Saturday, November 12, 2011

How to indulge on a holiday to Puglia

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents How to indulge on a holiday to Puglia.

Beautiful Puglia is one of Italy’s loveliest regions, located at the heel of the ‘boot’ - the Salento peninsula.

With long stretches of beautiful coastline, acres of olive groves, vineyards and superb food and wine, the area is an ideal holiday spot for those seeking a touch of luxury. Rather than simply booking a hotel, visitors can choose from a range of luxurious self-catering accommodation - from romantic beachfront villas and chic trulli to magnificent masserie, there is a wealth of indulgent, high-end options on offer.

Spending your holiday in your own private accommodation means you can relax in comfort and enjoy the freedom of privacy. But having your own ‘home away from home’ doesn’t mean you need to spend your time wandering the supermarket aisles, sweating in the kitchen or sitting behind the wheel of a car!

If you’re looking to treat yourself to lavish Italian holiday, in which you can relax and let others do the hard work for you, here are just a few examples of indulgent extras that can make a stay in a Puglia villa even more luxurious.

Dinners on request

A holiday is a time to truly step back from your usual day-to-day duties, so why not be waited on for once by hiring your very own ‘in villa’ cook? As you relax by the pool and soak up the sun, your cook will prepare authentic, mouth-watering Puglian dishes created from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Whatever your requirements, whether a romantic dinner for two or feeding the whole family, you can have your meals created for you and even save yourself the chore of washing up.

A glass of the finest

Puglia is prolific in its production of wine, creating around 17% of Italy’s wine. It is famous for its Negroamaro (the ‘bitter black’) and Primitivo (Zinfandel) grapes, which are highly regarded internationally. This beautiful region is home to countless wineries for tasting and purchasing wines. If you can’t bear to drag yourself away from the pool, now may be the ideal time to arrange a delivery straight to your villa, so that you can indulge in these magnificent wines without having to leave your chair. Some villas in the area, such as the lavish Masseria Curti Vecchi, come with their own fully stocked wine cellars too, so you can be sure to stay well supplied for the entirety of your trip.

Indulgent cruising

Nothing oozes luxury like a private yacht and, with 800km of stunning coastline to explore, Puglia is a perfect location for taking to the waves. Enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the clear blue sea from your very own vessel as you float far from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. If you prefer a speedier option, you can also hire private speedboats, so your day on the waves can be as fast-paced or relaxing as you choose.

Chauffeur-driven delights

Puglia is home to some stunning national parks, vast stretches of beautiful beaches, adventure parks, zoos, charming villages, markets and so much more. The best way to explore this fascinating region is by car, but if you still want to relax and indulge in those delicious wines without worrying about tackling Italian roads, then you could consider hiring your own private chauffeur to transport you to your location without any hassle. With a personal driver to transport you around the region, you will be free to sit back and enjoy your surroundings without having to lift a finger except for arranging to be collected at the end of day.

If any of the options above take your fancy, Think Puglia provides a range of exclusive luxury villas in Puglia and offers a range of indulgent Think Experiences such as private chefs, boat charters, wine deliveries and personal chauffeurs. You could, for example, consider a stay in the exquisite Villa Blanca, a luxurious summer house with its own infinity pool and stunning sea views just outside the exclusive seaside resort of Leuca on Puglia’s southernmost tip. Or why not book a holiday at the beautifully restored, luxury Masseria Lamacoppa, situated just outside the uniquely evocative “white town” of Ostuni in Puglia’s Salento peninsula.

Visit for more information and to view the wide range of luxury villas available throughout the region.


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