Borgo Egnazia is proud to announce a great triumph at the German Gala Spa Awards, beating off 126competitors for the title of ‘Innovative Spa Concept’.

Aldo Melpignano, owner of Borgo Egnazia, accepted the award together with Spa Director Patrizia Bortolin. The 16th annual Award Show took place at Brenner’s Park Hotel in Baden-Baden on 17 March.

Further awards were presented in the categories Luxury Concepts, Innovation Concepts, Cult Concepts, Men Concepts, Treatment Concepts and Luxury Hotel City/Resort.

The Gala Spa Awards are one of the leading international beauty and spa awards. The judging panel made up of editors and beauty experts as well as prominent faces such as Sylvie van der Vaart and Susann Altwell were thrilled by the unique concept of VAIR Spa at Borgo Egnazia..

In the Apulian village of Savelletri di Fasano, half way between Bari and Brindisi, the motto is ‘back to the roots’: on approximately 1.800 square meters, VAIR Spa offers wellness and beauty with a clear commitment to its surroundings.

Traditional relaxation methods, local products from the nearby sea and the surrounding olive and citrus tree groves from the fertile Valle d’Itria as well as proven house medicine from farmers provide the basis for the wellbeing concept.
Just like the term Vair which means “truth”, all treatment names originate from an ancient Apulian dialect. The spa uses natural products and oils which are produced by small family-run businesses in the region and Southern Italy as well as the Italian cosmetic brand BAKEL for facial treatments, designed specifically for VAIR Spa. Typically Apulian is also TARANT, a holistic treatment based on the Apulian tradition of ‘Tarantismo’. It combines elements such as music, traditional dances, psychology and nutrition counselling with ritual massages.

The 1,800m² Vair Spa, designed over two levels, includes fourteen treatment rooms, a spa suite with a garden and steam room, a ‘social suite’ for hands and feet, an infusion bar and a heated indoor pool. The initial launch of the Spa in the summer of 2010 included the 11 top floor treatment rooms and swimming pool. The redevelopment on the lower floor creates an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation and offers an authentic approach to wellbeing with a yoga Iyenghar studio, salon and gym, flotation room and men’s barber shop. Additionally, there is a breathtaking wet area reproducing the Ancient Roman bath with a Tepidarium (warm room), Calidarium (hot room) and Figidarium (cold room) along with two scrub rooms, an Apulian Sauna (with basil) and a signature Roman-Apulian wet experience designed to re-awaken ancient traditions.

Officially opened in spring 2011, the latest addition to the San Domenico Hotel Group has quickly become the new luxury holiday sensation of the Mediterranean. The resort features 63 guest rooms and suites; a variety of restaurants and bars; outdoor swimming pools; an indoor swimming pool; a 1,800sm Vair spa, traditional ‘Borgo’ village with private villas and townhouses, two beach clubs as well as an 18 Hole Golf Course.

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