Best Hotels in Rural Puglia

The fertile countryside of Italy's heel 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.  And the best hotels in rural Puglia are characterised by masserias, traditional fortified farmhouses surrounded by outbuildings and high walls.  

These masserias range 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.  So the best hotels in rural Puglia fall into a range of price brackets.  

The best hotels in rural Puglia are also never far from the sea, Puglia is long and narrow and even if you chose a location in the middle you’re still only about 20minutes from both the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic.  And the best hotels in rural Puglia are also never far from a smattering of the region’s historic towns.

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia 

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia for a Relaxing Break

Surrounded by fruit trees, the Masseria Montelauro is close to the sea with 29 white, airy rooms with cool stone floors and Moroccan details.  There’s also a lovely pool and great restaurant.  Or for a hip, but relaxing break there’s Masseria Torre Maizza, a sophisticated hotel wit 28 rooms, some with jacuzzis, a charming courtyard, an excellent restaurant and bar, its own private beach club, plus a small spa and golf course.   

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia to Escape to

The Borgo San Marco is a simple but stylish masseria on an olive growing estate with 16 rustic rooms, a lovely walled garden, pool, hot tub and a lovely restaurant.  Masseria Don Cirillo is another small masseria with a beautiful walled garden, but this time close to the sea and with an ethnic feel to the decor.  

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia for a Beach Holiday

The Masseria Torre Coccaro is a luxurious 39 room hotel with an Aveda spa and its own private beach club.  But it’s not lost its rustic charms at all - one suite is in a cave.  Also with its own beach club, Il Melograno is a medium sized five star hotel in a renovated 16th Century farmhouse with sprawling, Moorish outbuildings, a flower-filed courtyard and an excellent spa.  Or there’s Il Frantoio, which is a foodie treat right by the beach with 13 pretty bedrooms and a wonderful bougainvillea-filled courtyard.  

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia for Romance

The Masseria San Domenico offers peace, golf, private jacuzzis, a fantastic selection of restaurants, a stunning salt water pool and there are no children under 12 allowed.  Also popular with the golfing crowd, the Masseria Cimino is a former Roman villa with a rustic chic edge to its rough, white walls and superb food.   

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia for Great Value

The Masseria Salinola is a ten room boutique hotel in a beautifully refurbished 16th Century farmhouse surrounded by its own olive groves and the spectacular Apulia countryside.  Of you might try one of the four elegant rooms of the 18th Century Villa Magnolia, which also sits amongst olive and almond groves.

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia for Explorers 

The Relais Villa San Martino is a five star country villa, with charming gardens, in a great position for touring the local sights and beaches.  Or there’s the charming Masseria Bernardini, a contemporary seven room hotel in an old shell, close to Gallipoli and the beach.

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels in rural Puglia on our Guru’s list then you could:

Best Hotels in Rural Puglia

  • Masseria Salinola


    This boutique hotel is set in a refurbished sixteenth century farmhouse in beautiful Apulian countryside. Antique furnishings in simple but luxurious rooms add even more charm, and it has its own olive groves producing extra virgin oil. The perfect place to unwind.

    10 rooms from $104
    Sitting Room
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Villa Magnolia

    Carovigo, Puglia

    18th century villa turned boutique hotel. A private, exclusive property offering accommodation for up to 8 people and 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.

    4 rooms from $131
    Exclusive offer  -  Four day food & wine extravaganza
    Romantic Break  -  A blissful romantic hideaway with flower filled gardens, Romanesque saltwater pool and massages in the ancient temple.
    Eco break  -  Eco-sustainability is at the heart of this resort, they recycle water, use solar power and only organic produce.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the caves at Castellana Grotte or any one of the stunning and unique historic towns in the surrounding area.
    Cooking classes  -  Pizza making evenings and cookery courses are available on site, and they're free with bookings of 4+ nights.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Il Melograno

    Monopoli, Puglia

    A five 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.

    38 rooms from $197
    Beach Life  -  This chic hotel offers access to their own private beach with white sands and blue waters and a seafood restaurant and bar.
    Spa breaks  -  Refresh and revive with the spa's extensive therapy list, sauna, frigidarium, turkish bath and hammam.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the UNESCO-protected Trulli of Alberobello.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
  • Masseria San Domenico


    One of Puglia’s best hotels offering a luxurious 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.

    47 rooms from $536
    Honeymoons  -  A sophisticated honeymoon choice- ornate four-poster beds and panoramic views over Puglia, with fine dining and pampering spa.
    Active Holiday  -  Lovely grounds and beaches for walking, bikes for rent, tennis courts, golf course, and both indoor and outdoor pools.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby village of Alberobello with its fascinating domed trulli houses.
    Great walks  -  Wander the fragrant gardens or take a stroll down to the coast.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Relais Villa San Martino

    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.

