I am lucky enough to call the owner of La Trapana Hotel, Rob Potter Sanders, my friend.. I am also lucky enough to be invited to his 50th birthday party at his hotel this European summer… Hence all my posts on Italy right now!!!
Masseria Trapana is a beautifully renovated 16thcentury Masseria just outside of Lecce in Puglia and is set in 60 hectares of olive groves.. There are 9 individually designed suites with private courtyards and outdoor bathtubs and showers and it is just a 10 minute drive into Lecce.
Rob or ‘Little Bobby’ as my husband used to call him has spent the last year excavating underground the space that used to store and press olives into a beautiful wellness retreat with a plunge pool set into the rocks.. I can barely contain my excitement at spending a good deal of my stay down there having massages, facials and perhaps a little reflexology... There are also hatha yoga classes in the beautiful fragrant gardens each morning.
Below is some more and fancier wording from the hotel itself.....
The hotel’s new Executive Chef is delighting guests this season with his authentic ‘Cucina Povera’, the traditional peasant food for which Puglia is famous, incorporating fresh homegrown produce from the gardens and the region. The light-filled kitchen is always open for those who’d like to grab a glass of Prosecco and watch the Chef at work. In addition, the hotel has a weekly pizza-making night, where you’ll roll your sleeves up to design your own pizza (to the sounds of Italian Opera!) before it’s baked in the hotel’s impressive stone pizza hearth. For those wishing to try their own hand at the regional cuisine, Masseria Trapana can organize half-day cookery classes which are family-run in a nearby village called Squinzano.
The 16th-century property is an authentic luxury bolthole built in local Tufo and Pietra Leccese stone. Each of the nine light-filled suites have been individually designed incorporating many original features including authentic fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, frescoes and original cattle feeding troughs. Taking inspiration from Rob’s travels to Thailand and Bali, many of the suites have their own outdoor bathtub and private courtyard and some with external showers, complete with luxurious Aesop toiletries. All soft furnishings have been meticulously handpicked from all over the world, from the vibrant Moroccan cushions that adorn the sunken seating area in the garden to the custom, handmade iron beds in each of the nine suites.
Guests can either relax by the large pool with oversized sunbeds or grab a hammock in a shady corner of one of the six tranquil gardens, brimming with nineteen variations of fruit and nut trees including orange, lemon, pomegranate, walnut, plum and mandarin.
To make the most of the property’s close proximity to the Adriatic coast, Masseria Trapana partners with a number of the region’s most stylish beach clubs where guests will be able to while away the hours by the sea enjoying the views and some delicious local seafood. The short transfers to the beach clubs can be arranged with the hotel.
www.trapana.com Nightly rates start from 250 Euros