Contributor/ Alicja McCarthy
Best Known For
Masseria Torre Coccaro is best know for its surrounding ancient olive trees, underground cave spa and traditional masseria (manor house) buildings. Visited by the Royals, Hollywood A-Listers, but also those seeking luxury in a provincial setting. The location of Coccaro is most agreeable for those who want culture, sea and gastronomy but also peace and quiet from their holiday.
The Good Stuff
The masseria is blessed with individually designed suites with modern comforts in a traditional setting. Close by is their Coccaro Beach Club where gourmet dining, sea and land activities as well as a fantastic beach are all available to the guests. There are four restaurants to choose from serving freshly caught seafood and local delicacies that are seasonal and often organic. The breakfast is particularly enjoyable with wonderful fruits, traditional cheeses, breads as well as local pastries and a LOT of cakes!
The vibe at Masseria Torre Coccaro is very relaxed and not at all ostentatious. Total privacy or occasional mingling is on offer with plenty to do locally. Cycle rides, excursions and various other activities can be arranged. The beach inspired pool surrounded by spring wisteria makes it look like one from the tropics, while the clean white outbuildings reflect the Italian sun. Ultimately the masseria is very peaceful with efficient and pleasant staff on hand should you fancy anything.
Inside the hotel – 8/10
The furnishings are intentionally traditional yet palatial with crisp white linen on beds, lots of solid wood and white washed stone walls. Comfort is paramount in each of the rooms and suites and some come with iconic fireplaces stocked with wood should anyone get chilly. At night, the skies are the blackest and a perfect setting whilst sipping on homemade Limoncello,
Outside the hotel – 9/10
Puglia is a wonderfully picturesque part of southern Italy. With clear blue skies and fields of green the boom in tourism has not yet spoiled the region. Close to the beach and equidistant from Bari and Brindisi airports, the masseria is far away enough from the busier towns but close enough for the cultural riches of the region including the picturesque D’Itria Valley, historic Martina Franca and iconic Ostuni.
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