Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa5.0 out of 5.0
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We stayed at Donnafugata as the first part of a two destination trip with Verdura. The resort is undoubtedly very pretty, with a lovely central square with bars either side. The main restaurant had excellent food, pricey but as the £ has slumped against the Euro it is to be expected. The staff were very friendly. However, there were several issue with the resort. First, was our room with a bed like concrete to sleep on. Despite complaints over several days and many failed attempts to add toppers, the bed remained very uncomfortable and the lack of sleep affected our enjoyment of our stay. We were assured by the reception staff that all the beds in the property were identical, but other guests we spoke to found their beds fine. Considering the property was barely half full during our stay it was very odd that at no point were we offered a change of room. The next issue was the state of the golf courses. Both were in very poor condition, the Parkland especially had dreadful fairways full of weeds and ant hills. The Links course was slightly better, but throughout our stay we did not see any greens staff working on the course. Our conclusion that the resort is struggling financially is based on the lack of staff (both on the course and manning the bars), the lack of clientele on the property, and the final clincher was when one of the staff heard that we were moving on to Verdura he handed us a business card to pass on!!! Sadly, because it is a nice property, we will not be returning. Verdura has probably taken much of the golf business away from Donnafugata, and for good reason - it is a better resort. For golfers looking for luxury and good quality golf courses Donnafugata is way behind Verdura.
We stayed at the Donnafugata for 3 days and were sorry to leave. It is a lovely resort close not far from many worthwhile places to explore, dine and learn about the culture, the people and history of Sicily. After golf, we toured the nearby towns, went horseback riding in the olive groves above the ocean and met many wonderful natives of the island- we love the people of Sicily. In all of our travels, one person stood out to whom we are very grateful and I feel we would be remiss if we failed to mention her in this review. The guest services representative at the Donnafugata, Valentina, is truly amazing. We are fortunate to travel the world and stay in the nicest resorts and hotels. The staff from the best hotels and resorts cannot compete with the lovely, talented Valentina. Typically, we don't mention individuals, but when you visit Sicily do make a point of seeking her out to organize your visit from the resort. We approached Valentina for assistance planning our time and the travel. The drivers she arranged were top notch. The activities and restaurants (we prefer local spots) were perfect.
I have a story to tell about our stay at Donnafugata. My husband and I joined a couples golf trip to Sicily with a golf group that rates golf courses internationally. I mention this because we have stayed at many beautiful golf resorts all over the world most of which are rated in the top 100. I did not golf on this trip but enjoyed the full experience as a tourist enjoying the amenities, history of the area, and learning about the people of Sicily. The facility itself is very clean, rooms comfortable and there are many various places to sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings (pool, cafe, restaurant, patio on first floor rooms). Its a great place to relax, spa, walk, horseback ride, and plan visits the historic and shopping areas nearby if you are not a golfer or your companion golfs and you do not. We had an incredible experience with Valentina in Guest Services. Mind you, we have stayed at the Four Seasons and other luxury hotels but we have never crossed paths with anyone who compares to Valentina. She is articulate, genuine, intelligent and extremely resourceful. Let me explain. She arranged every excursion with flawless detail and her choices for horseback riding, drivers, restaurants, tours, locations to visit were all perfectly arranged, selected and often accomplished with little advanced notice- and always with an enthusiastic smile and manner. Honestly, she made the experience wonderful for the tourists and for the discerning golfers in our group. During our stay, we crossed paths with a young hungry stray dog who was very skinny, but friendly. I learned that stray dogs and cats are a significant problem in Sicily and this goofy dog was our exposure to this national concern. By no means are there stray dogs hanging out at the resort, but somehow this little guy was resourceful enough to know that he may get fed at the Donnafugata. The golfers in the group came off of the course with a tale of this little dogs playful demeanor and sweetness as he followed them (welcomed) on the round. I approached several staff members who reported that the dog had been seen for a week but no one identified an owner. I decided to approach Valentina about the dog since she demonstrated that she was a problem solver. Valentina knew the dog and wanted to help locate the owner or find a home. She spent several days (even her days off), helping coordinate vet visits, obtaining a passport for him, and researching ways to get him to San Fransisco where we live. To complicate things, we had two more stops to get home- Rome and Paris before flying home. Valentina contacted both hotels to request an exception to pet rules, purchased a crate required by airline (we paid her but she located and purchased) and purchased a ticket for the day after we left for Rome. She hired a driver (another review I need to compose!) and they both took the dog (now named Italo after a famous stray dog in Sicily) to get him on the plane for us to receive in Rome. Well, the airline (who agreed earlier to ship him) now wouldn't let him travel without a passenger attached to him. Valentina stood in the airport and asked people to speak for the dog (no effort on their part). After several hours, a lovely young Sicilian lady studying in Rome responded to Valentina's request. Italo now lives in the USA on a golf course with a family who loves and cares for him. Valentina contacted a Silician magazine and the story was published. Despite all of her hard work, she did not take credit. The purpose of the article was to bring attention to the crisis of homeless pets on the island. I write this story for multiple reasons. Valentina demonstrated poise, compassion, resourcefulness, persistence and an incredible gift for working through multiple layers of bureaucracies to make all of this happen. We are forever grateful and will return to visit the Donnafugata. There are few people in the world that will go above and beyond to help someone, especially someone in need. Every one in our group had a positive interaction and experience with Valentina, but this story illustrates her amazing heart, generosity and commitment to helping her guests. I think she should work at the Four Seasons to demonstrate how to run the guest services or another corporation. If you stay at the resort, please look for her and recognize her for being fabulous.
