Masseria Torre Maizza

Masseria Torre Maizza

*****

Surrounded by a grove of ancient olive trees, the 16th-century Masseria Torre Maizza – sister hotel of nearby Smith favourite Masseria Torre Coccaro – has been brought bang up to date with a cool, contemporary décor. High, barrel-vaulted rooms have been accessorised with chrome lights and mushroom-coloured, loose-weave linens, while its spa, pool, golf course and cookery school all provide welcome flashes of modernity.

Highlights:

  • A wonderful restaurant, serving fresh, artisan produce

  • It’s a genuine destination hotel, with pools, a spa, a beach club and golf course nearby

  • The hotel is small and intimate, and perfect for a romantic break (or honeymoon)

Smith extra

A bottle of wine on arrival; members staying two nights get two green fees on the hotel's nine-hole golf course; members staying four nights also receive a welcome cocktail at the bar and dinner for two (excluding drinks)

In the know

Also need to know:

Seven-night minimum stay in August.The Aveda Spa may be more medicinal than beautiful, but it still provides a super-relaxing experience. Its signature treatments involve dipping sachets of freshly picked herbs from the gardens into oil, and smothering them all over you. One of its therapists, Sergio Scutteri, has been voted one of Italy’s top five. The hotel also has a cookery school (€80 a person, including lunch), whereby guests can pick fresh olives and vegetables from the olive groves and use them to produce tasty Apulian dishes – and pizzas for the kids.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

If you’ll pardon my sounding like a novelty T-shirt for a moment or a bumper-sticker slogan for a moment, I have to say, Italians do it better. Especially when it comes to rustic chic. My first impression of Masseria Torre Maizza is, quite simply, ‘Wow’. After a 40-minute, holiday-mood-enhancing, scenic drive from Brindisi airport, we arrive at our hillside idyll to be hit by breathtaking views of a glistening-in-the-distance sea. It’s as love-at-first-sight as hotel encounters get.

Five-star isn’t to be sniffed at, but as any discerning luxury traveller knows, it’s best served unstuffily. T

Accommodation details

Address:

C. da Coccaro s/n, Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia, 72015
Savelletri di Fasano
Italy

Location:

33.1 mi / 53.3 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Golf
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Aerobics instruction
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

With black-and-white checked tiles on the floor and vines snaking across the ceiling, Delle Palme is a romantic spot for a meal. Chef Vito Giannuzzi’s Asian-influenced Pugliese cuisine – sliced Adriatic red tuna with dill, fennel, pine nuts and raisins; red-prawn risotto with a wild mushroom sauce – makes creative use of local ingredients. Indeed, the restaurant proudly operates a ‘kilometre zero’ policy, in which regional producers provide all the ingredients.

Top table:

Ask for the staff to set up a table for you in the orange groves just outside the restaurant; your appetite will certainly be piqued by the gently wafting scent of orange blossom.

Last orders:

The restaurant stops serving at 10.30pm; the last cocktails are mixed in the bar at around 1am.

Room service:

A full a la carte menu is available during restaurant hours (7.30am–10.30am, 12.30pm–2.30pm and 8pm–10.30pm), and snacks and cold dishes can be ordered at any time between 7am and 1am.

Hotel bar:

The quiet and romantic Delle Bouganville Bar is situated in a long, thin room that’s separated into several cosy nooks. Curl up on a sofa in front of the open fireplace, bow heads over one of the intimate circular tables or sip Pink Russians created by Puglia’s best barman – it’s true, he’s won an award – by candlelight on the outdoor summer terrace.

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