I’m here at the fabulous Rocco Forte Verdura Resort in Sicily discussing the logistics of holding one of our upcoming Connections events here next year.

I had popped down to the huge Verdura fitness centre to meet Sports & Fitness Manager, Marcello Mulato. I was there because Marcello was creating a personalised training and nutritional programme for me — this is something we’re planning on offering to all of our delegates so I was keen to experience the whole process. I’d come prepared for exercise too.

Mid-way through the assessment, I was totally surprised to see Sir Rocco Forte himself walk in. It turns out he was due to meet with Marcello after me!

It was an absolute delight to chat with Sir Rocco about the resort for a few minutes. He told me a little about the resort’s background. He has a huge passion for golf and explained that he managed to negotiate with 70+ independent land owners to enable him to transform the Verdura area into the resort it is today (with THREE golf courses!)

What a surprise. It was great to say hello to the man himself.

Thank you to Marcello for looking after me in the gym. I’ve got my marching orders from him now. Although I’m going to have to be very disciplined in the resort restaurants for the rest of my stay.

Right then, it’s time for me to continue my event logistics discussions with the team here. I’ll be back with more soon.

Here’s the photo!  

Our next Connections Luxury takes place in Abu Dhabi on September 6-9, 2015. I can’t wait! Would you like to join us? Please drop me a note on micaela@weareconnections.com.