We visited the Borgo Egnazia to discover if it really is possible to stay in a luxury hotel with our baby in tow. So if the idea of taking your small child to an uber-chic hotel, filled with artful glass displays and scented lit candles, makes you think twice you have yet to visit this leading hotel of the world.
The Borgo Egnazia is a well kept secret, favoured by celebrities for it's descreet charm, tucked away in Savelletri de Fesano, within the colourful corner of Puglia at Italy's heel. This is the hotel that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel famously chose for their wedding. Sandcastle like in design and concealed by acres of olive trees set against the azure of the Adriatic, romance exudes here. A hotel built from a local limestone that shines brilliant white at noon and blushes at sunset, sitting perfectly composed.
Such composure and romance sound daunting for a family travelling with a small child. We know that Italian's just love children, but will they love our noisy, toddling son Dylan, in this cool, calm, collected hotel.
Borgo EgnaziaHotel Lounge Hotel Bar Reception Lobby Olive Trees Surround
The resort is made up of rooms in the main hotel and villas or family suites in the grounds, all linked by narrow alleyways. The whole layout is that of a typical pretty Puglian village, low levels and quiet shaded corners.
We stayed in a simple garden borgo, with minimalist decor and a private courtyard which provided some welcome space for Dylan to explore. The hotel layout was perfect for our stay with Dylan and it was a unique experience to not need a lift as everything was thoughtfully accessible for a pushchair. Our only request was for a cot but the hotel will provide everything you may need for a baby, from changing tables, to sterilisers and pretty much anything else should you require it.Borgo Room Borgo Room Entrance Borgo Room Courtyard, Dylan Explores. Borgo Room Living Space Village Style
Italy and food go hand in hand and children here are practically reared at the table. Italians place food, family and noise together and the dining experience is a slow patient affair. The amazing staff at the Egnazia seemed to have this patience in abundance and despite my initial fear of the 'whiteness' and formality of the main dining room, Dylan was made to feel special at every mealtime and catered for better than any celebrity.
The hotel offered a choice of restaurants from gourmet dining in Due Camini to the rustic La Frasca and even a supervised children's option at Da Puccetta. Thankfully they all provided plastic cups, cutlery and high chairs for babies and a selection of children's self serve food and fresh fruit was also available. Equally the staff were only too delighted to make something 'special' for Dylan with the chef often bringing out a new creation for him to taste! Needless to say the food here is amazing and I think it may have been the regions prized olive oil that has been responsible for Dylan's Mediterranean pallette today.Due Camini Not so White Dining La Frasca A Taste for Everything Fresh Cooking
Not just for children, there was plenty here for adults to do too, the hotel has an excellent on site spa a championship golf course and even tennis if you have the energy. For your little one's there is an onsite kids club that caters for children from 8 months to teens, free for all except under 3's. The kids club is run by a mix of British and Italian experienced staff and has a well secured entrance and exit system, located next to the children's pool. If you don't want to leave your young children, the club is large enough for you to stay for some one to one shaded playtime and the staff will happily lend you any toys or drawing materials.Kids Club
For outdoor adventure there is also a great playground, which is shaded in the afternoon.Play area
As Dylan is a water baby we spent most days making a splash in the children's pool which had a beach style entrance so he could happily crawl about and play. It was here that seemed to be the main hub of the resort which left the other pools quiet and a great place to relax for some quiet time.Kids Club and children's pools. Dylan in the Children's Pool One of the 3 main interlinking pools The main pool
So can you really do a luxury hotel with a small child? With it's soothing interiors, considerate staff and non judgemental walls, the Borgo Egnazia embraces small children like minor celebrities. Everything we needed for our stay with Dylan was taken care of leaving us time to relax and soak in the surroundings. This hotel is not just about location, luxury or the Italian way, the Borgo Egnazia is about amazing style, and tailoring it's service for guests of all ages. We look forward to our return.For more information visit the Borgo Egnazia