Your trip begins at a magical place, and Puglia is home to many. Find here a selection of marvelous boutique hotels where the southern Italian hospitaliity is alive and stylish, at good value for money. Dream places where magic, comfort and local charm are all under one roof
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 family’s antique furniture nicely associated to more contemporary elements, which take you back to another era without sacrificing the comfort of a modern b&b. It all feels regal here– think breakfast served in the marvelous nonna’s porcelains and rare silver cutleries. The six rooms and the one apartment are spacious and welcoming, each with large modern bathrooms and extremely comfortable beds. Also a gem is the mini spa set in the palazzo’s former stable, a little piece of heaven making this surreal place even more unique.
Mantatelure, Lecce Town
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 but genuine 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
Palazzo De Noah, Lecce
Their motto “Research into the beautiful” could not be more adequate when thinking of this ancient palazzo from the 1500, located half way between the Lecce movida and one of the few remaining intact areas of the old town. A little piece of heaven where guests fall in love with this “lifestyle design hotel’s” domestic feel with an unpretentious luxurious approach.The nine among rooms and suites, as well as in the communal spaces, are beautiful decored with catchy pieces of details of consistent art. Lovely too is the rooftop, with a small swimming pool that is perfect for a urban sunbath and their excellent apertitivo. Very fancy indeed.
Naturalis Bio – Naturalis Zollino
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 connection with mother nature. At 360 degree, in style. 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, it offers truly memorable treatments by of course using their home-made cosmetics. Pure bliss. The rooms and the suites are spacious and elegant with some 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.
Masseria Trapana, Surbo – Lecce
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.
Tenuta 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.