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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Knockout spa

    Delicious food

    Great golf

  • Kids will love

    Activities aplenty

    Kids club

    Sun, sea and sand

  • Don’t expect

    DVD players

    Inexpensive food

    Small-scale set-up


Borgo Egnazia hotel has at least a week’s worth of family entertainment: four pools, two beach clubs, a golf course and a knockout spa. The style is rural whimsy – nuts in baskets, keys strung on rope – and there’s plenty for children, including a kids club and games room. This is a sociable, fun hotel: expect to play football with staff, visit local farms and leave in love with Puglia.

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Here's what you get for booking Borgo Egnazia with us:

A bottle of spumante, plus Apulian cookies and fruit

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‘There was a kids’ disco and the kids’ club staff devised routines to every song; kids of all ages and even a few parents joined in’

Rob da Bank


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Borgo Egnazia – Puglia – Italy

Need To Know


192: 63 bedrooms (including seven suites) in La Corte, the fort-like main building; 92 bedrooms in the Borgo, and 28 villas.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. (Guests can use the pool and beach before check-in, though.)


Double rooms from £156.92 (€176), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Breakfast (a generous buffet) is included. For guests staying in the Villa Magnifica, airport transfers by minivan from Bari or Brindisi, a personal massaie (butler and chef), bike hire, babysitting, a round of golf, laundry, customised bath experience, gifts on arrival and departure, and a special gift for kids. Children are very welcome: under-3s can sleep in cots for free; extra beds can be added for pre-teens (€50 a night). Half-board meals are €25 a child, each night.


The hotel is surrounded by San Domenico Golf – an 18-hole course by the Adriatic sea. Booked a villa? Request the services of a butler, PA, nanny or private chef. Bring trainers and your gym kit for morning jogs with the sociable GM.

At the hotel

Golf course, two beaches, two beach clubs, beach shuttle, 40-acre grounds, spa, gym, yoga studio, restaurants, bars, kids club, shop, hairdressers, bike hire (from €16 a day), free WiFi throughout.

In your room

LCD TV with a Bluetooth connection and on-demand movies, minibar, hair straighteners, bathrobes, slippers, L'Amande bath products. Villas have an iPod dock too. 

Our favourite rooms

Get a room in the Borgo – they have more space and are closer to the family pool. Casetta Bella rooms in the Borgo are split across two levels: a downstairs living room with a little cooking corner (equipped with a kettle and microwave) and space for an extra bed; an upstairs bedroom with a stone bathroom (with a bath tub and shower) and a balcony. These rooms also have a little patio garden with a table and chairs. If your budget can stretch, book a three-bedroom villa: highlights include the cosy living room with sofas and a fireplace, elegant dining room, a private pool and landscaped garden. The villas also have a kitchen with a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.


The family pool in the Borgo is heated in the cooler months (from mid-September until mid-June) and is supervised by lifeguards. For teens and adults, there are also two pools by La Corte, as well as a heated pool inside the main building (children must be supervised here, and can only use the pool between 10am and 12 noon, and 5pm–7pm). Alternatively, pack towels and a picnic and head for La Fonte, the sandy beach, open between June and September. Children can splash around with snorkels and flippers or hop on pedalos and banana boats (with staff supervision). There’s also a rocky beach, Cala Masciola, that’s great for surfing – not so great for toddlers. This beach is open between June and September (depending on the weather). A shuttle service operates between both beaches (shuttles leave every 15 minutes for La Fonte; every 20 minutes for Casa Masciola).


Save time for a trip to the incredible spa, set across two floors. Treatments are inspired by local traditions: a Roman bath ritual with an Apulian pink-salt scrub or Tarantism (an ancient Apulian therapeutic ritual for women involving music), for example. Stone slabs hang on the walls, giant pestles and mortars sit on the floor and staff sport relaxed Grecian attire. Under-12s are not allowed.

Book ahead

The kids club needs to be booked a week in advance. Organise babysitting 48 hours in advance.


Small dogs can be accommodated in some rooms; enquire when booking. Pets aren't accepted in public areas, and a €50 cleaning fee will be charged at check-out.

