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Dhiren enjoys the Dolce Vita at the Borgo Egnazia

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Posted on 21st Jun 2017

With a flight time of just under three hours, I arrived at Bari, my destination airport for a long weekend in Italy. It’s a scenic 40 minute transfer from the airport to resort. The journey takes you through the olive region of the South Eastern coast of Italy to arrive at the beautiful 5 star Borgo Egnazia village resort, built entirely of limestone and local stones.

The resort is located in the region of Puglia renowned for its culture and art. There are plenty of UNESCO world heritage sites close by plus the beautiful Castel Del Monte near Andira and the world famous village of Trulli (cone-roof houses dating back to the 16th Century) in Alberobello. The picturesque towns of the Itria valley are close by including Ostuni, known as the white town and the small sea front villages of Poligrano, Monopoli and Savalletri offer picture postcard views.

Borgo Egnazia comprises of La Corte (hotel with rooms and suites), Il Borgo village (consisting of townhouses) and Le Ville (consisting of 28 villas with their own pools). The resort has a great choice of restaurants with the chefs creating their mouth watering menus using local produce from oil, wine, vegetables, fish, meat and spices. During my stay I got a chance to make a traditional Foccacia bread assisted by one of the chefs which was a lot of fun. Children’s menus are available and it has its own children’s restaurant called the Trullalleri serving healthy delicious food for the little ones.

At the heart of the resort is the village square known as the piazza with its own little church where in summer all guests gather for local events like the food markets and local music.

Borgo Egnazia offers an array of facilities and relaxation including the Vair Spa (2000 sq m of pure relaxation using all natural product from the region), a championship 18 hole San Domenico golf course, 4 tennis courts, games room, bike hire and horse riding, Go Karting, sailing and windsurfing nearby. It boasts 3 large outdoor swimming pools, one of which is heated with a shallow entrance and the other two pools are fresh water. Within the grounds is a small farm with a small pony and chickens which kids love. The resort has a crèche, kids club and teens club which keeps children from all ages entertained whilst the parents have their relaxing time. There are 2 private beaches: the rock Cala Masciola equipped with a water sports centre and a restaurant with fresh fish of the day and the other La Fonte which is slightly closer and ideal for families with its sandy beach with a nice kids area and shallow waters.

One of the highlights of my stay was being driven in a 1960’s Italian vintage car to the world famous 16th century village of Trulli. The whole experience was amazing and I highly recommend it. A 20 minute bike ride to the village of Savalletri through the beautiful olive groves and a long the sea front is a must.

 

 

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