Need to know
14, including eight suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 1pm.
Double rooms from $190.50 (€164), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include buffet breakfast.
Go for an early morning jog or lazy afternoon wander in the hotel’s six-hectare woodlands.
1 November 2015 to 22 April 2016.
At the hotel
Gardens and library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and bathrooms stocked with local products.
Our favourite rooms
If trulli take your fancy, book Massaro Vechio, which spans three colourful, cone-shaped rooms (a bedroom, bathroom and lounge). Highlights include the romantic wrought-iron bed and the sitting room’s minimalist, log fireplace. Palmento Due has a circular, sunken sleeping area and a stylish living room overlooking the bed. A stash of decorative wine bottles set under glass panels in the stone tiling hint at the room’s history – grapes for the farmhouse wine were once stored here. The bathroom even has an unexpected Jacuzzi tub up its sleeve.
The outdoor pool is partially hidden by a stone wall and encircled by chestnut and olive trees, with a scattering of white canvas deck chairs and tangerine sun loungers.
Bring high-strength sunglasses for the dazzling play of light on the whitewashed buildings; chic attire to match the glamorous locals enjoying la passeggiata (the evening stroll) in Martina Franca; a notebook to jot down some of the chef’s favoured wines and recipes.
Very little Smiths are welcome; cots for babies are €10 a night. Older children aren’t really catered for.