Atarra says, “I just returned from a lovely long weekend in Italy where I stayed at the Borgo Egnazia and visited the Masseria Torre Coccaro which are both located in the lush countryside surrounded by olive groves in Puglia but only a short drive away to the beaches. The hotels are approximately 10 min drive from each other, 40 min drive from Brindisi airport and 50 min from Bari airport. British Airways flies from Gatwick to Bari and Ryan Air flies from Stansted to Bari and Brindisi.
Borgo Egnazia is centrally located and is ideal for exploring from Castel del Monte in Bari, the unusual architecture of Lecce and the charming towns of Ostuni and Alberobello in the Itria Valley. The small fishing of Savelletri is just 8 min by car from both hotels and here you will find a few restaurants which serve mainly fish as well as a local supermarkets.
The Borgo Egnazia is an understatedly beautiful Puglian resort with white washed stone facades, it is simple, very Italian and rustic and it comprises of the La Corte (Hotel), Borgo Village (Townhouses) and 3 bedroom Villas. La Corte is made up of 63 divine white and beige rooms and suites with a lot of emphasis on stone; Superior and Deluxe Rooms golf/countryside or sea view, Grand Suites (with a bedroom and separate living room) and the glorious Egnaza Suite all having a balcony. Borgo Village is made up of 92 Houses: Borgo, Borgo Deluxe, Borgo Townhouse, Borgo Grand Townhouse and Borgo Two Bedroom Townhouse and finally the stunningly beautiful Villas of which there are 23 all with 3 bedrooms: Grand Garden, the Royal Garden and the Imperial Villa all with their own private pools.
The Borgo Village is just a 5 min walk from La Corte but the Villas are a little bit further away and an approximate 10 min walk and if you don’t fancy walking then the ever so helpful staff will transport you to where you need to go to within the resort in a club car. Located in the Village near to the Townhouses is a large family pool as well as a children’s pool, the kids club and the playground. The Villas are also great for families as they offer privacy, lots of space and full kitchens.
La Corte offers interconnecting rooms which are good for families but my recommendation is to stay in the Borgo Village as the surroundings are much more child friendly. The Borgos are one bedroom units open plan to a small seating area, some are located on the ground floor with a private patio and some are located on the first floor accessed by steps with a balcony. The Borgo Townhouse and Borgo Grand Townhouse here have their own private patio with furnishings, they are bi-level with one bedroom upstairs and a living room and small open plan kitchen downstairs. The Borgo Two Bedroom Townhouse offers two bedrooms upstairs and the open plan living room/kitchenette downstairs. The kitchenettes aren’t fully equipped but instead it is a ‘cooking corner’ with a small hob and kettle. Cots, bottles, sterilizers, cots, high chairs can all be provided and its best to request these at the time of booking. One thing worth noting is that the Townhouses offer spacious patios but the bedrooms are rather small (they are comfortable nevertheless).
The kids club which caters for children from 3 to 12 years is complimentary and is fantastic and there is a crèche here too which is at a charge for little ones from 8 months. The large playground is laid out on soft flooring and it is filled with climbing frames and a whole host of toys. The kids club staff surely know how to keep the children entertained with their swimming games, treasure-hunts, football and a whole host of other exciting activities. To keep the teens busy there is bustling games room for 13 to 17 year olds and they can take part in activities such as beach games, sports and they even have discos in the evenings where they can let their hair down to the music so big children will never be bored here.
Other facilities at Borgo Egnazia include a Vair Spa, tennis court, four restaurants, a championship San Domenico 18 hole golf course and you can even go horse riding, go karting, sailing and windsurfing nearby. There are two private beaches just a short distance away, Cala Masciola is 10 min away by car or if you are feeling more adventurous you can hire a bicycle and cycle to it and here you will find a restaurant serving tasty fish. La Fonte is slightly closer and only 5 minutes away and this is the beach which is more child friendly as it has much softer and shallow sand as well as toys to keep the little ones entertained, it also has a small bar for light snacks.
The Village Square has a very lively feel in the high season months and there is lots of space within the whole resort so it doesn’t ever feel full even when it is because there are so many different parts to it.
There are 3 main restaurants: Due Camini which serves typical Puglian cuisine which in my opinion is practically Michelin star, La Frasca which is their informal restaurant that serves mainly buffet style cuisine with live cooking stations and a Pizzeria which serves the most delicious pizzas. Children’s menus are available and the Trullalleri which is the kids restaurant which serves very healthy and very tasty food for your little ones and early dining is available. There are also four delectable bars for those that fancy cocktails and light snacks.
Borgo Egnazia really is a beautiful resort, I had a wonderful time there, the staff really know how to look after and pamper their guests and it truly is a very stylish but extremely luxurious resort.”
Next time, Atarra reports back from the second part of her Italian stay at Masseria Torre Coccaro.