What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The enormous pool, designed to look like a lake
- Puglia on a plate: the restaurant serves organic dishes made from produce grown on Furnirussi's own farm
What To Know
- The hotel is surrounded by a 20-hectare orchard, home to Europe's biggest fig plantation
- Lots of healthy dishes served at the restaurant
- It's a rural retreat but the coast is within easy reach; the pretty coastal town of Otranto is around seven miles away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Surrounded by camphor trees, lush lawns and a 20-hectare orchard home to Europe’s biggest fig plantation, Furnirussi Tenuta is a serene spa retreat in the heart of Puglia’s countryside. The low-rise whitewashed resort is fronted by an enormous 1,000 square meter pool, designed to look like a lake. Built in 2012 as a modern country house on a working organic farm, the property uses natural materials to great effect, including limestone from nearby Lecce and locally-sourced wood.
Bed and Bath
The 24 Suites have a soothing color scheme (white, taupe and putty gray) and all feature blond wood four-poster beds and lounge areas with sofas. The smallest rooms (Junior Suite Classic) start at 450 square feet and Suite Executives are a mighty 753 square feet. Contemporary bathrooms are equipped with rain showers and Suite Executives come with chromotherapy showers and huge bathtubs with panoramic views of the estate. All are stocked with products from Hermès.
Furnirussi Tenuta is very much a restorative retreat. The state-of-the-art spa offers hydrotherapy services, chromotherapy showers and a grotto-like hammam carved from calcareous stone. Treatments incorporate products made from fruit grown on-site. There are several jogging and fitness routes that cut through the resort’s extensive grounds and personal trainers are available on request. In the evening head to the poolside bar for a pre-dinner sundowner before tucking into innovative Italian dishes that showcase ingredients from the estate. Much of the food has been created for health conscious diners like grilled veal served with spinach. Breakfast features figs from the orchard and deliciously-strong coffee.
In the Area
Nearby Serrano is a pretty hilltop village surrounded by olive groves that overlooks the Adriatic coast. Wander the charming streets and pop into traditional trattorias and pizza restaurants. The coastal town of Otranto is seven miles away, or take a day trip to the Baroque city of Lecce. Don’t leave Puglia without exploring some of its classic whitewashed villages and seeing its famous Renaissance architecture. Idyllic Alberobello is the place to see clusters of Puglia’s famed trulli houses.
How to Get There
Furnirussi Tenuta is really all-out luxurious place to have a relaxing or a wellness holiday. The rooms are very elegant and spacious, and overall the architecture is gorgeous. The pool is fantastically big (also great for kids because one half is shallow), there is plenty of space to enjoy quiet time in the sun by the pool, there is a well appointed gym, bicycles to borrow, and nice little roads to go for short walks in the sunshine. Service is very friendly and you have a lot of staff around to cater for your needs. The food was good, particularly the breakfast buffet that is full of fresh ingredients straight from the farm around the hotel. The hotel is a decent drive from Lecce or other main towns, so you definitely need a car (the hotel arranged a rental car for us which was super convenient), and the towns around the hotel are not that interesting, but within 20 min you have the seaside towns, and within 1 hour probably all the sights in southern Puglia. Overall a great stay. Did not want to leave.
We booked this hotel about 9 months in advance based on all the excellent Tripadvisor reviews at that time. Having recently returned I would say that it has the potential to be outstanding but there are some areas which need to be improved to give a 5* experience.
The hotel is beautiful, stylish and well designed. We loved the pool area and the rooms are very spacious and comfortable with a really useful walk in wardrobe. The bed was very comfortable, important for older people! Roberta in reception was really excellent, very welcoming and helpful and communications with the hotel before arrival were very efficient.
However there were a few disappointments:
- The most mould I have ever seen in a hotel bathroom where the shower screen joins the base. Definitely not 5*
- A few dirty smears on the paintwork which should have been wiped off eg back of bathroom door.
- A towel with a large corner torn off!
- As others have said the restaurant operation could be better. The food is good in the evening but the service (somewhat inconsistent and uncertain) and ambience does not match the high prices eg 25 Euro for a tiny though tasty portion of risotto (minimum 2 people so £50 Euro). One evening the staff seemed surprised that we ordered an aperitif at the table, the next time we sat outside the restaurant and were ignored! The service issues were highlighted by the next hotel we stayed in which was far superior in this respect - smiling, confident, well directed restaurant staff.
One tip if you are arriving late is that sound travels through the interconnecting door in the walk in wardrobe. We had read that the rooms were soundproofed but didn't realise there was a small child sleeping in the walk in wardrobe of the room adjoining ours who we unwittingly woke up whilst unpacking! Apart from a little noise through this door, the rooms were very peaceful, something we like.
Overall this is a stunning hotel which, with a bit of a rethink around the restaurant operation, could be really amazing.
Really enjoyed our 9 day stay with our toddler. Gorgeous hotel, rooms and the fabulous pool. Perfect for kids as the life guard gives out little boats and buckets and are very family friendly. Also the bubbles in the pool my son loved!
Nice little park too!
Room service menu is great, this is what you need with a child so this was perfect when late in.
Super breakfast ( gorgeous cakes) and you can also have eggs and bacon apart from continental.
Lovely staff and helpful. Very discreet service and i liked that.
Only thing that needs approving is the restaurant service at night.
Bread would come after main course or not at all, wine would take a while to come and they wouldn't top up your glass.
Not that important but when you are paying expensive prices, 30 euros for fish you would expect this. Generally the food in the restaurant and was too expensive for what it was.
Apart from that its a really beautiful place and i highly recommend it.
This was our first stay as part of a 10 day trip to Puglia for a wedding and Furnirussi Tenuta ended up being our favourite place with great service and friendly staff. The service is discreet, but attentive. If you want to be constantly waited on, this (or southern Italy in general) is probably not your ideal location. The manager of the restaurant was excellent and we found the food to be good and the breakfast buffet great. We were travelling with our 5 month old, and everyone was extremely helpful. The pool is amazing.
I have spent 9 nights with my family and I have to admit that the place is very nice, but:
1: the valet had a little accident with my car and they didn’t inform me but I had to discover myself..at the end they paid me the damage but I had to go to the garage myself and loose one day on the 10th of August with 40° instead of relaxing with my family.
2: Service is ridiculous for a 5 stars, the restaurant manager is very arrogant and keeping shouting to all staff in front of the guests, this makes the guest to feel uncomfortable.
3: The service was never right, one night one hour only to get the bread, another day I received wine (wrong red instead than rose) and water after the first course
4: Service at the pool is a joke or inexistent
5: Breakfast is very poor comparing to all Masseria/Hotel in Puglia of this standard
6: One night after the beach I wanted to have a dinner at the hotel (with two small kids very tired) and they told it was full, in fact there were full of friend of the owner…is this a 5 stars ?
I will never be back and I am very sorry for the people that will go again in this place as they will have a very bad image of Puglia which is a wonderful region with places with wonderful service.