Puglia, Italy

Borgo Egnazia

Rates from (ex tax)$675.53

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR665.10), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fairy-tale village resort

Setting

Shore-side olive groves

A collection of villas arranged like a traditional village - plus the luxe additions of a golf course, two beach clubs and a knock-out spa – hotel Borgo Egnazia is a modern-day castle on Puglia’s sun-swept seashore. The romantic Interiors are designed with sumptuous white-on-cream décor and nature-inspired flourishes like almond-filled baskets, bird cages and egg-shape ornaments.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

192: 63 bedrooms (including seven suites) in La Corte, the fort-like main building, 92 bedrooms in the Borgo and 28 villas.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests can use the pool and beach before check-in, though.

Rates

Double rooms from $675.53 (€605), 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.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR665.10), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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.

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Packing tips

Bring trainers and your gym kit for morning jogs.

Also

Booked a villa? Request the services of a butler, PA, nanny or private chef, if you really want to relax.

Pet‐friendly

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.

Children

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).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Head to the covered terrace, where you can enjoy warmth and shade simultaneously. In colder months, take a table beside the fireplace.

Dress Code

Linen and Lanvin. Gents are asked not to wear shorts in the main restaurant.

Hotel restaurant

The main restaurant, Due Camini, open all-year round, is set in the main building. The food is traditional Pugliese (grilled octopus, beef fillet with myrtle, gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and the ilk) the menu changes with the weather and the hotel is pretty much self-sufficient: anything that isn’t homegrown is plucked from nearby. Neutral colours, lots of tufa rock, soft lighting and white furniture add up to a serene setting; glass bottles suspended from the ceiling, lanterns hanging off poles and wooden ladders rested up against the walls keep things characterful. There are three other restaurants: La Frasca serves buffets and barbecues in the Borgo, and has a garden area for little ones; Trattoria Mia Cucina hosts cookery classes and serves traditional local dishes. Pescheria da Vito (open 12.30pm–3.30pm and 7.30pm–10.30pm, daily), set on the private beach, faces the sea – a picturesque setting for meals of grilled fresh fish, light salads and plates of pasta. 

Hotel bar

Sit amid the glass jars filled with dried pulses and cinnamon sticks at Bar del Portico, next to the restaurant in the main building, and sip a Borgo Egnazia Special (an icy muddle of apple vodka, Galliano, mint syrup and pink-grapefruit juice). In summer, a pianist plays during apéritifs and dinner. The hotel has three other summer watering holes: Capanno, an open-air bar by the main pools, L’Angoletto in the Borgo and Caffe della Piazzetta on the piazza.

Last orders

Bar Portico quenches guests' thirsts until 1am. Due Camini and Quattro Torri serve breakfast between 7am and 10.30am (you can also breakfast at La Frasca), lunch between 12.30pm and 2.30pm and dinner between 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

Room service

Have Continental or à la carte breakfast delivered between 6am–11am; sandwiches are available from 11am–11pm, as is an all-day à la carte and kids’ menu (12 noon–3pm and 6pm–9pm). There's also a late-night menu (10.30pm–6am).

Location

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Address
Borgo Egnazia
Savelletri di Fasano
Brindisi
72010
Brindisi
Italy

Planes

Brindisi airport (served by Ryanair) is 53km away (http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it). The hotel can provide transfers: €130 for up to three passengers in a car, €150 for up to eight passengers in a minivan. Alternatively, fly into Bari, 60km from the hotel.

Trains

Fasano’s station is 5km away, with services to Monopoli and various villages in Ostuni (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

From the SS16 to Bari-Brindisi, take the exit for Savelletri/Stazione di Fasano. After 2km, follow the yellow signs pointing to Borgo Egnazia and San Domenico Golf. The hotel has free parking and plenty of it.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel is right next to the San Domenico Golf course: perfect your swing on its breathtakingly pretty green seaside sweeps. The hotel has two beach clubs to enjoy, one on a sandy beach and one on a rocky beach (a free shuttle service is provided). Puglia has plenty of historic hilltop villages to explore – bring a car if you can. Go on a day trip to nearby Ostuni, Alberobello or Polignano a Mare.

Local restaurants

Venture out to La Nassa, attached to the San Domenico a Mare hotel. It’s another great place for fresh seafood and sea views: try the calamari and crab (www.masseriasandomenico.com/en/nassa; +39 0804 827 769). Osteria Chichibio’s antipasti alone is worth half an hour in the car; the seafood (sushi especially) is worth splashing out on and there’s an impressive wine list that does justice to the region (no mean feat). Dress to impress – the feel is sultry – and book ahead, or you’ll have to fight a local for your seat (www.osteriadichichibio.it; +39 0804 240 488).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Borgo Egnazia comes out of nowhere. Down a multitude of minute windy lanes where wiry black snakes wiggle across the burning tarmac and olive groves bake in the sun, the hotel has been crafted perfectly to fit into the local landscape in a uniform but striking white stone. But more about the getting-there part first.

