BAGLIONI MASSERIA MUZZA, PUGLIA, ITALY
Nestled amid greenery, each dwelling in this collection of white stone treasure troves manages to be both rustic and elegant.
Simple but sumptuous, the style of Baglioni’s latest opening reflects the tranquil surroundings of this luxury coastal resort.
Luxury hotel interior designer Spagnulo and Partners has collaborated with Baglioni for a decade on properties at buzzing locations in Rome, Venice, Milan, London and Marrakech. Masseria Muzza – which opened in Puglia, southern Italy in June, surrounded by verdant olive groves and bordering the Adriatic Sea – required a softer, nature-inspired design for its renovation from B&B to luxury resort.
The heart of Masseria Muzza is an ancient whitewashed building, dating back to the 17th century, surrounded by five acres of countryside. Rooms are dotted around the central courtyard in former stables and barns, with high vaulted ceilings and original stone features. Some have balconies and verandas overlooking the Alimini lakes, others enjoy sunset views over the expansive Mediterranean gardens, olive groves and Adriatic beyond.
Each of the hotel’s 40 rooms and suites are decorated with whitewashed limestone, a neutral colour palette and simple local style features. Every room is flooded with natural light and has a large, open courtyard with a mini gazebo and outdoor lounge chairs, as well as a cosy indoor seating area, large bedroom, modern bathroom and private patio. The surrounding greenery helps to create the feel of an intimate, hideaway and preserve the typical architectural identity of the territory.
With light and embracing tones, deluxe suites combine traditional and modern decoration and design. The beautiful antique ceilings with star arches, typical of the local architecture, offer an atmosphere of times past. The 60m² suites, with a living area, double bed and futon, and elegant stone bathroom, are perfect for up to three people. A large central glass door illuminates the bedroom with warm natural light, offering a view of the private patio equipped with table, chairs and deckchair.
Executive suites are more spacious at 75m² and have a private patio surrounded by greenery. Decorated in perfect local style, the elegant and comfortable suites include a double bed, futon, designer bathroom and air conditioning.
The Limoni sunset suite is larger and covers two levels. On the ground floor is a living room, a futon and a bathroom. On the first floor is an open-plan attic room with a double bed. The suite is decorated with natural shades of local stone and features beautiful antique ceilings with star arches that are typical of regional architecture. Comfortable outdoor furniture on the private patio makes this perfect setting for romantic couples to watch the sunset.
Ideal for a stay with family or friends, the Otranto suite can accommodate up to four people. It’s a cosy and sophisticated suite with shades ranging from white to neutral and natural colours and stone vaulted ceiling entirely whitewashed in white lime.
The Salento suite is spacious, refined and comfortable, with white wooden beams that are part of the resort’s historic core. Enriched with decorative elements and stonework in light tones, the suite measures 109m² and has a living area, double bed and futon, and an elegant stone bathroom. The delightful private patio, with table, garden chairs and deckchair, allows guests to enjoy a quiet outdoor space to relax in after spending the day strolling through the streets of Otranto or enjoying the sea breeze. Perfect for a family stay, it can accommodate up to five people.
Baglioni Masseria Muzza sits between Baia dei Turchi beach and Alimini Piccolo lake, benefitting from spectacular countryside and coastal views. The fortified UNESCO heritage city of Otranto, perched at the edge of Italy’s heel, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel, with cultural and architectural influences from the Greeks, Turks and Romans. The town boasts a medieval castle and romanesque cathedral, as well as numerous craft shops and waterside restaurants. Baia dei Turchi is one of Salento’s finest beaches, with a stretch of white sand bordered by dense pine forests, meaning it is accessible only by foot.
Masseria Muzza has three restaurants, all offering Pugliese cuisine, with expansive outdoor dining and an infinity pool with lakeside views. The hotel spa features a steam bath, covered pool, 90°C Finnish sauna, ice fountain, relaxation zone, sensory showers and four treatment rooms, as well as a fitness room with natural daylight.
The private estate and surrounding countryside provide an idyllic setting for yoga, jogging and hikes, as well as mountain biking and horse riding. Keen golfers can enjoy a round or two at the nearby Acaya Golf Club. The Salento coast from Otranto to Santa Cesarea Terme offers unrivalled diving, snorkelling, canoeing, kayaking, kitesurfing and fishing.