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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Very charming, delicate, sophisticated and yet simple hotel (in a way that you feel at home); perfect in every aspect: service, magical enviroment, rooms, cuisine, Incredible decor,...; One of the best ever, Worth every penny...Puglia´s scenario helps a lot too. Don´t miss the typical dinner in the piazza on sundays.
Stayed for four nights in early June to celebrate a significant birthday with my husband leaving the kids at home. Stunning resort. Fantastic decor, room with all the amenities you would expect a this price level. Beautiful pools including an adults only pool which as the parents of two kids we very much enjoyed. Range of dining options all excellent and friendly and helpful staff especially our host Deborah. Highly recommend.
This is our first trip to Borgo Egnazia which came highly recommended to us from friends. When you initially arrive at Borgo your breath is taken away by the pure beauty of the place. Everything from the staff, technology & architecture is so well thought out. No expense has been spared into the thought of this hotel & it’s guests. I’m looking forward to visiting again in the future as a week just didn’t feel long enough for all we wanted to do / experience. My only critic would be the lack of activities for children especially toddler age. There is a kids play area, children’s club & also a restaurant specifically for children which is great but I just feel there could have been a little more such as some entertainment arranged in the morning or afternoons or some sort for mixed ages. My only other critic is the children’s pool area is fantastic however I just wish the kids shallow area was covered with some shade for them to play in the water during the hotter hours & some play water features for them. I wasn’t the only parent who seemed to agree with this, however this is when the kids club was handy as you can go in there for a period of time with your child or leave them to play out of the sun.
This resort is extensive and, as expected in its price range, has a full suite of facilities.
These include several different restaurants (all good - differing styles, prices and locations), a nice bar, good gym, a spa(which I didn’t use so can’t comment on) and pleasant and helpful staff.
Various activities are organised and programmes provided in your room.
It is relatively new (c10 years since built) and has embraced many features. It’s built in a local style. There is is separate family focussed area with shallower pool and play activities etc. It also has a golf course and beach access.
Rooms were very well equipped (no coffee making ability, unless we just couldn’t find it) but the light and AC systems seemed overly complex for my brain.
Timing is important as this is a very family friendly resort and so is busy in the international school holiday weeks with guest from across Europe.
It is, as the result of at least one US celebrity wedding now a destination wedding venue. We were there a week and had to endure three. These groups left areas, such as the bar, under staffed and overwhelmed. Maybe we were just unfortunate with all three groups as the were perpetually loud, doing FaceTime calls and generally disrespectful of other guests. There really isn’t a need to have a shouted conversation from one end of the pool to the other - is there. Unfortunately hotel staff were reluctant to get involved.
Whilst that is a negative note to finish on we had a very enjoyable week overall, especially as it’s very easy to get into the local village which has s couple of authentic bars and restaurants.
On the positive side -
Gorgeous modern hotel built to look like an old italian town. Apples everywhere used as decoration and for you to enjoy. We stayed at a Casseta Bella, which was a spacious two-story house with a small kitchen, and patio with fruit trees. Excellent hair dryers. Everything is very special. Bicycles for you to use until 5pm without a fee.
On the negative side -
Phone in our bedroom didn't work despite having advised the front desk three times on three different days.
Sensational concierge service, but don't trust their restaurant recommendations too much.
Theatrical staff in costume: men in Khaki pants with brown blazers and pashminas around their necks. Women in long petroleum green dresses and wine colored velvet belts.
Despite the staff being friendly, I would advise that they don't automatically treat tourists in English. It's not nice. They should greet with a nice Buon Giorno and see what language the tourist answers in, as not all tourists are American, and many would like to practice their Italian. That goes especially for the staff at the restaurant.
All in all it is a special and elegant place full of beautiful detail in a gorgeous area and deserves my highest recommendation. If you would like something more authentic stay at the Masseria San Domenico, which belongs to the same group.