|Doubletree by Hilton Acaya Golf Hotel||4*||Acaya (Lecce)||Italy|
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We are at Acaya, in the heart of Salento, among ancient olive trees, Mediterranean vegetation, the wild countryside of the Le Cesine reserve, lapped by the most beautiful crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. Nestled in one hundred and twenty hectares of Mediterranean vegetation, Acaya Resort offers an 18-hole golf course, comfortable, spacious rooms with a view, an extraordinary 1200-m2 spa, indoor and outdoor pools, gourmet restaurants, free Wi-Fi and a conference centre. And a sincere sense of hospitality, which has its roots in the traditions of Salento.
Acaya Golf Club
In a natural setting and unique landscape for its beauty and integrity, in the midst of the maquis and ancient olive trees, you will find the DoubleTree by Hilton Acaya Golf Resort course, designed by the renowned American firm Hurdzan and Fry. The 18-hole par 71 course is 6,192 metres long and offers a wide variety of design, constantly searching for perfect harmony between the natural features of the land and how the shots are to be played. It therefore requires players to use all fourteen irons and woods in their bag. The fairway grass, using a strong, dense American Bermuda grass seed, guarantees that the ball will float extremely well along the surface for shots that are always sharp and clean. On the sides, a mixture of four types of fescue ripples at natural height. For the greens, two varieties, A4 and A1, of agrostis stolonifera palustris have been used: a composition that has about twice the number of stems in the grass than conventional Penncross.
The Gian Giacomo Restaurant & a typical restaurant in the farmhouse
For us, eating is a pleasure. And a real travel experience that cannot be separated from the taste. From the rich culinary tradition of Salento we started to reinterpret dishes, revisit them and develop them with broader ideas. And offer the best cuisine. "Fresh, Italian and Simple” cuisine. "A cuisine that you do not expect." The freshest local and seasonal raw materials are used in innovative, rich and tasty menus to be tasted in the refined Gian Giacomo Restaurant inside the resort. You'll appreciate a perfect mix of traditional and international cuisine, which is always digestible and light, all à la carte.
Surrounded by the greenery amidst the golf course, the restaurant of the ancient farmhouse dating back to the sixteenth century offers exclusively a typical cuisine with tasty local products and dishes. During the summer, the scenic atmosphere of the farmhouse becomes an exceptional setting for candlelit receptions and gala dinners.
The best beaches of Salento
The Adriatic coast of Salento offers the most beautiful beaches of Apulia, lapped by a clear blue sea whose incredible transparency is often compared to tropical scenery. From our resort you can easily reach the most attractive coastlines. As those of Conca Specchiulla, San Foca, or Torre dell'Orso. The Bay of Torre dell'Orso has received also this year the "Bandiera Blu" and the "5 Vele" of Legambiente (the highest reward in Italy) for cleaness and clarity of the waters. The half-moon-shaped bay extends for about one Km between two cliffs, from one of which you can admire the famous cliff of Le Due Sorelle. The sand is fine with a typical silvery-white color, the waters are crystal clear and often framed by dramatic cliffs and stretches of green pine forest. Extraordinary views where you can experience all the beauty of the sea from morning to night, enjoying one of the many typical food of the place, as the fresh ice coffee with almond milk, the "pasticciotto" - a typical sweet pastry - or the "frisella" with tomatoes, rocket and capers.
Spa & Wellness ACAYA
Among the fragrant gardens, olive groves and pine forest, you will find our 1,200 m2 of Spa. A holistic approach to health, wellbeing and fitness where you can rediscover the pleasure of taking care of yourself. The spa facilities, the ideal prelude to any treatment, include a chromotherapy and panoramic Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, frigidarium, tepidarium, sensory shower, relaxation area with herbal teas and complimentary pack with fluffy bathrobes and towels.
