Summer in Sicily? Verdura, a luxurious resort by Rocco Forte, is welcoming families with kids in tow: the resort unveiled a brand new kids club called Verdùland. Offering a wide variety of activities for teens, tweens, and even babies, this top-notch club is an example of how luxury hotels aren’t leaving any stone unturned in pleasing guests. (Just as spas are de rigeur in five-star properties these days, so are carefully curated children’s programs.)
Here’s what’s in store at Verdùland: a science lab, an arts and crafts area, a kitchen for cooking classes, an outdoor heated pool, TV and video games room, and more. Measuring over 4,800 square feet, Verdùland is complimentary for “RKids” (children aged four-12 years old). Babies—from newborn to three years-old—have their own sleep room, outdoor playground, and dedicated indoor playroom. The focus for RKids isn’t just on entertainment, but also learning while having fun. For example, different “EduFun” workshops focus on history, astrology, mythology, gardening, and language, while the “Arts R Forte” program includes painting and pottery classes. Pint-sized guests can learn to make classic Italian dishes in cooking classes, or hone their athletic skills with outdoor sporting activities and the tennis, golf and soccer academies. (Note: The J/Academy, overseen by professional coaches from F.C. Juventus, is quite popular among young soccer players.)
Teens are catered to with programs individually tailored to their passions and interests: think yoga, healthy cooking classes, boot camp, and wellness. Note that the Verdura Spa has a selection of treatments especially created for children and teens.
Verdura Resort is one of the 11 hotels in the Rocco Forte collection, first established in 1996 by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi. We checked in shortly after Verdura Resort’s opening in 2009; read our first-hand review here. The next openings for Rocco Forte Hotels will be Rome and Shanghai in 2018.