The love affair between humanity and the sea is for the ages: perhaps it is the gorgeous, otherworldly shades of blue, the mesmerising never-ending ebb and flow, or the fact that it signifies the edge of man’s physical boundary and beyond which is unchartered territory.
Opened in May ’19 at the height of summer, Masseria Torre Maizza is a glamorous Italian hideaway located in the south of the country – in fact, Puglia – is nested in the heel of Italy’s boot. The region has a rustic personality with hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline and charming coastal towns.
The quintessential Mediterranean retreat comes with its own beach club, where a 14m yacht can be hired to explore the neighbouring coves and coastline. Grab one of the photogenic Italian bicycles from the reception and head out on a gourmet food tour of the neighbouring towns. The nearby town of Lecce is a good place to try the unique Caffè Leccese, a delicious espresso blend mixed with almond syrup and ice with a side of delicious stuffed puff pastries.
Summer is also the perfect time to wander through the blossoming Apulian countryside and watch the sunset over the glistening sea: one of the best ways to finish off a languid day is to savour a pre-dinner aperitif on the retreat’s panoramic rooftop terrace.
The Adriatic Sea separates Italy with Croatia; a ferry from nearby Italian port Bari takes one across to Dubrovnik, Croatia’s Dalmatia coastline. For unfettered privacy plan to head to Miramare Bay. Set on a 30m high cliff, Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is a glass-fronted boutique hotel that is scheduled to open in Spring 2019.
Its dramatic cliffside perch over the Adriatic Sea will make you feel like you’re the last ones on earth Ñ the hotel’s private beach and intimate fittings such as an exclusive terrace restaurant overlooking the bay and an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean, only serve to further the soothing sense of isolation. adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/hotel-bellevue-dubrovnik & roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/masseria-torre-maizza ◼
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© This article was first published in Apr-May 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.