In this time of global shut down, pandemics, and travel restrictions, I wanted to give a shout out to Aldo Melpigano of Borgo Egnazia.
I had the great pleasure of being a guest of the Melpignano family in May 2018 while on a Puglia discovery trip. A group of travel designers and hoteliers were guests at Borgo Egnazia – a spectacular property and holiday retreat. Borgo is a place where each and every staff member I spoke with took great pride in the property and services. From yoga classes to perfect dinners, from breathtaking natural surroundings to a manicured golf course, from wild beaches and azure waters, to driving around the countryside in antique Ferraris and Alfa Romeos, Borgo Egnazia has something for everyone. Each person who works at Borgo Egnazia is a treasured member of the team. This was the pool in my private villa. Not bad at all.
You might wonder why I am writing about this Puglia destination while travel restrictions abound world-wide and as Italy cautiously emerges from the Covid-19 quarantine? I am writing to applaud the energy, kindness, and gracious generosity of my friend Aldo and the Melpignano family. They are planning to open the magnificent property as soon as Italy deems it safe for staff and guests. Aldo has said that even if no-one will come, no tourists, no clients, he will open to provide hope to others and to insure employment to his staff. His employees are part of an extended family. Open it and they will come!