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
My wife had booked us a stay at Furnirussi and this was the biggest mistake we made on our trip to Puglia.
The amenities are definitely not as premium as they appear on their website, which is very disappointing considering the price of a room.
The manager Luigi seemed charming at first, but turnt out to be very unprofessional when he used the hotel restaurant as his living room to drink and smoke with his friends.
There are much better places to stay around, as this place does not portray the actual charm of authentic Puglia.
I'm not sure why the reviews are so good, but maybe i'm missing something. We stayed here based on these great reviews but this certainly is not 5 star and is extremely over-priced.
The rooms are very large and spacious, well appointed etc. However, our shower was covered in mould and the floor was peeling paint.
The grounds are not well maintained. Grass is overgrowing the playground and around the pool area. It's not maintained upto 5 star level. It's like they havn't invested in a edge trimmer. The pool look beautiful in photos and is great for kids but in reality, it needs work and some repairs in places.
The food is nice but super expensive. We had a frieshly squeezed juice for 12 Euro. A veal cutlet with nothing on it for our 3 year old was 35 euro. Breakfast is not 5 star quality either. You need to pay extra for fried eggs etc.
The owner Luigi did his best to rectify some of the situations, but the reality is this place just isn't worth it. We sent 3 weeks in Puglia in lot's of different Masserias and Borgo's and this place just didn't cut it.
We - 2 adults + 2 teenagers - spent 4 nights at the Furnirussi Tenuta and we enjoyed very much our stay. Rooms are large, comfortable and modern, the « lake » is refreshing , the food is great and more important the staff is caring, available and of good advice. Special thanks to Roberta who made our stay even better.
We stayed for 1 week in the middle of July 2018 with our kids.
- Pool. The highlight of the hotel. I have never seen anything like it. Friendly for kids and adults. Has a huge shallow part. Has no edges, it is all very beach-like and looks amazing. Also, there is grass all the way around, which is perfect for the kids to play on. Amazing setting, the parasols are huge and are far away from each other, you never feel it is crowded.
- Rooms. Very clean, huge walk-in closet, spacious and, because of the way the hotel is laid out, there is a lot of privacy. All rooms have a private terrace.
- Friendly staff. Always there to help you with anything - organising transfers, getting toys for the kids to use in the pool, helping out with breakfast.
- Breakfast. Wide variety of options, great bread, very good scrambled eggs and coffee. Fruits included, in our case there was kiwi, pineapple and melon every morning.
- Decor. Very sleek, clean and chic.
- Restaurant pricier than expected. Food is amazing and most of it is done locally, which is great - there is fresh bread baked locally every day and the focaccia is the best I have ever had.
But, this comes at a price and there are no cheaper options - plates are ~15 EUR (pastas and salads - fish go up to ~20 -25). The cheapest wine bottle is a rose for ~25 EUR. The local ice cream, served for desert, is very nice, but costs ~10 EUR per serving. I wish prices would be a bit friendlier. On another note, I would also have wished to have seen a kids menu. In the lunch menu there are two pastas which are kids friendly, but that was it. The portions are for adults, our kids would share it - which made it viable.
The good and the bad:
- Location. You will need a car. The closest town has nothing, just a few almost hidden restaurants and a supermarket. You will not be able to go walking to it if you have young kids.
This also means that you are far away from crowds and in a very secluded location, which is ideal for relaxing.
Also, if you have a car, it’s good base to explore Lecce (which is unmissable), Otranto and Gallipoli.
All in all an amazing hotel in an amazing setting, which is run by an attentive manager and owner. Would love to come back and enjoy the pool once more - highly recommended for families looking for a place to relax.
Wonderful place in the heart of Puglia, majestic structure with rooms furnished with taste and style, restaurant offering all local products of choice, ideal for relaxing holidays with friends or family, we will be back for sure