Pack your page-turner, swimsuit and sunhat and head to Masseria Moroseta this summer if you’re looking for the ultimate in sunny tranquility. With Cinque Terre, Capri and the Amalfi Coast getting a bit, ahem, crowded these days, we suggest you hit the east coast of Italy to soak in some quieter days and rays. Close to the ocean and steeped in simplicity, the laidback luxury of this subtle gem will have you stress-free in seconds.
Photography by Salva López
A Seaside Retreat
Tucked above the sea within an ancient olive grove, this clean, white modern farmhouse is heavily inspired by local homes of the past (masserie means farmhouse) and the surrounding spare, serene landscape. Like traditional farmhouses, the Masseria wraps around a central courtyard where from your private room or suite you can access the salon, veranda or staircase to the rooftop terrace. In the mornings, head downstairs to the spa or gym for a massage or yoga class. In the evenings, hit the terrace for a spot of after-dinner limoncello to accompany a sunset viewing, or retreat to the pool for a swim during the still-warm hours of dusk.
At Home in the Olives
Designed by Andrew Trotter (also founder/editor of stunner Openhouse Magazine), Masseria Moroseta is truly considered a piece of architecture. Built using local sandstone called tufo, the farmhouse feels right at home within the native olive trees. Even in the hottest heat wave, the thick stone walls keep the Masseria cool and comfortable—and when you need more refreshment, just hop down to the beach for a dip. Each room or suite has either a private garden (replete with orange trees) or terrace overlooking the countryside, and indoors you’ll find king-size beds outfitted in sumptuous linens.
Experience the Region
Set in the southeast region of Italy called Puglia, there’s no shortage of beauty here. At the Masseria you’ll experience the Mediterranean-Puglia diet, which includes not just the local food but a daily intake of community, simple rituals, physical activity and plenty of fresh air and nature. The on-site chef Carmen makes breakfast with eggs from resident chickens, and the communal dinners for guests are likely to include organic vegetables straight from the garden, local meats and the fresh catch of the day. If you choose to venture beyond the farmhouse walls, you’ll find the nearby town of Ostuni, as well as other historic towns like Cisternino, Lecce and better-known Polignano al Mare. Don’t miss your chance to lounge along the many stunning beaches in the area as well.
Bring Your Pals, Not the Party
Because of its intimate setting and low-key nature, Masseria Moroseta is best reserved for a romantic getaway, relaxing retreat or savvy small groups. If traveling by herd is preferred, consider inviting those who will enjoy poolside yoga, sun-soaked lazing and slow communal dinners.
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