A Luxury Beachside Villa in Sunny Puglia
Overlooking a beautiful cove and sparkling turquoise waters, this 6-bed, 5-bath villa in the lively and popular resort of Marina di Pulsano offers a large and luxurious retreat only a few steps from the calm crystal clear and turquoise sea.
Undiscovered by other Europeans, the Salento area in the south of Puglia (the southernmost part of Italy's heel), is where many Italians choose to holiday. Located on the western coast of Salento in the south of Puglia, its Ionian coast is much calmer and sandier than the better known Adriatic coastline on the eastern coast. Apart from its own natural coastal beauty, the area of Pulsano is at the heart of Primitivo wine country and provides the perfect base to explore the region’s coastline of Caribbean-style white beaches, pretty bays and coves, fabulous food and wine at amazing prices and stunning baroque architecture a little further afield.
The villa itself is great for large or two families, with lots of living space inside and out. Newly refurbished with architect designed interiors, there is sleeping for up to 12 in 6 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms (4 ensuite). There is a well-equipped kitchen, dining area with access to the terrace and living room all with sea views immediately outside. Outdoors, you can soak up the sun and share meals on one of three terraces, or cool off in the hot tub.
Who would need a swimming pool (even if one was allowed so close to the seaside) when you can step barefoot out of the house straight onto sandy beaches with crystal clear shallow waters lapping your feet. Ideal for toddlers learning to swim or sitting with your baby in the cooling seas, you can also launch our own kayaks from a little shallow slipway by the house and more able swimmers can swim through the waters going from totally clear to turquoise to deep blue beautifully refreshing waters.
Daily conveniences are also only a few steps away including, a bakery, cafe, bars and convenience store in the summer. In the mornings, you can grab fresh coffee, croissants and pastries just across the road.
Something for all the family with toddlers able to learn to swim, choice of games and kayaks for the kids, teenagers enjoying the lively resort during July and August, top up your tan from March-October, enjoy the delicious and wholesome food and wine for great value, enjoy the historic towns in the area and enjoy peace and tranquility September - June.
All told, whether you want to explore Puglia’s history-filled towns, dig into its fabulous food, or lounge on its sun-blessed beaches, this luxurious villa lets you have the Italian escape you’ve been dreaming about.
This luxurious beachside villa offers family groups or other special interest groups stylish living in a picture-perfect coastal setting. Step out of your villa straight onto the beach where you can paddle, snorkel, swim or kayak in the glittering clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The villa overlooks a sheltered rocky cove with large stretches of sand to sprawl out and relax.
Newly refurbished, the property itself features 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms with comfortable sleeping for 12, making it ideal for those seeking a spacious retreat right beside the sea.
On the ground floor, a bright living room offers a comfy chill-out space to relax after hitting the beach. Fold back the windows for all the sights and sounds of the sea and there’s a flat-screen TV/DVD for movie nights, while a log-burning fireplace keeps things feeling snug during cooler winter nights. In the rare cooler days there is a real fire to relax with.
A well-equipped kitchen makes it easy to whip up hearty group meals, while a large dining area with seating for twelve offers a relaxing spot for long and lazy Mediterranean lunches. You can of course lounge and dine outside on one of the three terraces. There is also a bbq.
The ground floor also has a shared bathroom off the spacious corridor, along with three separate bedrooms. The first bedroom has a king size bed and is ensuite with disabled bathroom facilities, the second bedroom comes with two twin beds, while the third bedroom doubles as a kids room and features a double sofa bed and flat-screen TV and x box.
A hot tub, bbq and shower await you as you step off the beach.
On the first floor, you’ll find three more bedrooms - each with the added luxury of their own ensuite bathroom.
In the fourth bedroom, there’s a king size bed and flat-screen TV, while doors lead out to a sea facing large terrace. A fifth bedroom is furnished with two 2 twin beds, while the sixth bedroom features another king bed along with a very large bathroom and offers access to a private balcony.
There’s plenty of outdoor space to unwind, dine, and socialise in the villa's secluded and private grounds. From the dining and living area, step out to a sun-drenched terrace with a garden table. In the mornings, it’s a fabulous spot to sip coffee and tuck into leisurely breakfasts.
On the first floor, you can relax on a large terrace and uninterrupted sea views. And on the third floor, another terrace the size of the house has recliners and seating - it's a great place for sunbathing with shady spots available too in privacy.
The villa also has its own jacuzzi, so you can enjoy a cold or hot dip after sunbathing and in the evening. Spend the day at the beach, ideal for young children with the extremely shallow and calm lagoons and only a short stroll back to the villa for a drink and freshen up in your outdoor shower.
Beach equipment available including kayaks, snorkelling gear, beach games and outdoor table tennis.
In the evenings, gather outdoors for drinks and alfresco dining. Dig into plates of olives, sun-dried tomatoes and freshly grilled seafood. Later, uncork a bottle of wine, sit beneath the stars, and relax with the sound of crashing waves as your evening soundtrack.
