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By Poppy Cross, edited by Nichola Zed, Travel Editor

In a quiet corner of south east Italy a great white structure cuts an impressive figure in an otherwise typically modest Italian landscape. 

The hotel is vast and magnificent, complete with 63 rooms, 28 villas, 72 Apulian townhouses, three swimming pools, two restaurants, one Ballroom, an 18-hole golf course and a Roman style spa.

Spread over 250 acres of ancient olive groves and prickly pears, it is built entirely from local limestone in the form of a village –complete with clock towers, piazzas and narrow alleyways. Inside are high ceilings, glass bottle lights, flickering candles, good luck charms and browned pages from old books adorn the walls. Small troughs of wheat grains and nuts align the hallways – all tributes to the local culture – and lavender scents the air.

Ingredients at each restaurant are largely homegrown and anything else is sourced locally.

09_i31_Borgo_Egnazia_Credit_Images_to_Borgo_EgnaziaIt did not take us long before making a beeline for the Romanesque haven of tranquility that is The Vair spa, complete with a cinema room, 14 treatment rooms, spa suite with garden, steam room and infusion bar, salt and basil-infused Apulian Sauna, heated indoor pool and even ‘roman goddesses’ in the form of the therapists dressed in traditional robes.

For the ultimate relaxation, I opted for a signature Roman-Apulian wet experience. Yes, I know it sounds a little dubious so let me explain. The treatment involves going from the Ancient Roman bath, to the Tepidarium, then Caldarium and after to the Figidarium. The finale is a full body scrub and wash, which leaves your skin smelling of sweet lavender oils and you feeling fully recharged and invigorated. Which, needless to say, was also the way we felt when it was time to leave Borgo Egnazia.

Learn more at borgoegnazia.com.


PHOTO CREDIT: Borgo Egnazia