Your trip begins at a special place, and Salento is home to many… Urban retreats to countryside resorts, find here the very best the region has to offer
Palazzo Guido, Lecce
Experience the Leccese aristocratic living from back in the day at this astonishing palazzo, where former journalist turned hotelier Geltrude Guido is keeping alive the memory – and the style- of her grandma Donna Geltrude-.
Geltrude Jr. obviously had a vision of grandeur here, with her creative mixture of the antique and the contemporary taking you back to another era… without sacrificing the comfort of a modern b&b.
It all feels regal here– think detals such as breakfast served in the marvelous nonna’s porcelains and rare silver cutleries. Also a gem is the mini spa set in the palazzo’s former stable.
Charming guest house set in a building dating back to 1550.
Besides the convenient location and the charming essential design, this place’s magic lays in their care of details, for guests feel ultra-pampered, unique and special in an atmosphere of quality hospitality at great value for money.
How not to love their in-house bakery, which delivers every morning the freshest croissants and bread? Or the multichannel dedicated radio that makes the music lovers feel at home? Or the large choice of pillows?
It’s all about details here, and beauty, and real sense of hospitality
Mine & Yours, Lecce
London style membership club located in Lecce’s commercial area. This amazing palazzo hosts a super fine fine restaurant, a rooftop bar, a gentleman barber and four superb suites.
Rooms aren’t overly spacious, true, yet they are still very well done in terms of functionality and quality design… at very reasonable fares. It is the super attentive service to make this place special though, with their concierge desk excelling at problem solving and 360 degrees assistance.
Other projects from the M&Y group are in London, Sardinia, Dubai and Florence, where their restaurant just gained a Michelin star
Palazzo De Noah, Lecce
Their motto “Research into the beautiful” could not be more perfect for this ancient palazzo from the 1500, half way between the Lecce movida and one of the old town’s few remaining intact areas.
A winning mixture of comfort, design and good service, guests fall in love with the domestic feel that perfectly blends with this “lifestyle design hotel’s” luxuryus approach. Where every single detail is about art and classy creativity.
The rooftop comes with a smal pool, perfect for a urban sunbath or one of their excellent apertitivo. Very fancy indeed.
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Just a short drive from the centre of Lecce, since its opening a few yers ago this Australian owned relais has pushed the standards of local hospitality.
Beautifully set in the magnificent north Salento countryside, it is as elegant as laidback with everything – design to large space to top notch service- just being fantastico.
Without letting you feel “the pressure” of a 5 star hotel: they just make it happen, naturally with style. Each and every of the nine among suites and private villas offer a different perspective on the Salento atmosphere, leaving space to total privacy as well as for socializing with other – always interesting – guests. Welcome to dreamland.
One of the very first high-end relais in the region, this glamorous Masseria is one of my very favorite.
Set a breath-taking location with fine interiors, and enchanting garden, and a vast collection from some of Italy’s most renowned contemporary artists, this place is a fine display of the truest Italian style. All authentic and unpretentious, it is pure uncompromised quality.
Located in the countryside of Nardo’ at a short drive from the beaches of Porto Selvaggio and Gallipoli, it is also available for rent as a whole villa.
A wonderful masseria where to experience authentic country living. Initially created by the owners of the world famous Naturalis Cosmetics to host the brand’s clients, today it is a relais of charm offering a unique Salento journey in deep stylish connection with mother nature.
By combining maximum comfort, quality service and a number of mind-blowing experiences, your stay here will be as memorable as regenerant: the spa too is one of a kind, with a variety of memorable treatments using their home-made cosmetics. it is pure bliss.
The rooms and suites are spacious and elegant, mixing classy rustic antiques, terracotta artefacts and precious hand-crafted textiles. Add the majestic pool, the decadent breakfast and the thrilling farm-to-table restaurant, and ultimately you will not want to leave this magical piece of paradise.
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Vigna Corallo, Otranto
This is the only vinery by the sea in Salento, a young establishment producing a wine whose unique character is also transported in the lovely resort built among the extensive vineyards.
Just a walk from the Baia dei Turchi – one of the most spectacular beaches in the region – Tenute Corallo consists of eleven apartments – all with a private outside patio overlooking the vineyards – and a vast communal area dominated by the extensive pool, a fine restaurant and a bar.
The rooms are spacious and offer enough privacy, not too glamurous still nice and new. Of course wine takes the scene here, so expect big wine tastings, glasses a go-go and visits to the vineyards.
The lucky September guests could take part to the harvest too. Amazing place, nice and unpretentious, so far highly recommended.