PHOTO: Exterior of Masseria Torre Maizza courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels
On May 1st, Rocco Forte Hotels will open their doors to their first hotel in Puglia. Masseria Torre Maizza is an intimate 40 rooms and suites resort has been entirely renovated by Director of design Olga Polizzi blending her colourful prints with local white linens and terracotta for a light and elegant feel with rustic tones. Heavy carpets and wicker furniture have been used throughout the suites, many of which have their own private patios and original fireplaces for an added touch of romance on chillier evenings.
Olga Polizzi has also personally sourced the best local craftsmanship and artefacts giving each suite and room an entirely personal character and sense of place.
PHOTO: A room at Masseria Torre Maizza courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels
Set off the beaten track, in Puglia’s picturesque area of Savelletri di Fasano, only minutes away from the Adriatic coast, Masseria Torre Maizza is a renovated 16th century farmhouse, typical of the area, lavishly draped in ivy and surrounded by centuries old olive trees resembling natural sculptures.
PHOTO: Landscape view of Masseria Torre Maizza courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels
At the heart of the resort is the local cuisine, artfully interpreted by Rocco Forte’s Creative Director of Food, Maestro Fulvio Pierangelini. Pierangelini has created an environment more akin to a grand local home, instead of a hotel, by using natural products from the Masseria’s own gardens and orchard. His artful menus are served by candlelight in the vaulted dining room or open air, whether in the gardens or under the stone colonnade surrounding the 20 meter pool.
Gourmet food seeking guests, with a particular passion for cooking, will also be able to book private lessons and take a taste of Puglia home with them.
PHOTO: A courtyard of Masseria Torre Maizza courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels
The resort also will offer a wealth of local tailor made experiences and excursions to coastal villages and historical towns, including the extraordinary Matera which is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The lazier romantics can stay at the resort and relax at the spa, play the 9-hole golf course, head down to the private beach club or simply enjoy each other and the heady feel of the Masseria.