A pampering stay in Sicily’s south – Adler Spa Resort Sicilia

“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything. The purity of the contours, the softness of everything, the exchange of soft colours, the harmonious unity of the sky with the sea and the sea to the land… who saw them once, shall possess them for a lifetime.”
I couldn’t help think of this Goethe quote while I was soaking in the sunset views from the corner of Sicily where Adler have their latest resort, Adler Spa Resort Sicilia, perched on a nature reserve in Agrigento province. I’d never before been to this part of Sicily — the south coast near the town of Siculiana and not far from the ancient temples of Agrigento, all an easy, 1 hr 45 minute drive from Palermo airport. The wide open skies filled with birds, the sea quietly glistening down below and nothing else but views of the wild nature reserve around us — it felt like a very special treat to have this corner of Sicily all to ourselves.

In early November the weather was divine. We started the mornings at breakfast overlooking the sea — how could I go past the pistachio gelato with housemade brioche? The girls preferred cereal and freshly made eggs. They then ran to the kids club, where they spent every moment they could, making bracelets, going for walks on the beach, even going to movie nights there after dinner and spotting the local friendly fox that comes to visit! It was hard to pull them away but I did entice them with a chocolate scented kids massage. We spent every day in the warm and cool pools — even in November! The Thalasso pool in particular was a treat, especially after a relaxing massage and some time in the sauna.

One of the things that Adler does so well (you can see here some of our other visits to their Tuscan spa and two of their Dolomites spas, Ortisei and Ritten) is offering complimentary activities for guests to join in on throughout the week. Even though I could have happily soaked in the pool every day all day, my curiosity was too great and so I went on a tour to visit the charming local town of Siculiana and managed to fit in a session of sunset yoga on the beach — such an incredible, special location, with no one else around at all, and a wonderful class of long, deep stretches. If I had had some more time (or had brought the right shoes!) I would have tried one of the hikes in the area, which is full of beautiful views and history that can only be reached on foot.
We loved heading to the bar in the evenings for an aperitivo and a game of Monopoly or just listening to the live jazz music before dinner. This being Sicily, the food was delicious — very fresh seafood and local specialties like arancini and busiate pasta were particularly wonderful. Every night there was a completely different menu, which was refreshing but also — if you see something you like, don’t hesitate, live in the moment and order it while you can!

It was a deeply peaceful and serene few days of being totally spoiled. The views, the wonderful food, the water, the pampering, yoga on the beach, the absolute peace of this secluded location on Sicily’s south in a natural reserve (not to mention the kids busy at the kids club!) — an absolute dream.

Disclaimer: I was invited to stay at Adler Spa Resort Sicilia with my family with most expenses covered; this is a truthful account of my experience here.


  1. Indulgence at its finest! This review perfectly captures the essence of the pampering paradise that is Adler Spa Resort Sicilia. From the tranquil landscapes of Sicily’s south to the luxurious amenities, every detail seems tailor-made for a truly rejuvenating escape. The seamless blend of opulence and wellness, coupled with the attentive staff’s commitment to guest satisfaction, creates an unparalleled experience. Kudos to the author for painting a vivid picture of this haven – a true retreat for the senses. Already daydreaming about my next getaway to soak in the Sicilian sun and serenity at Adler Spa Resort!

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