Borgo Egnazia Puglia
There is a lot to love about Borgo Egnazia: the way it looks – styled from the outside like a grand mediaeval castle – its location, just steps away from Puglia’s breathtaking coastline, and the endless activities on offer here. Before even exploring the historic wonders of this stunning, and little explored region of southern Italy, the onsite attractions and slick concierge team will effortlessly fill several days in a row. So, drop little ones at the fantastic kids’ club and teens with their own more grown-up version, or enjoy all that Borgo Egnazia offers as a family. Whether hitting the tennis court for a match and some private coaching, attending the fun cookery school, maybe sailing, wake boarding or water-skiing, taking out a sea kayak, motorboat or bicycle; the list goes on. This is not even to mention the three gorgeous outdoor swimming pools and surrounding sun terraces.
If you do desire a little adults-only time while away however, the championship San Domenico Golf Club is nearby, and Borgo Egnazia’s Vair Spa is also divine. Here, an evocative indoor pool surrounded by columns and soft lighting would not look out of place in ancient Rome, and an enviable array of holistic treatments, massages and therapies take their inspiration from all over the world, meaning you return home fully rejuvenated. There are yoga classes every day, a jogging club, fit-walking in the countryside and even private lessons on how to stretch properly. It all adds up to an attention to detail and style of service that’s among the best in Europe.
The story continues in each of the five fine dining restaurants, and fine dining in Italy is almost unlike any other gastronomic experience. At the Borgo Egnazia, it’s the space itself as much as the exquisite food that makes every meal so special, with alfresco terraces surrounded by olive groves, a beach club and cosy cavern illuminated only by candlelight among them. Inside each, there lies an extraordinary culinary adventure of the best Italian classics, fresh seafood, world-class wine and everything in between.
Borgo Egnazia may appear to be ancient as you wander the grounds, with grand archways, stone steps and ornate balconies, but don’t be fooled, as the guestrooms are decidedly modern and beautifully adorned. Everything is dressed in white, from the stone walls to the drapes and bedspreads, while a clever use of atmospheric lighting really works to create an inviting room that truly feels like a sanctuary from the outside world. As appealing as the opulent entry-level suites are, if you seek a little more space and comfort, book a multi-storey Borgo Egnazia villa and be treated to a fully equipped kitchen, private swimming pool and gardens, lounge, multiple bedrooms and televisions, a fireplace and your own stash of bicycles for the family to discover the many delights of Puglia. This is nothing short of one of the great Italian retreats.
Borgo Egnazia Puglia Facilities
183 rooms spread across the property ranging between 3 bedroom villas, townhouses and traditional hotel rooms, many offering views of the Adriatic Sea.
Puglia, 50 minutes transfer from Bari Airport.