Italy’s Best Kept Secret
One of Italy’s best kept secrets is the lesser known Puglia. The other one being the Maremma coast but we’ll tell you about that another time. With ancient Italian farmhouses – Masserias – dotting the landscape the formerly overlooked heel of Italy has become one of Europe’s hotspots. Rustic homes have been transformed into luxury 5* hotels combining traditional stone with sleek swimming pools and elegant spas. With a range of airlines flying to Bari and Brindisi, you can get there for as little as £30 per person. Once there, the local villages and restaurants are a far cry from expensive alternatives.
Canne Bianche boasts both stunning sea views, a private beach, 24-hour gym and spa. Stay in gorgeous white-washed bedrooms and soak up the sea views. The hotel has bikes to hire to explore along the beachfront and plenty of local fishing towns to eat out in the evenings. But the main draw is the super cool beach clubs and restaurants that make it a destination in itself, all within a 15-minute drive from your hotel.
Rooms from £222 inclusive of breakfast, a traditional Puglian aperitivo on arrival and taxes
This family friendly boutique hotel is located in a beautiful, historic farmhouse just moments from the Adriatic. In fact, it benefits from being right on the sea. It is also within walking distance of its very own, super chic beach club, complete with sushi restaurant. With a large outdoor swimming pool and exclusive spa with Turkish baths, the hotel has everything you adults could want. Masseria Torre Coccaro is also ideal for children. With a horse riding centre, kids club and watersports, you can also take out the hotel’s 14-metre yacht to explore the coastline. The large outdoor pool is also heated until November.
Rooms from £265 per night inclusive of breakfast, a complimentary massage in the spa for one person and taxes
Surrounded by olive trees, this 16th century has had the most amazing makeover. High vaulted rooms with contemporary fittings are within a stone’s throw from the effortlessly cool Coccaro Beach Club. Here you can eat the freshest seafood restaurant and return by night to see DJ’s spinning the decks. The 28 bedrooms share two pools, a spa, gym and private beach and you can rent bikes and ride nearby. Puglia has so much to offer at this time of year. Please note the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle for the 5km journey to Masseria Torre Coccaro’s beach club.
Rooms from £360 per night inclusive of breakfast, a welcome cocktail on arrival and taxes
Puglia is remarkably family-friendly. White sandy beaches, spacious hotel bedrooms and babysitting are standard making it an easy decision for anyone looking for a chic family retreat. Open all year round, th exclusive 5* Borgo Egnazia echoes the true authenticity of a Puglian village. Expansive grounds play host to three outdoor swimming pools. Townhouse accommodaton is dotted around the Arabian gardens. With plenty of gorgeous restaurant options including beachfront Pescheria da Vito, an in-house cookery school and Vair spa there’s plenty for the adults. Rent bicycles and utilise the kids clubs making this the perfect family retreat. What with the amazing beaches on your doorstep and the 40-acre grounds, you can go to find some peace and quiet and much needed relaxation.
Rooms from £595 per night inclusive of breakfast, fruit, a bottle of spumante and taxes
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