Masseria Le Torri - Puglia
Rising, dazzling white, above an olive grove, the Adult Only Masseria Le Torri has the presence, elegance and style that belong in the pages of a magazine. The owner Mimmo and his wife Silvana have used their long heritage in hospitality to create a tranquil and harmonious idyll where quality and service shine in everything they do. Silvana manages the day-to-day running of the hotel and her generous spirit and infectious Italian flair give it the warm personality of a private home with the all the finesse and discrete luxury you would expect from an expertly-run boutique retreat.
The masseria once belonged to Mimmo’s mother and his love for this beautiful building is palpable in the care and attention to detail evident in its restoration. It has a serene, dream-like quality about it: chandeliers and birdcages hanging from trees and sheer fabrics giving the nine en-suite double bedrooms an ethereal quality. They share the colour scheme that runs throughout the hotel – a harmonious combination of natural wood and stone, with the gentlest whites and creams. It’s complemented by the selection of carefully, creatively placed objects that help make every room unique: an open book with a red rose laid across it; antique wooden doors as headboards and, in one of the shared living spaces, an ancient piano, as pleasingly old-fashioned as the bed linen is sumptuously soft.
The shared swimming pool has more than a touch of Riviera glamour, brilliant white deckchairs and sunbeds lined up in rows beside the clear blue water, parasols on standby and a bar, serving drinks and light lunches. Delicious breakfasts are included in your stay and served in a room once used to dry the masseria’s abundant crop of almonds, although in the warmest months, tables and chairs are spread outside so you can start the day in the sunshine. Once a week, guests are invited to join a local chef for a lesson in the art of Italian cookery, helping with the preparation of a wonderful spread of traditional Apulian fare, to be cooked in the original stone oven that belonged to Mimmo’s mother. The mouth-watering results are enjoyed at dinner, an informal and relaxed affair and an authentically Italian experience.
When your thoughts turn to exploring, tap into the spirit of the original masseria and go horse riding, or, for something more cosmopolitan, historic Conversano is just a ten-minute drive away where dinner can come with a Michelin-star and all the best attractions are gathered around the lively main square. The coast and lovely town of Polignano a Mare are just a 15-minute drive away, where upmarket beach clubs, boat trips, diving and fishing can all be arranged on your behalf.
You’ll find the spectacular Castellana Caves and Monopoli, with its lovely old town, excellent restaurants, castle and pretty harbour, both a 25-minute drive away. There’s an archaeological museum and the upmarket San Domenico Golf in Fasano, half an hour away, and magical Alberobello, the charming city of the trulli, is unmissable and a 40-minute drive from the hotel. It’s one of a number of historic towns and villages that make Puglia such a fascinating – and deeply relaxing – place to stay.Holiday Name : Masseria Le Torri
Reference : STA