Flanked by the Adriatic and the Ionian, it seems Puglia – the unspoilt stretch of land and sea spanning Italy’s heel – is the destination du jour. It’s not hard to see why, with charming whitewashed towns, sprawling olive groves and a world-renowned food and wine scene to boot. Isn’t it time you headed to the heel?

Where to stay in Puglia

Borgo Egnazia

If ever there was a blueprint for the “destination hotel”, Borgo Egnazia is it. On check-in, guests are allocated a local advisor to help tailor their trip throughout their time. Fancy 18-holes at the championship course? Consider it done. Prefer life in the slow lane? Spend long, lazy afternoons by the pool – aperitif in hand – or head to the Vair spa for candlelit treatments. Dining is a real treat too: choose from Michelin-starred dining at Due Camini, laid-back Pugliese fare at La Frasca or tuck into stone-baked pizzas at Mia Cucina. At Borgo Egnazia, la dolce vita is the order of the day.

Strada Comunale Egnazia, Savelletri. borgoegnazia.com

Masseria San Domenico

Surrounded by 250 acres of ancient olive groves, this whitewashed 14th-century farmhouse offers laidback luxury the Puglian way. Unwind in the thalassotherapy spa, where you can pick up products made using oil from their own groves, before dining alfresco at Sala Del Fico.

Strada Proviciale, Savelletri. masseriasandomenico.com

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