the promise to see you return home replenished and healthier.
To discuss your personal wellness package, or any of Verdura Resort’s exceptional sport and spa facilities, please call one of our expert Europe Travel Consultants on 01244 897 771.