Trying to decide where to stay in Puglia? Between masserias, trulli houses, airbnbs and luxury hotels, there is something for every budget and preference. Puglia is one of my favorite regions in Italy and I’ve been lucky to stay at some stunning properties. You can’t help but be moved by Puglia. There is something about driving on a dirt road through an olive orchard, seeing buildings cling to the cliffside and feeling the light coastal breeze.
My top picks for where to stay in Puglia are divided up by what type of accommodation: the best masserias, staying in a trulli, unique stays in town, the best airbnb and luxury hotels.
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Best Masserias in Puglia
A masseria is a large farmhouse on a country estate. These large buildings are made of stone and are often painted white. Some masserias can even be a few hundred years old, but luckily for visiting travelers many been restored and are now boutique hotels. Staying in a masseria is the perfect choice for a countryside experience.
Masseria Il Frantoio
We enjoyed an incredible 8-course meal in the courtyard of Masseria Il Frantoio and guests of the masseria are lucky enough to eat there every night if they so choose. Meals include fresh ingredients from the garden and there is also an old olive press under the masseria. You can stay in one of the 6 authentic rooms located about 10 minutes from Ostuni. Check rates and availability.
Masseria San Francesco
We stayed at this upscale masseria located between Savelletri and Fasano for one night in early summer. I loved the overall design with details like patterned tiles, linen textiles and antique mirrors. I won’t soon forget the lights hanging from the olive trees or the cocktails at the poolside bar.
Masseria San Francesco felt like a secluded oasis, but it was just a short 5 minute drive into the seaside town of Savelletri. I even saw a hedgehog in the wild here on a late night stroll around the property. We stayed in the Dimora Junior Suite with a lounge area and full kitchen. They happily welcomed my dog, Alfie. Read my full review and check rates.
From the massive bougainvillea tree, intricate sinks, traditional tiles and thoughtfully decorated rooms, Masseria Montenapoleone is an excellent choice for the design focused traveler. It is more than just a beautiful space though. The masseria also can arrange a number of experiences during your stay such as a cooking class, a bicycle tour, an olive oil tasting or a dreamy meal in the vineyard featuring estate grown ingredients. Check pricing and availability.
Masseria Le Torri
Just a short 10 minute drive from Polignano a Mare, you’ll find the 5-star Masseria Le Torri. The rooms and suites expertly marry rustic details with fresh, contemporary touches to create an elegant yet welcoming space. Leisurely pass the hours by the pool or outdoor lounge spaces, a necessity on vacation. Check pricing and availability.
Staying in a Trulli in Puglia
Trulli houses are traditional huts in Puglia with a circular stone roof. They are all over the region, but mostly concentrated in the northern area and particularly in the town of Alberobello. The most popular theory behind their design is that the temporary structure could be quickly dissembled in order to avoid taxes. Staying in one is sure to be a memorable experience.
Masseria Cervarolo is complete with several trulli houses making it the perfect hybrid choice. With roots in the 16th century, a swimming pool, uniquely decorated rooms, a restaurant serving local dishes and a small church on site, Masseria Cervarolo is a wonderful choice near Ostuni. Check pricing and availability.
Almapetra Trulli Resort
We stayed at Almapetra Trulli Resort with another couple and their toddler for a low key weekend by the pool. You’ll have the kitchen amenities and space of a vacation rental, but the feel of a hotel with a pool and shared common areas. With two bedroom cottages and trulli houses starting at about €100 a night, it’s a nice value for families. Almapetra Trulli Resort is a great choice if staying in a trullo is on your bucket list. I was not about to leave Puglia without staying in one! Check rates and availability.
Unique Stays in Town
POSEA in Polignano al Mare
In Polignano al Mare, you’ll find a lot of smaller B&Bs and guesthouses (usually called a dimora). We only had time to visit the town for the day, but I really wanted to stay at POSEA. If only weekends were longer! Located just steps from the main beach, this B&B is in the perfect location. The views from the balcony give a unique perspective of the famous beach. Check rates and availability.
Torre del Parco in Lecce
This list is focused on properties more in northern Puglia because that is the area I am most familiar with. But, one day when I am lucky enough to visit Lecce, I would love to stay at the historic Torre del Parco that dates back to 1419. This is the hotel to enjoy original frescos, antique furniture, a fresh breakfast buffet, terrace patios and spa treatments all within steps of the best things to do in Lecce. Check pricing and availability.
Best Airbnb with a Rooftop Terrace in Ostuni
We stayed at this Airbnb the first time we visited Puglia. It was a short walk to the Old Town center, but also close to a parking lot on the outskirts. The apartment is well decorated with a stone interior and detailed touches. The host is so kind too. We really enjoyed having a few glasses of wine up on the rooftop terrace. However, the apartment is located on the second floor and the terrace is another floor up, so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who can’t climb steep stairs. Check rates and availability.
Luxury Hotels in Puglia
Borgo Egnazia is practically synonymous with luxury in Puglia. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot in this 5-star luxury hotel in 2012. Need I say more?
With several restaurants, pools, a kids club, spa, gym and golf course, Borgo Egnazia offers everything you could ever want. You can book deluxe hotel rooms, suites and even three-bedroom villas on the property. For more drool-worthy photos, swing on over to this post by the talented photographer and Art Director Stephanie Russo. Check rates and availability.
Don Ferrante in Monopoli
I’ve never been to Monopoli, but when I visit I’m headed straight for Don Ferrante. This luxury hotel was built into the fortress walls of Monopoli and offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury. You can book romantic rooms, spacious suites or guest houses just a short walk away from the beach. Each room is meticulously decorated with traditional stone interior and fine linens. There’s also a charming sunbathing area with a small pool. If you’re there in the summer months, you can enjoy their rooftop terrace restaurant with sea views. Check rates and availability.