Now, all the places on kodomo.com feature because we genuinely love them. But there are a few that hold a particularly special place in my heart and one of those is the Borgo Egnazia in the Italian region of Puglia. Now if you don’t know (and I didn’t before going there myself), this delightful and relatively untouched area of Italian countryside is on the heel of the boot of Italy. It’s reminiscent of the Balearic islands, smattered as it is in endless olive and citrus trees, ramshackle farm houses and rolling, lovely local ladies hand rolling pasta and cradling their babies. Once considered one of the poorer regions of Italy, today it is the destination for Italians in the know who flock south for some serious sunshine, sensational local Apulian wines and knock-down luxury hotels that’ll have you on your knees wanting more.
And one such example is the Borgo Egnazia. I admit, absolutely shamelessly, that this first came across my radar as the spot where Justin Timberlake married Jessica Biel, so I knew it was going to be special. But as my car gently navigated the rural road from Bari (you can fly there or into Brindisi) I had no idea that this beauty, which appears seemingly out of nowhere, would delight me as it did. It has been recognised the world over as a fantastic option for families. You’ll adore the award-winning Vair Spa, the understated yet utterly fabulous interiors, the stunning food and the general air of decadence that hangs in the air like a delicate fragrance. Your children will never forget the incredible Trullalleri children’s club (which offers everything from Italian lessons to pasta-making classes and has a wonderful pirate ship parked right outside just rife for exploration).
So if you’re coming unstuck for Easter holiday inspiration, the Borgo Egnazia is recommended without reservation. It’s fabulous at any time but there are some wonderful offers in the coming holidays. As part of the whole Borgo Egnazia experience, you’ll be offered the opportunity to discover the delights of nearby Pezze Di Greco where locals put on a tradition BBQ style dinner and local entertainment to celebrate Easter. Cooking lessons and bike rides are just a taster of everything there is on offer at Borgo Egnazia. And from just £585 per person, you can enjoy a three night stay in La Corte Bella (the rooms of the main building are known as La Corte) all the way up to the spacious and beautifully designed family villas (replete with a private pool, of course). This also includes access to steam baths, saunas, the gym and both the indoor and outdoor pools at the spa, dinner in Pezze de Greco, a full Italian breakfast each morning and on Easter Sunday, the Fasano tradition of ‘Canto all’Uovo’ (music and dancing). There will be a four course Easter lunch prepared by Chef Giovanni, a spring-themed cooking lesson from the hotel’s delightful pastry chef and complimentary two hour bike hire to explore the local area (and burn off some of the calories you’ll have enjoyed).
The kids’ club will have a packed itinerary for children aged from 2 – 12 (with a requisite egg hunt included, of course) and, should you want to stay on for longer, additional nights can be added from £183 (Price based on two sharing a twin or double room).
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For other family-friendly holidays in Italy see here.