I’d been blaring out ‘Just one more Cornetto, give it to me...’ for a few days to our kids trying to give them a little flavor of Italy before their first trip to the beautiful country. We’d pored over a map and been through the boot and ball analogy of Italy and Sicily and sung that rhyme too. Now we were stepping off the aeroplane into a blast of Mediterranean warmth eagerly escaping a turgid and wintry early summer in the UK.

Our friendly driver pushed his way through the throng and grabbed our numerous bags, rucksacks, baby buggies and last-minute duty-free bottles and whisked us into an air-conditioned minivan.

Puglia can look barren and the drive from the airport to the hotel isn’t too eventful with various villages and concrete heavy towns not looking hugely inviting. We were about to find out that behind that average appearance there can be a lot more than meets the eye.

A warm welcome from the white uniformed staff at chic Borgo Egnazia chaperones us into the cool of the hotel itself, a labyrinth of cool stone tunnels, alcoves and ideal spots for the kids to play hide and seek and romancing couples to smooch away the afternoon.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Borgo Egnazia, which took local architect Pino Brescia 10 years to complete. Rather than simply build a hotel, Pino raised up a village: guests get a map to help navigate themselves around the sprawl of traditional trulli and, if you stay in the Borgo rooms, you’ll be sent a bolletino (bulletin) advertising events in the piazza. The hotel grounds are vast, one of the biggest spaces we’ve ever stayed in, but it’s a pleasure to stroll about through the replica streets of a bygone era, like walking through a film set of an Italianate cowboy town. Borgo Egnazia even has its own customized bike shop with low riders, go-karts and streamlined racers for hire for you to get around the place.


And what a place it is. The Vair Spa is a haven of tranquility in the cool, dim, basement of the hotel; the seaside restaurant is but a short golf buggy drive away across the award-winning golf course and a must see with incredibly shaped rock lobsters to tuck into washed down with a glass of vino bianco and the Reading Room and Cigar Room are escapes from the hubbub when it all gets a bit too much.

Our eldest son loved playing football with the sporty kids club workers who never seemed to tire of a sweaty match under a burning Mediterranean sun with children of all ages, while I investigated the olive groves for creepy crawlies with the younger ones. There’s never a dull moment for the wee ones with trips to the beach, arts and crafts afternoons and terrifyingly messy pizza making workshops.

Surrounding the hotel are some of the simplest but tastiest trattorias we’ve ever been to, and there we sampled endless small plates of fresh octopus, homemade pastas and bug-eyed monsters fresh from the sea while the local fish market in the nearest village is a fascinating scene of snapping claws, thrashing tails and colourful fish – it had the younger members of our party enthralled.

But back to the hotel – because the truth is you might never even want to leave. Spoilt for choice between the wood-fired pizzas of the relaxed poolside restaurant and the gourmet masterpieces served up in the posher dining room we were permanently stuffed as we waddled around contentedly.

As night falls a son et lumière – sound and light – effect takes over as the sun sets and the beautifully lit angles and nooks and crannies cast giant shadows across the piazza. Finding myself doing all the moves to YMCA at 9pm every night might not seem the natural choice for a trendsetting Radio 1 DJ with his own festivals, but I have to say after having unofficially retired from the dancefloor years ago, the nightly kids’ disco which is held in one corner in summer reinvigorated my love of a boogie… even it was slightly powered by a glass or two of the local grappa.

Unlike other regions of Italy, Puglia has kept hold of its sense of myth and mystery, and the hotel’s styling reflects this. Rooms are hewn from pale, craggy tufa rock, the palette relies on cream and white, muslin drapes hang above the beds, and the decorations abound with rural whimsy: bundles of dark metal wire tied with string, glass cases filled with old keys and pages torn from books, slabs of stone suspended from the ceiling, lanterns on the walls and beds haloed with soft yellow lighting.

It’s not merely fanciful, though: a great deal of thought has gone into keeping guests from boredom. If you’re not content with the golf course outside your bedroom or the Adriatic just on your doorstep, there are mozzarella tastings, cookery classes, museum visits and windsurfing lessons to take part in. Working out what to do here isn’t the problem; working out how to pack it all into one holiday is.

We left Borgo Egnazia a fatter, happier family but sad to see our Italian paradise disappear into the dusty distance from our rear-view mirror. So see you soon, or ‘arrivederci’ our beautiful Italian friend.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Borgo Egnazia’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Go-karts bicycle hire. Beach club is worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Noise

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Stayed on 12 Aug 2016

We loved

Amazing for families, kids club was great, spa excellent, beach club really good.