Food and drink

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Family-friendly Due Camini restaurant (open all-year round) is set in the main building. The food is traditional Pugliese (grilled octopus, beef fillet with myrtle, gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and the ilk), the menu changes with the weather and the hotel is pretty much self-sufficient: anything that isn’t homegrown is plucked from nearby farms. Neutral colours, lots of tufa rock, soft lighting and white furniture add up to a serene setting. There is a restaurant for children in the Borgo called Da Puccetta, which has little chairs and tables and a healthy Mediterranean menu: pasta, salads, pizzas, fresh vegetables and fruit. This restaurant is open in high season from 12pm–1pm and 6pm–8.30pm.There are three other restaurants: La Frasca by the pool serves buffets and barbecues in the Borgo, with a garden area for little ones; Trattoria Mia Cucina serves traditional local dishes and hosts cookery classes. Private beach-set Pescheria da Vito overlooks the sea; it's a restful spot for light meals, including market-fresh grilled fish, pasta dishes and light salads.

Family fare

Children are welcome in Due Camini at all times and there’s a special menu (with games and puzzles) aimed at little ones: burgers, pasta with meatballs, vegetable soup, mashed potatoes and the ilk. High chairs are available and packed lunches can be provided: the hotel’s food (including baby food) is home-made and features organic ingredients. Casual La Frasca is also great for relaxed meals with the kids in tow. There are baby-changing facilities near La Frasca. Children using the kids club can have their meals provided (if parents request this in advance; for an extra cost). There are kettles and microwaves in Borgo rooms and the villas. Pescheria da Vito elevates the kids menu above the ubiquitous chicken nugget, with tasty yet healthful dishes such as tubettini pasta with fish ragout, veal escalope with lemon and puff pastry with custard and sour cherries for dessert.   

Hotel Bar

Sit amid glass jars filled with dried pulses and cinnamon sticks at Bar del Portico, next to the restaurant in the main building, and sip a Borgo Egnazia Special (an icy muddle of apple vodka, Galliano, mint syrup and pink-grapefruit juice). In summer, a pianist plays during apéritifs and dinner. The hotel has three other watering holes in high season: Capanno, an open-air bar by the main pools, L’Angoletto in the Borgo and Caffe della Piazzetta on the piazza. Children are allowed in the bar areas.  

Last orders

Bar Portico keeps guests’ thirsts quenched until 1am. Due Camini  and Quattro Torri serve breakfast between 7am and 10.30am (you can also breakfast at La Frasca), lunch between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, dinner between 7.30pm and 10.30pm. For everything else, there’s room service. Pescheria da Vito serves from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and 7.30pm to 10.30pm.  

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Soak up the sun at La Frasca (the kids club often organise picnics in the garden); have a grown-up meal at Due Camini; dine en famille at Trattoria Mia Cucina (June–August).

  • Room service

    Have breakfast brought to your room between 6am and 11am (choose from Continental and à la carte); a selection of sandwiches is available from 11am until 11pm, as is an all-day à la carte and kids’ menu (12 noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm). A limited selection of items feature on the late-night menu (available from 10.30pm until 6am); wines, teas, coffees and cold drinks (fruit juices, smoothies, hot chocolate, milk) can be ordered all day.  


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Parent approved

‘There was a kids’ disco and the kids’ club staff devised routines to every song; kids of all ages and even a few parents joined in’

Rob da Bank


There’s a crèche within the kids club for babies and under-3s (€15 an hour; €45 half day; €90 a day). Prices include private babysitting and lunch; book a week ahead in high season. The crèche has a sleeping room with four cots, changing areas, bottle warmers and facilities for warming up baby food.

Kids Club

I Trullalleri is designed for children aged 3–12 and has an indoor and an outdoor area and a stash of toys. Use of the club is free. There’s one member of staff for every two children, so little ones are well taken care of. Activities on offer include: theatre workshops, dancing, face painting, bracelet-making and cookery classes. Older children can pick from tennis, swimming, bike rides, trips to the zoo and trips to the local ruins. Staff help children put on productions and plays in the evenings. Children can also be fed at the club for an extra cost, if parents request this: a buffet lunch is served in Due Camini and dinner is served in the children’s area of Trattoria La Mia Cucina. There's also a games room for teens called I Fichi d’India with a Wii, Xbox, ping pong table, beach toys and table football.


This service is an offshoot of the excellent kids club. Babysitters can be booked (€15 an hour, €20 after midnight); give at least two days' notice.


The hotel provides baby monitors (free to borrow), which have a 330-metre range.

