BAGLIONI MASSERIA MUZZA, PUGLIA
A classic white-washed, tile-roofed masseria, Baglioni exudes style and serenity where chic suites come with vaulted ceilings and stone bathrooms while the turquoise pool is edged by ancient pine trees. Nearby the Salento coastline reveals white-sand beaches lapped by the azure Adriatic and timeworn villages such as Otranto where a golden-tinged 11th century cathedral awaits.
As you might expect, food is a highlight here and the masseria has three restaurants. Candlelit dinners at ‘Le Site’ showcases the best of traditional Puglian food such as raw seafood, grilled swordfish and homemade pasta. La Limonaia bar is set among lemon trees and serves Salento specialties plus grilled fish, meats and wood fired pizzas.
NOS, SIFNOS, GREECE
Clasped into the rocky cliffside of Cyclades Island Sifnos, new hotel Nos is sympathetically built into the landscape, with use of local stone, rattan and wood encased into the typical, white-washed style of building. Located on an isolated spot, this is the place to submit to your environment – the panoramic Aegean views stretch out in front of you, without interruption. The accommodation comes in the form of peaceful, cool retreats, with courtyards, private pools and spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, decorated with a pared-back colour scheme dotted with handcrafted pottery and oversized plants.
Sifnos itself is known for its wealth of foodie options – eating out is a delight whether that’s in a beachside taverna, a fish restaurant at the port or in a cobbled street eatery in a hilltop village. Sifnos also has plenty of wonderfully sandy beaches, striking white-washed monasteries and an artisanal shopping scene – Sifnos’ handmade pottery makes the perfect memento from your holiday.
CAP KAROSO, SUMBA, INDONESIA
The island of Sumba was put on the map when eco-luxe resort NIHI landed on this remote Indonesian isle, part of East Nusa Tenggara. Prohibitively expensive, now hotel Cap Karoso offers a new way to experience the cultural island of Sumba, brimming with ancient customs, fertile plains, indigenous tombs, wild beaches and a thriving ikat fabric cultivation. Some come here for secluded surfing and scuba diving; others to be immersed in a world far from home.
Cap Karoso provides a very comfortable base to explore Sumba with modern villas that come with private pools, set amid an organic farm on a beach in south-west Sumba. Although it lacks traditional Sumbanese architecture, Cap Koroso offers many ways to connect with local culture, like its artist residency where you have a chance to collaborate with a local artisan or wander the hotel’s farm where a farm school gives horticulture classes to local farmers. You can also explore the local village of Kodi – learning about ikat weaving, fishing, sandalwood horse-riding and shamans.
LA FIERMONTINA OCEAN, LARACHE, MOROCCO
You don’t always associate remote coastal beauty with Morocco, so new hotel La Fiermontina promises to shine a light on the lesser-known region of Larache, located almost 50 miles south of Tangiers. Located within 40 acres of national park, the hotel’s landscape is characterised by scrubby dunes which roll down to the surf-crested Atlantic Ocean, which blurs into the deep blue horizon. The hotel itself is made up of traditional stone houses, inside the décor of the Villas and Suites are Moroccan influenced with a modern twist, while the Village Houses come with antique lanterns, rugs and stone flooring replicating the feel of a rural Moroccan home. Close proximity to the beach means that watersports such as surfing are available as well as riding on the beach. Nearby, experience local cuisine with a cookery class. For the ultimate treat, book into the hotel’s traditional hammam to be buffed and polished, coming out squeaky clean.
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