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Days happily drift by the large turquoise swimming pool at the heart of the hotel, complete with waterfalls and even more majestic olive trees, where you can spend blissful afternoons just soaking up the rays and sipping on fresh juices, with frequent dips in the pool to cool down. Another big draw of a stay here is the hotel’s illustrious spa. Inspired by the Adriatic Sea that’s a short 500 metres away from the hotel grounds, the magic of salt water animates the spa; whether that be in the vitamin and mineral-filled seaweed products used for facials and massages, or in the thermogenesis baths that detoxify the body and boost the immune system. Not to be missed is the marine collagen facial, which helps aid the regeneration of skin cells and rebalancing of moisture levels, as well as the marine body scrub, to boost circulation and to get a super soft finish after all that time in the sun and sea. 

Monopoli in Puglia

Courtesy of Amelia Windsor

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The hotel is situated next to two private beaches that can either be reached by a smart shuttle bus that goes every hour, or by the hotel bicycles. But I would highly recommend taking a more active approach with a bicycle journey, which offers a much-needed chance to get some extra exercise after all those pasta dishes you might have enjoyed, and also a chance to properly explore the beautiful landscapes here. The hotel is a short drive away from many stunning towns like Monopoli, with its fabulous Baroque churches and a few brilliant vintage shops, not forgetting Alberobello with the famous ‘trulli’ (whitewashed conical huts) that were once used to store agricultural produce . Take a stroll around and have an aperitivo at the rooftop bar Casedda a Cummersa while taking in the view, before heading back to the hotel for more of their fabulous cooking.

Amelia Windsor in Monopoli, Puglia

Courtesy of Amelia Windsor

Once you’re back after your day of exploring, you’ll  be ready to enjoy the classically decorated bedrooms – with only the sound of the olive branches rustling in the breeze to lull you to sleep.

Book it: Masseria San Domenico has rooms from €363 per night, based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Double room on a B&B basis. For further information and reservations, please visitmasseriasandomenico.comor call +39 080 482 7769.

Masseria San Domenico

Courtesy of Amelia Windsor

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