Four reasons to escape to Puglia this autumn

14 October 2009

Autumn in Britain brings darker nights combined with dropping temperatures. In Southern Italy however, the sun continues to shine and 25ºC is a regular occurrence.

It’s in this warm environment that the five star gem, Masseria San Domenico can be found, and with its collection of special offers and packages available from October to December, there’s even more reason to escape the autumn chill.

Through October and the beginning of November, guests at Masseria San Domenico can enjoy the ‘Flavours of Apulia’ package experiencing the finest, locally-sourced cuisine served at the San Domenico Restaurant, complemented by wine tasting with the hotel’s Sommelier, and cocktails in the Ulivo Bar. The San Domenico restaurant offers traditional Apulian specialties, as well as a selection of the finest Italian and international wines. Organic and locally-sourced produce are the of the highest quality, vegetables and olives grown on the estate make up the base of most of the dishes served, whilst seafood is fresh from local villages on the nearby Adriatic coast.

If guests feel the need to venture from the hotel, they can continue to enjoy local fare at Ugento (Lecce) by visiting the ‘Festival of Capo Leuca Wines’ which takes place in the first week of November. Another enticement may be the legend which claims that one of the most famous homemade wines in the area, the Primitivo, can resist aging for over a hundred years.

If you’re tempted by celebrating the festive season Italian-style, Masseria San Domenico is in a perfect location for traditional merry-making. From the 6th of December, a local Christmas fair takes place in Bari. Here, a series of religious and folkloristic performances in honour of Saint Nicola occur over a month, and to whet those shopping appetites, in Viale Luigi Einaudi, a market of over 90 vendors can be found, offering everything from hand-carved wooden figurines to Christmas sweets and traditional Italian ornaments.

If relaxing and preparing for the festivities is more to your liking, spa lovers are in for a real treat - from October 23rd to 25th, guests will have the opportunity to experience Masseria San Domenico’s new anti-aging skin-care Spa products by Dr Perricone. A professional beautician from Dr Perricone will be offering 45 minute facials for guests, completely complimentary. And to ensure guests are 100% tip top for the Christmas and New Year festivities, the Hotel’s exclusive three night ‘Winter Warmer’ package includes six Thalassotherapy treatments and two massages per person to rejuvenate body and soul – the evening gastronomy on offer may however play havoc to the hips.

New Year, of course is a time for celebration. Why not do something different this year with one of Masseria San Domenico’s four night New Year Packages. Whether guests are Spa junkies or keen Golfers, an Italian New Year gala banquet will be something to recount at dinner parties back home. Choose between the Hotel’s renowned Thalassotherapy spa; or for golfers, the wonderful 18-hole San Domenico Golf course. To make it truly Italian, guests are whisked away to visit the traditional ‘Representation of the Nativity’ in Pezze di Greco, three km away, during their stay.

Autumn 2009 Packages at Masseria San Domenico

Flavours of Apulia:
Stay a minimum of three nights and receive an upgrade to Junior Suite or Suite upon availability
Receive: Complimentary welcome cocktail at the Ulivo Bar. One complimentary dinner for two at the San Domenico Restaurant (beverages excluded) OR a wine tasting session with the Hotel's sommelier.
*Valid for stays from Oct 1st to Nov 15th 2009

Perricone Facials:
Treatments last 45 minutes and can be booked in advance. Reservations are available during the afternoon of 23/10/09 and during the morning of 24/10/09. One complimentary treatment is allowed per person. For product information visit:

Winter Warmer:
Stay three nights in a Deluxe double room and receive daily buffet breakfast, three dinners at the San Domenico Restaurant (beverage excluded), six Thalassotherapy treatments and two Massages. Valid for stays November 3rd to December 4th 2009. Rate per person sharing a double room € 790,00 – Supplement for single use €350,00.

New Year in Italy:
Four nights minimum stay - valid for stays from 26th December 2009 until 4th January 2010
Receive: Daily buffet breakfast - Three dinners at the San Domenico Restaurant (beverages excluded) - New Year‘s Gala Dinner (beverages excluded) and choose between the New Year Spa or New Year Golf offers:

New Year Thalassotherapy Spa offer:
• Complimentary medical check up - up to six Thalassotherapy treatments - three acquagym classes
• Complimentary entrance to indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, gym, Kneipp routes and aromatic colour showers for the entire stay
Rates start from Euro 1,730 per person (for two guests sharing a double room)

New Year Golf offer:
• Three complimentary green fee at the San Domenico Golf course
Rates start from Euro 1,340 per person (sharing a double room)

For more information on Masseria San Domenico, and to see all the Autumn packages and offers, visit

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