Baglioni Hotels & Resorts will take over management of the acclaimed Masseria Muzza in Puglia, southern Italy, reopening in late May 2022, as the latest addition to the collection.
Masseria Muzza sits between Baia dei Turchi beach and Alimini Piccolo lake, benefitting from spectacular countryside and coastal views. The fortified UNESCO heritage city of Otranto, perched at the edge of Italy’s heel, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel, with cultural and architectural influences from the Greeks, Turks and Romans. The town boasts a Medieval castle and Romanesque cathedral, as well as numerous craft shops and waterside restaurants. Baia dei Turchi is one of Salento’s finest beaches, protected by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), with a stretch of white sand bordered by dense pine forests, meaning it is only accessible by foot.
The heart of the Masseria is an ancient whitewashed building, dating back to the 17th century, surrounded by five acres of countryside. Rooms are dotted around the central courtyard in former stables and barns, with high vaulted ceilings and original stone features. Some have balconies and verandas overlooking the Alimini lakes, others enjoy sunset views over the expansive Mediterranean gardens, olive groves and Adriatic beyond. The countryside property has two restaurants, both offering Pugliese cuisine, with expansive outdoor dining and an infinity pool with lakeside views. The hotel spa features a steam bath, covered pool, 90°C Finnish sauna, ice fountain, relaxation zone, sensory showers and four treatment rooms, as well as a fitness room with natural daylight.
The private estate and surrounding countryside provide an idyllic setting for yoga, jogging and hikes, as well as mountain biking and horse riding. Keen golfers can enjoy a round or two at the nearby Acaya Golf Club. The Salento coast from Otranto to Santa Cesarea Terme offers unrivalled diving, snorkelling, canoeing, kayaking, kitesurfing and fishing.
“Similar to Baglioni Resort Sardinia which we opened last year, we are once again offering our guests a 5-star resort that is wholly immersed in nature. The Masseria Muzza is near Otranto and close to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Salento coast. Although the pandemic, alas, is not yet over, the opening of this new resort in 2022 represents a fresh wave of optimism for Baglioni Hotels & Resorts as we prepare to launch our sixth hotel in our native Italy,” commented Guido Polito, Baglioni Hotels & Resorts CEO since 2011.