Need to know
63 bedrooms (including seven suites) in La Corte, the castle-like main building, 92 bedrooms in the Borgo and 28 villas.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests can use the pool and beach before check-in, though.
Double rooms from $674.49 (€599), 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.
Booked a villa? You'll get a host of extras including bicycles; a dedicated local adviser who can point you towards the best restaurants, hidden beaches and day trips; and a massaia to serve breakfast, housekeep and do the laundry. Some of the larger villas come with even more, such as a golf cart, compact car and private cabana at the beach club; guests of Villa Magnifica and Villa Meravigliosa get free transfers, too.
At the hotel
Golf course, two private 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). The pools are open year-round and have plenty of sun loungers and parasols; three have lifeguards. Alternatively, pack towels and a picnic and head for the (private) sandy beach (the hotel has a free shuttle service). There’s a second, rocky beach too.
From an á la carte selection of tempting treatments to multiple-day pampering programmes, the adults-only Vair spa is designed to relax, nourish and renew your body inside and out. Take you pick between the happiness-inducing Arangion massage, the deeply cleansing Usual facial or a glittering Or body scrub: if you can't choose just one, try one of the body treatments that combine several therapies. For a unique spa experience, try one of the Roman bath rituals which include a candlelit soak in their stone-clad suite of baths; a tepidarium, a caldarium and a frigidarium, plus a bio-sauna, hammam and flotation pool. Add a final touch to a luxurious spa day, have your hair and make up done by one their trained specialists. For the ultimate spa stay, book one of their several day programs. Whatever ailment you're suffering from, or area you want to target, you'll find a program to suit: Na Maele promises physical and psychological detox, Masciar will help your posture and release muscular tensions, and Zaffir is desgined for the solo traveller, or those wanting a few days of alone time to focus on their health and wellbeing.
Bring trainers and your gym kit for morning jogs.
From 15 June to 15 September, children under 13 aren't able to stay in rooms in La Corte, the main building; families with under-13s can stay in the Borgo area or in the villas.
Small dogs (up to 10 kilos) are allowed on request in some room categories and in the Piazza del Borgo, La Frasca restaurant, Cala Masciola beach club if on a lead or kept in a dog travel bag. See more pet-friendly hotels in Puglia.
Very welcome. 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 two kids clubs. Babysitting is €15 an hour, €20 after midnight (give 48 hours’ notice).
Kids of all ages are very welcome.
The Borgo rooms have the most space and are close to the family pool. The split-level Casetta Bella rooms have a little patio garden. The three-bedroom villas have ample indoor and outdoor space with a private pool and landscaped garden.
There’s a crèche for babies and under-3s with a sleeping room with four cots, changing areas, bottle warmers and facilities for warming up baby food. The crèche costs €15 an hour or €45 half day and €90 a day, and prices include private babysitting and lunch (book a week ahead in high season).
There's Trullalleri for children aged 3–12 (free); this kids club has an indoor and an outdoor area and a stash of toys. There’s one member of staff for every two children, so little ones are well taken care of. Activities on offer include: theatre workshops, dancing, face painting, bracelet-making and cookery classes. Older children can pick from tennis, swimming, bike rides, trips to the zoo and trips to the local ruins. Staff help children put on productions and plays in the evenings. Children can also be fed at the club for an extra cost, if parents request this: a buffet lunch is served in Due Camini and dinner is served in the children’s area of Trattoria La Mia Cucina. There's also the Tarantari & Marinai club for teenagers; as well as hanging out in the games room, which has a Wii, Xbox, ping pong table, beach toys and table football, teens can join a football academy, and take part in cooking classes, dance contests, go-karting and watersports activities.
There's a family-friendly pool (with a life guard) in the Borgo (heated in the cooler months, mid-September to mid-June). There are three other pools to take your pick of.
Children are welcome in Due Camini at all times and there’s a special menu (with games and puzzles) aimed at little ones: burgers, pasta with meatballs, vegetable soup, mashed potatoes and the ilk. Casual La Frasca is also great for relaxed meals with the kids in tow. There are baby-changing facilities near La Frasca. Pescheria da Vito elevates the kids menu above the ubiquitous chicken nugget, with tasty yet healthful dishes such as tubettini pasta with fish ragout, veal escalope with lemon and puff pastry with custard and sour cherries for dessert. Children using the kids club can have their meals provided (if parents request this in advance; for an extra cost), or half-board meals are €25 a child, each night.
Babysitting can be arranged with 48 hours’ notice. It' €15 an hour, or €20 after midnight.
No need to pack
Highchairs; baby monitors
Birthday parties and other events can be organised through the kids club: just talk to staff when you’re booking childcare.