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Hotel Basiliani Resort amp Spa Hotel 4 star
Via Renis Snc Otranto, Italy -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Basiliani Resort & Spa is an extraordinary complex consisting of a series of pale purple concrete cubes and rectangles arranged on top of one another. This hotel, as its name suggests, is the perfect refuge for those who like to spend their holidays relaxing in a hammam or a sauna and who enjoy getting massages. With a surface area of some 2,000m≤ covering 3 storeys, the Il Melograno†spa (which is also open to non-residents) is the biggest well-being centre we have come across in the Apulia region. Everything at the Basiliani is geared towards peace and relaxation, from the subtle elegance of the guest rooms to the area beside the pool. If you're looking for a bit more entertainment, head for the beach using the shuttle service provided from the hotel.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The hotel stands just a few metres from a main secondary road and its huge bridge that spoils the view of the surrounding countryside. The Basiliani is relatively easy to find and boasts pretty good road links to the main roads through the Apulia region. It is also barely a mile from the historic centre of Otranto and around 133 mi, or over a 2h 30m drive, from Bari Palese airport. Brindisi airport, meanwhile, is around 60 mi away, with a transfer time of barely 90 minutes.

    Accommodation 8.50 /10

    The Basiliani has a total of 127 guest rooms divided among 5 buildings spanning out from reception and the hotel's various facilities. All of the rooms are done out in an elegant contemporary style featuring low-key autumnal shades, irrespective of the category. The light wood and ebony furniture combined with the beige decor make for plush surroundings. All of the rooms have either a balcony, a patio, or a terrace, depending on the category you choose.

    Large families, or even couples who just like plenty of space, might like to book one of the hotel's 9 suites, which are equipped with two bathrooms, each with a large shower. Those who can't resist the luxury of having a jacuzzi just a few metres away from the bed might prefer to go for one of the 8 junior suites, which come with a bathroom and a separate toilet. The remaining rooms consist of comforts and classics (55 each) and are all almost identical, the only difference being their respective sizes.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The bold-type epithet which follows Basiliani in the name of the hotel, namely 'Resort & Spa', will leave you in no doubt as to the focus of this hotel. With a total floor area of 2,000m≤, expense was clearly not an issue when it came to the well-being centre here, which almost makes the hotel an annex to the spa rather than the other way round. From basic cosmetic treatments to massages, from the Finnish sauna to the hammam, plus the sensory shower, the coldwater pool, and the heated pool, the 3 floors of the spa are popular all year round with a clientele that simply can't resist a weekend of pampering. Couples, newlyweds, or even just close friends may be pleased to know that the spa also incorporates a special, more private area where couples can enjoy the benefits of a good soap treatment or a massage, before lying back in the peaceful surroundings of the relaxation area with a cup of herbal tea.

    Apart from the relaxing atmosphere of the spa, the hotel also boasts terraced gardens where olive trees, flowers, shrubs, and succulent plants grow through a mosaic of little stone walls. At the bottom of the slope outside you will find the peaceful swimming pool area, surrounded by a row of exotic straw and wood parasols but unfortunately arranged facing the suburban landscape, and notably the raised bridge of the nearby road. You're better off turning to face the other direction, where you'll find the sea peeping through the pine forest before you. Beyond the bathing guests you'll be able to see the cubes that make up this extraordinary complex and where the guest rooms, reception, and restaurant are located.

    Food and drink 8.10 /10

    Breakfast and dinner are served at the poolside, and whilst you will find plenty of little tables strategically arranged under parasols, you don't have to eat outdoors if you don't want to; in fact, there is a large dining room in a separate building with a rooftop solarium terrace, where you can relax and soak up some rays during the day should you so wish. The low-key elegance of the guest rooms is reflected in the combination of basic designs and neutral colours: a myriad of chandeliers in the form of yellow cylinders suspended from a brown ceiling, geometrical black chairs with pistachio green padding, and white tablecloths, walls, and curtains, all bathed in the plentiful sunlight filtering in through the large picture windows around the room.

    When it comes to cuisine, the Basiliani leaves everything in the capable hands of its resident chef who, despite his vast international experience, takes his inspiration from the local cuisine which he innovates with a few traditional touches and using wines from the Apulia region. Meals are served at the table with a choice of 2 starters and 2 main courses, followed by dessert and fruit.

    Some of the specialities on offer here include Veal stuffed with Mushrooms, Salento Roll, Seafood Casarecce, Steak with Mussels, and bluefin tuna and fresh salmon-based dishes.

    Beach 8.30 /10

    The hotel doesn't have its own private beach but it does recommend Balnearea beach in Alimini, which can be relatively crowded during high season. On site you'll find catering outlets, entertainment, inflatable games for children, and a car park, although this is generally of little interest to those staying at the Basiliani as there is a regular shuttle service between the hotel and the beach. Do bear in mind, though, that the beach service is not always included - it will depend on the package you have chosen for your stay. Having said that, the most you would be required to pay if you're staying at the Basiliani is around £9.

    All of the beaches in Alimini are wonderful and bathed in crystal clear water, but the Balnearea is particularly good for young people looking for somewhere to party. If you're looking for peace and quiet and relaxation, you're best off sticking to the hotel pool, or better still, the spa.

    To know

    Although the Basiliani Resort & Spa attracts a primarily Italian clientele, you'll also find large numbers of foreign tourists here, particularly during low season. The hotel is open right throughout the year and hosts many conferences and other meetings during the winter.

    Animals are not allowed. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and a cable connection is available in the guest rooms: the current surcharge is around £1.80 an hour.


    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, beauty salon, wellness, sauna, massage, spa, Turkish bath, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • The well-being centre
    • The elegance and brightness of the rooms


    • The beach is a good distance away

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    • Overall Score nc/10