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Reviewed June 24, 2017

This is a glitzy and glamorous four-star Masseria with a spectacular pool and views. It's a popular wedding venue with events on (I would guess) most weekends in the season. We stayed for three nights recently and there was a wedding on the Saturday we arrived. We didn't find it too disturbing, the main downside was that we couldn't get parked in the main car park and had to go around the back of the property to the staff car park where there was plenty of room, It wasn't too much of an inconvenience. The wedding was quite noisy downstairs but we couldn't hear it from our room and it didn't seem to go on very late. And it was great for people-watching -- wonderful outfits!
Our room was big and comfortable with a large balcony/terrace and partial sea view. Breakfasts were good and plentiful, and we ate at the hotel one evening where the food was good to very good -- a set menu for around 30 euros a head.
Staff were OK to very helpful but a little impersonal. This is a formal kind of place -- swimsuits and bare feet are not acceptable in the main part of the hotel, guests have to wear a cover-up of some kind, - not a problem as far as we were concerned.
We also asked for, and received, a late check-out without any problems.
The nearby seaside town of Specchiola has lots of cheap seafood cafes and restaurants, pizzerias and gelaterias but only small beaches. Swimming was dangerous when we were there.

Room tip: The rooms with balcony have good outside seating space.
Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank paddysmum84
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Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

This is where dreams come true. We brought 100 people here for our wedding and everything was done to perfection! I cannot thank Illaria and her team enough
It's a pity about the male receptionist being really rude (don't know his name but he has curly hair).

Date of stay: September 2016
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank LellikellyxXx
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Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Attended a wedding here.....
Venue amazing, food perfect.
The location is not far from the nearby Riva Marina Resort (where we stayed).
The wedding was fantastic and it seemed all needs were catered for.

Date of stay: September 2016
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank Dalbrom
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Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely building in a beautiful site. The pool is really lovely.

However it has some way to go to being a good hotel. It is primarily a wedding venue and if you are there for a wedding it is probably very nice. One of our rooms was over 200 Euros per night so it was pretty unacceptable that there was a wedding which went on to 1.00am, making it impossible to sleep. My kids room at the back was less noisy. There were weddings on the subsequent days but they finished at 10pm.
Individual staff members were helpful but to find out anything or to get a drink you had to go to reception. It was better at the pool where there was usually someone around and they were friendly. There is no written information on anything - things to do, menus, drinks and mini-bar prices, golf prices, transfers etc.
Staff did arrange transfers for us to Carovigno every night, which was very helpful. Cost was 30 Euros for each return trip. We enjoyed the town and didn't really want to be hanging around other people's weddings.

In summary I think this place needs to decide what it is for. If it wants to offer an expensive hotel experience it needs to be much better run and focussed on service. It also needs to deal with noise issue from weddings which is difficult.

Date of stay: July 2016
Trip type: Traveled with family
1  Thank 278tracyc
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Reviewed July 24, 2015

Beautiful hotel. Scrupulously clean. Stunning pool area.
But ....... staying here was a little like being given a large, extravagant, beautifully wrapped box of chocolates and finding only 4 coffee creams inside.
The welcome was non existent. Some staff (although not all) were positively miserable and were seen to argue in front of guests, which was awkward and embarrassing. Information regarding the local amenities was sparse. It was imperative to speak Italian; while this is not normally a problem (learning the local language is only polite and necessary), it did make the communication and information-gathering a lot more difficult.
The hotel is very isolated and transport is essential; there are no restaurants within walking distance but the hotel did kindly lay on free transport to the nearest beach/restaurant (15 minute drive) when needed.
Service was sparse; there appeared to be a definite paucity of help when required. Hotel and bar staff were few and far between and we were blatantly ignored on a number of occasions. We often had to go to reception to search for staff after many a long and lonely wait at the unattended hotel bar. Having said that, some staff (particularly the poolside staff and Roberto) were friendly and attentive.
To end on a positive note, the food was lovely and vegetarian guests were catered for. The hotel itself is undoubtedly stunning but the lack of service and 'niceties' seriously let it down.

Room tip: Request balcony or terrace.
Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Dinah1409
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