Cala Ponte Resort
What We Love
- A relaxing resort on Italy's southeastern coast, with spa and dining discounts, plus breakfastLounging by the huge swimming pool and taking in some glorious Mediterranean sunshine
- Getting pampered with a massage or beauty treatment at the sumptuous spa
- Exploring the nearby towns and tasting authentic regional delicacies
What To Know
- The resort is in walking distance of Polignano and San Vito but you'll likely want to taxi in as the resort is set back on a busy road
- Rooms have private terraces
- Free WiFi
- Just opened in 2015
Surrounded by the romantic, rustic landscapes of Puglia, Cala Ponte Resort invites you to experience one of Italy’s most stunning regions. The resort is located on the outskirts of Polignano a Mare, an ancient seaside town perched atop 60-ft. limestone cliffs that tower over the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Walking distance from the coast, this luxurious property puts you in prime position to enjoy the culinary delights, breathtaking vistas and crystal-blue waters of Puglia.
The resort’s distinctive white walls and beautiful stone work blend nicely with the region’s traditional dry-stone trulli buildings, creating a lovely, tranquil atmosphere. Fresh, modern décor in the common areas keeps things stylish, with quirky light fixtures and bold patterns, while the relaxing guest rooms feature an elegant, understated aesthetic. The hotel’s spa offers an extensive range of treatments and experiences, and the gorgeous pool is lined with loungers for all-day relaxation.
Deluxe rooms are warm and inviting spaces, finished in natural tones and accented with azure blue. The rooms surround the hotel’s pool and offer views of the lovely gardens.
The hotel’s restaurant provides a buffet lunch and a delicious set menu for dinner. Additionally, the towns of San Vito and Polignano a Mare are a walk or short taxi drive away, and both offer a variety of charming restaurants and cafés for you to explore the local culinary scene.
The hotel’s serene spa has everything needed to ease you into vacation mode. The facilities here include a variety of therapeutic showers, a sauna, a Turkish bath, a Jacuzzi pool, an ice waterfall and a relaxation area with a saline wall. Meanwhile, the spa menu offers a wide array of treatments and therapies, such as chromotherapy, reflexology, acupressure and more (try the facial followed by a candlelit massage for a real treat).
Perched on the eastern coast of Italy’s heel, Cala Ponte Resort is just a 10-minute walk from Cala Ponte Marina, in Polignano a Mare. The blissfully rural Puglia landscape, filled with olive trees and dry-stone cone-roofed trulli buildings, is paired perfectly with the sparkling blue sea. The nearest major city is Bari, a 30-minute drive away. Here, the main sights include the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, Bari Cathedral and the Castello Normanno-Svevo. The regional cuisine is also well worth exploring – with a glass of good local red in hand, of course.
How to Get There
I stayed at this hotel with my family a few weeks ago. the place is very quiet and well organized. beautiful pool, great breakfast and plenty of choice. My children had a lot of fun. At the reception there was a young guy with glasses who helped us with the language and advised us on places to visit. overall I would recommend staying in this hotel
Two of the group stayed in the hotel and two in the apartments/chalets that are grouped around the pool.
There are numerous positives about the resort:
Excellent pool and loads of sun beds;
Superb breakfast with lots of choice and always seats free (can also sit outside);
Apartments are huge with walk-in showers and cleaned to a very high standard (hotel rooms smaller but I guess cheaper);
Wi-Fi excellent throughout;
Staff helpful and polite;
Slight disappointment was the meal options at lunchtime. We didn’t eat there at night but again looked a little restricted. Perhaps need to up their game on these fronts;
A shuttle bus would be great but the tuk tuk into town was generally very good although be careful of Italian and German queue jumpers!
The resort is about 30 mins walk into town and bit too far in summer sun but OK at night.
Worth a shorter walk into San Vito which has a few decent restaurants;
Car would be useful if you want to visit some of the smaller towns but ask a reception if you want advice about day trips.
Overall a lovely holiday and a hotel that we would love to return to.
We stayed in the hotel this June for five days to relax after a six day cycling along the coast. When we were choosing a hotel, my italian colleague highly recommended to book a hotel with a pool. This was a right decision as the beaches around the hotel were tiny and packed even in not yet high season.We liked a bungalow style of the hotel but we did not like some things regarding the hotel:
little space in a hotel room to keep your belongings, no window/bad ventilation in a bathroom ;the hotel staff was not not very friendly and eager to help (including reception, restaurant during breakfast). My silk night eye mask, which travelled with me for many-many years across different continents and countries, disappeared from my hotel bed ... They replaced with a plastic cheap one Such a bad experience... Will not return to the hotel,
This is our 3rd stop on our tour in Puglia this summer. By far the best hotel so far. However we need more broadband on the wi-fi. I need to work 15-20 minutes per day during our trip. Wifi connection is way to bad and need upgrade. I decided to use my mobile connection, in order not to work more than needed. That is not a 4 Star hotel worth.
But placed close to Polignano - 30 minutes walk or 5 minutes and 7euro with “tuctuc-cap”. Excellent pool area and a staff in the better part. Secure area and nice oarking spots.
A 20 minute walk in to beautiful Polignano a Mare, this resort provides a magnificent garden location with a great pool. Individual high spec chalets provide an excellent retreat from a days sightseeing. Our chalet was spotlessly clean with an excellent bathroom and highly effective air con.
Poolside loungers were new and we'll looked after by the Poolside staff. Breakfast pastries were outstanding and far too delicious.! All the staff were delightful and attentive. Parking is abundant and secure. Great walk in to Polignano a Mare even better tuk tuk ride back at night for 7 euros.
This resort is a real gem. We will be back.