What We Love
- A short walk from the Adriatic Sea, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and the ruins of Egnathia
- Stunning Vair Spa, with regionally inspired treatments
- Whiling away a day on the Ibiza-style daybeds beside the tiered swimming pools
- Celeb favorite: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel married here in 2012
What To Know
- All rooms have terraces or private gardens
- A naturally romantic destination, but expect lots of families
- You’ll need a car to explore the region; the resort also supplies bikes and offers transfers to two nearby beach clubs
- Tennis lessons and cooking classes are available for an extra fee
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Near the small fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano, on Puglia’s eastern coast, the Moorish-style Borgo Egnazia stands out against the ancient landscape, with a chameleonic appeal thanks to its stunning spa, adjacent 18-hole golf course, clubs for kids and teens, and the promise of romance and relaxation on the Ibiza-style daybeds and loungers around the pools. Puglia native Pino Brescia is responsible for the cream and tufa stone interiors, which feel equal parts Moorish palace, Roman spa and Fred Flintstone’s cave. The rooms in the main building, known as La Corte, are right for couples, with the signature chalky stone look, plus oatmeal accents in the pillows and throws. All the expected modern amenities are present (minibar, LCD TV, WiFi), along with private balconies overlooking the Adriatic or the San Domenico Golf Course. The big bathrooms have a knock-your-head-off shower and separate deep tub, plus all-Italian products by the hotel’s own brand. The made-in-Italy theme is important here, and it’s carried through in the destination spa, which is all flickering candles, thermal pools and endless massage combos, and the restaurant, Due Camini, which serves regional dishes on a wraparound terrace. The enormous tiered pools are democratically divided into a splashing kid zone and a cocktails before noon zone.
In the Area
Adjacent to Borgo Egnazia is the 18-hole San Domenico Golf Course, considered one of the finest in Italy. Hotel guests receive a discount, so book a lesson in advance and admire the views of the Adriatic from every hole. Puglia is known as the “California of Italy” thanks to its signature bold cuisine, and guests can master some traditional recipes in a half-day cooking class with the resort’s executive chef. Don’t leave Puglia without exploring some of its classic whitewashed villages and seeing its famous Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Idyllic Alberobello is the place to see clusters of Puglia’s famed trulli houses.
How to Get There
I recently brought my wife on a quick trip to Puglia, following a visit to Morocco. it was our first time in this region with previous trips to Venice, Florence, Lake Como, Verona, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. In all destinations we were lucky enough to have stayed in the top hotels and resorts.
Simply put, this trip made Puglia my favourite region of Italy and the Borgo Egnazia, the most beautiful of all hotels I have seen in Italy.
What we loved about the hotel:
- The staff. Authentic, lovely and hard working, all aiming to please. Our trip was "managed" by the lovely Paula, who checked in with us on a regular basis to ensure that our plans were going smoothly. She was present 24/7 but from behind the scenes. We loved her and her genuine approach.
- The grounds are immaculate and created to emulate an authentic Apulian village. I have NEVER seen a resort successfully feature their region so well, and so tastefully.
- The hotel design is thoughtful, timeless, elegant, sexy and understated. All limestone, earth tones, beige linens and white/light colors, accented with burning candles, to add romance and such a dreamy ambience.
- The food, restaurants and dining atmosphere in all of the dining locations are authentic and sumptuous. Each dining experience we had was world-class.
- The golf. We played one round at San Domenico Club, the links course owned by the hotel. Tough and challenging course, but we loved it.
- The Experience: Paula and the Indigenus Team (the hotel has an in-house operation which offers guided experiences and car rentals), created the most romantic and over-the-top experience for us, and THIS was the true highlight...they allowed us to experience Puglia, while using their hotel as a base. We got the most of it. We spent 3 days of driving around Puglia in our little 1973 Alfa Romeo Duetto convertible (which they rented for me, other options include Ferrari, Maserati, etc), exploring the region, dining in fabulous restaurants and visiting ancient villages along the coast and throughout the region.
They also arranged for a private tour on bike to a local olive oil production facility, on the most stunning grounds and surrounded by 2000 year old Olive trees. We loved that little excursion.
They also arranged for a fabulous guide to meet us in Alberobello, named Mimmo. I highly recommend this 90-minute walking tour to understand the story behind that village, worth hearing and he is delightful.
Places we visited include Ostuni, Lecce, Monopoli, Alberobello and Polignano a Mare (twice).
We literally spent our time driving and exploring, and found it impossible to remove the ear-to-ear smiles from our faces. The hotel truly helped us make the most of the region. This trip was as romantic as it gets and created a bonding experience that we will never forget - all delivered thoughtfully and with genuine care by the hotel staff.
Thank you to Paula and the team at Borgo Egnazia, we are truly grateful beyond words and we will recommend your hotel to our family and friends.
This is an amazing hotel and it is an experience to be there. The service, the food, the ammenities were above expectation. There is a maze of structures that wind around the property. The ambience inside and out, is a treat for all. They have people in golf carts driving people from pool to room and back again. They also have a shuttle to the beach.
From check in to check out, we were treated as though we were the most important patrons! The setting is indescribable:truly like a set in a movie. Attention to detail is everywhere. The staff was attentive but never overbearing, the food options were outstanding and rooms extremely comfortable. Expensive but worth it! I hope to return.
From the moment we arrived, until we left, we (4 adults) were amazed at the hotel and the entire staff. Beautiful, quiet and had a totally relaxing atmosphere.
Special mention to Rita for always keeping us informed and Donatello at one of the restaurants that always made us feel welcome, gave suggestions and service was second to none. We also went to the restaurant on the beach which was wonderful. The sommelier did a unique presentation. Breakfast was beautiful, plentiful and delicious. Our only complaint was the we didn’t get enough time to enjoy the resort because of sightseeing. A real gem. We will be back!
This resort has, as has been pointed out, very attentive staff and good quality infrastructure but it is pricey and, taking advantage of its relative isolation, sweats its assets by up-selling expensive staged meal events, tours, upgraded wi-fi etc.
One peculiarity is that there is no written information on the available facilities. This has to be obtained from a greeter who, in our case, was as poor. Thus, amongst many other omissions, we were not made aware that meals for the under 3s, if taken in their own (very good) children's restaurant, were included in our tariff whereas if the child ate with the family they were charged.
We were also unhappy with the amount of waste we saw. This, apart from large quantities of food, even involved the replacement of toilet rolls after only a few sheets had been used.
Perhaps this waste contributed to the resort's overpricing but, even accepting that establishments in this area of Italy may have specific additional overheads, we considered the Borgo Egnazia to be poor value for money.