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Rocco Forte Hotels add private villas to their Sicilian portfolio and announces 10-day Marma Recovery Programme with Dr Mosaraf Ali

Rocco Forte Hotels add private villas to their Sicilian portfolio

Taking advantage of the long Sicilian summer, Verdura Resort by Rocco Forte Hotels will launch eight beautiful new villas this September. Set on the estate’s hillside that gently slopes towards the resort’s private beach, the new villas will guarantee privacy and security for those who seek independent accommodation, but with the exclusive services that have made Verdura famous throughout the Mediterranean.

The resort has also announced a unique and restorative wellness programme this summer created by Dr Mosaraf Ali, internationally renowned doctor and pioneer in integrated healthcare. The 10-day programme has been created with the aim of combatting the physical and psychological issues developed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Dr Ali’s 10-day programme will be available from 1-10 September 2020.

Ideal for multigenerational stays, the villas have been designed by Olga Polizzi – Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels – as individual private residences, each with their own style. The villas’ architecture is inspired by Sicily’s natural beauty and incorporates the characteristic features that the region is known for: traditional beams, flat roofs, external stairs and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow light to illuminate the interiors. They will be decorated in warm earth tones in harmony with the tuff stone that is typical of construction in the region and used as a main material in the villas.

Arranged over two levels and all with unparalleled views of the Sicilian coast and Mediterranean Sea, the new villas will feature three and four bedrooms. The ground floor of the villas will be home to a bright living area and fully equipped kitchen, with the bedrooms and balconies situated on the first floor, which has direct access to a private swimming pool. Surrounding each villa’s pool will be a garden, where plants and local shrubs blend into the landscape, with a decorative separation between spaces.

The villas’ décor will pay homage to emblems of Sicilian art, such as the gilding of the late Byzantine mosaics at the Palatine Chapel and the perfect geometries seen in the floor of the island’s Monreale Cathedral. Olga Polizzi has been able to incorporate these influences into recurring patterns for the colour palettes and fabrics used inside the villas, whilst maintaining uniqueness between the villas.

Guests of the new villas at Verdura Resort will be able to enjoy a series of services, including: private airport transfer, check-in at the villa, bicycles and golf buggies for exclusive use, and access to the golf courses and spa. Villa guests will also be able to speak with the dedicated concierge to unveil all the secrets of local life and select the best experiences on the island

10-day Marma Recovery Programme with Dr Mosaraf Ali

Verdura Resort, Sicily has also announced a unique and restorative wellness programme this summer created by Dr Mosaraf Ali, internationally renowned doctor and pioneer in integrated healthcare. The 10-day programme has been created with the aim of combatting the physical and psychological issues developed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Dr Ali’s 10-day programme will be available from 1-10 September 2020.

Following consultations with Dr Ali, a bespoke programme for each guest will be designed with treatments using Marma massage which is rated as one of the best physical therapies in the world. Both therapeutic and energising, the massage helps nerve, joint and back problems, as well as improving blood flow to the brain through a neck connection massage.

With significant experience in treating Post Viral Syndrome, he addresses issues such as chronic fatigue, low energy levels, weight gain, skin and hormonal issues. Therapeutic yoga and meditation designed to calm the body and still the mind will also play an important part of each guest’s experience.

A lot of care has been taken regarding the taste and benefits of the food chosen to accompany the programme. Menus are filled with Verdura’s home-grown produce and centred around the Mediterranean diet.

The 10 day-programme includes:

  • Consultations with Dr Ali
  • Full Board Personalised Nourishing Menus, including Dr Ali’s Mewa porridge breakfast, therapeutic teas and supplements
  • Daily 30-Minute Marma Massage
  • 5 Face or Body Treatments*
  • Daily 60-Minute Group Yoga
  • Evening Meditation Classes with Dr Ali

The Spa at Verdura offers a range of wellness programmes covering mindfulness, de-stressing, revitalisation and rejuvenation, amongst others.

The 10-day Marma Recovery Programme is priced at € 3,650 per person. Available on 1-10 September 2020. A double room at Verdura starts from € 560 per night.

The new villas at Verdura Resort are available from September and rates are upon request. For further information about the resort please visit roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/verdura-resort 

About Dr Mosaraf Ali

Following his MD, Mosaraf Ali worked in Hong Kong for three years before moving to London in 1991 where he opened Europe’s largest centre for Integrated Medicine with 22 doctors and therapists. Dr Ali’s research in Stroke Rehab in two leading Hospitals in the UK proceeded eight bestselling books on healthcare and regular columns in magazines of his field. His techniques have been taught to NHS doctors who now implement these methods in medical colleges.

Dr Ali’s experience in the wellness industry includes programmes at top spas in Italy, Oman and India. Following 25 years working in the Himalayas, he also developed a High Altitude Healthcare programme.

Dr Ali’s unique techniques are used in London and in New Delhi where he has a Children’s Wellness Centre, which is successfully treating Autism and Cerebral Palsy. He treats chronic ailments such as arthritis, backaches, neurological illnesses, digestive problems and skin problems. His clients include royalty, heads of state, celebrities, athletes and many well-known figures.

About Verdura Resort

Verdura Resort overlooks the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean from the southern coast of Sicily. Immersed in a 230-hectare park, with over 1.8 km of private coast, it has 203 elegant rooms and suites in which guests can enjoy a family atmosphere and maximum privacy. Championship golf courses, designed by Kyle Phillips, make 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 rich programme of fitness and meditation activities, as well as jogging paths that wind through the estate’s olive and citrus groves.

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 m2 with four thalassotherapy pools, two saunas, a hammam and a wide range of personalised treatments and programmes.

The resort also has a 4,000 m2 convention centre.

About Rocco Forte Hotels

Founded by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi in 1996, it is a collection of 15 luxury hotels and resorts with a unique character. All hotels are iconic addresses, both historic and modern, carved out of magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Run by a family that has been involved in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are characterized by a distinctive approach to service, which ensures guests experience the best of the destination and surrounding areas. Rocco Forte Hotels includes: Hotel de la Ville, Hotel de Russie, Rocco Forte House, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotels Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg.

Next openings: Villa Igiea in Palermo and The Westbund Hotel in Shanghai in 2021.

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