In Puglia, Greece and Cha­monix

On the edge of the Adri­atic Sea is an in­cred­i­ble ho­tel, a ver­i­ta­ble vil­lage spread­ing over 70 hectares, where com­fort goes hand in hand with tra­di­tion. Try the Borgo Egnazia ex­pe­ri­ence with the fam­ily and you’ll un­der­stand what it means to have a dream ho

Milk Magazine (English) - - CONTENTS - pho­tos: karel balas – text: hélène lahalle

Open all year round, the Borgo Egnazia of­fers its guests the op­por­tu­nity to learn some­thing about Apu­lian cul­ture: its ar­chi­tec­ture, its cui­sine and var­ied lo­cal crafts­man­ship. An au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence among gen­uinely hos­pitable peo­ple. First opened ten years ago, the ho­tel was de­signed by Pino Bres­cia, an ar­chi­tect from the neigh­bour­ing town of Fasano. What he en­vis­aged was more like a vil­lage, in­spired by lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture: his build­ings re­sem­ble masserie, or for­ti­fied farms typ­i­cal of the re­gion in days gone by. On your ar­rival, you’ll be met by a lo­cal ad­vi­sor (con­tactable via What­sApp). Apu­lian through and through, he’ll an­swer all your ques­tions and help you or­ga­nize your ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­cur­sions: vis­it­ing Al­ber­o­bello and its trulli, the lime­stone dwellings now on the UNESCO World Her­itage list, for ex­am­ple.

Your bam­bini will adore be­ing en­ter­tained and oc­cu­pied by Carlo Bravi, who runs the chil­dren’s club, flanked by his team of 22 as­sis­tants: 10 for the Trul­lal­leri Kids’ Club (for chil­dren aged 7 months to 7) and 12 for the Taran­tari & Mari­nai Club (for 8-12s). Ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties vary ac­cord­ing to the sea­son, and Carlo re­ally com­mits him­self to keep­ing the kids happy. While the fo­cus for lit­tle ones is on “the five senses”, i.e. dis­cov­er­ing Apu­lian life through fun ac­tiv­i­ties (cook­ery classes, hands-on cre­ative work­shops...), “so­cial­iz­ing” is the theme for pre-teens and teens, with, for ex­am­ple, foot­ball matches or­ga­nized against the neigh­bour­ing team of young­sters from Fasano.

The ho­tel beach, Cala Mas­ci­ola, is a 10-minute ride away in an 18-seat golf cart. Once on the sand, don’t miss the chance to have a swim or take part in the ac­tiv­i­ties sug­gested by Pippo, the man­ager of the wa­ter sports’ club. The food served on the beach, like that of all the other ho­tel restau­rants, is made from lo­cal pro­duce: fresh fish, fo­cac­cia, pizza... Af­ter in­dulging in Apu­lian cui­sine, to help with your di­ges­tion, why not rent a bi­cy­cle, quadri­cy­cle or go-kart? Or do a few lengths in one of the ho­tel pools? This is just a brief glimpse of what the ho­tel has to of­fer... For more de­tails, see the non-ex­haus­tive list of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able at this charm­ing ho­tel over­leaf.

a big thank-you to carla, sofia and their par­ents. carla and sofia are wear­ing polder girl dresses and pèpè san­dals. the borgo egnazia is a mem­ber of the lead­ing ho­tels of the world.

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