Torre Maizza

PUGLIA, ITALY

“One of Italy’s top hotel-resorts. Owner Vittorio has excelled at his two hotels and hip, chic beach club: ‘Coccaro Beach’. I advised a friend to have his 40th birthday here — and recommend it highly for any special event as the food and details couldn’t be better executed.”
-Suzanne (Date Experienced: September 2008)

Great for
If you don’t know Puglia — run, don’t walk. This is your base to stay and enjoy a dramatic, very stylish property with every comfort and cushiness thought of.

With whom
With the kids, as a couple, with a group of friends. NOT solo.

Memorable moment
Leaving our room post evening siesta as dusk set in — the Palms and buildings all lit up against a magical sky with the smell of fresh bread wafting and fabulous jazz playing

Best time to go
April through June; September through early November are best

Be aware
You’ll wish you were getting married (all over again if you’re single). What a fabulous wedding venue.

Room options
Contemporary, minimalist chic – not for you if you’re looking for Italian grand villa style... Think: off-white walls decorated with vintage prints, muted colors and a mix of rustic-wooden/modern-cool furnishings. Long lazy siestas on a terrace are one of the pleasures of a property like this, so opt for at least a ‘Superior’ room. The Palm Suite goes much further and has private Jacuzzi and pool.

Service & vibe
Laid-back yet polished. Staff is super-efficient and friendly, meaning that you can simply sit back and relax. Not too over-bearing, but there when you need them.

Food
If Asian-influenced Pugliese cuisine sounds a little odd to you, just wait until you try it: red prawn risotto, Adriatic tuna, freshly caught fish and local farm food accessorized with garden veg and herbs... Mmmm... And all of this overlooking the pool, terrace and orange garden.

Price per night
From €270

To Do & See
Explore the lovely local area before the rest of the world catches on – Puglia is a lovely place and still under-the-radar, meaning the best of rural Italian life without the throngs... If, like me, you love Italian food, then get to grips with some local specialties at the hotel cookery school, where the chef will accompany you around the estate to pick veggies before teaching you how to cook them with fresh pasta and meat from the local farms.

Sport & Activity
Horse ride along the beach or through olive groves, swim in the heated pool or at the beach club or head off for some golf: there are five 18 holes golf courses in a one hour radius and the hotel has its own nine-hole course.

Spa & Grooming
Fab Aveda spa for relaxing treatments (as if you’re not relaxed enough here!). Amazing therapists consistently topping the polls in Italy. One of the best treatments is when the sachets of freshly picked garden herbs are dipped in oil and then used in the massage – bliss!

To Eat
When in Italy... The nearby Torre Canne area is famous locally for seafood, so try so freshly-caught fish at Ristorante la Rotonda 2. For more local fare, try Masseria di Parco di Castro, in Speziale di Fasano, and for top-notch traditional, you can’t go wrong with sister hotel Masseria Coccaro delicious Mediterranean menu served in old stables dating back to 1600, and on a flower-scented terrace – romantic!

Helpful Source
Think Puglia has excellent private villas if you prefer, but also an expert guide on the area:
The Think Puglia Guide to Puglia

Where
Masseria Torre Maizza is in a central position in Puglia on the Costa delle Masserie halfway between Bari and Brindsi, in the vicinity the Trulli, Lecce and Martina Franca.
Driving directions are available on their website.

Contacts
www.masseriatorremaizza.com
info@masseriatorremaizza.com
+39 080 482 78 38

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