Romantic Escapes: Where to Stay in Ostuni, Puglia, Italy

Whitewashed buildings, endless olive groves and its proximity to flaxen beaches make the hilltop city of Ostuni one of Puglia's most romantic escapes. With these boutique stays as your base, wander rolling Apulian fields, explore ancient trulli and sample Italy's best wines.

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Masseria Cervarolo

Ostuni, Italy

Just outside of Ostuni, this 16th-century farmhouse beckons travellers looking for a traditional Puglian retreat. Ancient trulli have been converted into individual suites complete with vaulted ceilings and private gardens. Explore the rural village, book yourself into a class at the hotel’s cookery school or taste-test your way through 80 different Puglian wines before resting your head under fig and olive trees that shade the twinkling infinity pool.

Address

SP 14 Contrada Cervarolo 72017

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La Sommità

Ostuni, Italy

On the outskirts of Ostuni, this historic fortress is now a boutique hotel. Spend days lazing on the beach or going for long walks through the orange blossom and olive trees in the garden. Come evening, choose between the hotel’s two restaurants, where fresh local produce is served beneath vaulted ceilings. Admire the sunset as you sip on a glass of Puglian wine on the castle ramparts before retreating back to your room for a nightcap on the terrace.

Address

7 Via Scipione Petrarolo 72017

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Masseria Il Frantoio

Ostuni, Italy

Drive through 70 acres of fragrant citrus trees and ruby-red poppy fields to arrive at this 500-year-old farmhouse. Whitewashed walls decorated with tumbling bougainvillea stand around a paved courtyard lined with twisted olive trees that are more than 1,000 years old. Borrow bikes from the hotel to explore the gardens and groves before heading back to your bedroom, where terracotta-tiled floors and wrought-iron framed beds make for a peaceful slumber. Tranquil silence is interrupted only by the sound of singing cicadas.

Address

S.S. 16 Km. 874 72017

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Masseria San Domenico

Ostuni, Italy

Give into pure relaxation at this coastal hotel. In between Ostuni and the glistening Adriatic, Masseria San Domenico is a converted fortified house overlooking the sea. Book into the spa for thalassotherapy treatments that use seawater drawn from underground as well as olive oil-based massages. Finish your day at one of the hotel’s four restaurants, where traditional fish dishes and Apuglian cuisine promise to leave you none other than stuffed.

Address

SP90 72015 Savelletri Fasano BR

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Masseria Salinola

Ostuni, Italy

Opt for a rustic retreat at Masseria Salinola, a rural agriturismo in Ostuni’s hinterlands. Simplicity is key here; food is harvested from the surrounding fields and cooked in olive oil made from the ancient groves, while rooms are decorated with antiques and rough wood. Soak in a whirlpool bath or explore the nearby Itria Valley during the day, and in the evenings enjoy intimate meals of freshly made pasta and regional wine.

Address

SP 29 per San Michele Salentino km 1.500 - Contrada Salinola 72017

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