Just booked our return holiday to Villa Karina and are so looking forward to returning to Puglia. The villa was perfect for our family and anyone with small children will love this house which really feels like a home from home. It is especially practical with two fridges, very well equipped kitchen, sky TV, DVD’s and fully air con.
The villa is nestled in an acre of private grounds with an amazing crop of pear, apple, damson, apricot, fig and lemon trees there for the taking. There's also olive, almond & walnut tree's there to help yourself to when they are in harvest.
The huge swimming pool is beautiful, private and secluded and the children were kept entertained with the boogie boards and pool inflatable’s which had been kindly left out by the owners.
If you can drag the kids away from the pool the Go Karting near San Vito dei Normanni was great fun and good value (10 euros). The Theme Park, Zoo Safari in Fasano (25 min drive) was very popular and again reasonably priced entrance fee. (8 euros)
If you fancy a trip to the beach, I can recommend Torre Guaceto Reserve which is only 6 minutes away by car. We tended to head out early with our packed lunch and returned to spend the afternoon poolside at the villa or having a tranquil afternoon in the hammocks surrounded by pine trees. Fresh figs were heavenly and fresh lemons in your G & T even better! …
We arrived late afternoon in a thunderstorm and, with nobody to greet us had to wait half an hour while the local contact was located via a text to the owner and a phone call. Unfortunately, the storm had put out the electricity which also meant no water to the property. There were torches but they didn't work and we had to go to the local shop for candles and water. We feel the local contact could have offered to bring us these things knowing it would soon be dark. The electricity was finally restored at about 3am. Apart from our inauspicious start we enjoyed our stay. The villa is well equipped and spacious with a large, very well-maintained pool but unfortunately the water was a little too chilly for us at this time of year. We did most of our food shopping at the Coop in Le Colonne shopping centre near Brindisi as it was open all day. We would recommend this villa, especially for a visit when there are no mosquitos around! …