Could a package vacation really be luxurious?

19 July 2013


A blog from a guest who recently took a family break to Borgo Egnazia…

It had been a busy start to the year and one without a vacation, so I finally convince JT that the business world will survive if he takes some time off.  I have always relished searching and filtering through reviews and articles to find the best places to stay. I love a bit of culture, sightseeing and exploring new places but these days our agenda is slightly different. We want rest, relaxation and above all, luxury!

So I set about finding our special family vacation for five nights (the business world could definitely not stretch to seven without him!). Now usually this is where I put in hours of research and plan the whole trip – flights, transfers, accommodation, everything. I’d consider myself well-versed in this technique but to the point that this year I just couldn’t face it again and just wanted someone to do it for me. But could I really put this responsibility with someone else and actually book a (gulps) ‘package vacation’?

After some deliberation, I picked up the phone and called Scott Dunn. I was indecisive, I was anxious, I was a bit bloody awkward at times but I have to say, they came up trumps. So I’d done it, I’d booked my first package vacation. But would I get the luxury I aspired to? Nervous? I should say so!

Driving through the stone walled roads surrounded by ancient olive groves we finally arrive at Borgo Egnazia. As we stop for security, it feels like we have arrived at a Beverly Hills mansion. I am secretly smiling inside. I knew I had pulled it off. This was the place for us. Walking through the large doors into calming chalky white interiors I think we both visably exhaled and knew we were in the right place.

There’s always a sense of trepidation before you’ve seen your room though. Are those lovely web photos going to be reality or do they just know how to take a great photo?? Wow. Having been guided through the narrow, winding ‘streets’ of the Borgo the dusky green door to our Cassetta Splendida was opened. Gorgeous. Our own (not so) little town house with garden and roof terrace .

A quiet, relaxed atmosphere resonated around the Borgo and we soon settled in to Puglian life. Fantastic children’s club; great staff, no rigid sessions, just dump and go! Most of the time we relaxed by the pool while the girls floated around the ‘beach style’ children’s pool. Absolute bliss. It wasn’t long before we entered into ‘mid-day cocktail mode’ and I had found my new tipple. The Martini Spritzer. Could talk for hours about the food – amazing!

On a cloudy afternoon we took our pick through a lovely selection of vintage style bikes and ventured out for a breathtaking cycle along the empty local roads and through the golf course to the beach club.

I have visited my fair share of luxury spas but Vair Spa (2013 Tatler Spa Awards- Category Winner) at Borgo Egnazia was definitely up there with the best. I indulged in the U STESS facial, pure bliss.

The feeling of everything being taken care of by Scott Dunn, could not be beaten. No wads of paper and confirmations, it was all taken care of and I felt I’d won. You really could get luxury from a package vacation. So we said goodbye, until next time…and there WILL be a next time. The perfect place for total rest and relaxation, with or without children. Stunning. Now go, go, go!

Laura x

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