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Hotel Highlights

  • A wonderful restaurant, serving fresh, artisan produce
  • It’s a genuine destination hotel, with pools, a spa, a beach club and golf course nearby
  • The hotel is small and intimate, and perfect for a romantic break (or honeymoon)

Overview

A 16th-century coastal estate turned chic boutique hotel, Masseria Torre Maizza is the olive-grove-surrounded, ocean-view-offering sister property of Smith favourite Masseria Torre Coccaro. Barrel-vaulted rooms have the bones of history but touches like with chrome lights and artistic black-and-white photographs add a modernist feel. If you fear isolation in the Italian countryside, the spa, outdoor pool, cooking classes and golf course all provide more than enough entertainment. Coccaro Beach Club is an exclusive seaside hangout spot with private gazebos, massage pavilions, a seafood restaurant and lounge where guests can dance to DJ-spun tunes late into the night.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Masseria Torre Maizza with us:

A bottle of wine on arrival; members staying two nights get two green fees on the hotel's nine-hole golf course; members staying four nights also receive a welcome cocktail at the bar and dinner for two (excluding drinks)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Masseria Torre Maizza

Long weekend: 20% off Long weekend: 20% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

28, including eight suites.

Check–out

12 noon, though this is flexible on request; earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $358.12 (€273), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

The Aveda Spa may be more medicinal than beautiful, but it still provides a super-relaxing experience. Its signature treatments involve dipping sachets of freshly picked herbs from the gardens into oil, and smothering them all over you. One of its therapists, Sergio Scutteri, has been voted one of Italy’s top five. The hotel also has a cookery school (€80 a person, including lunch), whereby guests can pick fresh olives and vegetables from the olive groves and use them to produce tasty Apulian dishes – and pizzas for the kids.

At the hotel

Two heated pools, spa, gym, library, DVD library, golf course, horse-riding centre, bike hire, private beach, beach club, free WiFi, laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, air-conditioning, minibar, safe, locally made organic toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

All of the hotel’s pleasingly minimal rooms come with off-white walls, lined with old Italian advertising prints. In summer, we’d go for the spacious Superior rooms, which open out onto a beautiful sun terrace that comes with two comfy armchairs. At cooler times of year, though, we’d opt for the long Junior Suite, with its roaring open fire. We also love the Palm Suite, which comes with a Jacuzzi and private pool – ideal for midnight skinny-dipping opportunities.

Poolside

The pool area is notable for its two huge decks – this isn’t the sort of place where you’re going to miss out on a sunbed. The sea views from either are stunning.

Packing tips

Walking boots, jodhpurs and a set of golf clubs would all be welcome additions to your luggage, but we’d recommending eschewing them all in favour of a pile of good books.

Also

Seven-night minimum stay in August.

Children

Kids are welcome – though, during August, only over-10s are allowed to stay. At other times of year, though, baby cribs (€25 a day), extra beds (from €80 a day), babysitting (€18 an hour) and a children’s menu are offered. There's a small kids club too.

Eco‐friendly

They take green issues very seriously at Masseria Torre Maizza. Everything possible is recycled – including the water used to keep the golf course green – and most of the food is grown on site.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

With black-and-white checked tiles on the floor and vines snaking across the ceiling, Delle Palme is a romantic spot for a meal. Chef Vito Giannuzzi’s Asian-influenced Pugliese cuisine – sliced Adriatic red tuna with dill, fennel, pine nuts and raisins; red-prawn risotto with a wild mushroom sauce – makes creative use of local ingredients. Indeed, the restaurant proudly operates a ‘kilometre zero’ policy, in which regional producers provide all the ingredients.

Hotel Bar

The quiet and romantic Delle Bouganville Bar is situated in a long, thin room that’s separated into several cosy nooks. Curl up on a sofa in front of the open fireplace, bow heads over one of the intimate circular tables or sip Pink Russians created by Puglia’s best barman – it’s true, he’s won an award – by candlelight on the outdoor summer terrace.

