“A contemporary hotel which resonates with local tradition, set on a fig plantation with fragrant gardens, a lake-style pool and a sophisticated restaurant”
Decorated in white, cream and biscuit, the rooms are large, serene and unfussy. Most have lime-wooded and very comfortable kingsize four posters that are as minimalist as four posters get; the rest are twins. Floors are likewise pale and smooth, made from powdered Leccese stone. Bathrooms are roomy, with double basins and walk-in showers, and every room has a private garden or terrace with loungers.
The standard Classic Junior Suites are all on the ground floor, with a sofa and coffee table. Walk-in wardrobes are spacious enough to act as dressing rooms and have an automatic light (a nice touch). Junior Deluxe Suites, also on the ground floor, are similar but bigger. The Superior and Executive Suites, on the second floor, have terraces with sweeping views across the estate, plus freestanding tubs positioned for great bathtime panoramas.
The restaurant is bright and elegant, with a fig theme to the décor and a large outdoor terrace. The food - much of it organic - is excellent, and the fruit, vegetables and olives are grown on the farm.
There’s a lunchtime menu of simple dishes such as pan-fried chicken, while dinner is an elaborate, creative and fabulously presented feast. Our delicious amuse-bouches included mini burrata coated in saffron, and gazpacho and baby squid served in a spiky sea-urchin bowl. The first course featured spectacular l’acquasale (a type of local bruschetta) with raw and cooked fish, tomatoes, frisella (dried bread) and foie gras, while our main was a wonderfully delicate grilled sole with chickpeas and wild clams.
Breakfast is a splendid continental spread, and the pastries and bread are freshly baked on the premises. You can also have eggs from the resident hens, cooked in various ways.
This is a great place for families, and children of all ages are welcome. There's plenty of space, and the gently sloping pool will delight kids. There's also a small playground.
All rooms can accommodate up to 3 adults, 1 child and 1 baby in a combination of sofabeds, extra beds and baby cots. Interconnecting rooms are available, too. The Executive and Superior Suites have bathtubs; other rooms are shower only.
Available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The lunchtime menu has dishes that are suitable for kids, but the evening menu is more sophisticated so you may want to head into nearby Serrano for an informal pizza