This is Italy, but not as you know it. Agriculture, rather than architecture, is  the star here - it's all twisted olive groves, scorched red fields and fluorescent sunsets. The Borgo, a limestone masseria, is a temple of cool - Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot here.

Foodies will want to book on to the 'Parafrisando' cooking course, covering everything from breadmaking to creating desserts.


The Apulia region is ripe for gastronomes - just a short drive away are the you-have-to-try brasseries of Cisternino and award-winning restaurants of Ceglie. And take a sunset trip on a pimped-out fisherman's boat to eatery La Nazza at nearby San Domenico a Mare hotel.

Back at Borgo, Suite Egnazia is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway with a huge white canopied bed and roof terrace.

WOW FACTOR: The grand Roman-style baths where couples enjoy steam rooms and temperate baths before zoning out in  a flotation pool with piped birdsong.

GO: Chic Locations ( offers four nights from £2,388 per couple, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours, 45 minutes.


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Pack your heels as well as your flip-flops for a stay at the stylish Borgo Egnazia. The A-list love this charming retreat - Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were so taken by it that they booked out the whole resort for their wedding in 2012.

Comprising a white-stone, castle-like building, plus 28 villas, Borgo (meaning village) was inspired by the ancient fortified town of Egnazia.

Set in 100-year-old olive groves in Puglia (the 'heel' of Italy's boot), it's got that blissful rustic village feel, with cobbled alleyways and a massive vine-covered piazza.

It's all about relaxation here, and the main building, La Corte, is an oasis of calm.

Enjoy long lunches on the terrace (try the pink salad of radicchio with crayfish and raspberry dressing) or head to the Vair spa - a cool escape from the heat, based on a roman bath house.

The treatments, such as a basil steam shower and a massage using lemon and olive oil, are almost edible!

WOW FACTOR: The peace - despite it being at full capacity when we visited, we felt like we were staying in a sleepy little village (with all the luxuries of a five-star hotel).

FLIGHT TIME: 3 hours

GO: Chic Locations offers four nights from £1,150 per person, B&B. Includes return flights and transfers.