Vacation At The New Masseria Torre Maizza
Puglia is the region in southern Italy that makes the heel of the country’s famous boot shape. With hundreds of miles of coastline, Puglia’s whitewashed architecture, brilliant blue-green waters and incredible cuisine make it a must-see on any Italian vacation.
A Vacation in Puglia
Pulgia, Italy is an often overlooked treasure. Usually, travelers flock to the greater known areas and cities like Tuscany, Rome, and Florence. But the region, bordering the Adriatic Sea on the east and the Ionian Sea in the south, has so much rustic charm. It’s a shame to miss out.
One distinction sure to benefit any vacation is the sheer amount of sunny days in Puglia. In fact, the sun basks the region over 300 days a year. Indeed, for traveler’s seeking to enjoy the coast, the weather is surely a highlight!
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It is here, in this glowing region of Italy, that we find the newest addition to the luxury Rocco Forte Hotel Collection: Masseria Torre Maizza.
Masseria Torre Maizza
This luxury hotel opened its doors to the public in early May 2019. Created on a 16th century estate, even the name of this exclusive getaway pays homage to its roots. In Italian, “masseria” means farm and “torre” translates to tower. That tower refers to a 16th century watchtower that helped protect the citizens of the region from invasion. In addition, the masseria was once a protective garrison. Eventually, as Puglia calmed, the estate transitioned to a farm of olive and almond groves. Many of these trees still stand. In fact, olive oil is still made from these ancient trees.
Not unexpectedly, Rocco Forte Hotels carefully preserved the estate’s heritage. Indeed, historic elements abound throughout the luxury hotel and property.
Exclusive Guest Quarters
This exclusive getaway offers 40 rooms and suites. Most have king beds and stone baths. The suites feature fireplaces, roof terraces and private gardens. But to truly immerse yourself in the culture of Masseria Torre Maizza, a stay in the Torre Suite is a must. Find this two bedroom suite in the historic tower of the hotel. With an unsurpassed view of the countryside and the Adriatic Sea, this exquisite space is decorated with authentic Puglian art. The spacious bath features a local Trani stone bath, separate walk-in shower and luxurious Irene Forte Skincare products.
In addition to staying in one of the most coveted spaces at this exclusive getaway, guests are treated to a one-of-a-kind experience during their vacation. Choose from a relaxing spa treatment for two, a private cooking class for two taught by the Executive Chef or take home a souvenir Apulian handmade ceramic.
Elegant Italian Cuisine
Featuring local favorites, Carosello is quickly becoming the favorite restaurant in the region. Like all Rocco Forte Hotels, the menu at Masseria Torre Maizza was carefully created to delight guests. Enjoy a menu rich in homemade pastas, organic produce and the freshest seafood.
Even the ambiance of this new restaurant is beyond compare. Floor to ceiling windows let in an abundance of natural light that bounces throughout the white decor. High ceilings create a dramatic space. And the modern decor has expertly placed historic accents. But be sure to take at least one meal outside on the covered terrace. The view of the sunset cannot be beat.
A Spa Sanctuary
As with every Rocco Forte Hotel, the spa is a sanctuary in and of itself. The Torre Maizza Spa focuses on the core principles of wellness: nourish, fitness, mind, community and sustainability. One of the most popular treatments at this new exclusive getaway is sure to be the Forte Face & Body Ritual. This decadent treatment includes a foot soak, a full-body scrub, a full-body massage, a full-body mask, and a facial. How relaxing!
In addition, the spa has special treatment menus to accommodate the younger guests on vacation with their families. The child menu features a manicure, pedicure, and short body massage for guests age 6 through 12. Those age 13-16 can choose from a manicure, pedicure, facial, body scrub, two types of massages, and personal training sessions.
The Torre Maizza Spa uses the luxury Irene Forte Skincare line. Free of the chemicals and additives present in so many skincare products, Irene Forte is not only natural, it is made with ingredients grown exclusively for Rocco Forte Hotels. The luxury hotel collection’s Sicilian property, Verdura Resort, has a full organic farm that grows the olive oil, nuts, plants, herbs, fruit and flora used to make these high-end products. In addition, the special mineral water utilized comes from Sicily’s Madonie Regional Natural Park.
Indeed, the location of this luxury hotel provides a wealth of opportunities for fun. First, with the proximity to the sea, the Beach Club is a fantastic way to laze the day away. Nothing is better than lounging on the shores of the Adriatic under a white linen tent or a private gazebo. Unless, of course, you enjoy a massage in the seaside pavilion!
Masseria Torre Maizza is also home to a beautiful par-27 golf course surrounded by ancient olive and almond trees. With a driving range, putting green, pitching green and practice bunker, you have everything you need for a luxurious golf vacation. And the skilled instructors on staff are always available for private lessons.
And those guests traveling with children will find the area experiences engaging. Go zip-lining at Indiana Park Adventures. Take a zoo safari in one of Europe’s largest wildlife parks. Explore the countryside on horseback. Or get wet at the local waterpark!
Exciting Vacation Excursions
In addition to the experiences Masseria Torre Maizza has to offer, this luxury hotel has a series of incredible, pre-planned excursions. Visit the MarTa Museum and attend a ceramics workshop. Then spend the rest of the day touring Grottaglie’s Ceramics Quarter. Cyclists are sure to enjoy the 66km trek through the countryside with a stop at a 15th century Masseria for an olive oil tasting. And don’t forget stopping for lunch and gelato on the way back! Any vacation in Italy would be incomplete without a day of wine tasting. Or learn cheese making from a local artisan at his farm followed by a tour of the famous Trulli houses.
Puglia, Italy is one of the most serene and romantic regions in the country. What better way to add an extra element of luxury to your vacation than with a stay at the newest Rocco Forte Hotel: Masseria Torre Maizza.