Paradise in Puglia

March 3rd 2015
  • Puglia is one of the lesser known regions of Italy which has been growing in popularity in recent times. Our hotel of choice is the magnificent Borgo Egnazia in Fasano where Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married in 2012. You can fly into Bari or Brindisi, both of which are around an hour’s drive from Borgo Egnazia. I can recommend hiring a car if you want to really get to know this little-discovered region of Italy which is on the heel of the Italian boot. Word of warning though, don’t follow your Sat Nav to Borgo Egnazia as we did as we ended up at a zoo in the hills around 20 minutes from where we were supposed to be!

    Cuisine: Puglia is renowned in Italy for the quality of the food as it’s such a lush, fertile land. The hotel is surrounded by ancient olive trees and has local offering from simple peasant style food to fine dining options.

    Kids: Kids and Teens clubs available and kids can also get involved with cooking lessons and other activities

    Dress Code: Casual chic

Limelight Love: The Spa Concept, ‘Vair’

    Limelight Low: Lack of English channels on the TV and no coffee machine in the room 🙁

    We visited in the off season in December 2014. When we finally found the hotel in the middle of beautiful olive groves and the hotel’s coastal golf course we were wowed by it’s authentic but contemporary style. We might not be the brightest but we honestly thought the hotel had been some sort of ancient building which had been lovingly restored and transformed into a hotel. However, it turns out that a local business man had built it from scratch around 2010! Their use of local stone, fabric, colours and candles makes for a stylish and ever so relaxed feel. As you enter the building there is a long, wide corridor where people can just hang out. There is a gorgeous signature scent throughout the building that smells clean and fresh.

    The resort is made up of rooms, apartments and villas in what is called La Corte, Il Borgo and Le Ville  We stayed in the main building which has 90 odd rooms. The room had a bedroom, bathroom and lounge area with a balcony and views out to sea.

    There are a couple of beaches which you can buggy or cycle to, one sandy and one rocky. They also have a beach club which we cycled down to however we were there in December so didn’t get to see it set up as it would be in peak season.

    They have a variety of outdoor pools in different areas of the hotel and also an indoor salt water pool but the absolute highlight was the Spa! We had one of their signature spa experiences which was a mixture of thermal pools, sauna and cold showers followed by a full body scrub. Afterwards we relaxed upstairs in one of their relaxation rooms.

    The food is authentic local food and their restaurant Due Camini means 2 chimneys because of the 2 open fireplaces. Here they serve up all the local goodies the area has to offer in a contemporary style.

    Finally, one of the best features of the hotel is the access it gives you to all the amazing historical and cultural attractions the area has to offer like the unique Trulli Houses in Alberabello. Our highlight though was Matera which is a Unesco World Heritage site previously inhabited by cave dwellers! It’s one of the oldest inhabited towns in the World and it’s just amazing to wonder the streets and eat in the local cafes and restaurants.

    Puglia, though, is yours to discover in your own way and at your own pace and we absolutely loved it!