We stayed at this property for 7+ days and enyoyed it as a base for exploring the Salento region, foremost Lecce and the coastline. The room was spacious, the area is quiet and yes, you need a car to get around. Breakfast was fine except that the brakfast room is quite large and in the rush hour it can be quite noisy!
Great renovations done to the hotel (have been here 2 years ago) and my biggest hobbies were all catered for: food, service, golf, beach and training. Besides my hobbies the room was perfect, large and comfortable. In particular the large breakfast buffet was a joy and the way Italians still know how to treat you at dinner, not just throw a buffet at you. The course is not easy, lovely challenge.
Great quality spa hotel with good large rooms and challenging golf course. Suggest staying half board, restaurant evenings meals huge portions and great local cuisine. Golf course more than testing - 6100 meters par 71. Excellent service all round from hotel staff through to restaurant and golf shop. Top value best had staying midweek.
We were fortunate to be among the first guests to stay at the golf resort May 3 to May 6 after its closure for a major refurbishment. Although there were a few hick ups the hotel lived up to its usual standards. The menu in the hotel restaurant I can see would get a bit repetitive after a few days but food was good and value for money. Staff in all areas of the hotel and the masseria were attentive and very welcoming. Will certainly return and hopefully the intermittent internet will be sorted by then.
The Acaya Resort is utterly amazing, in every way imaginable. Upon arrival, the beautiful and spacious entrance, with its many flowing fountains, makes a wonderful first impression. There is ample and well maintained parking. The reception area is extremely elegant and welcoming, and the guest rooms are simply magnificent - very big indeed, and perfectly furnished with everything you could possibly require during your stay. There is a pristine and well-appointed beach, various pools and outdoor areas, an important Spa and a renowned 18 hole golf course; and the list of activities and services available goes on, and on. There is even a wondrous WWF protected area, that is actually bordering the Resort, and which is open to fascinating guided tours. Not to mention that the local provinces are absolutely teeming with marvellous things of nature and history to view and explore. And what made our holiday so very special, was the professional, hospitable and considerate staff. Even before arriving - indeed, even during the booking process - the staff were unequivocally kind and helpful, in every way, and, as we all know, this is the feature that makes for a magical stay. So many, many thanks to the outstanding, and sincere, Director and his superb team…
Great property, very friendly and genuine personal, private pool for families and adults, good F&B offer and an amazing golf course with enough challenge for the young and senior players. The dedicated beach offers a small restaurant for a quick snack. Plus, you can find s a QR code menu for you to order directly from the beach. Here the personal is simply amazing, super friendly, helpful and dedicated to guest satisfaction, seriously impressed.
We had a very nice stay at the hotel (1 week) and played golf on 4 days. Hotel is conveniently located next to golf and close to the sea. In house services are good: breakfast, dinner, and also housekeeping. Reception/reservation services are excellent. Quiet location but close to the nice town of Lecce. Interesting good maintained golf course.
What an oasis of calm, well off the beaten track. Clearly their main clientele are golfers, but it is a fine base from which to visit numerous towns throughout Puglia. Really friendly staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are a highlight, spacious with lots of room and each with their own individual balcony. We did get to meet the main manager, who was a trainee at Artimino (near Firenze) which was our destination for our first two group trips to Italy, in 2013 and 2016. Did not make as much use as we should, but loved the Sauna, Steam Room, Turkish bath complex. Breakfasts were lovely, only item missing was the bananas. There on one day, but not the other six? That said, the highlight for me was the freshly brewed Macchiato. Fabulous. Only way to start my day. We had our own dedicated table for the evening meals for our group of 12. Great service. An alternative is the great family run restaurant, Minuti Piaceri, in Acaia (see separate review). Just 20 minutes walk, or 3 minutes by car. We enjoyed one lunch and one dinner there. We are all photographers, so we appreciated the prints in our rooms. That said, as black and white printers we were concerned about the over production. Lots of blocked up shadow areas. You would not expect the bedrooms to be too hot in the first week of October. We found the best solution was to leave the Patio Door open and drape the net curtain over it such that the mosquitoes could not find their way in. And also worth keeping the bathroom door shut, as the heated towel rail was enough to raise the temperature in the bedroom. A minor point, but the metal cover to the toilet roll was surprisingly noisy! Not what you need for nocturnal visits. Fortunately if you remove the toilet roll the cover can drop down out of the way and then the toilet roll can be replaced. Perfect... The location is so remote that the nights are really restful. Little noise from the road which runs down to the village of Acaia. About the only sound you can hear comes from the ornamental fountains which appear to run 24 x 7 So a fine complex, worth a visit for non golfers who love Italian towns and villages. Apart from Lecce, many are relatively unspoilt, especially if you go a street or two back from the main roads. Heavenly. Go visit and see a different face of Italy. A relatively poor part of the country, but as such offers exceptionally good value to the visitors. Hayling Seagoon …
