The Grand Hotel Riviera, a historic hotel in Salento returned to its former glory after a thorough and thorough renovation, is located on the cliff overlooking the bay of Gallipoli and offers a unique experience in the suggestive and picturesque hamlet of Santa Maria al Bagno, marine of Nardò. The deep blue of the Ionian sea, the green of the pinewood and mediterranean scrub, the white of the houses and the nearby fine-sand beach are the colors that surround the hotel. The guests can choose between half board and full board with a buffet service at brunch and dinner in a heavenly location that will allow them to live the relaxing holiday they deserve. The complex consists of 98 rooms (Comfort, Family Room and Superior) all of them wide and sunny, many of them with a balcony or a window with sea view and equipped with every comfort. The "Panoramic" is the most beautiful room of the hotel with precious and modern furnitures, embellishments, bathtub and a terrace overlooking the wonderful Ionian sea. The hotel also offers a luggage storage where the guests can leave their bags right after they check out and before the departure, so they can enjoy the sea for another couple of hours. The Grand Hotel Riviera has two conference rooms, three panoramic terraces, two pools, two dining rooms in the restaurant and two bars. In the pinewood overlooking the sea it is possible to receive massages. Right in front of the hotel there is a private beach club with flat rocks where the guests can sunbathe and swim in the crystal-clear sea of the Gallipoli bay. Only 500 meters far from the hotel there is the beautiful free sandy beach of Santa Maria al Bagno.
Santa Maria al Bagno is a nice hamlet in the municipality of Nardò, in the heart of the beautiful bay that expands from Gallipoli all the way to Punta Santa Caterina, adjacent tourist locality from which it is separated by the promontory of Punta dell'Aspide. The village was born as a harbour where the ships found shelter during the storms and later became a commercial harbour used by the inhabitants of Nardò. Santa Maria al Bagno is a tourist destination for the inhabitants of the nearby municipalities and for those who look for crystal-clear water and jagged coasts: in fact, there are inlets and cliffs, gentle slopes and sharp heads, forests and pinewoods. The coast is full of bays and is near the sea level, which makes reaching the beaches easy.
Places to know and visit
The seafront is exotic. It is a very long street surrounded by palm trees, from where it is possible to appreciate both the sea and the towers, symbol of the town. It is also near the center, easily reachable by foot.
Santa Maria al Bagno was a famous outpost during the period of the barbarian invasions because of its extremely strategic location. This is the reason why the village is full of coastal sighting towers. One of the most important towers is undoubtedly Torre del Fiume Galatena, wanted by Carlo V during the sixteenth century; it had to protect the coast of Salento and an important freshwater spring from the saracenic invaders coming from the sea. It is a square-plan tower with a pyramidal section, slightly different from the typical towers we are used to. Its bastions are 16 meters tall and have a pentagonal plan. After centuries of erosion and earthquakes, the tower was destroyed and all that is left are its bastions. That is why it is no longer known as Torre Galatena but as Quattro Colonne (four pillars).
For those who love a necropolis, there is one in Contrada Mondo Novo. Following the path that leads to the city center, it is possible to appreciate the beauty of the majestic villas and noble castles. A trip to the Grotta del Fico cannot be missed.
The Museo della Memoria e dell'Accoglienza, located on the Alfonso la Marmora seafront, was designed by Luca Zevi and was the first italian museum to collect jewish graffiti. Santa Maria al Bagno is especially known for being the city that gave shelter to many jewish refugees during the nazi mass extermination. The town received a badge of honor from Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In the museum, there is also a great variety of paper, photographic and video material.
Servicese for our guests
Check-in from 17:00 - Check-out within 10:00.
Pets are not allowed.
Free services included in our offers
Reception open 24/7.
Private fenced car park.
Miniclub (10:00/13:00 - 16:00/20:00).
Two pools with sea view equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds (the smallest one is heated and has massaging water jets).
Private beach (from 01/04 to 31/10) equipped with platforms, umbrellas, sunbeds (subject to availability).
Access to the wellness centre.
Hairstylist on request.
Car and bike rental.
Doctor on request.
Transfer from/to the main airports and railway stations.
Excursions and guided tours (surcharge).
Scuba diving lessons (surcharge).
Sailing lessons at the sailing club "La Lampara" (surcharge).
There are two dining rooms at the Grand Hotel Riviera: the Cloe Restaurant, with a wide terrace overlooking the sea and the Nereide dining room, with a courtyard where it is possible to eat outdoors. Breakfast and dinner are served in the Nereide, while the guests can reserve themed dinners (romantic, friendly, family) with waiter service in the Cloe Restaurant, where the chefs will cook gourmet dishes served with excellent wines. The guests of the hotel will have discounts on the menu in the Cloe Restaurant (25%, water and homemade wine are included). There is a typical apulian dinner once a week, while there is an area dedicated to different gastronomic themes every evening. Breakfast is served from 31/03 to 31/10, 7:30-10.30, with a great variety of desserts and savoury foods; water, wine and juices are included; during the other periods 7:30-9:00. Lunch is served 12:30-14:30 with a buffet service, water and homemade wine are included. Dinner is served 19:30-21:30 with a buffet service and the most exclusive dishes of the apulian, italian and international tradition; water and homemade wine are included. High chairs for children are available in the dining room and the staff will serve (on request) unsalted vegetable stock, vegetable puree, rice cream, unsalted tomato puree, whole and semi-skimmed milk, cheese, grated cheese, yogurt and two types of pastina. From 01/01 to 26/05 and from 23/09 to 30/12, the buffet service at lunch and dinner might be replaced by a waiter service and a menu with three courses, at the hotel managment's discretion. The restaurants also have products for guests with celiac disease: bread, pasta, biscuits. The Bar Riviera is in the lobby with sea view, perfect to sip a drink pampered by the background music in a refined location. The Garden Bar is situated between the two pools and the pinewood; here the guests can live unforgettable moments surrounded by the trick of the light of the evening sky.
Half board with beverages
It includes a welcome drink, porterage, Wi-Fi connection, buffet service at breakfast (7:30-11:00), lunch (12:30-14:30) or dinner (19:30-21:30), beverages included; pools (one is heated and has massaging water jets); solarium terraces; fitness room; playground, mini club (27/05-30/09, 10:00/13:00 - 16:00/20:00); aperitif by the pool with dj set on saturday afternoon, typical apulian evening; every evening there is a themed dinner; private beach club from 01/04 to 31/10, rocky beach with umbrellas and sunbeds (on request and subject to availability).
The offer does not include
Medical and luggage insurance.
Tips and everything that is not explicitly listed.
Extra lunch € 20,00 per person.
Late check-out € 20,00 per person.
Tourist tax € 2,00 per person per day, must be paid on the spot.
Free for babies 0-3 years (cradle included).
Free for 1 child 3-13 years from 01/07 to 15/07 and from 02/09 to 30/12.
Family plan: 2+2 = pay for 3 (children 0-13 years) from 15/07 to 02/09.
Special 1 adult + 1 baby 0-3 years: pay for 1 + single-room surcharge.
Special 1 adult + 1 child 3-13 years: pay for 1 + 25% discount on the other 1.
1 adult + 2 children: pay for 2 + discount on the third bed.
20% discount in the affiliated beach clubs: Lido Bagno Maria, Lido Capirinha and Lido Conchiglie.
Possible reductions and additional costs might be subject to variations and they will appear on the "Book" page.