Other Services

Birthday parties and other events can be organised through the kids club: just talk to staff when you’re booking childcare.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Bibs • Beakers/feeder cups • Weaning spoons • Bottle sterilising facilities • Travel or foldaway cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitor • Changing mat • Stair gates

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Kids cutlery • Changing mat • Potties • Booster seats

For older children

• Bikes to borrow • Bike helmets • Board games • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles • XBox • PlayStation • Books • Trampoline • Arts and crafts materials • Pencils, pens and paper


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Borgo Egnazia – Puglia – Italy

Things to do

This hotel goes out of its way to keep families entertained: there are four pools to choose from, two beaches with a shuttle service, golf, a spa, crèche, kids club, teenagers’ zone plus a range of organised activities

Sunny days

Borrow bikes (€15 a day for adults; €10 for children) and head to the beach or explore the grounds. (You can also borrow children’s seats – €3 each – and free helmets.) Simply sit by the outdoor pool if you’re feeling lazy. In summer, the hotel offers an array of activities: bike trips to Egnazia Museum and Archaeological site, an introduction to windsurfing, ceramics workshops, mozzarella tastings, tennis, golf lessons, football matches with staff against guests, open-air movie nights, yoga classes, kayaking lessons and cookery classes.

Rainy days

On the rare rainy day, families can use the indoor pool or the games room, which has a pool table and board games.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Book ahead at Osteria Chichibio (+39 0804 240 488;, simple, whitewashed restaurant that's worth visiting for the antipasti alone. The seafood (especially the sushi) is worth splashing out on and there’s an impressive wine list.

Don't miss…

Ostuni: this whitewashed village is famous for its trulli (traditional limestone buildings with a conical roof). There are also beautiful little jewellery shops and some fabulous restaurants.

Puglia delivers the goods for families: sun, sea and sandcastles on the one hand; history and culture – Lecce’s Baroque architecture, caves, Greek and Neolothic sites – on the other. Borgo Egnazia’s central position makes it a great base for exploring the region, and the sea is a short shuttle drive away. You’re also well-placed for admiring the trulli. The Itria Valley is home to thousands of these circular dwellings, with beehive-shaped roofs and whitewashed walls, particularly around Alberobello (a Unesco World Heritage town). Other towns worth a visit include Ostuni, Bari, Polignano and Cisternino. The town of Fasano has a wealth of shops and restaurants (it also has its own railway station). Puglia has plenty of historic hilltop villages to explore – bring a car if you can. Go on a day trip to nearby Ostuni, Alberobello or Polignano a Mare.

Parco Nazionale del Gargano, in the north of Puglia in Monte Sant'Angelo, contains the Foresta Umbra (Forest of Shadows). The 1,000 hectares of pine, oak and beech is the last remnant of an ancient forest, which once spread over most of Puglia. There are workshops and guided walks for children and teens ( At Zoo Safari in Fasano (Via dello Zoosafari), you can drive around admiring lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes and other animals. There’s also an aquatic area with dolphins, sea lions and penguins, as well as a theme park with a log flume, roller coasters, ghost trains and dodgem cars. Castel del Monte (+39 0883 569 997; at Contrada Castel del Monte in Andria, is the place to take keen historians or wannabe knights/princesses. The World Heritage Site dates back to the 13th century and is the most famous of the many castles built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.


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Borgo Egnazia
Savelletri di Fasano, Brindisi, Puglia, 72010
Hotel setting

Shore-side olive groves

Getting There

The hotel is set in a scenic seaside patch of Puglia, surrounded by the San Domenico Golf course. Brindisi is a 50-minute drive away.


Brindisi airport (served by Ryanair) is 53km away ( The hotel can provide transfers: €130 for up to three passengers in a car, €150 for up to eight passengers in a minivan. Alternatively, fly into Bari, 60km from the hotel.


Fasano’s station is 5km away, with services to Monopoli and various villages in Ostuni (


From the SS16 to Bari-Brindisi, take the exit for Savelletri/Stazione di Fasano. After 2km, follow the yellow signs pointing to Borgo Egnazia and San Domenico Golf. The hotel has free parking and plenty of it.

Parent travel tip

Get little ones excited about the trip by poring over a map of Italy together. Point out Puglia: children will like knowing they’re going to the ‘heel’ of the ‘boot’.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Borgo Egnazia – has been selected and approved by parents.

 Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Borgo Egnazia, which took local architect Pino Brescia 10 years to complete. Rather than simply build a hotel, Pino raised up a village: guests get a map to help navigate themselves around the sprawl of traditional trulli, and if you stay in the Borgo rooms, you’ll be sent a bolletino (bulletin) advertising events in the piazza. The hotel has more than enough facilities to keep hungry, holidaying kids and adults happy, including a handful of restaurants, four pools, two beach clubs, a bar and championship golf course.