The Local Area: Located on the western Ionian coast of Salento in the southernmost half of Puglia, the town of Marina di Pulsano is surrounded by a region of natural beauty. Step out of your front door, and you’ll find a coastline of continuous sandy beaches, tucked-away bays, and crystal-clear turquoise waters. It is always warm here whatever the season with year round sunshine.
Pulsano’s old town is also a treasure trove of historical sights. Highlights include the 15th-century Castello de Falconibus and the church of St. Maria La Nova - built in the mid-800s.
The Surrounding Region: Beyond the immediate area, the whole of Salento is within a 1-2 hour drive. Along with 500 miles of coastline, paradisiacal beaches and glittering bays, the region is dotted with medieval towns, sun-baked olive groves and vineyards.
Be sure to explore the historic centres of whitewashed hilltop towns such as Cisternino, Martina Franca, Ceglie Messapica, Ostuni and Locorotondo. Hiding maze-like streets, Baroque churches, medieval castles and communal gardens, these charming towns are all within easy reach of one another and can be visited as part of a day trip.
History buffs will adore wandering the atmospheric quarters of pretty towns such as Gallipoli, Nardò and Maglie. Sitting on the edge of rugged limestone cliffs, there's more exploring to be done in the ancient town of Polignano a Mare. Considered one of Puglia’s most significant early settlements, it was previously inhabited by invaders ranging from the Normans to the Huns.
Further afield, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello is worth a special visit. This enchanting town is home to 1500 white-washed conical-roofed houses known as trulli - dating back to around the 14th century. Matera, a fascinating hilltop town of cave dwellings and buildings cut into the rocks, is Europe's City of Culture 2019 and is a 90-minute drive away.
Meanwhile, Lecce “the Florence of the South”, is a walkable city of exuberant Baroque architecture, buzzing pavement cafes, outdoor wine bars, and outstanding cuisine. And if you're looking for a complete change of scene, drive 1 hour 15 minutes to Fasanoland - a safari theme park loved by adults and kids alike.
Puglia's Passion For Food Beautiful yet simple, the food of Puglia is a true highlight of any visit to the region. Vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet peppers, homegrown herbs, fresh fish and plenty of olive oil define a rustic cuisine that makes the most of wonderful local ingredients.
Order regional favourites including orecchiette con le cime di rapa - "little ears” pasta with turnip greens, crispy pizzette topped with cherry tomatoes, and the creamy custard-filled pastry, pasticciotto. With its patchwork of vineyards, sampling a glass or two of Puglia's fabulous local wine is also a must!
Local Restaurants Local restaurants are within easy reach of the villa and the following options are all highly recommended:
La Barca di Ciro: Quality seafood restaurant with excellent appetizers, a great wine list and sea views. Address: SP122 Litoranea Salentina, 74026, Marina di Pulsano, Pulsano. (Near Fisherman’s Bay) Tel: +39 099 533 3335.
*Casa Mita: Family-run B&B with rooftop terrace serving local & international cuisine. Try their homemade brownies - served warm straight from the kitchen! Address: Via Rotondella, 16, 74026 Marina di Pulsano TA. Phone: +39 099 533 6177. Web: www.albergoristorantecasamita.it
Il Grillo: Only a few steps away, this smart hotel offers outdoor dining surrounded by a lush garden. Serves typical dishes of Taranto and regional flavours with a focus on fresh fish and seafood. Address: Litoranea Salentina, 74026 Marina di pulsano (TA). Phone: +39 099 533 3025. Web: www.ilgrillo.it
Il Gabbiano: Elegant 4-star hotel with an international restaurant and 3 restaurants serving both international and Salento cuisine.Address: Viale Dei Micenei 65, 74026 Marina di Pulsano. Phone: +39 099 533 6061. Web: www.gabbianohotel.it
Al Canale: Refined restaurant serving classic local cuisine with beautiful sea views. Address: Discesa Vasto, 74100 Taranto TA. Phone: +39 099 476 4201
Hotel Saraceno Al Faro: An 18th-century manor farm featuring a 4-star hotel and restaurant. Serves traditional Apulian seafood dishes with a modern twist. Address: Via della Pineta, 3-5, 74100 Taranto TA. Phone: +39 099 471 4444. Web: www.alfarotaranto.it
Relais Histo: 5-star hotel set in a converted stone farmhouse. Their upscale restaurant offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine and Apulian specialties. Address: Via Santandrea Circummarpiccolo, 74123 Taranto TA. Phone: +39 099 472 1188. Web: www.relaishisto.it
Masseria li Surii: Lavish restaurant offering a stylish selection of regional dishes, including a variety of fresh fish, seafood, and the finest local meats. Enjoy delicious desserts crafted by award-winning pastry chefs. Address: S.P. 141, km 4, Contrada Li Surìi, Manduria TA. Phone: +39 099 676599. Web:www.masserialisurii.it
*Masseria Bagnara: A boutique 4-star hotel and refined restaurant boasting elevated local cuisine. An extensive wine cellar features prestigious bottles form the best-known producers. Address: Strada Provinciale 125, 74020 Lizzano TA. Phone:+39 099 955 8337. Web: www.masseriabagnara.it
*We can particularly recommend these restaurants having visited recently ourselves!
Marina di Pulsano, Puglia, Italia