The romantic boutique apartment accommodation “Masseria Alchimia” is located in Fasano approximately 50 km South of Bari (the capital of Puglia in the heel of the Italian boot). In the 17th century, the Masseria had been a small hermitage. Owner and landlady Caroline Groszer bought it in 2006 and transformed it to a charming, small resort with 10 apartments, surrounded by natural landscape of old olive trees.
During our two-week Puglia roundtrip we stayed at wonderful country houses (Masseria Cimino, Masseria Le Fabriche, Masseria Fumarola) and stylish hotels (La Sommità Relais, Acaya Golf Resort, Histó Relais). On our way in-between we also visited Borgo Egnazia Resort and Masseria Bagnara but we didn’t stay there overnight. Therefore they make it only to some of our unstructured list of rankings. (You do have to discuss something at lunch time, don’t you? We like to compile our little ratings as a holiday review during the lengthy yet tasty Italian luncheons…)
Masseria Fumarola is a rural trulli style guest house which perfectly combines the charm of a traditional 19th century Puglian farmhouse with the service and amenities of a modern hotel.
We got lucky when proprietor Alessandro Pagano invited us to try a five course luncheon at his country house Masseria Bagnara. Chef Angela Pagano and her staff offered the finest of the locally inspired cuisine.
Masseria Le Fabriche is a newly restored 18th century country manor, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It’s only a 10-minutes drive from the coast of the Ionic see and makes for a splendid stay in Italy’s Southern region of Puglia.
The Masseria Bagnara Resort and Spa is a strikingly renovated former farmhouse now serving as luxury hotel with modern design and an outdoor pool in the countryside of Lizzano in Italy’s Southern Region of Puglia. The Ionian Sea is located just 800 meters away.
Built next to the famed San Domenico Golf Course and a few steps away from the Adriatic sea, the Borgo Egnazia Resort’s inviting rural village style stands out. The stone architecture, the stylish decoration and the special atmosphere created by the surrounding scenery — olive and lemon trees, fragrant flower and prickly pears — all contribute to create an extraordinary experience.
Masseria Cimino is a 18th century farmhouse that has been transformed into a very stylish boutique hotel. The hotel is situated in Savelletri di Fasano, on the Puglian coast between the cities of Bari and Brindisi. The rooms offer authentic rural design whereas the bar and lounge boast romantic light effects.
Beginning of October 2011 we went on a two week roundtrip in Puglia, the region which forms “the heel of Italy’s boot”. The focus during our trip was on bucolic landscapes, golf courses, typical italian food and stellar accomodation. Thanks to all those who gave us some good recommendations on what to see and where to go.