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Located on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, the Masseria San Domenico is one of the finest hotels in south east Italy.
Set back a few hundred yards from the sea, the whitewashed buildings are surrounded by semi-tropical gardens and ancient olive trees.
The rooms and suites are bright, airy and cool in the summer months and there is a large lagoon-style swimming pool and a private stretch of beach. The excellent thalassotherapy spa offers a wide range of treatments based on mineral rich seawater and seaweed, as well as an indoor pool with hydromassage, a sauna and a steamroom. Other facilities include two tennis courts, a gym and a challenging 18-hole golf course. Watersports and horse-riding can also be arranged.
The San Domenico restaurant serves typical Puglian cuisine and other specialities in a beautiful vaulted dining room that was once the estate's olive press, and there is also a pool grill and a bar.
Why we love it
The building's original structure dates back to the 15th century and was once a watchtower used by the Knights of Malta.