    21 rooms from $130
    Local exploring  -  An elegant Villa, just outside Martina Franca and surrounded by protected areas, UNESCO sites and unique Baroque architecture.
    Total relaxation  -  Comfortable suites, with flower filled terraces, swimming pool, pampering spa and beautiful parklands.
    Great walks  -  Wander the expansive parklands that surround the villa, or head further afield and explore the olive groves.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the UNESCO-protected Trulli of Alberobello and the Baroque Martine Franca.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
  • Masseria Cimino


    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 luxury.

    15 rooms from $197
    Total relaxation  -  Completely unwind at this rustic chic family run property offering pool, gardens and views of the sea- perfection.
    Active Holiday  -  Whether playing golf, swimming in the sea or cycling is you're thing there's plenty to keep you active and alert.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the fascinating Gnatia archaeological ruins, right beside the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Wander down to the coast and explore the beaches on foot.
  • Il Frantoio

    Ostuni, Puglia

    Justly famous masseria with wonderful 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.

    14 rooms from $197
    Foodies  -  Members of the slow food movement the kitchen, under Rosalba, create extraordianry cuisine from simple home grown ingrediants.
    Romantic Break  -  Chic rooms with wisteria swathed stairways, enchanting interiors and antique furnishings are the epitome of fairytale romance.
    Great walks  -  Meander through olive trees on walking trials from the hotel.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Masseria Montelauro


    Relaxed retreat with a contemporary twist surrounded by olive trees, vines and date palms. Sophisticated, airy white on white rooms with cool flagstone floors, delicate wrought iron beds, Pugliese embroidery and Moroccan lamps. Lovely pool, local food and stunning surrounding farmland.

    29 rooms from $224
    Honeymoons  -  A tranquil and romantic spot for honeymooners, each of the elegant suites faces onto the gardens and the soothing countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the lovely Otranto, with its lively bars, restaurants and squat Aragonese castle.
    Cooking classes  -  The hotel organises cooking classes, learn to whip up your favourite dishes frm the menu.
    Great walks  -  Take a wander around the lush gardens, or further a field into this scenic landscape.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
  • Masseria Torre Coccaro


    An elegantly restored historic fortified farmhouse, minutes from the sea. 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.

    33 rooms from $249
    Active Holiday  -  Explore the rugged countryside on the hotel mountain bikes, head down to the beach, or grab a round of golf.
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the nearby Mozzarella Palace for a cheese tasting then down to the local fishing village of Savelletri for seafood.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection
  • Masseria Torre Maizza

    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.

    26 rooms from $258
    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by ancient olive groves and fruit orchards, with fantastic walking, produce straight from the farm, and beach club.
    Romantic Break  -  A grown up choice with luxorious rooms, wonderful food, romantic yacht trips, olive oil massages and picturesque scenery.
    Great walks  -  Explore trulli country on foot or by bike- discover it's ancient olive groves, fruit trees and miles of scrub.
    Cooking classes  -  Pick fresh olives and vegetables from the olive groves and use them in yummy Apulian dishes.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
  • Borgo San Marco

    Fasano, Puglia

    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.

    16 rooms from $164
    Families  -  A fantastic spot for families with interconnecting rooms, self catering, pool, playground, high chairs and babysitting.
    Value chic  -  A chic and unpretentious masseria, with elegant rooms, glorious pool, citrus garden and bourainvillea gardens.
    Local markets  -  Head into Fasano for their buzzy Wednesday market and pick up some great local produce.
    Cooking classes  -  The hotel organises cookery classes, learn to whip up your favourite regional dishes.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Masseria Don Cirillo

    Torre San Giovanni, Puglia

    Laid back 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.

    6 rooms from $131
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style in this charming Masseria with lush gardens, lovely pool, and luxorious suites with private terraces.
    Country Escape  -  Bask by the crystal clear waters of the Ionian sea or grab a bike and explore the stunning Apulian countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the fascinating and historic UNESCO heritage city of Gallipoli.
    Full of character
  • Masseria Bernardini

    Nardò, Puglia

    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 garden and swimming pool for relaxing in, and superb breakfasts and dinners on private patios.

    9 rooms from $240
    Local exploring  -  Ideally situated to explore the local historical towns and villages as well as the stunning Salento countryside.
    Beach Life  -  Just ten minutes from Porto Selvaggio Natural Park with one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.
    Sailing  -  Yachting and sailing can be organised by the hotel, the perfect way to explore this magnificent coast.
    Full of character

Written by  Nicky Swallow, posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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