Puglia, in Southern Italy, has a lot to offer short break makers in 2011, with new spa resorts, boutique hotels and restaurants with extra helpings of Italian charm.
The Borgo Egnazia Hotel Villas Golf & Spa Resort opens in May 2011, bordering the ancient ruins of Egnazia, the fishermen’s village of Savelletrito the south and surrounded by Apulian olive groves.
There is a 184 room boutique hotel, private villas, and a traditional Borgo (village) featuring a cookery school, stunning spa, kids club, tennis academy, three restaurants and four swimming pools.
Families will love the OurSpace Kids Club at Borgo Egnazia Resort, which offers a full range of childcare for children aged eight months to 13 years.
Another new addition to Puglia is the Vair Spa at Borgo Egnazia. Relax in one of the seven single treatment rooms, three double rooms, or head for the spa suite with a garden and steam room, a Thai massage room, an Infusion Bar and indoor pool. The wet area includes traditional spa experiences including a Tepidarium (warm room), Calidarium (hot room), Frigidarium (cold room), and two Roman bath scrub rooms, offering the only modern Roman bathhouse in Italy.
Or head to Masseria Cimino, an 18th century ‘agri-tursimo’ farmhouse located next to the San Domenico Golf course. The food is grown organically on the estate or sourced locally.
Many more Puglia ideas are available online from www.sandomenicohotels.com.