Rustic Charm and Luxury Combine in Puglia, Italy

  • Masseria Trapanà
  • Masseria Trapanà
  • Masseria Trapanà
  • Claire Wrathall

Masseria Trapanà was a ruin when Rob Potter-Sanders, an Australian hotelier looking for a project to call his own, acquired it in 2013. After two years of meticulous restoration—which included the discovery of frescoes hidden in the Italian property’s chapel—the 16th-century farmhouse reemerged in October as a stylish Puglian retreat. Nine bedrooms and suites feature stone floors, vaulted ceilings, and towering wrought-iron beds. Six secluded walled gardens—one with an idyllic pietra leccese limestone swimming pool—are planted with hundreds of fruit and nut trees. Trapanà’s greatest delights, however, come from its restaurant, where the authentic cuisine includes such creations as foglie d’ulivo ai carciofi, a dish of hand-cut “olive leaves” of pasta served with shredded purple artichokes. 

WHAT: A 16th-century Puglian farmhouse turned luxury hotel. WHERE: Spread over 150 acres, near the baroque city of Lecce. WHY: A sybaritic escape that encapsulates the history and beauty of Italy’s burgeoning southern region. 
Masseria Trapanà, trapana.com (about $270–$2,165) 

From Around the Web...
From Jean-Georges to Nobu, celebrity chefs are settling in at London’s hottest new hotels…
From submarine expeditions to polar ice-hiking, these cruise lines offer next-level adventures…
These river boats offer the most luxurious amenities—and adventurous itineraries—on the water…
The ultimate VIP itinerary for an unforgettable Kentucky Derby…
From private butlers to personal plunge pools these 10 suites prove adventure can be luxurious…
One&Only’s new safari camps will be luxurious home bases for exploring Rwanda’s national parks…
The Michelin-star chef’s new Lympstone Manor is a luxurious gastronome’s getaway…
Cempedak Island
Cempedak Island has opened on a secluded 42-acre isle in Indonesia’s picturesque Riau archipelago…
The philae was a stunner, each of its staterooms fit for a pharaoh
A new cruise ship is bringing luxury to the Nile—and travelers back to Egypt…
These remote resorts are perfectly positioned for taking in the stellar views…