Intimate five-star hideaway just made for two
PRACTICALLY LAPPED by the Adriatic’s waves, La Peschiera is a magnet for hedonists who can’t get enough of the beach life
. What’s more, it's blissfully couples-only.
The white single storey property – originally a 17th century fishery – has been artfully converted into an intimate little five-star hideaway where you can almost feel the sand between your toes. Any closer, in fact, and you’d be walking in the waves
. Bamboo doors and tented beds draped in flimsiest muslin that feel straight out of the tropics lend bedrooms a distinctly bohemian touch, while natural stone archways and simple white walls accented here and there with original artworks exemplify the hotel’s understated style.
La Peschiera is a place to be as unsociable as you want: private sea-facing terraces with private sunbeds are set up for private dining à deux (no need to dress for dinner, then
). Blissful indulgence continues with a fully-fledged spa and a menu of thalassic therapy and beauty treatments.
Hit the Spot
Steps from the ocean waves just south of Monopoli.
Tented beds draped in flimsiest muslin feel straight out of the tropics.
Come here for barefoot luxury, not urban chic.
Those close-up waves are a wanton invitation for midnight skinny dips.
La Peschiera's pool is softly lit by candle flares at dusk, while the restaurant – just feet from the lapping waves – lets you dine with the sea breeze in your hair
. Seafood rules here: scoff delicious fresh prawns, fried red mullet, grilled scampi.
Hone your suntan on the private beach, book a full-body massage or dip in and out of the seawater, thalassotherapy and hydromassage pools. Should you crave the bright lights, the bars and nightlife of Monopoli are not far away.
La Peschiera was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mairiona Cotter
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La Peschiera, as its name implies, serves first-rate seafood on the water's edge in a setting reminscent of a canopied Greek taverna. Look forward to mouthwatering red tuna in herbs with balsimic sauce
and carpaccio tiepido di pesce spada
Il Pasha in Conversano is well worth the 20km trip, while Da Tuccino in Polignano a Mare serves excellent Puglian dishes and is a little closer.
This is the place to come for seafood. The lasagnetta al nero di seppia e scampi (lasagne with cuttlefish and prawns in ink sauce) is worth the trip on its own.
Dress the part
It's sarongs and sandals here
You're next to the sea wherever you sit
See & Do
Admire Trani Cathedral and the historic Castel del Monte in Andria, visit the incredible cave dwellings of Matera and enjoy the old Puglian seafaring towns dotted along the cost.
Nearby Bari has everything from top-end Italian designer outlets to hand-made local goods.
Spoil yourself with La Peschiera's full programme of Bien-Etre Globale, or book a sublimely relaxing thalassotherapy treatment.
Dine in, then head off for a boogie at one of Monopoli's late-night clubs.
Soak up the sounds and atmosphere of the Notte della Taranto, commemorating the city's famous World War ll naval battle
Join in the festivities at the Festa di Martina Franca in this historic hilltop town.
Contrada Losciale, Località Capitolo, 70043 Monopoli
There is free guest parking
Monopoli station – 8km
EUR 20 from the station, or EUR 100 from the airport.
Bari – 60km
Rooms and suites
Eight rooms, three suites
All rooms have tropical-style four-posters and roll-top baths, as well as internet access
There are also seven swimming pools – depending on whether you like yours with sea water, hydromassage jets or thalassotherapy – and a private beach.
EUR 450 – 1,600
Closed 1 October – 31 April
Minimum night stay?
Seven nights during high season
Continental breakfast is served until 10:30am
Available 24 hours a day
Italian, English and French
Roberta Guerra – owner