Last orders

The restaurant stops serving at 10.30pm; the last cocktails are mixed in the bar at around 1am.

Room service

A full a la carte menu is available during restaurant hours (7.30am–10.30am, 12.30pm–2.30pm and 8pm–10.30pm), and snacks and cold dishes can be ordered at any time between 7am and 1am.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Groomed Italian chic. Think softly tailored separates and buttery leather accessories. Sunglasses obligatory.

Top table

Ask for the staff to set up a table for you in the orange groves just outside the restaurant; your appetite will certainly be piqued by the gently wafting scent of orange blossom.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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Coast-hugging Pugliese countryside

Masseria Torre Maizza

C. da Coccaro s/n, Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia, 72015

Planes

The nearest airports are Bari (served by BA and Ryanair) and Brindisi (served by Ryanair), roughly an hour’s drive from Masseria Torre Maizza. The hotel can organise car rental on request (€120). Alternatively, it’s 40 minutes by train to Fasano (transfer from the airport to the train station by bus).

Trains

The closest train station is Fasano, part of the Bologna-Roma-Bari-Lecce line. It's a 10-minute walk. For information on Italian trains, see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

Masseria Torre Maizza is an hour from Bari, 50 minutes from Brindisi and the famous domed trulli rooves of Alberobello are 45 minutes away. The hotel is on the outskirts of Fasano, just 10 minutes from the centre. From the motorway between Bari and Brindisi (the E55), take the Savelletri exit, and then follow the signs to Masseria. There is free parking for guests.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Louise Jones , Design darling

If you’ll pardon my sounding like a novelty T-shirt for a moment or a bumper-sticker slogan for a moment, I have to say, Italians do it better. Especially when it comes to rustic chic. My first impression of Masseria Torre Maizza is, quite simply, ‘Wow’. After a 40-minute, holiday-mood-enhancing, scenic drive from Brindisi airport, we arrive at our hillside idyll to be hit by bre…
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Masseria Torre Maizza

Anonymous review by Louise Jones, Design darling

If you’ll pardon my sounding like a novelty T-shirt for a moment or a bumper-sticker slogan for a moment, I have to say, Italians do it better. Especially when it comes to rustic chic. My first impression of Masseria Torre Maizza is, quite simply, ‘Wow’. After a 40-minute, holiday-mood-enhancing, scenic drive from Brindisi airport, we arrive at our hillside idyll to be hit by breathtaking views of a glistening-in-the-distance sea. It’s as love-at-first-sight as hotel encounters get.

Five-star isn’t to be sniffed at, but as any discerning luxury traveller knows, it’s best served unstuffily. This Masseria is a well-run ship, and they’ve brought the best of the well-trained staff over from sister hotel, the Torre Coccaro, across the road. Two for the price of one, we are invited to make the most of the historic fortified farmhouse’s facilities too, such as an Aveda spa with a small indoor pool, Turkish bath, a gym and yoga and chi kung classes.

A short walk along fragrant jasmine-lined terraces and pathways takes us to our Superior room. Dulux charts didn’t get a look in here when it came to picking out paint colours – it’s whitewashed all the way, resulting in a clean, cool and neat canvas for the inspired furnishings. Black/white, rough/smooth – it’s shabby chic as it should be. Chinese lacquered furniture is mixed up with the more typical distressed look as well as sharp contemporary seating. Our bathroom comes over all belle epoch, with a big white Thirties’ washstand and bath, and all the fluffy towels, lotions and potions a sybarite could desire.

On the doorstep of every room is your very own sunlounger- and parasol-studded garden, and ours backs onto the hotel’s golf course. A surprisingly high, view-hampering fence has us baffled – until we heard a loud clout. Unless we want a golf ball in our vodka tonics it is clearly called for – especially when it comes to us hitting those nine holes ourselves. (Forgive me if I save us the embarrassment, and skip further mentions of this.)

