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 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.
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.