Today we travel all the way to Italy’s beautiful little heel, Puglia, to the candle-lit resort estate: Borgo Egnazia located, specifically, in dreamy Savelletri di Fasano.
A 5-star hotel by the Melpignano family, this is a place to hide in a bubble of sun bitten, white washed perfection, in spaces that will have you standing agog at their beauty. Built entirely of rough stone, Borgo Egnazia has been designed to imitate a traditional Italian village (borgo) – slightly amplified for luxury, of course. Additions include a championship golf course, 2 beach clubs, restaurants and a spa that draws inspiration for its treatments from ancient Puglian rituals. The entire property spans 250 acres, the grounds containing native, millennial olive groves, and prickly pears.
This is a retreat where the architecture melds seamlessly with the surrounding villages, the customs, nature and traditions. White-washed and creamy walls create mazes of rooms (each with private balcony), forming gallery-like spaces with grand ceilings, light installations, oversized wall sculptures and hand-carved stone forms. The overall effect is one that will envelop guests into an overwhelming sense of calm amidst truly vibrant landscapes. I love the super subtle palette of travertine and stone contrasted with local referencing adornment. The interior architecture, itself, is linear and simple in form, softened by the manipulation of light, draped fabrics and sculptures. The overall effect of the design is engaging, energising, mesmeric, calming, simple, but strong and highly impactful.
The estate is sectioned off into areas such as the Court or the Borgo inspired by fortified farms, villages, cultural areas and etc. so that the entirety of the complex is its own freestanding town. Whether you’re in one of the 28 villas complete with private gardens and pools, or the Borgo Cassetta Bella rooms with a more rustic feel, you’re part of a village where privacy and stillness coexist with a design that is congruent across the grounds. Fortunately, for those that enjoy architecture, there are few cultural activity hubs around (museums, galleries, etc.), so guests are left to enjoy the breathtaking sights and the addition of this once in a lifetime resort. Or, should they so feel inclined, a walk around the surrounding town will greet them with scenes from daily life in the Italian fishing village.