Nice place. Expansive. Rooms surround the pool area and the restaurant for evening meals is across the way in a separate building. The golf course is challenging although greens not in great shape. The local beach is accessible by a shuttle bus and is rustic and set in front of the dunes. V good beach bar restaurant . Breakfast first class. Without a car you are a captive audience. Shuttle is available to local town which is gorgeous at night and a couple of really good restaurants. The local marina at san foca will cost over 100 euros for a return trip but has some good restaurants. Also to note. This area is apparently well known for its mosquitoes. Survived the first day or so then my bites had bites! Attenti alla zanzara!
We stayed two weeks at the hotel during a family holiday. The Acaya resort is a very good hotel offering generally speaking good quality service in a nice environment. We arrived early (around 11h) for check-in. Our room was not yet available and we were told it would be available by 14h00 the latest. Unfortunately we had to wait until 15h30 to get the keys to our room (no efforts were made to clean our room as priority to enable early check in). When we went to our room (after long waiting time) to our surprise the room was already taken by other guests (it appeared to have been a mistake at check in). We got another room around 16h00 (although check in time is 15h00 according the hotel policy). Apart from this incident we had a very pleasant holiday. Rooms were comfortable and well equipped (although no iron is available). Dinner was good (menu with three options for starter/main, including a buffet and desert as well) and in a nice environment on the terrace of one of the buildings of the hotel complex. On some days it is also possible to have a dinner in the restaurant of the Golf Club (Masseria San Pietro) which is very nice as well. Breakfast was ok (and service was friendly) although choice of food is a little bit limited for this category of hotel. The hotel charges 5 Euro if you want an omellete or other special kinds of eggs/panecakes for breakfast (which is not acceptable for this standard of hotel where such service is normally included in the price). A small birthday cake was available for our daughter's 10th birthday which was very nice. We also went to the hotel private beach (free shuttle transfer available) which is rather crowded. The most annoying is that the best places at the beach (first row) are permanently reserved for special guests and not available for hotel guests (unless you pay extra) which is not acceptable for a luxury resort. The pool (for families with children) was nice as well surrounded by trees and green. During the busy season, the hotel reserves some of the best places around the pool for special guests. Often chairs stay empty for the entire day (waiting for the guests that reserved a place and sometimes only arrive around 17h00) and other guests need to sit on the ground due to lack of chairs. This is not acceptable (by reserving some places the hotel degrades its service level to the level of a low standard hotel where some guest reserves the best seats in the morning through putting their towels on the chairs and other guests are therefore not able to sit on the best places even when nobody is sitting on the chairs). There is a second pool (for adults only) as well in the courtyard of the main building. The hotel has a mini-club as well which is convenient if you travel with small kids. Once a week (on Mondays) there is a free golf initiation course for children. The hotel sometimes also hosts weddings or private birthday parties. This can be annoying since at one evening we could not eat on the terrace (we had to eat inside) since the terrace was used for a wedding dinner and part of the pool was reserved the whole day for special guests. This not acceptable for a luxury resort. If the hotel wants to host private parties they should not do this to the detriment of normal hotel guests. At one occasion we also had noise (music) from a private birthday party interfering with the life music at the normal guest’s dinner. In summary, the Acaya Resort is still a very good hotel for a relaxing holiday but some areas need improvement in particular they should stop reserving parts of the pool/beach/restaurant for special guests or parties which is annoying for normal guests who paid for the use of all hotel facilities. Breakfast (choice) and check-in procedures should also be improved.…