Nature & Art by Bike
Acaya Golf & Spa Resort offers a new way to experience the beauty of Salento. Dynamic and relaxed at the same time, where one is able to better appreciate nature, art, landscapes and traditions of this charming place: This new way of tourism is the bicycle. Salento, with its natural and historic wonders, with sparse traffic, is immersed in the olive groves of a peaceful countryside, full of colors and perfumes, where on a cycle one can experience unique emotions and explore the area directly, without scenic filters or by polluting. Both amateur cyclists and professional cyclists can ride along paths rich in history and culture, in some of the most beautiful areas of Puglia, between coasts and cliffs, ancient farms and nature reserves. For Acaya Golf & Spa Resort, the services dedicated to cycling enthusiasts will make it simple to arrange interesting daily excursions, thanks to the bike rental programs and services dedicated to both the experienced rider and also guests on vacation eager to try a new experience. For the experienced cyclist and his companions there is maximum assistance. For newcomers to cycling there is the opportunity to experience for first time this type of "active" holiday. And don’t forget to take a dip in the crystalline waters of Salento and have a SPA treatment, and then a poolside cocktail and dinner by candlelight, you can enjoy an active holiday with biking to see all there is to discover, and relax too!
The Acaya Golf Resort & Spa has 97 rooms and suites, bright and elegant spaces, with a refined design and views over the garden, the countryside or the golf course. The rooms are divided between the ground floor with a lovely patio or garden; first floor with large terrace or balcony; and second floor with panoramic roof garden; they are all extremely spacious with living area and large bathroom. And they are comfortable with king size or twin "Sweet Dreams Experience" beds and soft mattresses. There is nothing better than to lie on four feather pillows and relax by choosing one of the many channels on the 32-inch flat screen TV. A large work desk and high speed Wi-Fi will allow you to stay connected even in this peaceful haven away from the noise of the world. They are also ideal for business travellers if they need to work in the room. Each room is equipped with two phones, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. The bathrooms have a bathtub with shower.
Exclusive 50 m2 suite on the second floor, with panoramic roof garden and view over the garden or the golf course. Sumptuous king size bed, separate living area, spacious marble bathroom with separate bath and shower.
KING FAMILY SUITE
This extremely spacious suite for families offers two extraordinary king size beds, two bathrooms and a view over the garden, pool or golf course. It is bright with floor-to-ceiling windows, located on the ground floor or first floor with large terrace or patio
KING GUES ROOM
Bright, with large windows and private balcony with stunning view over the golf course or gardens. Comfortable, thanks to the king size bed and generous spaces. Cosy, with its refined design, warm tones and elegant furniture.
Perfect to accommodate 3 to 4 people based on a single or double sofa bed, the Acaya Deluxe Family is characterised by furniture and spaces designed to accommodate the family in complete comfort , style and function.
Thanks to the Local Advisor, an evolved concierge introduced in all JSH facilities, our guests can now turn an ordinary stay into a real journey into the soul of authentic Salento. Heterogeneous and varied experiences are provided by DoubleTree by Hilton Acaya Golf Resort & Spa. Let’s start with a refreshing walk between 18th century farms, forests, olive groves and meadows including a relaxing break and local products tasting. Afterwards we can enjoy an interesting visit of the beautiful Cesine WWF Natural Reserve. In the outdoors of the Resort, under the shade of the olive groves of Salento we can take part to sculpture lessons using local stone. Later we cannot miss the cooking class and discover the excellent local cuisine while tasting fine wines in the most renowned wineries. We can also visit the most beautiful cities of Salento: Lecce is considered the baroque pearl of Salento. Otranto, the east gate, is so named because it is the largest city in eastern Italy. Santa Maria di Leuca, is the meeting place of the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas. And for fans of the sea, there are exciting fishing trips and fascinating boat trips to the most beautiful caves in Salento, authentic marvels, with stops in the most picturesque coves to dive into the deep blue of the sea.
TRUE BLOOD Salento
Our goal is to enhance the experience of the territory and its natural, artistic, cultural and culinary heritage. Some experiences proposed by the Local Advisor are extremely exciting and represent a very special occasion to get in touch with nature. You can discover old "sheep trails", ancient farms, charming old rural dwellings, expanses of olive trees, crystal clear waters, wonderful caves that hide precious historical treasures, and countless other heavenly hidden corners . Other experiences will make you discover and appreciate the immense wealth of history, art and culture of the neighboring cities, the first of which is Lecce, with its Baroque buildings and monuments of great aesthetic effect; it is a real jewel of historical architecture.
