Puglia is home to many of my favourite things. Pasta, Italian red wine and beautiful beaches. It’s been the top of my destination wish list for a while so when my friend and I decided to escape London I suggested a short break in Southern Italy.
Masseria Torre Maizza is a boutique hotel just off the coast. It was our home for two nights and I wish it had been longer. Masseria’s are traditional Italian farmhouses found in rural Italy and the hotel is modelled on this style of building. Think white brick walls, rustic architecture and delicate flowers trailing the building like a postcard.
When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted with friendly smiles as the staff fussed over our luggage and escorted us to our room. White walls, white cotton sheets and a white marble bathroom – it was a minimalist’s dream.
Some of the art was very ‘Italian’ with photos of colourful Vespas and old farmhouses on the wall. The marble bathroom was beautiful and we even had a little sun deck outside. After a little unpacking we rushed to put our bikinis on and find the swimming pool…
The pool is surrounded by rustic brick archways, sun beds and cotton hammocks. We spent most of our stay sunbathing with an Aperol Spritz and doing yoga on the poolside. You don’t get weekends much better than this do you?!
Figs are a real delicacy in Southern Italy so they’re served in salads, desserts and cocktails. I couldn’t resist trying the Fig Mojito and oh my it was delicious. Now I just need to try and find a cocktail bar in London that serves them!
The food…where do I start?! When booking a trip to Italy it’s expected that each day will be spent having short breaks in between eating and that’s exactly what we did.
Every meal we had antipasti, primi and secundi before dessert. We were very spoiled and I loved spending a few hours enjoying dinner, a glass of wine and the lovely company of my friend, Albertine. It reminded me how much we rush everything in our busy London lives. The slow pace of life in Italy was absolute bliss and I hope I’ve taken a bit of that laid back lifestyle home with me.
Orichette is a traditional Puglian pasta so we had to try that on our first night but we also enjoyed ravioli, tortellini and cantalari. For a pasta addict like me – this was food heaven!
Although dinner was delicious the breakfast had to be the highlight of the stay. We started with fresh fruit, almond cake and coffee followed by some Italian cold cuts of meat with burrata and focaccia. Burrata for breakfast? Yes please!
During our stay the kind hotel staff drove us back and forth to the beach and local town so we could explore more of Italy. If you’re a driver it definitely makes sense to rent a car in Puglia as you can visit the nearby villages of Alberobello and Ostuni.
The hotel owns two beach bars which guests can visit for some sunbathing and a swim in the sea. Coccaro Beach Club was the perfect spot for a glass of wine on the beach but as the hotel is so peaceful and relaxing we preferred to laze around by the pool.
When we checked out we were very sad to go. Although the staff’s English wasn’t great they were all so friendly and eager to ensure our stay was full of luxury service. I’ve travelled to luxury hotels all over the world and I can’t put my finger on what made this one so special. Maybe it was the Italian food, the rustic architecture, the fantastic service or the combination of it all but one thing’s for sure, Masseria Torre Maiza… I can’t wait to return!
Have you been to Puglia before? Comment below to let me know what you loved most about this Italian paradise!