Italy

Masseria Torre Maizza, A Rocco Forte Hotel, Puglia

Cool and contemporary on the inside, white-washed and rustic on the outside, Masseria Torre Maizza is a gorgeous boutique spot surrounded by ancient olive groves and the rolling Apulian countryside. Once an 18th Century watch-tower and church, its fortified walls and vaulted ceilings were used as a safe refuge by pilgrims and monks. Today they continue in their sanctuary-like protection, albeit for those seeking a sunnier type of seclusion. Complete with a beautiful bougainvillaea-draped pool area, a cookery school and very own beach club (our favourite hang-out spot), the Masseria is a serene haven that’s worth dropping absolutely everything for.

Location

Masseria Torre Maizza nestles on the Adriatic Coast of Puglia on the outskirts of the village of Savelletri di Fasano. Close to both Bari and Brindisi, the Masseria is just a hop, skip and a jump from all of Puglia’s most splendid sights. Linger in UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello, famous for its striking conical houses known as ‘Trulli’, gaze at the magnificent cathedral of Otranto or saunter the streets of Lecce with its stunning Baroque style and unique local stone. You’ll discover that there’s simply no end to the area’s historical charm.

Your room

All of the hotel’s 28 spacious rooms and suites are immaculately designed with off-white walls and super-chic accents of dark lacquered wood, stormy greys and midnight blues. The expansive main suite cannot fail to impress with its own private garden, pool, terrace and of course Jacuzzi.

Why we like it

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon-turned-evening at the hotel’s super chic Coccaro Beach Club with its sheltered sofas on the sand and amazing seafood restaurant. Whether you’re one for hanging with the beach bods or dozing under a fragrant olive tree, one thing’s for sure: you couldn’t have picked a more perfect place for it.

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