The understated but impressive Borgo Egnazia is a beautifully calm white-washed haven punctuated by candlelight and linen. Almost equidistant between Bari and Brindisi, the hotel is found in Puglia, deep in the heel of Italy. This southern spot is still somewhat untrodden compared to other southern hotspots like Naples and Sorrento, so it’s a must-visit for any savvy traveller. You’ll find the resort is just an hour away from Bari airport and 45 minutes from Brindisi airport, where flights from the UK arrive regularly.
With its hidden staircases, cobbled lanes and cottages dotted around the main piazza, arriving here feels like stepping back in time to a Roman village. Borgo Egnazia is castle-like – a fairytale resort – with a range of luxurious rooms to be found in the main hotel, La Corte. Meanwhile, the Borgo is the heart of the resort and offers traditional rustic-style houses, guest rooms and suites set within a quiet location and decorated with beautifully, stylish accents.
There are six exquisite restaurants to choose from at Borgo Egnazia, each providing a unique experience and atmosphere, so you really are spoilt for choice. Apulian food is recognised for its diversity all over the world; each restaurant aims for the highest culinary quality and embodies the many faces of the regional traditions. From home-cooked ragu to fresh mussels and dishes such as aubergine parmigiana and orecchiette, there’s plenty of locally-sourced, delicious produce to satiate the tastebuds.
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The elegant rooms feature complimentary wifi, terraces or gardens, and flat screens concealed by sliding walls. The two-storey townhouses offer kitchenettes, and upscale three-bedroom villas have full kitchens and private gardens with outdoor pools. The resort boasts six restaurants, ranging in style and ambience, as well as a lush cocktail bar. Spend your evenings curled up in the library or relaxing in the games room. There’s also free parking, laundry and room service, a spa and a children’s club.
For those who like to stay active on vacation, sessions can be booked on the tennis courts or golf course. The Vair Spa, which has won several awards, is without a doubt one of the biggest pulls of this hotel, and has recently been voted one of the top eight spas in the world. History buffs will love the nearby Swabian Castle at Andria, which is around 900 years old.
Although the Borgo Egnazia is possibly the most romantic spot for couples in southern Italy, it’s just as perfect for families. The children’s club is run by the most attentive and lovely of staff, who organise cooking classes (focaccia, pasta grissini), puppet shows and trips to see the horses and donkeys at the farm, as well as arts and crafts. There’s also a family pool, which is heated during the cooler months.
Wifi is available throughout the resort.
Wellness programmes (physical detox, fitness, healing), spa, restaurants.
For seven nights at Borgo Egnazia you can expect to pay around £1500-£1800 per person, including flights and transfers.