Masseria Torre Coccaro
I often dream about running away to live a peaceful life in the Italian countryside, where I'll take up residence in an ancient Italian farmhouse, spend my days drinking robust red wine and ride my bicycle back and forth to the pebbled Mediterranean beaches. When I close my eyes and picture this particular farmhouse, it looks a lot like Masseria Torre Coccaro, a rustic retreat in the Puglia region.
At Coccaro, life seems to be about the simple pleasures, the things many of us living in the fast-paced realm of society long to discover. Olive groves and almond trees surround the converted 16th-century farmhouse that was once a stronghold against the Turks. The owners grown their own vegetables in the old quarry, the town chapel sits the courtyard, and the spa is literally carved out of a cave. And when the urge to explore beckons, the sea shore and fishing village of Savelletri is a mere five minutes by bike.
Now in this dream of mine, I don't even let myself imagine a spa that comes with a technogym, heated swimming pool, whirlpool and Turkish baths that use eucalyptus oil, because that just seems too good to be true. But it isn't. At Coccaro it's the norm, and the treatments are pretty intriguing too. Musk, yucca, lime? Yep, these go right in with the essential oils for skincare. In case you get too relaxed, try traditional ayurvedic massage on water mats or shiatsu to get the blood flowing.
It's highly unlikely I'll skip town and run off to start a new life in Puglia anytime soon. But a weeklong hiatus on at Coccaro? Yeah, that's definitely happening.
IMAGES COURTESY © Pino Addante