Let's put this in perspective - we were due to play some of the nicest courses in the The Algarve but because Monarch collapsed this was a last minute alternative. No matter where we went I think there would be a level of disappointment. So you have to break this up into Golf and then the Hotel. The Golf is just OK - the course is "OK". The greens are about the same as the municipal course down the road from where I live. It's a typical resort golf course. The "Links" course is very long, hilly and when we played VERY windy. Due to previous days of rain we had no buggies - for several of our group it was a killer and they were relieved to just finish. We played the Parklands course the next day which is flatter and we enjoyed it more - but again it's a very average course with very slow greens. One fairway (12th) was possibly the worst fairway i have every played resembling more a cattle paddock than a golf course, The Hotel is nice. We were a group of 8 men. It's a very quiet place more suited to families, couples and business trips. I wouldn't recommend it if you like a bit of atmosphere. The rooms are large and well appointed. The restaurant is fine - the food is excellent although the service is VERY slow. It took 2 1/2 hours to get through 3 courses. We had one meal in the a la Carte restaurant which was better but probably not worth the extra cost - €20/head. The whole place is very isolated so you need a car if you want to get out and about. That said the spa and pool area is nice if you just want to chill - although we were plagued by small flies making relaxed sunbathing impossible. So all in all i liked the place, it was clean, the staff were lovely and the food good. But along side the decidedly average golf, the slow service and the flies, it just isn't good enough to tempt me back....
Donnafugata is an excellent resort with all the modern luxuries including an outstandingly beautiful golf course. Well located, it is easily accessible by road to Ragusa, Modica, Siracusa, Noto and so many places in the South-eastern part of Sicily. Attentive & friendly service are the cornerstones of this resort in addition to the delicious food.
Poor service shortage of staff and food very bland and very expensive, 4 euro for small soft drink. Golf Course looks unloved and needs a influence of money to bring in back to a acceptable standard Hotel miles from nearest town so impossible to leave local taxi want a minimum of 40 Euro per trip
I stayed recently with a large group of professionals. The staff was just fantastic, and somehow they are all gorgeous young people. The meeting room was first class, and the three-course buffet dinner was superb. Make sure to spend enough time there to enjoy the pools, spa, workout rooms, etc. Play golf if you can. Their private course rates very well compared to upscale American and British Isles courses. Contact Francesco to assist with your group reservations. He is just super! SD
The 2 very different courses are well designed and my preferred ones in all of Sicily (I have played all of them). The structure of the Resort is very nice, but the hotel side is a bit old and dusty. Reception and golf service staff is very helpful and polite; less so the staff of the restaurants.
We(6 ladies) had an excellent week at the Donnafugata Hotel. The staff were all very friendly, pleasant & helpful especially Rafaela (reception), Paolo(head waiter),Giovanni (executive chef) and the general manager, Giulia Polegato. Ariana in the pro shop was very friendly and helpful as were all the pro shop staff & the caddy masters. The 2 golf course were fun to play & challenging. Most of the ladies had buggies but I was happy to walk with an electric trolley.
Only two things keep this from being a five star resort in my opinion: firstly, the room we were in was rather tired - the floor was heavily scratched, for example; and the state of the greens on both golf courses, which were far too slow. Otherwise the place ticked all the boxes. The staff were uniformly excellent and super-friendly, especially the people in the pro shop/caddy master. The resort is large, it was uncrowded and the golf facilties are first class. There is a choice of restaurants, a large pool and a well-equipped gym. The room was very quiet and overall Donnafugata provided one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had. The two courses are both long - about 6,500 metres off the yellow tees - and provide a good test of golf. The Links course is more open and more undulating, with some lovely holes around the lakes and panoramic views from the top of the course. The Parkland course has more trees and has some enjoyable holes after the first 5 or 6, which are rather flat. The public buildings are attractively laid out, with a special mention to two beautiful, massive fig trees at the front of reception, really two of the most magnificent trees you will see anywhere. The restaurants are a mixed bag. The Clubhouse/19th Hole is a barn of a place, lacking any atmosphere, but the food is good and there wasn't any alternative when we finished our rounds of golf. Breakfast is a buffet served in a large, high-ceilinged space. The signature restaurant Il Corruba was excellent, very high standard food and reasonably-priced wine, located in an attractive building the older part of the resort. It felt a bit like Valentine's Day, because the entire clientele comprised couples, reflecting the fact that it is a special-occasion place rather than an every-day eatery. The resort is some distance from a town or any shop or alternative eating places. We ate a couple of times Punte Secca, on the coast past Santa Crocce Camarina, where there are a couple of recommended restaurants and a good pizzeria. The place is about 20-25 minutes drive away (provided you find it first time).
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa places you within a 15-minute drive of Archeological Park of Kamarina and Castle of Donnafugata. This 202-room, 5-star hotel has a golf course, a full-service spa, and 5 restaurants. It's in a regional park and also within a 15-minute drive of Scoglitti Marina.
Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM. There are ample dining options with 5 onsite restaurants, including Il Carrubbo, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves dinner, and Il Ficodindia with its pool views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the 4 coffee shops/cafés.
All 202 soundproofed rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, minibars, and coffee makers. 32-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Other amenities include safes, phones, and desks.
Guests of Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa have access to a golf course, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. There's free parking and an area shuttle for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub.
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88% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1476 reviews