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
We have stayed here for a couple of nights end of April and it was a nice relaxing stay, our room was a good size and had a little outdoor area with the table and couple of chairs. Swimming pool is really big and lovely but it was unfortunately too cold for me to swim in, it was however nice to relax next to it. Breakfast was very good and plentiful, we have walked to Polignano a mare and it takes about 15 minutes leisurely walk up the hill following the coast, parking gets very busy in the town and it is much easier to walk and not to worry about trying to find parking space. There is a nice little taverna on the beach down the road on the back of the Cala ponte marina , follow the road around on the left near the beach car park where we had couple of nice seafood lunches.
What might be a busy tourist hotel in mid summer turned out to be a fantastic hotel for a quiet stay. We could not enjoy some of the benefits the hotel is offering due to the lack of time but definitely it is a good option and with a very good location.
We stayed at this hotel for one night and were not disappointed. Laura in reception was wonderful! She gave us a warm reception, and was extremely helpful and
pleasant. She spoke English, so she was able to give us some great suggestions for local towns to visit: Monopli and Alberobello. They were awesome!
The room was large and the bed very comfortable. The shower was great! We ate dinner in the restaurant. The food was good and reasonable. The waitstaff was efficient, but all business. The grounds are lovely, and the pool looked great but we didn’t have time for a swim.
The hotel is on the main street into town, but it’s a good 15 minute to get there.
I would definitely recommend this hotel. The easy parking right off the highway was a big plus!
I stayed in this hotel when I was planning my wedding, as recommended by wedding planner, in order to find accommodations for my guests. Indeed, my husband and I really enjoyed our stay even when it was in November and couldn't use the pool. It was clean, comfortable, modern, and the staff was very nice. I had around 45 guests coming from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East stay there in July 2018 and they were all amazed by the pool, the rooms, the restaurant and the friendly service.
We booked this hotel for last 2 nights. We spend the beginning of our holiday in Torre Canne (cannebianchi) and we wanted to go back there when our plans changed. Unfortunately they were fully booked. The location of cala ponte is perfect but the hotel itself is clinical, more for business travelers. Not bad, just not for a holiday. Besides the hotel they have little houses too, they seem to be more comfortabel...
Pool is perfect, staff more than friendly.
Overall its not a bad place to stay (for a day or 2)and in the direct area of the lovely place polignano a mare, but for the price per night there are probably dozens of more pure italian (luxury) hotels.