Need to know
192: 63 bedrooms (including seven suites) in La Corte, the fort-like main building, 92 bedrooms in the Borgo and 28 villas.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests can use the pool and beach before check-in, though.
Double rooms from $236.24 (€217), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.
Breakfast (a generous buffet) is included. For guests staying in the Villa Magnifica, airport transfers, a personal massaie (butler and chef), bike hire, babysitting, a round of golf, laundry, customised bath experience and gifts on arrival and departure.
Save time for a trip to the incredible 200sq m spa, set across two floors. Treatments are inspired by local traditions: a Roman bath ritual with an Apuglian pink-salt scrub and Tarantism (an ancient Apuglian therapeutic ritual for women involving music), for example. Stone slabs hang on the walls, giant pestles and mortars sit on the floor and staff sport relaxed Grecian attire. (Children under 12 are not allowed). The hotel welcomes four-legged friends, but they must be small, and they’re not allowed in any of the common areas. They’re only allowed in certain room types: Borgo (€80 a stay), Casettas (€150 a stay) and Villas (€250 a stay). This charge includes a bed; a toy; absorbent pads (for puppies prone to accidents); bowls for food and water; and a biscuit once a day, during turndown service.
At the hotel
Golf course, two beaches, two beach clubs, 40-acre grounds, spa, gym, yoga studio, hairdressers, bike hire (from €15 a day), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: LCD TV with a Bluetooth connection and on-demand movies, speakers in the bathroom, minibar, L'Amande bath products. Villas have an iPod dock too.
Our favourite rooms
Of La Corte’s rooms (all of which have a balcony), we like the Grand Suites for their generous terrace and separate living room. The Egnazia Suite has a private garden and terrace, sociable living and dining area, dressing room, fireplace and an outdoor plunge pool. Borgo Cassetta Bella rooms are more rustic and colourful, with the added benefit of the village-life feel. Borgo Townhouse rooms have a kitchenette and rooftop terrace; Borgo Cassetta Magnifica rooms have a private patio and garden. The villas, which each sleep up to eight, are great for families.
There are four options for bathing: a heated pool inside the main building (children must be supervised here), two pools by La Corte and one family-friendly pool in the Borgo (heated in the cooler months, mid-September to mid-June). All the pools have plenty of sun loungers and parasols; three have lifeguards. Alternatively, pack towels and a picnic and head for the sandy beach (the hotel has a free shuttle service). There’s also a rocky beach.
Bring trainers and your gym kit for morning jogs.
Booked a villa? Request the services of a butler, PA, nanny or private chef, if you really want to relax.
Absolutely – small dogs are welcome in Borgo rooms (€80 a stay), Casettas (€150 a stay) and villas (€250 a stay), but not in common areas. A doggy bed, toy, bowls and a daily biscuit will be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Puglia.
Under-3s sleep in cots for free; extra beds can be added for pre-teens (€50 a night). Half-board meals are €25 a child, each night. There’s a crèche and a kids club and babysitting is €15 an hour, €20 after midnight (give 48 hours’ notice).