For a relaxing, luxurious holiday in opulent surroundings, look no further than Trullo Bellissimo. Set in large grounds studded with olive, pomegranate, lemon and fig trees, thoughtfully designed and perfect both inside and out, Bellissimo is the place to go for a ‘one of a kind’ retreat.
Walking into the trullo you are greeted by a light and spacious open plan living/dining area. White painted walls contrast with pale blue furniture in the dining area, complemented by ‘washed’, green painted kitchen units and a work surface of artisan baked Sicilian ‘azzuri’ tiles. Opulent jewel colours continue via the Eastern inspired dayroom, where colourful tapestries and vintage silk paintings adorn the walls, Moroccan lanterns create a beautiful light for chill out evenings, and Iranian marble flooring ensures a cool welcome, leading direct to the trullo bedroom where you sleep beneath the original conical roof. The understated calm of the master bedroom presents a beautiful four-poster bed, hand painted Neopolitan floor tiles, and internal window shutters for that quiet afternoon siesta. Both bedrooms have stunning ensuite bathrooms, one tiled in frosted Bizazza aqua shaded mosaic, the other clad entirely in rose coloured Jerusalem marble, and both having large showerheads. Each room is unique and beautiful in itself, or as a complement to the whole.
A plunge into the wonderful blue mosaic pool is a great way to refresh after wandering the grounds in order to find ripe fruit, or herbs to add to your evening meal. These are imaginatively landscaped, abundant with colourful plants and trees that cast dappled shadows over the beautiful surroundings. An outdoor kitchen with two barbecues is completed by two covered terraces, the first for long, leisurely lunches and dinners, and the second, presenting a perfect vista from which to end a day. Relax on luxurious marine leather upholstery beneath a terrace of honeysuckle and bougainvillea, and enjoy evening cocktails as the redolent scents of a perfect Mediterranean evening fill the air, and the sun dips quietly beyond the skyline of medieval Cisternino 17km distant.
Puglia is a diverse and charming area to explore. From the Città Bianca (White City) of Ostuni, where the whitewashed houses cluster together on a hilltop, overlooking the olive groves that line the coastal planes, wander this enchanting melange to delight in the multitude of architectural and topographical perspectives. Continue onto the charming town of Alberobello where you will be in your element if you can’t get enough of trulli. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello is made up of hundreds of conical trulli buildings and honestly looks like something you would find in the pages of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. The hilltop village of Cisternino is a delight for its small outdoor restaurants which provide delicious locally sourced food, and weekly free Sunday concerts in the central piazza during summer. Finally, the enchanting baroque town of Martina Franca delighting in its summer opera season, and Ceglie Messapica, ancient walled city inhabited for millennia, home of the historic ducal palace and bastioned Norman fortifications. All appeal in their own very distinctive way.