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The fertile countryside of Italy's heel, Puglia, is largely flat and characterised by olive trees with huge, gnarled trunks (some of them many centuries old), rich red soil, fields planted with tomatoes and artichokes, dry stone walls and a sense of endless space and far-reaching horizons.
Being long and narrow, nowhere is too far from the sea, and if you choose to stay in a location somewhere in the middle of the Salento peninsula, you can reach the splendid beaches of both the Adriatic and the Ionian coasts, as well as the area's historic towns, within a matter of about 20 minutes.
The best places to stay in Puglia are dominated by the masserias, dozens of which have opened their doors to guests in recent years. These traditional fortified farmhouses are characterised by a tall, solid, square central block and a series of outbuildings often enclosed within high walls. Some of them have aristocratic origins while others were quite humble dwellings.
Today's masseria hotels range accordingly from five-star places with swanky spas, gourmet restaurants and endless services and facilities to relatively modest guest houses offering a back to nature experience and homely food. Prices vary accordingly. More than half the hotels included in our list of Rural Hotels in Puglia are Masserie and they are all worth checking out.
The region is dotted with fascinating towns and villages which offer a great deal to see and also make good bases for exploring further afield in the area. They are a great source of wide ranging accommodation including some of the best places to stay in Puglia.
Highlights include glorious Baroque Lecce (known as the 'Florence of the South'), Martina Franca, Ostuni, Locorotondo, Otranto, Gallipoli, Trani, Polignano a Mare and Galatina. Even if we don't list a hotel in these places, there is never one too far away.
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Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia
One of Puglia’s best hotels offering a serious spa and golf course. Rooms and fabulous suites decorated with romance - white washed walls and rich drapes, some have private gardens, jacuzzis and balconies. Fantastic selection of restaurants and stunning salt water pool. A heavenly spot.
5 star family-run hotel with a delightful down-to-earth atmosphere. Renovated 16th century farmhouse with sprawling Moorish outbuildings and flower-filled courtyards, terraces, big pool and tennis courts. Charming rooms in florals, tiled floors and fireplaces. Excellent spa and beach club too.
Savelletri de Fasano, Puglia
Sophisticated, contemporary hotel with a young, hip vibe. Smart blue and white contemporary bedrooms, some with open fires and jacuzzis. Wonderful courtyard bar with Balinese sofas and excellent restaurant overlooking the pool. Small spa, golf course and private beach club.
Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia
Luxury rustic-chic-romance with a private beach club. Wonderful rooms and suites with rough white washed walls, fine linens and silks - one suite occupies a cave and has its own olive grove and pool. Fabulous regional cuisine, Aveda spa and its very own private beach club.
Martina Franca, Puglia
Five star country villa with great location for touring cultural sights and beaches. A peach-hued building surrounded by lovely gardens. Beautiful suites in elegant pastels with antique furniture. Excellent restaurant, spa and pool. A spoiling spot to explore Puglia from.
Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia
Rustic-chic and a laid-back atmosphere on an 18-hole golf course. Rough white walls, grey paintwork and candlelit rooms adorn this former Roman villa. Breakfast and superb set dinners are served on a covered terrace. A great choice for those who want understated relaxation.
Contemporary design in an old shell within easy reach of charming Gallipoli and its lovely beaches. Original features compliment contemporary furniture and ethnic textiles. Lovely courtyard gardena and swimming pool for relaxing in, and superb breakfasts and dinners on private patios.
Otranto - Le, Puglia
Relaxed retreat with a contemporary twist near the sea. A supremely comfortable Mediterranean spot to explore the Salentino peninsula from. Airy white on white rooms with cool flagstone floors, delicate wrought iron beds and Moroccan lamps. Lovely pool, local food and surrounding fruit trees.
Simple yet stylish masseria on historic olive-growing estate. An ochre painted farmhouse with delightfully rustic rooms - bare stone, wood, wrought iron and earthy tones. The restaurant serves local produce and within the walled gardens sit citrus groves, a pool, hot tub and shady terraces.
Justly famous masseria with wonderful rustic food and a vaguely eccentric air. Pretty bedrooms with white washed walls surround a bougainvillea-filled courtyard. Organic produce from the farm and olive grove is used in fabulous multi-course meals. A divine gourmet rustic retreat close to the beach.
Minimalist luxury in an ancient white town on the seafront. Interiors feature vaulted ceilings, bare stone walls, limestone floors and minimalist decoration in white throughout. Stunning views from the terraces and ramparts, lovely restaurant and spa. A jewel of a hotel.
Romantic, stylish and refined hotel that features modern comforts and excellent personal service. Beautiful airy bedrooms in whites and pastels with ethereal drapes. Wonderful restaurant, roof top terrace and private beach just a few kilometeres away. The perfect romantic getaway.
A private, exclusive property offering accommodation for up to 8 people. It's Puglia's smallest boutique hotel, priding itself on attentive service. The elegant villa sits in ancient olive and almond groves. The perfect romantic hideaway with easy access to the beach and local exploring.
High-tech luxury and stylish contemporary design in a lovely old building. The five-star hotel combines earthy hues and local materials with sleek modernism. Elegant restaurant serves local dishes, great views from the roof garde, spa and meeting facilities. City style for the mainstream.
Stylish rooms and sun-drenched terraces in a fascinating old building in the seaside town of Gallipoli. Arched passageways and courtyards lead to lovely rooms with white washed walls, wooden beams & floors, and paintings. A large breakfast roof terrace has a pool and stunning sea views. Beach style.
Contemporary style in a 16th-century. A lovely B&B with an extraordinary Baroque facade, cafe and cellar restaurant/wine bar. Just six Spartan bedrooms in natural colours with bare stone walls and floors. An utterly charming spot from which to explore Puglia.
Stylishly Spartan B&B in an old palazzo above the port. Elegant-chic white on white rooms with lovely sea views. Equally the views from the huge terrace. with its wrought iron sofas and big white umbrellas, are spectacular. A romantic little spot to enjoy the beach and the sights from.
Three pretty bedrooms and a gorgeous garden in a family palazzo. Chintzy fabrics, pictures and family antiques adorn the bright bedrooms - two have kitchenettes and access to the garden. The huge suite is ideal for groups or families. A great value choice.
Traditional comforts and hospitality in the heart of town. Behind the lovely Lecce stone facade the bedrooms contain frescoes, stucco work, cherry wood furniture and rich fabrics. A lovely little restaurant, small spa and gorgeous roof top terrace with views of Lecce.
Waterfront location and historic setting with good value prices. A great choice for families or groups on a budget. Beautiful townhouse with private balconies overlooking the seafront and small beach. Public spaces are decorated with beautiful murals, painted ceilings, chandeliers and antiques.
Torre San Giovanni, Puglia
Laid back retreat with a vaguely alternative feel near the Ionian coast. A brick masseria in a beautiful walled garden close to the sea. Rooms with an ethnic slant - killims, colourful bedspreads, white washed walls and stone vaulted ceilings. A lovely shady pool and lounge area. A great beach spot.