Il Melograno, Puglia

Il Melograno is one of Italy’s hidden treasures in the sun-soaked province of Puglia.
The solid white-washed masseria is set around a large square, with giant cacti, glazed urns and ancient olive trees.
Furnished with antiques, richly coloured rugs, and valued paintings, it exudes a cool airy elegance.
I loved the indoor and outdoor pools, and then cycling a few kilometres to the sea for every type of swim.
The Pugliese food and wine is amongst the best in Italy, and Il Melograno’s Relais & Chateaux restaurant is so utterly relaxing you want to eat there every night.
The sister hotel, La Peschiera, is just down the road, right on the sea – a small, romantic, couples only beachside hideaway, and unique in Italy.