The historic ruins of Sicily point to a civilised, sophisticated past. These traits of this Mediterranean island have been taken and worked into the splendour of the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, just set back from the seaside town of Sciacca. The volcanic Mount Etna overlooks this now-placid island, and ancient Greek ruins stand with grand stoicism at Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples and Siracusa. In Palermo, see the jewelled mosaics of the Monreale Cathedral sparkle in the sun before heading to one of the street markets to sample a few local delicacies as they were meant to be eaten. The main draw of Sicily, though, is as a retreat, and since Verdura Golf and Spa Resort has one of Europe’s largest spas on site, as well as its impressive golfing facilities, relaxation shouldn’t be a problem.