During 2018’s heat wave, we were lucky enough to escape London’s stifling temperatures and head to Puglia for a three-night stay at Don Totu.
90km from Brindisi airport, Don Totu is a gorgeous boutique hotel, situated in the sleepy town of San Cassiano, surrounded by golden stone buildings and a traditional church which bell chimes from dusk ’til dawn.
The hotel only has six rooms, which meant you never felt crowded by other guests.I don’t think I’ve ever felt as relaxed as I have within those cool stone walls.
Each of the six bedrooms has a special charm; ours had high vaulted ceilings, a truly decadent bath and a private roof terrace to catch those early morning rays, as well as being perfect for star gazing of an evening. I have never seen so many stars as I did one night there.
Roof terraces are a big deal at Don Totu; the whole grounds of the former palazzo are connected by a roof terrace which you can walk around to get from the main building to the pool. Of an evening drinks and nibbles are served on the terraces – the perfect place for an Aperol spritz.
The hotel doesn’t serve dinner, but the breakfasts more than make up for it; think fresh fruit platters and flakey pastries and eggs made to order.
As we lounged around the pool, we were frequently offers iced coffees and more fresh fruit, which made it very hard to move from our sun loungers.
If you are keen to leave the pool, there are electric bikes and scooters available to borrow to explore the nearby towns, but if you’d prefer to stay on site, the hotel offer yoga lessons and pasta-making classes, as well as holding host to an underground spa which boasts a Turkish bath and the most sublime jacuzzi pool. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this!
Since visiting Don Totu I’ve been recommending it to anyone thinking of a honeymoon in Italy. It really is the perfect hotel to start married life.
Stay at Don Totu from approx £185 prpn.