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Le Cale d'Otranto Beach Resort 3.0

Otranto, Province of Lecce, Puglia

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  • Guest rooms are dark
  • Showers are small with hand-held showerheads
  • No coffeemakers in room
  • Mandatory club card fees for archery, tennis, fitness center

Bottom Line

Le Cale d’Otranto Beach Resort, a former Club Med, is a large, mid-range resort hotel with stone buildings and beautiful landscaping, two outdoor pools, and a private beach with a nearby swimming cove. The hotel is about a 10-minute drive from Otranto. There are plenty of outdoor activities included in the mandatory club card fee, including tennis, volleyball, and archery. There is also a team coordinating activities for guests, and all-inclusive packages are available. The beautiful outdoor spaces outweigh the 424 guest rooms, which are dark with small showers. Guests wanting to stay in town may want to consider the Hotel Palazzo Papaleo, a boutique hotel in the historic center of Otranto that's near the waterfront.

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Scene

Beautiful private beach, natural swimming cove, and children’s activity program

A private beach with lounging areas on stone and wood flooring face the turquoise water. Nearby, lounge chairs sit on a wooden bridge spanning the entrance of a natural cove. The rock formation forms a shallow pool, and a circular wooden deck with lounge chairs offers a spot to relax and enjoy the view. There are also two outdoor pool areas surrounded by beautiful landscaping, including tall palm trees and colorful flowers. There’s even a nightclub in a pine forest accessible by a shuttle. The property is huge with buildings built of Leccese stone, and offers plenty of space for outdoor activities, including archery and volleyball. An entertainment staff organizes activities for the Junior Club and Teen Club, and a campus experience for 12- to 18-year-olds accommodates teenagers in double rooms with a same-sex roommate.

Location

Less than a 10-minute drive from Otranto on Mediterranean Sea

The hotel is on the Puglia Coast within a 10-minute drive from Otranto. The property has a private beach and is a short drive from an 18-hole golf course. It is around a 45-minute drive to Lecce, and about an hour's drive to Gallipoli. During the busy season travel times will be longer. The hotel runs an airport shuttle service to Brindisi-Casale Airport for a fee.

Rooms

Dark rooms with small bathrooms, some with stone patios

Rooms are dark with hard floors and white walls. Photos and multi-colored bedspreads with matching curtains add some color to the space. Some rooms have small, outdoor stone courtyards furnished with chairs. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and wooden desks. The small bathrooms are equipped with stand-up showers that have hand showerheads. Small pets can be accommodated for a fee.

Features

Activities staff, disco nights, and bicycle rental

The animation staff organizes activities for a Junior and Teen club. A mandatory club card fee covers archery, tennis, snorkeling, kayaking, soccer, volleyball, water polo, water aerobics, table tennis, bocce, and access to a large open-air fitness center with several machines. Additional activities can be arranged for a fee, including hiking, diving, and golf. Disco nights and theme nights, including a white party, are organized for adults, and musicals and comedies are presented in the theater. The hotel also has boutique shops and a meeting room available.

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Address

Torre Santo Stefano, Otranto, Province of Lecce 73028, Italy

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