Located in Puglia, at the heel of Italy’s boot, Borgo Egnazia resembles a traditional Puglian village surrounded by olive groves along the Adriatic Sea. The 49-acre, roughly $200 million retreat—which was built over the course of six years by its owners, the Melipignano family, who still live on the property—began opening in May with a collection of white tufa-stone buildings housing three types of accommodations: 63 rooms within a main hotel; 93 suites and townhouses contained in a village-square-like setting (borgo is Italian for "village"); and 28 three-bedroom villas with backyard pools.
Cream-colored linens and furnishings decorate the rooms, where found objects—stacked newspapers, rusty keys, books bound with string—artfully rest alongside backlit glass jars. Guests wander through lantern-lit cloisters that wind through the borgo to reach any of four restaurants, several pools, a golf course, and a spa modeled after ancient Roman bathhouses. Cooking classes at the resort delve into local dishes like fava-bean puree with chicory and mussels, while off-site excursions explore nearby cities such as Lecce and Alberobello. Borgo Egnazia, +39.080.225.50.00, www.borgoegnazia.com