Unlike some other regions of Italy, Puglia has retained its sense of myth and mystery, and the hotel’s styling reflects this. Children will feel like they’re living in a fairy tale, thanks to the bundles of wire tied with string, glass cases filled with old keys and pages torn from books, stone slabs suspended from the ceiling, and beds haloed with soft yellow lighting. It’s not merely fanciful, though: a great deal of thought has gone into keeping guests from boredom. If you’re not content with the golf course outside your bedroom or the Adriatic on your doorstep, there are mozzarella tastings, cookery classes, museum visits and windsurfing lessons to take part in. Working out what to do here isn’t the problem; working out how to pack it all into one holiday is.

Smith & Family

Italians are so wonderfully relaxed about their children staying up at night. There was a kids’ disco at 9pm set in the playground next to the pizzeria and the boys – Arlo (8), Merlin (5), Miller (3) – loved it. The kids’ club staff devised routines to every song which they all followed which was hilarious; kids of all ages and even a few parents joined in. Borgo Egnazia is quite simply a living fantasy. Imagine stepping back in time into an Italian village 200 years ago, and then getting all the attentive service and mod cons of a 21st-century hotel. This faultless stone recreation of a bygone era is warm and welcoming without being gimmicky – whether you’re on a romantic honeymoon (lucky blighters) or exploring Puglia with a gaggle of energetic kids (us), there are plenty of hidey holes to get lost in so you can have your own kind of holiday. Nestled in ancient olive groves a couple of minutes’ bike ride from the beach, Borgo Egnazia is also slap bang in gourmet grub territory and the local Puglian food and wines are unbeatable. Chuck in a world-class golf course, a fabulous restaurant on a private beach and we were wondering if there is ever any reason to leave...

Anonymously reviewed by Rob da Bank, Bestival

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Borgo Egnazia in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The family area with pool, kid's club and restaurant, and also the adult area far away for when its grown up time! very spacious village you will never want to leave

Don’t expect


Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The ambience, the friendly staff, the fresh delicious food, the privacy and opportunity to unwind and reboot - no need to leave the hotel (though there are excellent day trips to explore also). Mimina's dinner and the pasta making cooking class are both musts! Had our 3 month old with us, the staff were amazing and friendly and the baby sitting service was excellent. Very glamorous spot and to be so accommodating for kids was fantastic.

Don’t expect

We had friends staying locally but in a different hotel and it was frustrating they weren't able to visit us without paying 100 per day.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The decor, the food, the service, the ambiance. This is a beautiful little "village" that looks like it's been there for 250 years, but is only 5 years old. Authentically delivered to the very smallest detail, but with all modern touches and amenities you could ask for. The breakfast was particularly amazing. And we loved relaxing after dinner in the bar. We didn't leave the hotel... that says a lot.

Don’t expect

To not see any kids! This is a family friendly resort, so get used to blocking the noise out when you're relaxing by the family pool!

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Food,staff, exceptional service, attention to detail, this place is polished to perfection.

Don’t expect

Lively nights.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

We had a fantastic time in this beautiful hotel. The staff were exemplary in all situations. My wife loved the spa. Very good Wi-Fi cover made it easy to handle bits of work when they interrupted our stay. Our 10 year old also greatly enjoyed himself at teen club.

Don’t expect

It's not cheap, but all the optional extras we tried were very well organised and delivered with pride.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Our room was fantastic, everything was cream and there was lots of room. Separate living room with tv, bedroom with tv and huge bathroom, as well as a large balcony where we could sit out. The staff were lovely and couldn't have been more helpful, especially in the bar and around the pool, where we never needed to lift a finger to move our sun loungers or put up our parasols. Everyone spoke very good English. The entire hotel and borgo area were spotlessly clean. We loved the breakfasts, with a huge choice of everything you could ever possibly want to eat. Eight out of 10.

Don’t expect

It's a little isolated and you do need a car. Opening times of the covered pool seemed to change arbitrarily. I used it daily and after a few days they suddenly changed the opening time from 8am to 12 noon with no notification or explanation. This also happened with restaurants. We'd turn up for lunch or dinner and the restaurant we wanted to go to was closed. There was never any information about any services or events at the hotel, you had to know what question to ask to find out the answer as there was no hotel book in the room to say what was happening. Certain things were rather overpriced eg when we went to lunch on Sunday, only one restaurant was open and there was a fixed price of 35 euros per person for a 3 course lunch. We didn't want a 3 course lunch but it seemed there was no other option. Also the measures of glassed of wine were very small, I would estimate about 120ml. This is not a cheap hotel but as long as you know that, you will have a lovely time.

Rating: 8/10 stars