Masseria Il Melograno 

Italy's original masseria hotel.

A 400-year-old white-washed building close to Monopoli.

This masseria (traditional farmhouse) was the first in Italy to open its doors to overnight guests. It’s since claimed status as a 'Small Luxury Hotel of the World' while effortlessly holding on to its 400-year-long authenticity. Gnarled trees and trailing bougainvillea are strewn around the grounds, and antique chairs and dressers used by past owners are put centre stage against the white-washed walls. It’s just ten minutes for a refreshing dip in the Adriatic, where you can hire sun loungers at the private Tamerici Beach Club. Both indoor and outdoor pools are long enough for lapping, and there are courts for perfecting your serve or learning padel, a tennis-squash hybrid sport.

Why we love Masseria Il Melograno

  • The masseria is in a convenient position for making day trips; head to the fishing town of Monopoli for the seafood and local vibes.

  • The secluded location off a modest country road gives you the chance to switch off among olive groves and citrus trees.

  • The chef runs an Apulian cooking class so you can learn how to knead focaccia dough and thumb orecchiette ‘little ears’ pasta, or truly absorb your surroundings with an olive oil tasting session.

  • Head inland to see the famous white trulli (conical houses) in UNESCO-listed Alberobello.

4.5 stars
Apr - Oct
Approximately 3 hours
Tucked in olive grove-covered hillsides, 10 minutes’ drive from Monopoli
Approx. 50 minutes’ transfer from Brindisi airport



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports

The hotel has an excellent restaurant, Mùmmulo, where the menu features the best of the season’s produce with fresh pasta and locally made buffalo mozzarella.

Mùmmulo Restaurant With a sole focus on seasonal produce the menus at Mùmmulo are inspired by locally available ingredients. The breakfast spread might feature continental pastries and fresh bread, while lunch and dinner is strongly influenced by southern Italian cuisine with fresh pasta a staple on the menu.

With a chef's philospohy of 'if it's not in season, it's not on the menu' you can be assured of inspiring dishes at Mùmmulo with many ingredients sourced from the hotel's garden and fruit trees.

What's included

Breakfast at Mùmmulo.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast at Mùmmulo • Three-course set dinner at Mùmmulo.

At Petramare Spa, there are aromatherapy-led treatments using Apulian brand Physio Natura. Facilities include sauna, steam bath and gym.

Learn about different local varieties in an olive oil tasting, take the hotel shuttle for a day at the private Tamerici Beach Club or practise your pasta making skills in an Apulian cooking class.

There are two swimming pools, one set within a citrus grove and the second, a large indoor pool at the spa. There is a complimentary shuttle to the private Tamerici Beach Club. Set amongst the hotel's gardens, there is a tennis and padel court.

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