As it's still up in the high 30s, we don cool linens for a dusk-time stroll around the hotel’s grounds. Eclectic chillout tunes lure us to the bar and the bougainvillea-shrouded candle-lit courtyard, and we eye up a long line of back-to-back Balinese day-beds. We know instantly where we’ll be spending much of our evening ahead. We soon learn that aperitivo taste better from a horizontal position, as the delightful bartender happily refreshes Mr Smith with a Peroni at 20 minute intervals. Despite a tray full of delicious canapés of tempura style king prawns and risotto cakes as the drinks flow, the poor man patiently humours Mr Smith’s requests to master some Italian sayings. Thankfully I’ve had a few Martinis to numb the embarrassment. Both are seemingly having a whale of time, and his chants of ‘Posso avere un’altra Peroni, per favore?’ (Can I have another Peroni, please?) become a theme of our stay.

By now, more than ready for some food, we glide over to the Ristorante delle Palme, where fresh fish is the order of the day, every day. Priding itself on its typically Puglian dishes, here, minimalist and simply furnished restaurant spills out its black-lacquer chairs and white linen cloths onto poolside terraces fringed by ancient columns dressed in vines. Lobster and a delicious country-style lamb dish, both accompanied by homegrown vegetables, are washed down with some very smooth local vino secco fresco. In the ultimate in take-away, the hotel has its own cookery school on site. Given how irresistible the hotel’s coastal setting is, and the golf course and spa, it proves the only temptation that doesn’t have its way with us.

The next morning, after the most gorgeously laid-out, gargantuan buffet breakfast, we make a dash for a splash in the Mediterranean. A minibus is on hand to take us the short hop down to the beach club. And we thought we had a super-cool hangout in the hotel? Sun, sea and sand is only the start of the fun at Torre Coccaro’s beach club: add to that salads, sushi, and skippers. This waterside retreat is all white sail-cloths billowing in the breeze and more old Indonesian day-beds. Wondering whether to rent a boat or go scuba diving in that made-for-snorkelling clear blue sea, we discover that there’s even a marine take on 'pick your own’ here. Not confident we know how to snare baby octopus and sea urchins correctly, we skip the likelihood we’d just end up gurgling ‘ow’ a lot underwater.

Besides, there’s plenty on-shore to ogle. Pert bejewelled ladies in skimpy bikinis, huge hats, sunglasses and high heels compete for our attentions with tanned and toned 20-years-younger George Clooney-a-likes in Speedos. When one of the waiters asked if I would like to see the catch of the day, I half expect one of these beach Adonises to produce something from their posing pouches. A wraparound-shaded Mr Smith meanwhile keeps a cool exterior while eyeing up the beach beauties covering themselves in oil. He only lets his guard slip when he lights the wrong end of his cigarette.

When Signore Smith finally regains his composure, I suggest a move from leching to Lecce with an afternoon excursion to the ‘Florence of the South’. A 50-minute drive away, it is the nearest city to the masseria. Small, easy to navigate, and with stunning baroque architecture and interesting boutiques, it’s well worth a visit. The fantastic jewellery which ranges from cheap-chic to top dollar has my curiosity piqued. Finally, just as I give into some charming old ceramics, the shop-owner tempts Mr Smith with a charcoal drawing of a naked woman. Well, can you blame him? ‘I’ll take the naked lady in the corner,’ he says, procuring the perfect souvenir for a couple utterly seduced by Torre Maizza.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Masseria Torre Maizza from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved pretty much everything, but I think most of all the really impeccable service – nothing was too much trouble.

Don’t expect

If I'm being really picky, I would suggest the addition of a few simpler dishes to the dinner menu. Of course one can always select from the fresh fish on offer and the cooking is delicious, but I feel it would be good to offer a few more slightly simpler dishes

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It hits the spot – it has everything for everyone: top staff and facilities, food glorious food, walks, beach, seclusion…

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This place is amazing. It feels very luxurious and the pool and the beautiful purple bouganvillia are mood lifting as you lounge by the pool! We went on our honeymoon and it was a very romantic spot. There was children present but they were very well behaved!

Don’t expect

We went to the beach bar one day. It was a nice experience but the food was quite standard and very pricey.

Rating: 8/10 stars