Away from Mass Tourism
The Local Advisor offers the unusual and unconventional. Sports enthusiasts can appreciate the immersive fishing trips and choose from a wide variety of experiences: trolling with live bait, vertical and light jigging, bottom fishing, medium fishing, bottom fishing in deep waters, trolling, spinning out of the boat, and trolling for big game Bluefin tuna. Then there is horseback riding. This the most ancient and certainly the most fascinating way to discover the area that offers the opportunity to live an exciting symbiosis with one’s own horse. For all fans of the kitchen, the multi-sensory experience of Cooking Class is truly unique and unmissable: the shape, the taste, the smell of food will become a laboratory of gestures, craftsmanship, tradition, research and flavor. And there is still much more to do…
120 Hectares of vegetation
Nestled in one hundred and twenty acres of Mediterranean vegetation, Acaya Golf Resort is located at the centre of a cross-section of enchanting Salento, a few kilometres from the decorated stonework of Lecce, an expression of the artistic and architectural movement known as Lecce Baroque. The ancient art is echoed about ten minutes’ drive from the resort, located next to the WWF oasis called Le Cesine, a national Nature Reserve, and between the countryside of Vernole and Acaya, facing the belt of sea that encircles the peninsula, a harmonious competition of waves between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
On the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, there are countless rocky and sandy beaches not to miss in Salento. Some suggestions to get to know the place better, getting lost along the fascinating and endless stretches of coastline of this wonderful land. Porto Cesareo (with Punta Prosciutto, Torre Lapillo and Sant’Isidore), on the Ionian Sea, is famous for its blue sea, ancient towers and fresh fish restaurants. Gallipoli (with Baia Verde, Lido Conchiglie, Padula Bianca, Rivabella and Santa Caterina di Nardo), on the Ionian coast, is known for its charming old villages, Caribbean-like sea and sophistication. Otranto (with the Alimini, Torre dell’Orsa, Rocca Vecchia and San Foca), on the Adriatic, is famous for its ramparts, beaches with fine silvery sand, lakes and green pine forest. On the Adriatic and on the Ionian Sea, Santa Cesarea Terme is famous for its healing thermal waters and its sulphur caves, while Castro is known for its caves, including Zinzulusa cave, which is one of the largest karst phenomena of Salento. Santa Maria di Leuca, at the extreme edge of Puglia, is known as "Finibus Terrae”; the sea is crystal clear and the coastline dotted with numerous coves and caves, including the Cave of the Three Doors, the Devil’s Cave and the Cave of the Breath, which are accessible only by sea. Il Ciolo, a short walk from Santa Maria di Leuca, is famous for its 40-metre high bridge, from which some daring souls dive into the emerald green sea.
It is because of the famous "Lecce stone", the malleable rock with which the Salento area abounds, that the baroque style spread through Salento. The ultimate expression of this movement is the city of Lecce, the "Capital of Baroque". Churches, cathedrals, ancient buildings are real open-air monuments here. The Basilica of Santa Croce is perhaps the best example of this architectural style. Do not miss a visit to the town of Gallipoli, "the pearl of the Ionian Sea", with its Cathedral of St. Agatha and the extraordinary palaces of the town centre. Or Otranto, "the door to the East", with its Church of St. Mary of the Martyrs, a synthesis of early Christian, Byzantine and Romanesque styles, which contains the largest mosaic in Europe and the remains of the 800 martyrs of Otranto. Or Santa Maria di Leuca, "Finibus Terrae", with the beautiful Puglian Aqueduct steps linking the port to the shrine dedicated to Our Lady "de finibus terrae”. Among the huge number of places where you can see Baroque art and architecture, there is also Nardò, considered one of Puglia’s “art cities".
Food and wine
In summer, festivals are the food and wine events par excellence, especially for locals. Find out about all the festivals that will be held while you are on holiday in Salento. For breakfast, don’t miss an iced coffee with pastries at the Pasticceria Alvino in Lecce, to be enjoyed slowly, nobody is in a hurry here... The ideal lunch is a fresh and light frisella accompanied by Dreher beer at Ultima Spiaggia. For dinner, try the elegant dishes at the Bastioni in Gallipoli, or a simple spaghetti with sea urchins at the Scapricciatiello. At night time, head for the exclusive Gibò at Gagliano del Capo or the Malé at Santa Cesarea Terme.