“Contemporary chic meets rustic idyll: a hip, glamorous masseria conversion among orchards and olive groves.”
It’s a converted fortified farm, or masseria, peculiar to Puglia. Centred around a gleaming-white tower, the outhouses – once welcoming passing pilgrims and monks - have been converted into 40 understated, luxurious rooms. The tower houses the Torre Maizza Spa, specialising in Mediterranean botanicals, while the grounds roll out all around, lush and flower-filled. A lovely large heated pool, set amid fruit trees, is surrounded by decking and luxurious oversized loungers at various levels. The hotel’s serene, white-sanded, sun-shaded beach club - with restaurant and sushi bar - is about 4km away on the Adriatic sea and there’s a pea-green golf course too.
- Gorgeously understated design that’s one part country to one part cutting-edge
- Fabulous spa which uses Italian homespun products imbued with ingredients grown on Rocco Forte's own organic farm
- Sophisticated restaurant set in the former stables with a splendid wine list: think handmade pasta, wild herbs, fresh fish and local cheese
- Rooftop bar with floor cushions and white lanterns on summer evenings
- A 14-metre manned yacht is available for trips along the coast
- It's expensive - meals and the spa match London prices - but the experience is truly 5*
- The local beaches are not the Med's best, and they get crowded in August - but towel space is no problem at the hotel's beach club
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 28 rooms
- Restaurants and bars
- Children over 10 during August only.
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
In new-built, whitewashed tufa outhouses with cathedral-arched ceilings, rooms share a design ethic of bone whites, duck egg green and pale mustard, creating a feeling of light, tranquillity and space. The flagstone floors are occasionally broken by woven woollen mats, set against wooden wardrobes and elegant extra-large beds. Local Puglian objects d'art 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 made using local Trani stone, boast tubs, luxurious Irene Forte Skincare toiletries and sumptuous robes.
There are seven categories (though all share the same luxurious standards), from the generous Superior Rooms to the stunning two-bedroom Torre Suite - sitting atop of the masseria's tower like a crown. The suites between differ by size and whether or not they have a bathtub, plunge pool or terrace.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
The white-arched restaurant, Carosello - named after a native regional vegetable - is located in the now-unrecognisable former stables. Its focus is 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 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. Throughout the day, Bougainvillea Bar served an Apulian-inspired menu of light meals and bar snacks. Fresh salads, pizzette, gelatos and fresh fruits are served from the poolside bar throughout the day - the perfect place to cool off with a cocktail in the shade.
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.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Lunch by arrangement
- Organic produce
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Laze, laze, laze: by the heated pool (open April-October), with its solarium areas, poolside bar, and double-bed loungers during the day or lounging on cushions at the rooftop bar in summer evenings
- Or down at the beach club on the Adriatic coast - it has a lounge area, fish restaurant, bar services and snacks, massages, and volleyball
- Go sailing from the beach club on a 14m yacht to the caves of Polignano a Mare, or the ancient harbour of Monopoli
- Stables near the beach club offer riding along the beach
- The sporty among you can make use of the on-site gym, go jet-skiing, windsurfing, go-kart racing, play tennis on floodlit courts, take quad bikes along the beach or through the olive groves, practice your aim on a clay-pigeon shooting range, or kick a ball around the 5-a-side artificial pitch - all are close by
- Disappear into, and float out of, the Torre Maizza Spa, which is found in the ancient watchtower - try the Earth & Sea Toning treatment, volcanic hot stone massage, Puglian olive oil full-body wrap or book a private yoga session
- Play golf at the 9-hole course of sister hotel Torre Coccaro, a couple of tee-shots away; practice on their putting green and bunker area, or try one of the four 18-hole courses within an hour's drive, best of which is the San Domenico
- Explore trulli country - where the hills are dotted with squat cone-shaped buildings, scrub, olive and fruit trees - on foot, by bike or on horseback; the town of Alberobello is trulli central, and a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Wander through the narrow cobbled streets of beautiful white-stone town Ostuni, which gleams on a nearby hilltop
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Horse riding
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
- Wine tasting
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.
Family friendly accommodation:
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
Kids Activities on site:
Masseria Torre Maizza is near the village of Savelletri, about 1km from the coast, 3km from the town of Fasano, and 50 km from both Brindisi and Bari, the nearest airports.
The closest airports are Brindisi (50km) and Bari (50km). The main hub for travel from the USA and Canada to Italy is Rome; from there, ongoing flights to Brindisi and Bari are numerous.
From the Airport
The hotel is a 40-minute drive from Brindisi airport and a 50-minute drive from Bari airport.
If you want to hire a car see our car rental recommendations.
There are trains from Rome to Fasano (but not direct) and you could hire a bicycle to get to the beach club - but you will really need a hire car to make the most of your stay here.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
Read our guide to Getting to Italy and Getting around
- Brindisi 50.0 km BDS
- Bari 50.0 km BRI
- Beach 3.0 km
- Shops 3.0 km
- Restaurant 3.0 km