Borgobianco Resort & Spa – MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and access to the spa
- Dining on homemade pasta, fresh garden vegetables and local shellfish at the casual poolside restaurant
- Views that span Puglia's countryside and coast
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- A car is recommended in order to explore the area; there's not much to see within walking distance
- Popular for wedding parties throughout spring and summer
- The Adriatic coast is just a 10-minute drive away
- The spa can be booked out for private use
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia is home to balmy Adriatic beaches, top-notch wineries and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And Borgobianco, a five-star country retreat, makes a great base from which to explore the area’s best bits. The sprawling property, painted a blinding white to reflect the summer sun, resembles a grand fortress village (complete with roof turrets) and is surrounded by hills planted with miles of olive groves.
Bed and Bath
The rooms and suites are decorated with fine white linens, white walls, white painted wood furnishings, and creamy white tiles — the traditional decor of a Pugliese farmhouse. Suites come with small fireplaces, spacious living rooms, and generous balconies with arcadian views of the Adriatic and the rambling countryside. They’re also equipped with hydromassage bathtubs and excellent Illy coffee machines. Smaller Deluxe Rooms are tricked out with lovely balconies, and the entire property is wired with new flat-screen televisions and free WiFi.
Puglia is one of Italy’s richest culinary hubs, a regional detail that Borgobianco expertly exploits at the casual restaurant. When the weather is good, you can dine outside by the pool on local cheeses such as creamy burrata and knots of fresh mozzarella made in the nearby hills. The chefs prepare fresh pastas, like orecchietti, and work closely with regional farmers to procure delicious vegetables, fruit, seafood and meat. The staff has a good knowledge of regional wines and can explain how to pair and identify tasting notes from the extensive list. The wellness spa measures nearly 11,000 square feet and is home to a spacious sauna and a whitewashed vaulted room with an indoor pool overlooking the surrounding countryside.
In the Area
With a car it’s easy to zip around the area and explore some of the charming towns along the Adriatic coast. Begin with Polignano A Mare, a 10-minute drive from Borgobianco, for its stunning seaside architecture and such restaurants as Ristorante Grotto Palazzese. Drive north to Bari, one of Puglia’s biggest cities, and visit the old town of Bari Vecchia to marvel at its medieval churches, fortresses and palazzi. Farther north along the coast are more charming seaside villages, including Molfetta, which has an excellent music festival every September.
How to Get There
We stayed one night at Borgobianco Resort. The grounds are superb and the room was nice. The spa was also excellent. On the downside the food was poor and the service at the restaurant was not 5 stars. Overall mixed feelings about this place
We were fortunate enough to book this fabulous hotel. We had an extremely spacious suite with a wonderful huge balcony overlooking the gardens and olive trees in the distance. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful, in particular Luciana in reception whose tips and advice were amazing. Always a smile and lots of laughter with her. The bar staff were superb and have given us favourite new drinks to enjoy at home, who would have thought to put ginger beer and orange liqueur with gin Mare!
I don’t generally like hotel restaurants but the food was wonderful and the head waiter Donato was brilliant, great advice on wine pairings and always a genuine smile on his face. We will definitely go back there
We stayed at Borgobianco with 6 month old baby for 3 nights. It’s a great hotel, lovely staff & amazing food. Location is perfect for day trips - so plan your days in advance.
We were there in Oct - note that the outdoor pool closes from Oct onwards and the aircon is off too with no fans in the room. Indoor pool is great and the spas is fabulous too.