The number of holiday villas in Puglia, particularly those sleeping 2-6, has increased at least ten fold in the 9 years that I have been here. The main holiday villa websites are packed to the gunnels with offerings and it can be difficult to choose. The quality of the accommodation varies widely, as does the level of service provided.
The villas I have chosen are certainly not the cheapest, but are all ones which I would heartily recommend. Everyone I have sent to them has been happy, they are furnished and equipped to a very high standard (hotel quality linen, good range of kitchen equipment, comfortable beds) and come with 24 hour support and concierge service. All have good pools (with the exception of Laura beach house) and outside spaces.
Trulli Vista: In the hills above Monopoli, beaches shops and restaurants a 10 minute drive away (5 km). Good base for exploring the Valle D’Itria. Sleeps 4 in two bedrooms plus 2 on a sofa bed in the livingroom. Sea views. Prices in euro: Low (26/9- 16/5):1300 Mid (16/5-26/6 and 29/8-25/9):1900 High (26/6-29/8):2500. Extras: 150 (cleaning, electricity etc.) 10 euro a head linen, towels, pool towels.
This is one of my personal favourites – see review here. Absolute peace and quiet, beautiful sea views, outdoors living at its best – comfortable area for lounging, outdoors kitchen and dining area, infinity pool with lawn and olive tree for shade. Perfect for two couples, family with children above 5 (garden is terraced) or even a romantic break for a couple.
Casa Anna: In the hills above Monopoli, beaches shops and restaurants a 10 minute drive away. Good base for exploring the Valle D’Itria. Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms (2 double one twin) plus 2 on a sofa bed in the livingroom and 1 on a daybed in the trullo. 3 bathrooms. Sea views. Prices: in euro Low (26/9- 16/5):1500. Mid (16/5-26/6 and 29/8-25/9): 2250. High (26/6-29/8):3000. Extras: 200 (cleaning, electricity etc.) 10 euro a head linen, towels, pool towels
Next door to Trulli Vista (though you can’t see or hear one from the other as they both have large gardens) the two villas can be booked together for larger groups. Casa Anna is the perfect year round villa as it has a large hot tub as well as a swimming pool (added last year) and a large indoor living room with open fire as well as outdoor spaces. Perfect for families or small group of friends.
Trulli Annina: 4km outside Castellana Grotte and 6km from the sea. Classic trulli sleeping 6 (two double bedrooms – one in an annexe and a bedroom with double sofa bed. 3 bathrooms. Prices: in euro Low (26/9- 16/5):1200. Mid (16/5-26/6 and 29/8-25/9):1700. High (26/6-29/8):2100. Extras: 150 (cleaning, electricity etc.) 10 euro a head linen, towels, pool towels
Large indoor/outdoor kitchen and dining area (smaller kitchen in house), gorgeous pool with comfortable lounging area. Perfect for families or two couples, possibly one with children one without (as two bedrooms interconnect and one is in adjoining trullo with separate entrance
I am very excited to have found these two new villas, further South down in the Salento, between Ugento and Santa Maria di Leuca, an area with fabulous white sand beaches and sleepy little towns but in easy striking distance of Lecce for shopping and bright lights. Both are owned by a mother and daughter team who take their hospitality seriously…. Nothing is too much trouble..When I visited, I was given an extensive tour of the area, offered coffee snacks and an aperitivo and taken to see the best bakery where I was bought an artisanal panettone (Christmas cake). Their previous visitors have included Italian pop and film royalty….Extras include massages and beauty treatments in the villas, cooking lessons and more..
Villa Laura: Near the fishing hamlet of Porto Vado and a selection of white sand beaches. Villa built around an old ‘pajare’ (kind of trullo found in the Salento) sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms. Extra bed available. Sea views. Prices in euro: Low (14/11-16/4): 2400. Mid (18/4-23/5 and 5/9-14/11): 3000. High (23/5-4/7) 3600. Peak (4/7-5/9):4200. Extra charges- additional bed. Cleaning, linen etc. included.
Peace and seclusion but with restaurants, beaches and, in high season, lively little resorts nearby. This was originally the family’s holiday home and it shows in the well equipped kitchen and attention to detail. Pretty garden, 12×5 pool, sea views from the roof terrace, deep verandah for outdoors dining or relaxing in the shade. A good year round house as there is central heating and an open fireplace. There are also plans to heat the pool. Perfect for families or three couples.
Laura beach house: Right on the beach at Torre Pali, a beach much loved by divers and fishing enthusiasts. Top floor apartment with huge terrace looking out to sea. Sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Extra bed available. Prices in euro: Low (14/11-16/4): 1200. Mid (18/4-23/5 and 5/9-14/11): 1600. High (23/5-4/7) 2000. Peak (4/7-5/9):2400. Extra charges- additional bed. Cleaning, linen etc. included.
Comfortable accommodation with a huge terrace overlooking the beach, sunroom and comfortable kitchen/breakfast room. Perfect for bucket and spade holidays, sub aqua enthusiasts and beach lovers of all ages.
For further details of any of the above villas, to check availability or to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0039 333 7911030