June 09 2010
Anyone who happens to be in Italy on June 14 – when the entire country is likely to cease all business to hunker down and watch the Azzurri take on Paraguay in the World Cup – should expect deserted streets and piazze, from Monza to Messina. Better to be at the shore in Puglia, then, where the opening of Borgo Egnazia (first and second pictures; www.borgoegnazia.com; from €210) promises to draw golfers, beach-goers and those simply taken with the region’s Mezzogiorno charms.
The hotel’s 63 rooms and suites and 28 private villas, with their white-on-cream interiors – the linen on the beds and the limestone used for the walls are locally sourced – provide cool havens from the blazing sun. The developers, the team behind the ultra-luxe Masseria San Domenico, are old hands at Pugliese hospitality. The suites have private Moorish courtyards, planted with lavender and olives, and rooftop terraces.
And it’s worth mentioning that in Positano, the venerated Hotel Il San Pietro (third picture; www.ilsanpietro.it; from €420), which celebrates its 40th birthday this month, recently underwent a massive renovation and debuted a gorgeous new face just weeks ago, with all the same charm and every mod-con update you’d want.