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Closing out the last weeks of summer, we bring you Whitewaller Puglia. Below, you’ll find our list of the top spots to enjoy while you’re in Southern Italy, created in partnership with Eleonora Betesh, founder of VIA Puglia Magazine.
Located in the countryside of Ostuni, this 120-acre estate is home to protected woods, ancient olive groves, a consecrated chapel, fruit orchards, and an organic vegetable garden. Inside the beautifully restored 17th century Masseria, history, and contemporaneity converge: each room is rich in character and particular architecture, complemented by art installations, eclectic furniture, intriguing photography, rare books, and memoirs of international journeys, all of which are set in thoughtful cozy corners, open fireplaces, and sublime outdoor living spaces. The property includes several shady terraces, a pool house with a fully equipped kitchen, hammam, indoor gym, and an expansive outdoor pool, which connects to a large Jacuzzi, immersed in the woods like a natural lake. Ideal for family holidays, weddings, and private retreats – rented exclusively as a whole.
Everyone needs a bit of southern comfort, and this is the place to find it. Passed the imposing doors is an artistic getaway that infuses Roman tradition, Apulian heritage, and a contemporary artistic spirit. Palazzo Daniele is a hospitality project come to life by Gabriele Salini (G-Rough Rome), and Francesco Petrucci, the last descendent and owner of the Daniele family. With just 9 suites, guests will certainly feel at home to wander barefoot through the open, airy corridors, spacious rooms, and bustling kitchen, and pass the time in the common lounge, charming garden spaces, and the pool deck. Breakfast is served in the courtyard while lunch and dinner are best enjoyed by the pool—choose the Kaffeehaus when it’s dinner for two.
Pettolecchia Villa Collection
Located in the most beautiful countryside along the Adriatic coast, the Pettolecchia Villa collection offers an authentic Apulian holiday with contemporary luxury in mind. La Residenza is a beautifully restored Masseria with five suites, expansive gardens, outdoor patios, an outdoor gym, and a 200 square-metre, outdoor heated pool. Interiors are elegant and classic, delicate yet comfortable, with an intimate dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Suites are meticulously manicured with thoughtful amenities that promise a cozy feeling. La Piccola continues this ethos yet in a more contemporary space where sleek furniture is comfortable and functional. Three suites have private ensuites and separate garden access while shared spaces include open space kitchen and dining room, lounge, shaded patio, pool and deck, and ample garden space. Breakfast is always included while on-demand are chef services, private tour design and transfers, wellness services, private beach access at Il Lido, and much more. The villas are rented as a whole with a one-week minimum stay.
Masseria Torre Maizza Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel
A great destination for the jet-set that appreciates the worldly values of an international hotelier like Rocco Forte generously infused with local traditions. Located in the most glamorous area of Italy’s Adriatic coast, Torre Maizza exquisitely blends Apulian heritage with contemporary luxury and attentive service. The 16th-century Masseria is surrounded by ancient olive groves and a 9-hole executive golf course while inside, the common areas and intimate suites are filled with thoughtful design accents to create a unique sense of place. Head to the rooftop bar for romantic sunset drinks, experience Apulian cuisine at the pool bar or elegant restaurant at dusk. The resort also features a 9-hole executive golf course, a private beach club, and an indulgent spa.
Naturalis Bio Resort
No welcome could prepare you enough as you step foot onto this resort. At first sight, worries are forgotten instantaneously and the spirit is filled with energy, vitality, and curiosity. Lavender fields, natural woods, and lush green gardens surround the historic structures that house 12 suites. The ancient rural village was lovingly transformed into a resort under the leadership of Domenico and Marinella Scordari who launched a bio cosmetics brand before venturing into hospitality. The country-chic rooms are spacious and accommodating with thoughtful services, welcome kits, and outdoor patios. The pool is certainly the centerpiece with hydro massage, plush beds, shaded gazebos, baby pool, and bar services. The menu relies largely on the property’s organic cultivation and Chef Francesco Paladino demonstrates exceptional skill in combining ingredients to bring out wonderful flavors. The 4 Elements spa admits only two guests to ensure safety, privacy, and maximum tranquility with must-try holistic treatments.
Among the most beautiful residences of the Gallipoli aristocracy of the 1700s, Tenuta Mose is a charming relais that transports guests to another time. Spaces feature marble floors, frescoed walls and ceilings, and eclectic furniture, opening the way to manicured gardens, an elegant outdoor pool, centuries-old olive trees, fruit groves, and a vast vineyard. Wine is produced using the ancient native vine species of the Apulian Fiano as well as organic extra virgin olive oil. The bar and intimate dining room ooze historic charm, perfect for afternoon teas and cocktails while the restaurant is celebrated across the region for its excellent culinary technique using ingredients from the vegetable garden and harvests. The setting resembles a 1920s garden party with its glass atrium-style windows, grandiose seating, black and white floors, and antique candlesticks. Rooms and suites follow the same spirit with frescoes, fine textiles, and marble ensuites with plunge pools, walk-in showers, and fountain-style bathtubs.