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Rocco Forte Masseria Torre Maizza

Tucked away in the town of Savelleteri di Fasano in the Puglia region of Italy, you’ll find Rocco Forte Masseria Torre Maizza. The 16th century masseria—or farmhouse—opened following a €6 million renovation and not only offers guests the chance to unwind in its unwaveringly peaceful setting, but with the nearby Adriatic Sea and a slew of activities, plenty to do as well.

 

Location:

If you haven’t been to Puglia yet, consider adding it to your list ASAP. With beaches, greenery, and lots of little towns to explore, it’s a must-visit. If you’re flying in, there’s the airport in Bari, which is just under an hour from the property, or the Salento airport, which clocks in at about 40 minutes from the hotel. The hotel is also perfectly poised for taking day (or even half-day) trips to a number of area towns, including Bari itself and, for the adventure-seekers, Polignano a Mare, a town about half an hour up the coast, where you can try your hand at cliff diving.

Vibe:

Rocco Forte Hotels knows Italian style—and the vibe feels sophisticated, without being stuffy; stylish without being out-of-reach. The white-washed former farmhouse has been totally renovated, and now features 28 rooms and 12 suites. There are also “signature suites,” including the two-bedroom Torre Suite as well as the Grand Suite, with its own pool and bathroom made from local stone. (Booking one of these comes with its own amenities, like a cooking class for two or yoga class.) Taking a cue from its surroundings, the rooms are outfitted in greens and blues and yellows—and, in general, many of the rooms and suites offer private outdoor areas, complete with lounge chairs and more, making it an ideal place for relaxing.

 

Why we love it:

Let’s start with the property itself, which gives a feeling of being on a secluded vacation, enveloped in olive trees, while still offering access to a variety of activities. That includes golf, a beach club, cooking classes, family-friendly activities like bike riding and even a nearby water park and zoo. Next, the food. There are three dining options on-site: Bougainville, which is housed in what was once the barn, and now serves up cocktails and coffee, both indoors and out; Pool Bar, which is (rightly so) by the pool; and, the signature restaurant, Carosello. With its checkered floor and large windows, the restaurant (the former stables), offers locally-made pasta, seafood and other modern takes on traditional staples. (Our feature story on the property offers an in-depth look at what’s on tap.) And then, since there’s no better time than vacation to focus on wellness, there’s the Torre Maizza Spa and the pool. Plus, an outdoor gym as well as outdoor workout classes to truly make the most of the beautiful location.

 

Why Go F1RST:

By booking through First in Service, you’ll receive breakfast for two every day of your stay, a $100 food and beverage credit, early check-in and late check-out, to maximize your time, as well as an upgrade on check-in, if available.

F1S Tips:

Want to get in your workout, but prefer to do it in your room? The hotel can provide a “roll-in fitness bag with Technogym” and videos. Or, book a session with their private yoga instructor or a personal trainer, which can be done on an hourly basis.

 

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