Paragon 700

Ostuni, Puglia & Basilicata, Italy
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Paragon 700

Ostuni, Puglia & Basilicata, Italy

Luxurious and elegant retreat in the heart of Ostuni, with immaculate food, stylish pool and underground spa

Luxurious and elegant retreat in the heart of Ostuni, with immaculate food, stylish pool and underground spa

There are many compelling reasons to visit historic Ostuni, named the White Town for its limewashed buildings and fortified walls. Its long history takes in the Punic Wars, Greeks, Romans, and Italian unification. The maze-like hilltop Old Town has dreamy views to the Adriatic. The Gothic Cathedral and ornate palazzi are prime examples of the medieval and Italian Renaissance architecture of its heyday. The surrounding country provides wondrous food and drink. And now beautiful boutique hotel Paragon 700 is added to this list.

The Palazzo Rosso (Red Palace) had been dormant for decades until new Swiss owners realised its extraordinary potential. Interiors were transformed with an assured blend of old and new art, bespoke furniture (such as gazebos and braziers turned into bathtubs) and sophisticated light fixtures. 11 sumptuous suites have original frescoes, huge fireplaces, multicultural antiques and contemporary bathrooms. The ancient water cistern was cleverly reinvented as an underground spa, while the vaulted former oil mill now serves refined local fare in restaurant 700. Enjoy regional wines and excellent cocktails at the 8-metre-long stone counter in the stylish bar, or dine al fresco beside the supremely elegant 15-metre swimming pool. A true paragon of beauty.

Highs

  • Perfect for romantics and design lovers seeking a more in-depth insight into Puglia's cuisine, history and culture
  • Incomparable style throughout, especially in the spacious suites with their soaring ceilings and parquet floors
  • The only full-length swimming pool in Ostuni, and within such an elegant walled garden: a haven of peace
  • Fine dining in Restaurant 700, and innovative cocktails in Bar 700
  • Excellent underground spa with steam bath, chromotherapy shower and treatment room for two

Lows

  • This level of service and style is priced accordingly, but worth paying for
  • No children under 14, a high for many!

Best time to go

Avoid July and August if you can: it can get very hot and crowded in the town and on the beaches. We think spring and autumn are the best times, and it is warm enough to swim in the sea up to October.

Our top tips

You can explore more of the Adriatic coast on their 15-metre power yacht, the Dragonfly. A sunset cruise is especially wonderful

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Over 14s only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car recommended
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Whichever of the 11 unique rooms and suites you choose at Paragon 700, it's guaranteed to be magnificent. All are restored with superb artistic flair and come with kingsized beds and French parquet floors.

The ample entry-level Deluxe rooms have unexpected treasures, such as lovely frescoes. We stayed in one of these rooms and it was packed full of character, with vaulted ceilings and the added extra of our own private Turkish bath. The elegant Deluxe Suites are larger still, with perhaps a grand fireplace or spacious living area.

Exquisite Superior Suites come with cathedral ceilings and hand-painted details on the walls, along with a contemporary colour palette and bespoke tiles.

For honeymooners or that special occasion, the sumptuous Paragon Suite boasts 7m-high cathedral ceilings, a large terrace with a pool view, a sunken bath, and an enormous open fireplace. This is the showstopper: an incredible space.

Luxurious details are everywhere: 100% stonewashed bed linen, iPad Pros loaded with all the information you'll need for your stay, underfloor heating and bathtubs with spa showers or walk-in showers in the marvellous bathrooms, plus a complimentary mini-bar stocked with soft drinks.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe box
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The cuisine here showcases a passion for local and seasonal produce. The Restaurant 700 and state-of-the-art kitchen in the ancient vaulted oil mill has a revered a la carte offering as well as spectacular 3- to 6-course tasting menus for dinner, including one where each course hails from a different part of Puglia. Simpler fare is available for lunch.

We were treated to a 3-course tasting menu (along with lots of little amuse-bouches), which was incredible. The chefs pick their own highlights from the daily menu, all artfully presented, with lots of fresh fish.

An a la carte breakfast - sweet and savoury dishes, preserves, eggs, salmon, hams, pastries - is served on the terrace facing the orange grove and pool; in summer dine here on warm evenings too.

Stylish Bar 700 serves cocktails crafted from homemade ingredients, local wines and spirits; its signature 8.5m-long stone counter is made of antique tin plates. Snacks and small plates can be eaten by the fireplace. Ask about wine tastings in the cellar with the resident sommelier, or cocktail classes with the head mixologist. In summer the pool bar is open.

Paragon 700 is centrally placed in Ostuni so all eateries are within easy reach. For a change of scene, try Monna Lisa Caffe, Ciccio in Piazza, or Osteria Ricanatti. We ate at Bellavista Pizzeria for a cheaper alternative – incredible Neapolitan pizzas.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore Ostuni's beautiful whitewashed old town - the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace, the attractive Arco Scoppa nearby, and the ancient walls
  • Indulge in a massage, body treatment or a 2-hour salt ritual in the unique underground spa which has a Turkish bath, chromotherapy shower, and a split-level therapy room for two (the beds are on different levels)
  • Try your hand at cocktail-making with the head mixologist, or enjoy wine-tasting with the sommelier
  • Keen chefs should take part in the half-day cooking class
  • The region's best beaches are 10-15km away
  • Discover Puglia's distinctive regional gastronomy; cooking classes and wine tastings in the former olive oil cellar are both easily arranged
  • The countryside surrounding Ostuni features wineries, fortified mansions, golf courses and historic small towns

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Paragon 700 is a sophisticated place and is aimed at adults (over 14s only).

Kid Friendly:

Location

Paragon 700 is located in the centre of Ostuni hill town in the southern Italian region of Puglia.

By Air:
The nearest airports are Brindisi (39km) and Bari (99km).

By Train:
There are trains from Rome to Ostuni (but not direct).

By Car:
We recommend hiring a car to make the most of the area. The centre of Ostuni is pedestrianised but the hotel has private paid parking.

Detailed directions will be sent once your booking is confirmed.

Read our guide to getting to Italy and getting around

Airports:

  • Brindisi 39.0 km BDS
  • Bari 99.0 km BRI

Other:

  • Beach 11.0 km
  • Shops 0.3 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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