At a Glance
Ten minutes from Borgo Egnazia, on sixty acres of manicured lawns and orchards of citrus and hundred-year-old olive trees, sits the picturesque Masseria San Domenico, the original summer home of the Melpignano family.
- Historic detail of the original masseria (farmhouse).
- Tranquil nature of the manicured grounds and spectacular stone-encrusted pool.
- Myriad facilities including the thalasso-spa, golf course and beach club.
If Borgo Egnazia is the Melpignano’s sleek and trendy teenager, then Masseria San Domenico is it’s sophisticated older sister. Set ten minutes from Borgo on sixty acres of manicured lawns and orchards, the picturesque and still functioning masseria was the Melpignano’s original summer home. In 1990 the family restored the original 13th century fortified farmhouse and made several additions to the property, carefully maintaining its structural authenticity and sense of place.
With only 47 rooms and suites (and no children under 12 permitted), the concept behind the Masseria San Domenico is that of an adult-hideaway where pampering and indulgence take center stage. Rooms are spacious, decorated in colorful fabrics and with antique furniture and traditional pottery that emphasize Marisa Melpignano’s personal style. Deluxe rooms and junior suites offer patios while many suite categories have views of stunning grounds and Adriatic Sea. The public spaces are very traditional in style and could use a refresh.
The resort facilities are particularly impressive and include an eighteen-hole championship golf course (adjacent), two tennis courts, a large, lagoon-shaped swimming pool, private beach club and two-level thalassotherapy spa – one of the few in Italy. The Masseria also boasts a restaurant serving traditional Apulian cuisine (the dining room dates back to the 1700s). Nearly all of its produce and wine are homegrown and the rest are locally sourced.
Despite its undeveloped surrounds, Masseria San Domenico offers a plethora of activities to choose from, including horseback riding, boating, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, biking and scuba diving. Most guests arrive with grand plans, but couldn’t be more content sipping a glass of prosecco at Spiaggia beach club, a rocky pontoon, covered with chaises lounges and steps from the dark blue Adriatic.** **
Who Should Stay
Those wanting a quiet, traditional masseria experience (complete with all the amenities of a resort) and who plan on spending most of their time relaxing on property.
Written by Indagare