MASSERIA ALCHIMIA - Fasano (Puglia), Italy
This is the place for nature bumpkins with a real appreciation for simplicities and design. Graced in a bohemian-rustic style with embellished elements of chic in the sophisticated corners of the Masseria, in addition to the sights surrounding the premises with kilometres of olives trees, country side and the nearby sea. The beautifully observed Masseria Alchimia is the perfect hideaway for those who seek peace and feel strongly about engaging in nature's surroundings.
WHO ARE THEY?
In the 17th century, the Masseria was a small hermitage, only to be bought and revamped by owner Caroline Groszer in 2006. She transformed this rural resort into 10 studios with carefully selected elements of modern living that engages well with the rustic elements. Ambitious, hugely impressive and beautifully observed, Caroline has been catering to guests from all over the world to her piece of Puglia.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Lovers of architecture will rapidly admire the design elements of Masseria Alchimia. The surroundings makes it more grasping, as Fasano is an area in Puglia rich in land, with clear blue skies and the most amazing drives of olive oil trees. The astonishing calmness in the air, savouring slow travel concept and admirable joie de vivre is truly epic in this side of the world.
All apartments in Masseria Alchimia are fully furnished and have brilliant combinations of deep warm colours and materials. Guests can choose between a one-room studio, spacious two-rooms studios or a deluxe studio with 140 m2 for a bigger space catering to families. All apartments feature a kitchen nook, bathroom with shower or bath tub, hairdryer, multi-channel TV, WiFi and a safe. Note that Masseria Alchimia is an apartment styled resort, and only offers accommodation, but no breakfast. The self catering service is actually better, as there is a nearby farm about 5 minutes walking distance where you can top up on natural, organic food like pasta, homemade bread, sweets, olive oil, fresh local cheese like mozzarella and ricotta, jams and other products you will greatly appreciate. The next-door neighbours for food and products are Masseria Monte and Masseria Lama di Pecora and Minimarket "Da Franco". Expect to be a bit more independent at Masseria Alchimia than you average hotel stay, as the hotel staff have shorter hours than normal and Caroline is the person that handles almost all of the check-ins.
Masseria Alchimia has an arrangement with White Beach Club, as well as with Lido di Bambù. Masseria Alchimia’s guests get special rates when renting beach chairs and umbrellas at these beach clubs, so be sure to ask the owner about these services. Additionally, there is the astonishing San Domenico Golf course and the 9 hole course of Coccaro Golf Club. Any golf lover will crave it, as the views are stunning. Other arrangements can be horse riding, tennis, cooking course with the typical orecchiette pugliesi, pilates with a personal trainer, airport transfers and other services.
- Breakfast can be hand picked at a nearby farm only 5 minutes walking distance
- Massages or private yoga sessions
- Nearby beach clubs and restaurants (must have a car)
- Weber grill for free use on prior reservation
- Bike rental, car rental
- Table reservation in the nicest restaurants in Puglia
- Pet friendly retreat
Rate - Start from 59 euros per night
Location - a 5 minutes walk to a nearby eco farm shop which sells fresh veggies, breads, jams, pasta and more! The Masseria is very well located and you can find a good cheese shop nearby as well.
Suitable for - couples, small families and friends.
Tips - Do make sure you head to the local farm and stock up on produce and dine on the lovely leafy terrace. Head to the beach which is a short drive away. Additionally, for a night outing, you should eat at the Restaurant & Agriturismo Anticalama in Pezze di Greco. This mansion residence transformed to a restaurant and resort. Owners Marino Rubino and Mirella Giorgio are very fond of good wine and attentive to details.
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