Close Close
Mother and Baby

The laid-back Italian spa for mums (and toddlers)

You can relax and take your little one with you at an Italian spa designed with children in mind

Writer Candy White stayed at Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy, with Ruby, one.

'Going on holiday with only half my usual family gang, I thought I’d struck gold. My husband and three-year-old son were staying home, while I went on a girlie spa weekend with my tottering one-year-old daughter.

Despite its elegance, Borgo Egnazia is totally geared up for children and family fun

Her favourite game is to pull the contents of pretty much everything on to the floor and sure enough, upon arrival in the super-stylish reception, Ruby scattered the display baskets of nuts and spices all over the polished floor. Mortified, I couldn’t believe it when the staff just laughed. But, they reassured me, they’ve seen it all before.

Feeling relieved and a tad more relaxed, we headed to our room. I say room, it was more like an apartment, with an open plan living area, two en-suite bedrooms, a courtyard and 
a huge roof terrace (which was safe 
for Ruby to roam about on). A travel cot with a proper mattress and bedding had been set up, too.

Despite its elegance, Borgo Egnazia is totally geared up for children and family fun. There are three pools, bikes, trikes and go-karts to hire, as well as a fantastic outdoor play area, tennis court, two private beaches and a kids’ club for children aged eight months to 12 years.

It was the first time Ruby had been looked after by anyone other than family, but she happily wandered off. Without so much as a backwards glance, in fact. The staff are attentive, but don’t 
overly fuss, and are quietly on hand 
to provide you and your little ones with everything you need. Even 
better, they don’t mind when the 
kids wipe pasta sauce all over the cream linen tablecloths. But it’s the Vair Spa that’s the real gem here.

Tucked beneath the resort, and lit by flickering candles and oversized lanterns, it offers everything from physiotherapy to serious skin-sorting facials using treatments based on local ingredients. I had the Abbel Bel (translation: Oh So Slowly) facial, which used fresh almonds, rosemary, sage, mint, lemon and olive oil to 
perk up my lacklustre looks. The 
U Mor massage – an ultra-relaxing, seawater-based treatment inspired by the rhythmic movement of the sea – is seriously good, too.

The spa puts a big emphasis on connecting mind, body and spirit – and it worked. I felt totally blissed out, helped in no small part by the fact Ruby was having a whale of 
a time in the kids’ club. There’s nothing quite like guilt-free bliss.’

Why you’ll love it

There’s lots for children of all ages, and the staff are welcoming and unflappable.

Why your baby will love it

This is modern-luxe heaven but with a twist, allowing you to enjoy a family break in gorgeous surroundings.

Book it!

A seven-night stay at  Borgo Egnazia costs from £1,355 
per person, including bed and breakfast, return flights and private transfers. Visit Western Oriental.

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Subscribe to Mother&Baby!

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Win £1,000 of Carpetright vouchers
Win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Create a fantasy world on your floor with your baby for your chance to win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick
Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick

Abeille Cellular Blankets, available fromHippychick, are delectably soft, made from 100% cotton and now available in six super-stylish colours. Click for your chance to win!

Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement
Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement

Blueiron is Scandinavia’s fastest-growing liquid iron supplement and has already helped thousands of women low in iron during pregnancy, breastfeeding and those with intense fitness regimes. Click for your chance to win!

Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks
Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks

Made from quinoa, lentils and chickpeas, and packed with vegetable protein, Kiddylicious Super Snacks help to keep your little ones whizzing about. Click for your chance to win!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator

Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.

Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.