Don’t expect

Sandy beach, food was a bit hit and miss.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything! The villa was superb, staff beyond wonderful, spa as great as ever and the food better than previous years. Can't recommend it highly enough. Travelled with 2 teenage girls.... And they loved it as much as my husband and I

Don’t expect

Rain and clouds in summer!

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jun 2016

We loved

The ambience, the friendly staff, the fresh delicious food, the privacy and opportunity to unwind and reboot - no need to leave the hotel (though there are excellent day trips to explore also). Mimina's dinner and the pasta making cooking class are both musts! Had our 3 month old with us, the staff were amazing and friendly and the baby sitting service was excellent. Very glamorous spot and to be so accommodating for kids was fantastic.

Don’t expect

We had friends staying locally but in a different hotel and it was frustrating they weren't able to visit us without paying 100 per day.

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Stayed on 18 Jun 2016

We loved

Gorgeous, pristine, tastefully designed resort, built entirely in limestone. The large, natural saltwater pools were this swimmer's dream come true. Service was impeccable and warm. Food was delicious and available when we wanted it. Ride bikes to tour the local olive grove, Masseria Maccarone, in the same family for centuries.

Don’t expect

To want to leave

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jun 2016

We loved

The room, the food the service. We had a fantastic meal at the Antica Lama agriturismo, about 20 minutes drive from the hotel. 9/10

Don’t expect

A lot of activity in the surrounding area. Some of the local seaside towns are picturesque but you need to travel for nightlife

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Stayed on 9 Jun 2016

We loved

The pools, the calm and perfumed atmosphere, the attentive and friendly service, great value. Visit Locorotondo

Don’t expect

Noisy parties!

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Stayed on 31 May 2016

We loved

Being totally spoilt...the luxury....how fabulous everything looked and was and most of all, the best service we've EVER had! Orecchiette with Ragu in La frasca restaurant was the best we had all holiday!

Don’t expect

To not feel very relaxed!

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Stayed on 28 May 2016

We loved

The staff -- outstanding, amazing attention to detail, beyond helpful. the facilities -- a lovely reconstructed masseria with outstanding design and top-end finishes. We rented bicycles and rode along the sea to Monopoli and Poglinano -- wonderful. So many amazing towns nearby and wonderful restaurants. The food at the hotel is quite nice but don't limit yourself when there are so many other spots nearby!

Don’t expect

lack of well-marked directions or a street address made finding the property a bit confusing

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Stayed on 7 May 2016

We loved

the whole service

Don’t expect

nothing!!!

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Stayed on 5 May 2016

We loved

Everything! The service, the rooms, the little towns to explore around and breakfast was amazing. Go outside to explore the towns nearby.

Don’t expect

To not drive and not get lost on the little roads

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Stayed on 2 May 2016

We loved

We were here with our two young kids and Borgo Egnazia made our holiday just perfect. The resort managed to be world class on service and quality yet retain complete charm local Apulian personality. It was perfect for us both as a convenient base from which to explore Puglia (which has a lot to offer), as well as for lazy days when we just want to stay in and relax. The kids club was one of the best both in terms of environment, space and staff. There is plenty to do if you want to (cycling, tennis, several pools indoor/outdoors, picnic by the beach or farm lands, golf, spa, etc) Or just relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds and architecture plus impeccable service. They do a pretty good job separating the kids and grownups (e.g. separate pool/restaurants, separate hours) so I imagine it's a pretty good experience too for guests who prefer their vacation free of noisy kids. We highly recommend and would love to come back!

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Stayed on 23 Dec 2015

We loved

The decor, the food, the service, the ambiance. This is a beautiful little "village" that looks like it's been there for 250 years, but is only 5 years old. Authentically delivered to the very smallest detail, but with all modern touches and amenities you could ask for. The breakfast was particularly amazing. And we loved relaxing after dinner in the bar. We didn't leave the hotel... that says a lot.

Don’t expect

To not see any kids! This is a family friendly resort, so get used to blocking the noise out when you're relaxing by the family pool!

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Stayed on 11 Oct 2015

We loved

Food,staff, exceptional service, attention to detail, this place is polished to perfection.

Don’t expect

Lively nights.

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Stayed on 21 Sep 2015

We loved

We had a fantastic time in this beautiful hotel. The staff were exemplary in all situations. My wife loved the spa. Very good Wi-Fi cover made it easy to handle bits of work when they interrupted our stay. Our 10 year old also greatly enjoyed himself at teen club.

Don’t expect

It's not cheap, but all the optional extras we tried were very well organised and delivered with pride.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Aug 2015