12 of the 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 12 best hotels in rural Puglia are characterised by masserias, traditional fortified farmhouses surrounded by outbuildings and high walls.

Masseria Salinola

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 our recommendations for 12 of the best hotels in rural Puglia are also never far from a smattering of the region’s historic towns.

For a Relaxing Break

Torre Maizza

  • 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.
  • 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.

For a complete escape

Masseria Don Cirillo

  • 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.
  • 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.

For a Beach Holiday

Il Melograno

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Or there’s Il Frantoio, which is a foodie treat right by the beach with 13 pretty bedrooms and a wonderful bougainvillea-filled courtyard.

The Most Romantic Hotels in Rural Puglia

Masseria San Domenico

  • 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.

For great value

Villa Magnolia

  • Or you might try one of the four elegant rooms of the 18th Century Villa Magnolia, which also sits amongst olive and almond groves.
  • 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.

For Explorers

Masseria Le Mandorle

  • Masseria Le Mandorle is perfectly placed (just outside the town of Ugento) for exploring the depths of Southern Puglia, from its beaches to its pretty towns and villages. Here you'll find 12 stunning rooms and suites and superb facilities including sports court, sleek pool and rooftop hot tub (perfect for lazy days not exploring!).
  • 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 of 12 then you could:

12 of the Best Hotels in Rural Puglia

  • Masseria Salinola Ostuni 10 rooms from £156

    Cooking classes  -  A day with a chef can be organised.
    Full of character  -  Due to its age (dating back to the 1700s), the rooms here come in all shapes and sizes
    Swimming Pool  -  Large outdoor pool surrounded by loungers
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    This boutique hotel is set in a refurbished seventeenth-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. See More

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  • Villa Magnolia San Vito dei Normanni (Serranova) 4 rooms from £104

    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

    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. See More

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  • Masseria Le Mandorle Ugento, Puglia 12 rooms from £217

    Local exploring  -  A chic little base for exploring the southern region of Puglia from its beaches and markets to its historical sights.
    Families  -  With its superb facilities including tennis court and pool, and great location, it's ideal for a family break.
    Cooking classes  -  Pop down the road to sister property Castello di Ugento for its top notch cookery school
    Sights nearby  -  Ugento is home to a world class archaeological museum and Gallipoli is very close by.

    A stunning little hotel in the depths of Southern Puglia. Its rooms and suites have been done in a contemporary chic style, plus you'll find a sleek pool and superb sports facilities on site. There's an excellent restaurant championing seasonal local cuisine and sister property for fine dining. See More

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  • Il Melograno Monopoli 38 rooms from £156

    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

    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. See More

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  • Masseria San Domenico Savelletri 47 rooms from £425

    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

    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. See More

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  • Relais Villa San Martino Martina Franca 21 rooms from £103

    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.
    Spa  -  With an "Aqua Zone" for regenerative treatments, "Aria Zone" for massages and Spa lounge for relaxation.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux

    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. See More

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  • Masseria Cimino Savelletri 15 rooms from £156

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Il Frantoio Ostuni, Puglia 14 rooms from £156

    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

    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. See More

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  • Masseria Montelauro Otranto 29 rooms from £178

    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

    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. See More

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  • Masseria Torre Coccaro Savelletri 33 rooms from £198

    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.
    Spa  -  Fabulous subterranean Aveda Spa with indoor pool, relaxation area and wide range of treatments on offer.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Masseria Torre Maizza Savelletri de Fasano, Puglia 26 rooms from £205

    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

    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. See More

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  • Borgo San Marco Fasano, Puglia 16 rooms from £130

    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

    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. See More

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  • Masseria Don Cirillo Torre San Giovanni, Puglia 6 rooms from £104

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style in this charming Masseria with lush gardens, lovely pool, and luxurious 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

    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. See More

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  • Masseria Bernardini Nardo 9 rooms from £191

    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

    Contemporary design in an old shell within easy reach of charming Gallipoli and its lovely beaches. Original features complement contemporary furniture and ethnic textiles. Lovely courtyard garden and swimming pool for relaxing in, and superb breakfasts and dinners on private patios. See More

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Written by Nicky Swallow

posted Tuesday, 11th February 2020