Club degli Ulivi in Vieste is the perfect solution for those who want to spend their holidays together with their four-legged friend. Inside the structure there are many proposals designed specifically for guests with a queue. And we tried them all together with our Otto!
Ideal solution for holidays with your dog
But how did Luigi, owner with his family of this complex surrounded by greenery on the coast road to Peschici, come up with this idea? We asked him, always present and attentive to the requests of his guests, directly and he answered us like this.
“We took over the village six seasons ago and after renovating it, we opened it to customers who had the need and the pleasure of taking their dogs with them on vacation. Then four years ago, both for personal passion given that in the family we love dogs very much, and through the comparison with guests who increasingly expressed the desire to spend their stay with all the elements of their family group including pets, we wanted to equip the Club degli Ulivi with tailor-made services for 4 legs”.
So, from a village that simply accepted the presence of furry pets inside, Club degli Ulivi has become a Pet & Family Village, a point of reference for those who want to share their holiday with their dogs. And, as Luigi pointed out to us, not only of any size but also more than one per guest, therefore without limits of number.
Many attentions dedicated to these special guests: from the welcome box, the comfortable welcome backpack in which all guests in flesh, bone and hair find snacks, sachets for excrement and ball to play, to the low-depth masonry pool, where wallowing after a shower to cleanse the fur of dirt and sand residues, up to the three dog sitters available for those who want to leave their four-legged friend in good hands for a few hours.
There is also a large area dedicated to 4-legged friends where you can let them run and play freely and the agility course. And there are also many events organized exclusively for them. One evening a week sees them as protagonists in challenges with games of obedience and agility in which for those who get on the podium there is the pride of making their “humans” win a stay at the Club dei Ulivi.
And that’s not enough, because in collaboration with the Gelateria Artigianale Maggiore, which is based in the center of Vieste, all the furry guests of the village are offered an ice cream based on natural ingredients and free of lactose and added sugars created for them. It goes without saying that Otto also liked it very much!
And if you have forgotten something about Fido in the hurry to pack your bags or due to lack of space in the trunk, don’t panic because at the village you can rent or buy everything you need for a holiday with your dog.
As for the possibility of enjoying the splendid sea of Vieste, Club degli Ulivi does not have its own beach but has an agreement with several beaches that offer areas and services for those who love to share relaxation on the sand and diving with their dog. And there is also the free shuttle that accompanies and picks up 2 and 4 legs on the coast that you can also reached on foot with a short walk.
We had a great time at Pirola Beach which has a portion of the lido dedicated to its guests with and without hair. The stations share the same entrance to the beach but are arranged in a separate area so as not to cause annoyance to those who do not like the presence of dogs. All for them, however, the shower with fresh water to refresh them and eliminate salt and sand from the mantle.
But at the Club degli Ulivi there is no lack of concern for humans. “Here the password is flexibility” – so Luigi explains to us, illustrating the various formulas that are offered to customers.
In the village, between the green of the olive trees and the Mediterranean scrub, there are 48 houses of various types, but all with a patio veranda closed by a wooden gate, air conditioning, safe and barbecue. They range from studios for 2-3 people with double bed, private bathroom and kitchen, to studios that can accommodate up to 4 people, up to three-room apartments for 5-6 people with two double bedrooms and living room with single pull-out bed.
But there is also complete flexibility in the formula and even on the dates. At the Club degli Ulivi you can also book for just one night, for a weekend or for the whole week by choosing the days of arrival and departure and with the preferred treatment between accommodation only, bed & breakfast, half board or full board.
The latter was reserved for us and we were happy and satisfied to find the quality of the raw materials and 0 km used by chef Raffaele for the preparation of the exquisite dishes served in the restaurant by the couple of Michele, courteous and very professional staff.
Guests also have access to the bar, where they can have breakfast, enjoy an ice cream or drink an aperitif, a large and splendid swimming pool which can be accessed in the company of small dogs, a play area for children and a busy program entertainment for adults and children.
And if the dogs are offered ice cream, a delicious buffet is reserved for their companions for a tasting of local products including cheeses and extra virgin olive oil and family wine.
In fact, the Armiento family produces both one and the other with the Cantine Merinum label and we tasted them both during the tasting with Cinzia at Tenuta Padre Pio, the second family business, aimed at those on holiday seeking peace and tranquility with a stay in independent villas and apartments among the olive trees enjoying the chirping of cicadas on the edge of the three swimming pools.