“Contemporary chic meets rustic idyll: a hip, glamorous masseria conversion among orchards and olive groves.”
In new-built, whitewashed tufa outhouses with cathedral-arched ceilings, rooms share a design ethic of bone whites and powder greys, and a feeling of light, tranquillity and space. The flagstone floors are broken by woven woollen mats, set against shabby-chic mirrored wardrobes and elegant extra-large beds. Arresting photos of the region, black bedspreads and off-white fabrics give the country style a sophisticated twist.
Beds luxuriate in 600-ply satin sheets, goosedown pillows and duvets. Pale-palette bathrooms boast tubs, organic toiletries and the hotel's own olive-oil soaps.
There are 5 classic rooms and 15 superior – the latter are a bit larger and have better views, but they all have small, fenced-in terraces.
The Junior Suite is a long, sweeping room with a working open fireplace at one end, white-draped armchairs, a whirlpool tub, and a small paved garden. The 5 Junior Deluxe Suites are even larger, with fireplaces, gardens, and terraces overlooking olive groves and the sea, while the 2 Palm Suites each have their own private pool and whirlpool tubs big enough for two.
Much of what you eat comes from the fields around you. It’s organic, local and fresh. There’s a focus on seasonal produce and local traditions, but it’s also sleekly sophisticated. Take, as a start, the frisellini you might be served as an aperitivo – friselli are a traditional Pugliese peasant dish of dried bread, often served topped by tomatoes and olive oil. Here they are turned into a bite-sized delicacy served alongside a choice of many martinis and long drinks. The cuisine is Mediterranean, mostly Italian and features many regional specialities – from orrechiette pasta to the freshest fish. There’s an impressive wine list.
Before dinner you could adjourn to the rooftop bar for pre-dinner drinks and fabulous views across the countryside as the sun sets. The white-arched restaurant is elegantly and simply decorated, with heavy white tablecloths and fresh flowers. Candle and lamp lit at night, it overlooks an ancient orange grove and the pool.
Breakfast is a sumptuous, help-yourself feast, including cold cuts, local cheeses – including divine mini burrata (mozzarella filled with cream) – pastries, homemade cakes, yoghurt, juice and choice of tea, coffee, cappuccino, etc.
Children are welcome. Under 3 year olds are free; over 3s are charged. NB in August only children over 10 are accepted.
The policy of only accepting over-10s in August indicates the vibe of this place – although they welcome children, families with kids would probably be better off in the more family-friendly Torre Coccaro next door.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking