Il Melograno, Puglia, Italy
With over 400 years of history amassed behind the burly, powder-white walls, curls of trellised Bougainvillea drape along the archways. Century-old olive trees dot around the estate grounds, a symbol of welcome from Il Melograno. This traditional countryside estate is also known as a ‘Masseria’, a distinctive style in the region of Puglia. This is the only property of its kind that once housed an aristocratic family. Preserving historical integrity through centuries, relics of Apulia culture are expressed through the approaches to wellness.
Further along, citrus groves and terraced rows of garden blooms sit in neat groups to add character to this fable space. Providing a comforting environment for daily activities, exercises and classes, each morning will begin with an Iyengar yoga class with our yoga expert, Giuseppe Intermite. Meditation will shortly follow to help guests slow their rhythm, an opportunity to align the mind with the body.
Go awry and explore the furtive depths and grooves of the local region through additional activities. A 15 km Nordic coastal Walking that includes the exploration of at least three marine grottos with pre-historical remains, a biking tour around the local grounds ending with a unique beach-style lunch, a healthy cooking class using local organic ingredients followed by a gourmet dinner and a visit to Alberobello, famed for the iconic sightings of trulli and to the famous whitewashed city, Ostuni will also be part of the experience and included in this programme.
Reenergise and sensitise the tastebuds with dishes of traditional Apulian cuisine, prepared fresh on a daily basis. Daily gourmet healthy meals draw inspiration from the estate gardens and the natural beauty that surrounds the property. Seasonality is the key principle in the Il Melograno kitchen.
With the destination being nothing short of spectacular, enjoy seclusion and privacy without feelings of isolation. Il Melograno is the primary key-holder to nurturing personal wellbeing but will also satisfy the adventure spirit with plenty of opportunities to discover the historical dimensions and sweeping landscapes. At the end of this programme, feel invigorated and revitalised with a heart full of treasurable moments and memories.
Giuseppe Intermite believes that Iyengar Yoga is a great tool for personal development of all ages. His teaching style is based on clear, simple instructions and the belief that anyone and everyone can access yoga. He is firm and direct yet playful and delicate so that students can enjoy the practice. Giuseppe teaches yoga in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar, who has developed an innovative approach to classical hatha yoga. Iyengar yoga emphasizes alignment while developing strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. Healthcare experience as a Shiatsu Practitioner provides Guiseppe with knowledge of the body's anatomy. With over 18 years of practice and 12 years of teaching, Giuseppe holds a 400h Teacher Training at the Italian Association of Iyengar Yoga and continues his studies, making regular trips to India to develop his knowledge on philosophy, pranayama and meditation. Giuseppe will provide a clear demonstration, explanation and individual correction and adjustment when necessary. Expect classes to include an excellence of technique and sequencing, moving through a safe, methodical progression of yoga postures.
Restrained elegance and modern-living comforts, the Deluxe Room carries shards of history and a reminder that this exquisite Masseria was once home to a noble aristocratic family. From the door and brass fittings to the ornate church antiques and reclaimed white Chianca stone tiles, each feature and each detail has been carefully thought-through to offer guests a true and authentic Apulian experience in this estate. Rooms are spacious with glass windows capturing sunlight from all angles. Amenities include a spacious bathtub and shower, air-conditioning/heating, a safe for your valuable personal belongings, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a minibar, Espresso maker and a hairdryer.
Il Melograno provides the ideal opportunity for guests to engage with one another in a range of communal spaces open to guests across their stay. Shared spaces include the kitchen gardens, centenary olive groves, wellness centre, spa room, tennis and paddle court, outdoor swimming pool, indoor heated pool, citrus groves, restaurant, wine bar, members-only beach club and helipad. Relearn the art of companionship and connecting with different characters before going home with new and fruitful friendships.
The chefs of the restaurant at Il Melograno follow the mantra of: “if it’s not fresh, it is not on the menu”, which is why each dish is only made from organic produce sourced from its rich soil gardens but the menu itself changes daily to integrate seasonality plus originality. Serving a rightful riot of colour, scents and flavours of supreme freshness, feel nourished and indulge in a true Puglian cuisine with meals enjoyed in the rustic styled Apulian veranda, overlooking the scenic outdoors of the estate pool, citrus groves and Bougainvillea draped along the white-stucco walls.
Meeting the exacting standards for a quiet and undisturbed escape from the autonomous lifestyle in the city, Il Melograno creates energy of renewed Zeal and redefined sense of self for guests throughout the course of their stay. Right at the seafront with the crystal waters of the Adriatic Sea coupled with the soft-sand beach a short breath away, feel at home away from home indulging in nothing but relaxation. Awaken the senses and let tensions and anxieties naturally seep away with the aromatic fragrances of aged olive trees and citrus groves and the land’s iconic bloom, the Bougainvillea.
Horse riding, Donkey trekking, rickshaw bike excursion, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, wheat mill visit, underground theatre show, Pizzica dance lesson
Situated at the foot of Italy’s boot in the Southern region, Puglia sits seafront facing the pristine waters of the Adriatic Sea, Northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea.
Brindisi and Bari Airport are equidistant. Book a taxi to pick you up from outside the airport quoting the below address to the driver to bring you directly to the estate. Alternatively, you can book a car by entering the below address into your GPS device. Should local traffic conditions permit, the total drive time should be one hour.
Contrada Torricella, 345,
Situated at the foot of Italy’s boot in the Southern region, Puglia sits seafront facing the pristine waters of the Adriatic Sea, Northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea. The closest airports to the estate are Bari or Brindisi Airport. The estate is happy to organise a transfer for you through their preferred local company. Please email: email@example.com “Transfer” in the subject line. This service is included in the cost of this programme.
If instead you prefer to rent a car or book a taxi, quote the below address to the driver or enter the below address into your GPS device to bring you to the estate. Should local traffic conditions permit, the total drive time should be one hour.
Contrada Torricella, 345,
Our Invigorating Retreat at Centennial Olive Tree Farm House begins on the 13th of June 2019. Arrival and welcome ceremony will take place at 4 pm therefore we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport to the estate. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 2 pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, as part of our programme, there will be a morning yoga session followed by breakfast however, you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding check-in and check-out.
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