Luxury hotel holiday Il Melograno Puglia

A traditional Puglian masseria from the 17th century, the Melograno is a luxurious 5-star hotel in gardens of olive and citrus trees. The bedrooms, which vary in size, are individually furnished, often with original chianca tiles and whitewashed cocciopesto walls. Some larger rooms have patio or terrace. The hotel now has a private beach club with shuttle service provided. The area deserves to be explored and a host of Puglian activities can be organised including cookery, wine tasting, painting, olive oil tastings and local song and dance.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bari
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Melograno, near Monopoli

Il Melograno is a boutique, family-run property, full of character and charm. Serene white architecture and lush exotic gardens make this a centre of relaxation and restoration, with access to the town of Monopoli and the coast in easy reach.

Facts in brief

Location The hotel is in the countryside about 10-minutes' drive from historic Monopoli

Annual opening 4 April to 15 September

Closest airport Bari

Distance from airport The hotel is about 45-minutes' drive from Bari Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Indoor Swimming Pool, Outdoor Swimming Pool (open seasonally), Spa (access only for guests aged 18 and over) with complimentary access to the Turkish Bath, Sauna, Steam Room and Gym. Private Beach with Beach Club (around 5 miles away, open seasonally). 2 Tennis Courts, Paddle Court, Jogging Track, Gardens, Car Park, Mountain Bikes to hire, Room Service, Complimentary transport service to the beach, Babysitting.

Complimentary

WiFi, Gym, Indoor Swimming Pool.

Out and about nearby

Monopoli, with its lively port and pretty historic centre, Grotte di Castellana, Alberobello, with its mediaeval `trulli`, Martina Franca, Castel del Monte, Ruins of Egnazia, the `white city` of Ostuni (market on Saturdays), Gallipoli and the unspoilt coastline of southern Puglia. 

Sports nearby

Horseriding, Scuba Diving, Water Sports, Boat Rental, Fishing, Golf at Egnathia Golf Club (18 holes, 10km away).

Lovely holiday
Mr K, September 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,620

Holiday Code IE245

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Melograno, near Monopoli

Undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in Puglia, Il Melograno is owned by Camillo Guerra, who has restored the 16th Century structure impeccably and decorated it with his fine collection of art and antiques. All the luxuries one would expect of a 5 star hotel are here, yet none of the regional character or charm of the place has been compromised. The olive groves surrounding the Il Melograno hotel provide the extra virgin olive oil used in its excellent Mediterranean cuisine and the fruits of an ancient citrus grove in the gardens are used to make the fresh orange juice and jams which are offered at breakfast. These trees can be seen through the picture windows of the cool and spacious lounge areas, which provide welcome shade during the summer months. Given the hot climate in this corner of southern Italy, guests usually dine 'al fresco' and breakfast is taken by the pool. 'Il Melograno' means the pomegranate, and in the hotel grounds, one can wander amongst a profusion of greenery, including pomegranate trees, indian figs and almonds. The Il Melograno hotel features a luxurious spa with hammam and hydrochromotherapy, as well as an indoor pool, sauna and gym. The bedrooms are charmingly decorated in Moorish style and are situated in two wings of the hotel, nestling around a central piazzetta. They feature period furniture and oriental rugs cover the pale tiled floors. There is a private beach five miles from the hotel, towards the ancient town of Egnazia. Il Melograno's unique fish restaurant can be found here. A member of Relais & Chateaux, Il Melograno offers a serene and beautiful base from which to explore this region.

Room descriptions

Il Melograno has 41 rooms with bath or shower and wc, satellite television, telephone, air-conditioning, minibar and safe.

Classic Rooms
Superior Rooms
Deluxe Rooms
Junior Suite in Torre
Junior Suite Family
Suite Melograno
Suite degli Aranci
Lovely holiday
Mr K, September 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,620

Holiday Code IE245

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Melograno, near Monopoli

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Il Melograno in Puglia, our clients usually fly to Bari airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. We will arrange this for you if required.

Additional information

Minimum stays: 7 nights between the 8 to 28 August. 3 nights minimum stay from 11 July to 7 August and 29 August to 18 September.

Children: Baby cots for children aged 0-4 years are free of charge. Extra beds may be requested but are chargeable.

Other information: Located about five minutes' drive from the centre of Monopoli.

Lovely holiday
Mr K, September 2017

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,620

Holiday Code IE245

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Il Melograno, near Monopoli

About Puglia

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Puglia is an opportunity to explore a gentle land of immense character with a wealth of architectural sights and glorious scenery, both on the coast and in the interior. One of the most startling impressions of Puglia must be the contrasting colours of azure and white, enhanced by the green of olives and vines. Typical sights in Puglia are the trulli, the low lying white-washed houses with beehive-like conical grey roofs, flat fields of grain, olives and vines and here and there perfect examples of mediaeval castles or splendid Byzantine-influenced Norman churches and cathedrals. Red chillies can be seen drying from the wrought-iron balconies of white-washed houses in the villages, whilst broom and mint grow wild in the fields. The coastline of Puglia is noted for its long sandy beaches and the beauty of the hilly Gargano peninsula with bays sheltering beneath dramatic cliffs - a stunning location for your holiday. Our hotels in Puglia tend to be a mixture of 'masserie' - fortified farmhouses that have been converted and extended to be luxury hotels a short distance from the beach, historic hotels in the Baroque city of Lecce and some beachside hotels.

Highlights of Puglia

Explore the Gargano peninsula with its dramatic coastline of coves and cliffs, beaches and forested interior. Take a boat trip to the Tremiti islands off the coast of the Gargano. The Salentine peninsula should be discovered for its vineyards and olive groves, megalithic remains and grottoes including the Grotte di Castellanata.

Cultural highlights of Puglia

The cultural highlights of Puglia are to be found in the quality of the Norman religious and secular architecture and the Baroque of Lecce in particular. Highlights include Lecce's church of Santa Croce begun in 1549 by Gabriele Riccardi and with a magnificent 17th Century facade, the loggia of the 15th Century Palazzo Vescovile, the Duomo rebuilt by Giuseppe Zimbalo (lo Zingarello) and the church of Santi Nicola e Cataldo (the most important Romanesque church in the Salentine). Bari possesses the Basilica di San Nicola, one of Puglia`s first great Norman churches. The 15th Century frescoes in the church of Santa Caterina d`Alessandria in Galatina are of particular merit. In Bitanto`s Romanesque cathedral is an Ambo by Maestro Nicola dating from 1229 with a bas-relief showing Frederick II and his family.

Festivals in Puglia

Martina Franca holds the Festivale della Valle d`Itria in late July/ early August. Bari holds a historical parade of St Nicholas on 7-10 May and a procession on the sea. Galatina has a curious tradition coinciding with the Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul on 28-29 June as tarantism has survived here. Lecce has a feast for the patron saints of the city on 24 to 26 August.

Gastronomy in Puglia

Olive oil is produced in enormous quantities and this together with local fruit, wine and seafood feature in the regional gastronomy of Puglia. Specialities include Focaccia bread flavoured with olives, fennel and chicory, Panzerotti (pasta with anchovies, capers and strong ricotta cheese), Tiella di Cozze (rice, potatoes and mussels), Melanzane alla campagnola (aubergines roasted and soaked in oil, garlic and basil). Dried pasta of all shapes and sizes is also a regional speciality. Puglia also is a great wine producer. A light red is produced at Cerignola and a robust red at Bari. Red Primitivo del Salento or di Manduria are well known.

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