Acaya Golf Resort
A luxury hotel, 18 holes, two swimming pools, the Adriatic, warm weather & great food.
The Acaya Resort
The old fortified town of Acaia sits close to the sea south of the historic town of Lecce surrounded by acres of quiet olive groves. Here, there is a wonderful golf hideaway - the Acaya golf resort. A new building now houses a big spa, the Clubhouse (replacing the old one by the First Tee and range) and holds conference facilities too. The hotel used to have a slightly American feel as it was under Hilton management, but it's now back in Pugliese hands so once again feels part of the scenery.
The golf course is a tough and varied test, the kind of layout that most golfers will want to play more than once; so it's no harm that Acaya is a little isolated (the San Domenico course is about an hour away) - some might even say its secluded location is a good thing?!?
Acaya Golf Course
Acaya Architect: Hurdzan Smith 18 holes: 6,116m: par 72: SSS 71
Without a shadow of a doubt, Acaya is one of the finest courses in Italy. Broad panoramas and a wonderful variety of holes will keep you entertained from the 1st to the 18th. The opening holes are quite striking with an almost heathland feel, lots of purple heather mixed in with the indigenous vegetation; the back nine has plenty of water: always in play but often with an alternative route. All across the course the bunkering is intelligent, forcing you to stop and make a decision on every Tee-box. Great fun to play and the views alone will have you coming back for more.
N.B. The original Clubhouse (an old Masseria, now a halfway hut) First Tee and driving range are a little way from the hotel (beside the fourth Green). If you don't want to stroll across to the First, there is a free shuttle buggy that will run you over - and bring you back!
The Acaya Hotel
The Acaya Hotel is very much a self-contained resort and holds everything you could want within its walls to enjoy a few days luxury, golf, relaxation and fine dining in southern Itlay. The hotel forms a square around a central courtyard with pool. Bedrooms are huge, with large sitting areas and private gardens or balconies; fully air conditioned and with every mod-con, very four star.
There are two outdoor pools at the hotel, one within the courtyard and an even larger one in the grounds outside. At the latter there is also a cooling pool bar to refresh you during the hottest months.
Breakfast is a vast array of fine fresh local produce served in the restaurant on the first floor. Lunch is available in the Clubhouse and dinner served in the same new building. Needless to say, the food is superb; so is the wine list (which is also sensibly priced).
The Acaya Spa
The Acaya hotel has a very impressive spa on the lower ground floor of the Clubhouse. Unlike many Italian spas, this is not a "medical" spa purely a beauty and relaxation spa. There is a multitude of treatments available, saunas, steam rooms, aroma-showers, jacuzzis, ice baths the list goes on...
In additon, there are myriad treatment rooms for massages of all varieties including the more exotic Ayurvedic and Thai specialists.
Around and about Acaya
The nearby towns of Lecce and Otranto are worth visiting during your stay. If you are a fan of eclisiastical architecture then the 34 churches in Lecce should satisfy your cravings!
Otranto is a smaller town, with a beach and a medieval centre with streets made for for strolling, browsing and lunching within the (car-free) fortifications.
If you prefer sea swimming, the beaches of San Cataldo with their stretches of white sand running alongide the deep blue of the Adriatic are only a few minutes away. And if you have a penchant for rocky coastlines, the drive down to the tip of Italy's stiletto heel at Santa Maria di Leuca will satisfy all your cravings!