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
We visited the end of November, not exactly peak season by any stretch but the weather was good enough to swim in the HEATED outdoor pool. The Christmas market was amazing from the food, drinks to the ambiance. The guest services arranged our every wish. The villa was wonderful. Would certainly return the place has a special vibe and is unique.
Borgo Egnazia has been conceived and is being managed to manufacture a perfect world! It has been purposely build, seeking perfection out of local life. The accommodations are welcoming, comfortable without excess, allowing privacy without detachment from the context. The Borgo, the village, inspires a genuine village life experience, with small alleys and little and large squares, giving the impression of being in a old town labyrinth. Amenities are perfect: there is no business center as this does not fit with the place, instead there is a bright and comfortable reading room, including a collection of books; a game room and a cigar room. Wifi is provided in almost all area. The staff is extremely polite; approaching and leaving the conversations with the guests with a genuine smile and thanks/please/grazie/prego, always demonstrating attention to the needs and details. Moreover, it can be perceived that the staff is proud of their work. I would like to command Mr Omar Ostuni, who has demonstrated particular attention to my dietary needs (a life threatening food allergy); however, I was not the only one receiving such attentive treatment by Mr Ostuni, two other guests of our group commented independently to me of the attention and curtesy of Mr Ostuni. I command Omar for his very attentive approach, while maintaining himself far from any possible perception of servility. The breakfast is also perfect, a banquet of delicacies, much more of one could wish for and has experience before: unique for the many genuine products of the land, all fresh and rich of taste. The only comment I have is on the food, the very good food, it had very little variation from one day to the other, and this is rather unusual knowing the immense variety that Italy, and in particular the Puglia region could offer – certainly there is a reason for this wanting.
So Borgo Egnazia offers a perfect stay. However, it is not my ideal place as it detaches from the pleasure and colors and unpredictability: what I most like of “real” life. I enjoyed my stay and the experience; however, I will not go back.
Finally, I’d like to express my high esteem to who conceived, designed and now manages BE, along to recognize the excellence and professionalism of its staff!
The Borgo Egnazia was a lovely hotel, close to the San Domenico Golf Course. Went with 3 golfing friends as part of a golf package deal.
Followed Google Maps in a massive thunderstorm from Bari airport late in the evening. Beware, it takes you to the back entrance which was for deliveries and was shut. Had it not been torrential rain at 11pm, we may have seen some signs!
Anyway, once we found the entrance, we were welcomed into a very arty entrance area, white walls, nooks and crannies, and decor comprising of sacks of nuts, bowls of seeds, stacks of bundled and tied newspapers, twigs/branches, parchments, old keys, ropes and apples floating in water. Apparently all these are replaced weekly!
I really liked it. As it was off season, it did seem a little quiet.
Room was fine, with equally effective decor.
Breakfast was fantastic, all fresh. Servers could not do enough for you.
Bar was fine, but a little expensive, but a 20 minute walk into Savelletri solved that small issue. Did not stop us sampling some of the grappa on our return.
Used the outside pool (for a little while as it was a bit cold), the indoor pool and the sauna and steam room. All complimentary and of good quality. We were welcome to use these facilities after check out as our flight was late on in the evening which was nice.
All in all, I really enjoyed our stay there. I see that booking this hotel outside of a deal is considerably more than we paid as part of our golfing / accommodation package.
Having shown my wife photos that I took around the hotel, I now have to take her there!
Thanks for the invitation to attend a wedding party in this beautiful resort. About 150 friends and families came down to Egnazia and each walked away with beautiful memories. From the beautiful resort facilities, biking along the coastal (bicycles provided), beautiful testaurant for a small dinner and funtastic 2 nights wedding party.
We were so excited to come to Borgo Egnazia but I don't think any other hotel has ever disappointed us more or was so far from expectations.
Overall, there is nothing warm, charming, welcoming or cosy about this place. Everything here is about the decor which is actually pretty bland and I think misses the point - yes maybe it was constructed for 10 years and with local materials etc., but do you feel comfortable and happy here? We certainly did not.
Our "Cassetta Magnifica" was dark and uncomfortable - hard beds and a sofa which seems to be a slab of stone covered with a blanket. Everything is beige/cream and the blankets, pillows, pouffes and headboards were quite dirty and are clearly not cleaned between guests which is totally unacceptable anyway but especially at these prices. There is a concrete "garden" with no where to sit and a kitchen with no cooking utensils or plates etc - form over function I am guessing but I would gladly have traded both for the space to use in the bedrooms which are actually quite small.
The service was poor throughout except in the La Frasca restaurant. The life guards were wonderful too. Otherwise, this is nowhere near a luxury five star service experience. The entire staff seem sad or disgruntled - their unhappiness is pervasive. With the long rope-belted robes the assistants wear and silence of the place, it has a monastic vibe - but not in the spiritual sense. For us, it seemed there was a feeling amongst the guests of "lets make the best of this" but this is not a happy holiday environment.
The food was OK but nothing like what you expect from Italy and we found the portions really small and the prices high. We did find fantastic food outside the resort at a fraction of the price. Room service however was surprisingly efficient and quite good. The breakfast buffet was pretty good (although the hot items were always cold) and the staff made a point of saying that if there was anything we wanted that we didn't see, they would get it for us- this was one area where we did experience a five star service and we felt very welcomed by the staff at La Frasca.
The kids' pool and small kids' club are both without light or windows and are actually quite depressing with little going on for kids, at least in October. Both of my kids cut their feet in the family pool and I know this happened to other people too - completely unacceptable again. On a positive note, my kids did love the go-carts which they offered free for 2 hours and thank goodness they were there because there really is not much to do here. The beaches were closed although nobody told us which was really disappointing after waiting for the shuttle to take us there with our beach bags packed for the day. Why have a shuttle going to the beach every 20 minutes when there is nothing there except some wet and dirty chaises - not a towel or employee in sight. We had one rainy day so decided to watch a movie - they had only 6 kids movies to choose from and zero new/recent releases. I didn't come here to watch a movie but given that there is nothing much to do, I thought there might be more choice - this would be an easy one.
We had several service mishaps throughout our stay and because of this our advisor offered us a free hour tour of Alberobello (trulli town) which was nice but frankly too little too late. You do get the feeling here that the staff does not want to hear about any issues and they feel it is your problem that you are not pleased. I never heard from a manager which I think was warranted considering the many things that went wrong during our stay here - no working A/C for one night, no hot water one day, we were dropped off at the wrong restaurant in Fasano for dinner and had to drive another 20 minutes to the correct restaurants with 2 hungry kids and were still charged 40 euros for the driver ...
As another reviewer says, you really do get tired of the beige and white - somehow it drains you and you find yourself wishing for color. More that that though, we wished for atmosphere which despite the great care taken on the decor and design, it is just so lacking in charm and life that it really did take away from the holiday we were hoping for.