Surrounded by unspoilt nature at the gates of Sciacca, on the southern coast of Sicily, Verdura Resort a Rocco Forte Hotel, is a romantic location a perfect place for couples to marry. With this in mind, we ask the wedding planner at Verdura Resort, on what couples can expect when they marry or honeymoon at this incredibly beautiful resort.
5 Star Weddings: What makes Verdura Resort a perfect venue to get married?
Verdura Resort: Thanks to its position on the southern coast of Sicily, Verdura Resort is absolutely an outstanding location for a memorable day. Set against the backdrop of the crystalline blue Mediterranean Sea, the landscape of the 230 acres park is filled with almond trees and perfumed citrus groves, creating the ideal setting for the special day.
5 Star Weddings: What options are available for a wedding ceremony at your venue ?
Verdura Resort: Whether looking to have a ceremony on the private beach of the Resort, within the enchanting amphitheatre surrounded by olive trees, on the private beach, on the sea-view terrace of the Liolà restaurant or on our striking green golf courses, Verdura Resort can create the dream ceremony on each location.
5 Star Weddings: Can couples marry at a local church and then have the reception at your venue?
Verdura Resort: For a more traditional or religious celebration, our professional team at Verdura Resort will select the most romantic spots in the nearby town of Sciacca. Brides and grooms can select one of many picturesque churches located in the historic medieval centre, the Palace of the Jesuits dating back to 1613 or perhaps the Basilica of San Calogero on top of Mount Kronio, with breathtaking views.
5 Star Weddings: Do you offer accommodation for guests of the wedding party?
Verdura Resort: Designed in harmony with the surrounding landscape, the elegant interior spaces of the Resort are perfect for both intimate or larger receptions. The spaces include the Ballroom, with stunning views over the Sicilian hills that accommodates up to 240 people, the Liolà restaurant, with colours and textures of the Sicilian territory and a terrace overlooking the cliffs, has space for up to 90 people and restaurant Buon Giorno, accommodating 120 people, overlooks the infinity pool and out to the brilliantly blue sea.
5 Star Weddings: Do you have outdoor spaces to host the venue?
Verdura Resort: In the spring and summer time, as well as in warm autumn evenings, the outdoor spaces of the Resort can be transformed to host welcome drinks or the full wedding breakfast, looking out to the sunset over the sea or by soft candle light under the olive trees and star filled sky.
5 Star Weddings: What makes it so authentic to celebrate a wedding ceremony at Verdura?
Verdura Resort: Once the location for the ceremony is set, a team of professionals will take care of every single detail to reflect the different needs and style of each bride and groom. Our master chefs will create a customized menu with recipes from the Italian as well as Sicilian tradition, enhanced by fresh local ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, citrus fruits, freshly caught fish and organic vegetables from the Resort’s garden. The best local and international wines, selected by the sommelier, will complete the experience.
5 Star Weddings: What does the service include?
Veruda Resort: Our service includes all the finishing touches for the special day: bridal pampering, with make-up and treatments for your hair, hands and nails. You may want some specific beauty treatments to brighten and prepare your complexion for make up. For good and effective results, it is wise to start in advance with a regime of face cleansing, exfoliation and nourishing masks so that you look and feel in tip-top condition. Our expert therapists are at your disposal to create a personalised wedding programme for the days leading up to the event, with relaxing massages, beauty treatments and facials; flowers, we will be pleased to recommend some of the best local flower designers, as well as photographers for your photo shoot and video.; Party notes, we can organise the music for your ceremony and reception, from classical performers to an entertaining Sicilian folk group, according to every wish. A dance floor can also be set up in the double-height Ballroom, on the private beach or even under olive trees for after-dinner dancing.
5 Star Weddings: Can you assist with other wedding suppliers for the wedding ?
Verdura Resort: Our Events team can suggest a wide range of solutions: fireworks specifically orchestrated for you on our spectacular bay and also set the extravaganza to music (upon request); stunning balloons, to create a special atmosphere; magicians, to enthral and charm your guests with his mysterious tricks; a traditional Sicilian feast, for a very special themed party filled with the colours, tastes, music and scents of this extraordinary island. From the painted carts to puppet shows and from folk music to Sicilian fare, this is an incredible feast!
5 Star Weddings: After the wedding what can the couples expect at your resort?
Verdura Resort: After the celebration, Verdura Resort will continue to pamper the newlyweds with a complimentary stay for their wedding night in one of the stunning suites overlooking the sea. They will also be treated to a relaxation experience at the Verdura Spa, a wellness temple of 4000 square meters where body and spirit can regenerate.
5 Star Weddings: After the wedding is it possible to stay longer and enjoy the island?
Verdura Resort: Exactly, Verdura is located on the south-west coast of Sicily, a perfect position for exploring the island. Sky diving or a wine tour, admire renaissance palaces or enjoy a journey by a private flight above rocky mountain ranges, olive groves and sandy beaches. Sicily presents a fascinating mix of activities. We’re here to help our guests access them with ease. Explore ancient sights and churches in nearby Sciacca, or the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The capital, Palermo, is just over an hour’s drive, and the Aeolian, Egadi and Pelagian islands can be reached by helicopter.