Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

Masseria Auraterrae


    Review by Mila

    Written on 19-06-2024

    Stylish five-star Masseria boasting panoramic sea views and surrounded by 24 hectares of nature, near Polignano a Mare

    In the countryside of Puglia, this centuries-old, tastefully renovated farmhouse gleams amidst the greenery. Yet, the sea is never far away in the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare. A stay in this stylish rural Masseria with panoramic sea views is perfect for those who cherish serenity and beauty. It's also ideal for gourmets who love authentic Italian cuisine. Welcome to Masseria Auraterrae, a five-star accommodation surrounded by 24 hectares of nature, where your dream of a holiday in southern Italy becomes a reality.

    Nestled between the vineyards, olive groves, and the sea in Puglia, you'll find this centuries-old Masseria. Behind its thick, white-plastered walls and ancient stones lies a five-star hotel, tastefully and lovingly restored with a deep respect for its history. The history of Auraterrae stretches far back in time; it once served as a fortified watchtower, a refuge for monks, and a working farm. This rich past is lovingly embraced by the hotel, making a stay at Masseria Auraterrae truly special. Guests can, just as the monks once did, retreat to the lemon groves for meditation, yoga sessions, or silent walks. The other gardens are equally enchanting, particularly the aromatic herb garden bursting with vibrant flowers, which offers a sensory delight for visitors.

    Restored farmhouse

    A stay in this renovated farmhouse is synonymous with vacationing in Puglia, where the perfect blend of tradition and elegance comes together. Masseria Auraterrae is constructed from robust, ancient stones and finished with white limestone, allowing it to seamlessly blend into its natural surroundings.

    All 22 rooms of the hotel feature the same serene style with comfortable beds, modern designer furniture, and luxurious bathrooms. However, each room is unique, with slightly different decor. Seeking extra romance? The former sheepfolds host the 'pool garden rooms,' featuring private terraces with outdoor plunge pools that overlook the rolling hills of the Puglian countryside. The other rooms and suites are equally captivating; some come with a Hammam, while others offer panoramic terraces with distant views of the blue sea.

    Sea view

    Another major advantage of staying at Masseria Auraterrae is the panoramic pool. Lounging by the pool is a must here; it's the perfect place to unwind and watch the sun set over the sea. The elevated pool offers a breathtaking view of the sea and Polignano a Mare. Additionally, there's a whirlpool nestled in nature with a view of the picturesque village of Abbazia di San Vito. The pool is situated under a massive olive tree, providing ample shade from the sun. Looking for even more relaxation? The hotel offers various wellness experiences as well. An outdoor sauna allows for private sessions, which can be complemented with aromatherapy, healthy drinks, and snacks. For resting, there's also a special outdoor relaxation area immersed in nature.

    Near Polignano a Mare

    Just a few kilometers from Auraterrae lies the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare. In this coastal gem, terraces are nestled between sky and sea, where salty waves crash against white cliffs and sun-drenched squares invite you to savor Italian gelato or toast with a local wine.

    Also, visit nearby destinations like Monopoli, and the Grotte di Castellana, or explore the famous Valle d'Itria with its charming villages such as Alberobello, Cisternino, Locorotondo, and Ostuni. From the hotel, you can partake in activities like a carriage ride through the Valle d'Itria with a wine tasting, or a tour of the ceramics town Grottaglie, known for its renowned handmade Puglian tableware—a perfect souvenir to take home!

    But exploring the surroundings is also a delight. You can do so by car, on horseback, or even by bicycle. With the hotel's complimentary bikes, you can explore the coastline of Polignano a Mare or venture further into the Italian countryside, perhaps towards the ancient village of Conversano. Along the rolling landscape, you might encounter a vintage Fiat chugging along and scattered authentic trulli homes before settling down for a siesta on the terrace.

    Italian perfection

    Lovers of Italian cuisine will undoubtedly be delighted by the menu at AuraTerrae restaurant. The chef crafts Puglian dishes with a Mediterranean twist, using the finest locally-sourced ingredients from both land and sea.

    On summer days, the restaurant offers the opportunity for al fresco dining, romantically lit and boasting stunning panoramic views of the surrounding nature. Emphasizing seasonal and local produce, everything is freshly prepared. Throughout the day, the aroma of freshly baked bread fills the air, as all bread served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is 100% homemade.

    The hotel bar doubles as a delightful gathering spot, boasting a rich collection of local and renowned labels used to craft the finest cocktails. Alongside the fine Puglian wines, carefully selected wines from the best regions of Italy and France are also available.

    For those who prefer non-alcoholic options, there are plenty to choose from, including an extensive collection of (herbal) teas known for their health-promoting properties.

    Unique experiences

    The hotel offers guests numerous opportunities to explore and get to know the Puglia region better. Enhance your culinary experience with olive oil or wine tastings, cooking workshops where you can learn to make pasta, or enjoy a picnic on the hotel grounds.

    In addition to these culinary experiences, guests can also partake in other unique activities. How about a ceramics workshop led by a ceramist in Grottaglie, where you'll immerse yourself in the ancient art of ceramics? Learn to throw on the potter's wheel, create small pots using the coil technique, and decorate and glaze plates or tiles that you can take home as souvenirs.

    Another unforgettable experience is the Auraterrae Sunset Shooting. Have yourself photographed during an enchanting sunset on the grounds of the Masseria or in an iconic vintage 1972 convertible Beetle, along the panoramic roads surrounding the hotel. Truly unforgettable!

    At Masseria Auraterrae, you can confidently shed all daily worries, immerse yourself in unique experiences, and reconnect with yourself. The warm hospitality of Puglia provides you with a home away from home.



    Masseria Auraterrae is located near the coastal town of Polignano a Mare, approximately 50 km from Bari. The beaches and other well-known picturesque towns such as Ostuni, Alberobello, and Monopoli are also easily accessible from the hotel.

    Accommodation address

    Masseria Auraterrae

    Strada Comunale Maringelli snc Polignano a Mare,
    70044, Polignano a Mare,

    info@auraterrae.it https://www.masseriaauraterrae.com/en


    The nearest airport is Bari, located 50 km away. From there, you can take a taxi or rent a car to reach the accommodation. You can also request a (paid) shuttle service from the accommodation. Brindisi Airport is approximately 80 km from the property.


    Parking at the accommodation is free on-site. There is also a valet parking service, and electric charging points for cars are available.

    Practical information

    Important to know

    Check-in: Available from 15:00

    Check-out: Available until 11:00


    • iconFree WiFi
    • iconPets are allowed upon request
    • iconRestaurant
    • iconCooking workshops
    • iconBar or lounge area
    • iconOutdoor dining
    • iconOutdoor pool
    • iconRooms with private pool
    • iconBreakfast available
    • iconBikes available

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