Canne Bianche Lifestyle Hotel, Torre Canne
This chic white-washed hotel is a refreshing alternative to some of the more classic hotels that line Italy’s coast. With its scattering of objet d’art, coffee table books and orchids, it feels more like an elegant villa than a hotel and despite the high service levels and attention to detail, it retains a relaxed, laid-back feel. The soothing cream palette, Apulian white stone and light wood enhance the bright blue of the sea which is just steps away. Yet, despite these modern touches, the hotel respects local traditions and gives you an authentic flavour of Puglia.
When you’re taking a break from exploring the region, you can sink onto a sun lounger under the shade of an olive tree, swim a few lengths in the saltwater pool, soak in the warm waters of the Jacuzzi or stroll down to the narrow strip of sand. Savour the best of Puglian cuisine on the bougainvillea-draped terrace of the Ristorante T_imo, which uses locally sourced produce in its daily-changing dinner menu featuring the likes of Puglia’s signature orecchiette pasta washed down with Primitivo red wine. During the summer, tuck into pizzas and grilled seafood at the poolside A_Neto restaurant. The hotel’s Typical Apulian Night is held on selected nights on the terrace, with classic Puglian street food such as Apulian bombette – slices of pork wrapped around cheese, and panzerotti – a delicious fried snack, similar to calzone. You can also learn how mozzarella and burrata cheese are made and watch traditional pizzica dancers. Head to the Cumino Bar for tasty cocktails, fine wines and rosolio – a traditional Italian liqueur made from plants grown in the hotel’s garden.
The contemporary rooms are set across two floors and feature memory foam mattresses and a balcony or terrace. Double Classic Rooms have garden views and Double Superior Rooms come with partial sea views. The Junior Suites are more spacious and are available with partial or full sea views while the luxurious Canne Bianche Master Suite has a living area and its own plunge pool.