The Puglia region has a proud traditional style, with the emphasis more on agriculture than the heavy industries found elsewhere – well over half of the olive oil produced in Italy comes from this area, plus you will find some of the very best wines. It has a rugged charm that will appeal to the lovers of the real Italy wanting to escape the British influence of Tuscany. Flying time from UK to Bari or Brindisi Airport will be just under 3 hours.
Borgo Egnazia Hotel and Villas is a new luxurious resort, opened in 2010. Located on a private estate between the two main towns of Bari and Brindisi. It has a pristine elegance, with a total commitment to regional resources. Evident in the design, with the emphasis on local stone, space and light.
La Toretta Lodge is a wonderful totally boutique hotel positioned at the peak of the hill overlooking the village and bay below. It is in the village of Manarola, one of the 5 small villages that make up the Cinque Terre region. It was originally an ancient lookout tower but has now been lovingly converted into a rather special hotel.
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel and Spa is an exquisite boutique hotel, converted beautifully from a 17th century monastery. Romantic seclusion, but without solitude. Almost angelic sunlight. Amazing views over the Gulf of Salerno. The hotel is built on 4 levels, with sub-tropical gardens and lush landscaping. Amalfi is just 10 minutes drive away.
Santa Caterina Hotel is an outstanding luxurious hotel, with incredible views overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Seemingly built into the cliff face, the style is traditional, sumptuous and elegant. Perfectly capturing the romance of a 19th century Art Nouveau villa, but with contemporary comforts.
The village of Amalfi is 800 yards away, the famous jetset resort of Positano 15 minutes drive, and Naples Airport just under 2 hours.