ATARRA’S ITALIAN JOB – PART 2
Posted on 31st Jul 2013
Atarra continues… “Masseria Torre Coccaro is quite different to Borgo Egnazia in that it is smaller, of a boutique style, very posh and offers a wonderful personal feel. It is also extremely luxurious but in delightful and most charming way. It is a true family-friendly hotel which was originally built in the 16th century as a fortified farm and has the most amazing watchtower which the workers used to keep an eye out from pirate attacks of the time. It has a very rustic feel and offers 39 rooms and suites which are charming as they are filled with stunning antique furniture with lots of personal touches, beautiful gardens and the service here is top notch!
There are rooms & suites in the courtyard and in the tower. The Superior and Deluxe Rooms are located in the courtyard and have a small patio or garden, the Junior Suites are located in old courtyard on the ground floor with a small patio (more suitable for families) and others are located in the Tower with vaulted ceilings and a small balcony (not so suitable for families). Most offer a bedroom and a separate living room although this has to be requested at the time of booking. The Junior Suite Deluxe is located on the top floor of the tower and there is one Deluxe Junior Suite located in the antique rock area with a private garden – simply stunning! Both travel cots and wooden cots are provided for babies as well as sterilizers, bottles, nappies – nothing is too much trouble for the staff here! The furniture in all of the rooms & suites have a typical Puglian décor with whitewashed lime stones and arched ceilings. Some of the rooms and suites are located very close to the swimming pool so very handy when the little ones want to go for a splash.
The swimming pool here is extremely child friendly as it has a graduated entrance which makes it so easy for little ones to run in safely without the aid of steps. They will also love the natural sand that surrounds the pools and there is a large jacuzzi here too.
There is a small play area at the hotel but the main kids club with nannies (for little ones from 3 – 11 years) is on their own long private sandy beach called the Coccaro Beach Club which is set in a natural reserve and approximately 8 minutes by car. The hotel offers a complimentary transfer service to and from the beach from April to Oct and during high season there are an array of activities on the beach for the more energetic such as beach volleyball and water sports, sailing and kite surfing. In fact, the activities at Masseria Torre Coccaro are endless as there are trips to the Botanical Park, bicycle rides, a cooking school, horse riding, go karting and quad bikes.
For the golf enthusiasts, there is the 9-hole golf course with driving range, putting green, pitching green and sand area and the 18-hole San Domenico golf course which is less than a mile away but since I am more of a spa enthusiast I just wanted to immerse myself into the tranquillity of their amazing Aveda Spa and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience! It comes with a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish baths and a few treatment rooms and it was a spa like no other that I had experienced before as it is placed in an antique cave with soft lighting and it was ever so relaxing! A wide range of treatments are also available as well as a small gym. It is important to note that there is a small daily charge to use the indoor spa facilities.
The food is exquisite and is definitely at Michelin level. I had lunch in the Restaurant Egnathia which is situated under a beautiful pergola and offers typical Mediterranean food such as fresh fish, pasta, risotto, steaks and the most amazing desserts! It is on the pricey side but it is definitely worth it as the cuisine is superb and so perfectly executed on the plate. The other restaurant is the Cabana Restaurant which is open for light lunches from April/May time and this is located near the swimming pool and finally the Coccaro Beach Club Restaurant is a delight with their array of fresh fish, sushi and oyster bar. Children’s menus are provided throughout
Masseria Torre Coccaro is absolutely delightful in every way and offers service to the highest degree. It is ideal for those of you who don’t want the large resorts but still want the excellent child care, facilities which it has to offer and a more smaller and personal feel.”« Back to blog home