MASSERIA TRAPANÀ PUGLIA, ITALY
THIS CONVERTED FARMHOUSE OF PALE BUTTERSCOTCH STONE
is a nine-room haven. Set in gardens of fruit trees, where hammocks swing between the branches, there’s a croquet lawn, a mermaid-green swimming pool and myriad nooks for canoodling. The elegant suites are vast, some with vaulted ceilings, all with roomy four-poster beds, antique wardrobes, cool stone floors and white sofas enlivened by Moroccan rugs. Private terraces, fitted with alfresco rain showers and Aesop products, are a treat. At dusk, guests gather around the fire in the garden’s sunken seating area to chat over an Aperol spritz.
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Best of all, it’s run with a level of service you might expect of a super-resort (the staff anticipate the very moment you might require a cocktail on your sun lounger), but with none of the stuffiness. Feel free to wander into the kitchen in the afternoon, wine glass in hand, to watch chef Maria at work. It’s that sort of place: part family, part formal and entirely wonderful. Dinner is an eagerly awaited event. Expect four courses of the local cucina povera (peasant food): the freshest tomato mozzarella salads, pasta with courgette and aubergine, fish with simple lemon and garlic, and light-as-air almond cake.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
Make your own pizzas and eat them at the kitchen counter while chatting to fellow guests. With food this good, you could talk about it all night. GO Masseria Trapanà (trapana.com) offers a courtyard room from £215 a night. British
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