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Borgo Egnazia

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Borgo Egnazia is located in Savelletri di Fasano, where the hills of the Itria Valley gently fall away to the Adriatic sea, and the property itself is inspired by the shapes, materials and colours of a typical Apulian village. This authenticity was conceived to bring a fresh and original feel that is found ‘nowhere else’, alongside impeccable service. A miniature world of homemade breakfasts prepared by Apulian “Massaie”, a revolutionary spa, two beautiful private beaches (Cala Masciola and La Fonte) and the scenic San Domenico Golf surrounded by ancient olive trees with views that stretch to the sea. And then there’s the service; tailored, friendly and caring, a dedicated team always available to guests (the “Local Advisers”), and the delicious gourmet menu crafted by Domenico Schingaro. Finally, and quite simply, there is the incomparable beauty of the Apulian countryside.

Born in 2010 fr om the visionary project of Pino Brescia, a local designer who brought to life a concept created by the Melpignano family, Borgo Egnazia is a tribute to traditional architecture which incorporates materials (local stone and hand-cut “tufo” stone), and features such as small windows and porches typical of the region. Borgo Egnazia is divided into three places to stay: La Corte is the traditional main building, with 63 rooms divided into different categories. The famous Borgo is at the heart of the property with its entrance arches, narrow streets with Apulian names, the bustling square, fountains and the iconic clock tower. Here there are 92 “casette” (townhouses), and finally there are 29 villas with private gardens and pools that are perfect for families and for those who want absolute privacy.

Borgo Egnazia’s gastronomic offers are also inspired by local tradition, divided into six restaurants. All six serve dishes linked by their local Apulian heritage, created by Executive Chef Domingo Schingaro under the supervision of consultant turned Michelin star chef Andrea Ribaldone. Dishes are made with the best locally-sourced ingredients, fr om tasty Regina tomatoes and the finest olive oil produced from olive groves on-site to home-grown aubergines, “friggitelli” peppers and Apulian cucumber, to fish freshly-caught from the Adriatic and a selection of the best local meat. Simple ingredients are transformed in a surprising way in the menu of Due Camini gourmet restaurant: here, Chef Schingaro takes inspiration from his youth in Puglia, bringing back to life neglected flavours through recipes such as ‘Boiled taralli, “finanziera”-style seafood sauce and borage’ or ‘Breaded skate wings, “femminiello” lemon from Gargano’. Even the wine list is of the highest level, prepared by sommelier Giuseppe Cupertino with 600 selected labels, 450 of which from Puglia. The same raw ingredients on the other hand are found in some of the more rustic, traditional Mediterranean dishes that are served at La Frasca restaurant, at the Pescheria Da Vito in Cala Masciola and Trattoria Mia Cucina. This last restaurant in particular is wh ere each week Apulian cookery lessons are held alongside ‘Mimina’s Dinners’, wh ere the cook from the Melpignano’s family home prepares dishes in front of guests, teaching classic recipes such as “orecchiette with cime di rapa” (or turnip tops), as well as meatballs in tomato sauce.

Vair Spa: True wellbeing

Vair means ‘true’ in Apulian dialect, and it is this ‘true wellbeing’ that is found at Vair Spa, a temple dedicated to the care of body and soul set within 2,000 sqm in Borgo Egnazia. Leader of programmes and author of the life-changing spa experiences is Patrizia Bartolin, a visionary director assisted in her work by Stefano Battaglia, a greatly sensitive and skilled body therapist nicknamed ‘The Shaman’. Together, and with the support of a carefully-selected team, they have put into practice a series of truly magical spa experiences which link the achievement of inner happiness to care of the body and gratification of the senses. All of the Vair spa experiences have names in dialect, strengthening their intimate connection with Apulian tradition, such as ‘Tarant’, for women who want to de-stress and regain their essence, and ‘Na Maele’, for psycho-physical detoxification (www.vairspa.com).

Borgo Egnazia welcomes children and entertains them: there is the Trullalleri kid’s club (up to 7 years old), the Marinai junior club (for those aged from 8-12 years old) and for the oldest there is the Tarantari teen club. Aside from swimming and games, these offer excursions around the local area as well as jewellery workshops, baking sessions, ceramic design, obstacle courses, treasure hunts and make up lessons for teens.

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