Sicily’s history is a chequered one; an island riven by conflict, conquest and crime.
The largest of the Mediterranean islands, Sicily has been occupied by Romans, Arabs, Vikings and Normans, but is best known as the birthplace and heartland of Cosa Nostra or simply the “Mafia,” two names for organised crime families popularised by Hollywood trilogy ‘The Godfather,’ and feared in Italy and beyond.
It’s not a place that you’d associate with golf but recently that’s precisely why Sicily has been making headlines in some of the world’s most influential travel media.
Condé Nast Traveller magazine has named Sicily’s Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa the top golf resort in Italy 2012. The accolade comes only a week after it was included in the Rolex World Top 1,000 Golf Courses poll.
The luxurious venue beat off strong competition to win the award ahead of more established Italian golfing destinations such as the Emilia Romagna region.
Pablo Rey Rodriguez, general manager at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, said: “To be voted Italy’s number one golf resort is quite an honour and something that we are all very proud of.
It’s wonderful that all our hard effort is being recognised and this will only help us in our aim to continue to deliver a five-star service to all our guests.”
It’s the second honour Condé Nast Traveller has bestowed on the resort in the last two years.
The travel bible named the Donnafugata as its Best Overseas Day Spa in 2010.
Donnafugata is located 90 minutes’ drive from Catania, the capital of Sicily, and rose to prominence in 2011 when the PGA European Tour chose the resort as the venue for the Sicilian Open.
Donnafugata boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses – the Links Course and the Gary Player-designed Parkland Course.
The luxurious five-star resort lies near to the historic town of Ragusa, the cradle of Sicilian Baroque architecture, with its neighbouring towns listed among the pearls of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Modica, Scicli and Noto.
As well as two 18-hole championship golf courses, Donnafugata offers a spa and wellness centre, swimming-pools and three restaurants.
For further information, visit: www.donnafugatagolfresort.com