Need to know
30, including eight suites.
12 noon, though this is flexible on request; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $182.54 (€149), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The Aveda Spa may be more medicinal than beautiful, but it still provides a super-relaxing experience. Its signature treatments involve dipping sachets of freshly picked herbs from the gardens into oil, and smothering them all over you. One of its therapists, Sergio Scutteri, has been voted one of Italy’s top five. The hotel also has a cookery school (€80 a person, including lunch), whereby guests can pick fresh olives and vegetables from the olive groves and use them to produce tasty Apulian dishes – and pizzas for the kids.
At the hotel
Two heated pools, spa, gym, library, DVD library, golf course, horse-riding centre, bike hire, private beach, beach club, free WiFi, laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, air-conditioning, minibar, safe, locally made organic toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
All of the hotel’s pleasingly minimal rooms come with off-white walls, lined with old Italian advertising prints. In summer, we’d go for the spacious Superior rooms, which open out onto a beautiful sun terrace that comes with two comfy armchairs. At cooler times of year, though, we’d opt for the long Junior Suite Deluxe, with its roaring open fire. We also love the Palm Suite, which comes with a Jacuzzi and private pool – ideal for midnight skinny-dipping opportunities.
The pool area is notable for its two huge decks – this isn’t the sort of place where you’re going to miss out on a sunbed. The sea views from either are stunning. The pool is open for sea-view swims between April and October.
Walking boots, jodhpurs and a set of golf clubs would all be welcome additions to your luggage, but we’d recommending eschewing them all in favour of a pile of good books.
Seven-night minimum stay in August.
Kids are welcome – though, during August, only over-10s are allowed to stay. At other times of year, though, baby cots (€25 a day), extra beds (from €80 a day), babysitting (€18 an hour) and a children’s menu are offered. There's a small kids club too.
They take green issues very seriously at Masseria Torre Maizza. Everything possible is recycled – including the water used to keep the golf course green – and most of the food is grown on site.