Perched on Puglia’s Adriatic coast, midway between Bari and Brindisi, is an atmospheric candle-lit village reminiscent of an ancient Italian citadel. But on closer inspection, Borgo Egnazia reveals itself to be one of Italy’s starriest resorts (Justin Timberlake had his wedding there, Madonna is a fan). The 250-acre estate — replete with five restaurants, a hotel and luxury villas, not to mention two private beaches, an 18-hole sea-view golf course and world-class spa — opened in 2010, having been created from nothing by the Melpignano family. It has everything you could want from a holiday, and the weather is beautiful nearly all year round.
What to do
Ask your private guide (all hotel guests are allocated one) to organise a trip to the nearby olive oil museum and never buy second-rate oil again. Or attend one of the hotel’s regular cooking classes and learn how to make the local speciality of orecchiette and ragu. If that’s not enough, spend an hour…
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