Fabulously romantic, Masseria Cimino in Puglia, Italy - a boutique interior

The Candescent Apulian

Designer details of the Masseria Cimino in Puglia, Italy - a boutique interior

The Candescent Apulian

Masseria Cimino in Puglia, Italy - a boutique hotel

The Candescent Apulian

Masseria Cimino Hotel | Puglia, Italy | The Aficionados
This is your cool cat of the Mediterranean - twisted olives, lumpy lemons and a creative dialogue of rustic style in white

Intro

Distinctly Italian and sitting at the Adriatic heel in Puglia, (Savelletri di Fasano, Ostuni & Torre Canne) this boutique guesthouse, Masseria Cimino, is a firm favourite with those looking for a romantic escape. It also appeals to those seeking authentic Italy set amongst the olive groves and natural countryside scene, a chic Agriturismo close to the San Domenico Golf Club.

Masseria Cimino, a winner of the Tatler 101 Best Hotels Awards, is a melange of the Mediterranean – tune your mind to lumpy unwaxed lemons, sun-bleached fortified walls (white-washed of course), a theatrical set of olive groves – all twisted and knotted, green golfing lawns, and the blue yonder of the Adriatic  - a backdrop that would be tempting enough – however the interior fix of this period farmhouse is simply hotter than the beating sun. The whole colour palette speaks of pastoral collage as darts of vividness merge the tones of white, which cleverly canvas numerous objets d’art hailing back to the times of the bucolic past - the Masseria Cimino hotel pays an artisan tribute to its rich agricultural roots. At dusk, the place is illuminated by staged candles lending yet another rich candescent layer of dapper sophistication, whilst adding a touch of the dramatic to the ancient ramparts.

The vibe is relaxed rather than formal, it is family owned and run, just the way we like ‘em. A place to meander the days away, all chilled and just ever so Italian, grazie.

Rooms

Masseria Cimino in Puglia, Italy - a boutique hotel

The rooms at this rustic-luxe sanctuary are simultaneously sumptuous and simple, hitting that sweet spot of comfort and design. With a deep emphasis on tactility, the rooms are beautifully put together – with light, shadow and the placement of furniture all playing their part to bring together a still life of artistic proportions.

Take the chunky sink placed next to the freshly picked lemons and the flickering candle, the plump cushions against the rough stone wall with golden-lit alcoves from clever lighting, and the roaring fire framed by wicker rocking chairs. It is all done with the utmost taste and appears utterly effortless. A couple of the rooms have sea views balconies which are worth asking for if you like to gaze at the ocean.

Mama-style kitchen dining means hearty Italian dishes served family style - naturally organic tastes of Puglia served without fuss

Foodie

Masseria Cimino Hotel | Puglia, Italy | The Aficionados Masseria Cimino Hotel | Puglia, Italy | The Aficionados

Deliciousness perhaps best describes the food here with a heavy accent of Puglia's finest. Dinner is served together with a buffet-style of communal dining - simple and tasty dishes by Chef Grazia De Felice who re-works Mama's secret dishes with a touch of finesse. Being on the coast, fish makes a frequent appearance, as do delicious pasta dishes and the best sun-dried tomatoes, ever.

The little boutique Masseria Cimino also has a cute bar lounge with crackling fires during the cooler months - and in summer, opt for drinks by the pool.  

Location

San Domenico Golf - 18-hole course among the olive groves and Mediterranean

Masseria Cimino sits just inland, walkable, from the beaches of the Italian Adriatic by the fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano on the Puglia coast between Bari and Brindisi.

Surrounded by attractions of Italy, such as Fasano, Cisternino and the "trulli" village of Alberobello with Ostuni, Polignano and the Castellana caves close by.

“You need to be rooted, you need to have style, but moreover you need to tell a story about the place and share the notion that clever design can be earthy and warm whilst being cool.” - Aldo Melpignano

Owner

“My Grandmother was born in the kitchen of this very farmhouse”, states Aldo Melpignano, the proud family member of a hotel dynasty that he shares with his mum, auntie, wife and Co.

Aldo is an adventurist when it comes to the world of hospitality, a maverick hotelier who creates special places like this one.

“You need to be rooted, you need to have style, but moreover you need to tell a story about the place and share the notion that clever design can be earthy and warm whilst being cool.”

Aldo – hats off to you, this place is magical. 

Aldo Melpignano

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