Hotel Of The Week: Palazzo Ducale Venturi, Puglia
Italian Palace, Palazzo Ducale Venturi is situated in a picturesque Apulian Borgo in Salento, in the southern end of charming Puglia in Italy. The pet-friendly luxury 5-star boutique hotel is in a restored aristocratic palace from the 16th century. The palace has been carefully restored to offer 20 refurbished bedrooms, a unique restaurant, one indoor and one outdoor pool, a luxury spa, and Puglia’s first Cryotherapy chamber.
The Hotel Rooms
Located in the quaint village of Minervino di Lecce, Palazzo Ducale Venturi boasts 20 guest rooms. Each room is different, with the design offering a taste of the original Apulian palazzo style but with a modern twist. The majority of the rooms in the main building feature original 16th-century vaulted ceilings and artwork, typical of old Salento architecture. There are four majestic suites with floor-length windows for guests to enjoy the magical Apulian sun. Other rooms include the Ducale Suite which features direct access to the garden and pool and the intimate Abbess Room on the first floor which has its own antique stone spiral staircase and access to the indoor pool.
A Spa With Cryotherapy
Guests can relax and regenerate at the dedicated spa, which is the first in Puglia to offer cryotherapy, a hi-tech treatment that operates at -190° for extensive health benefits. Guests can also find a massage room, well-equipped gym and the ancient oil mill has been restored to be the hotel’s heated underground swimming pool. After a swim in the palazzo’s pools, guests can stretch out in Pilates or yoga class in the garden. For those wishing to personalise their stay with a classic or typically Mediterranean fragrance in their rooms, the hotel has a remarkable selection of essential oils to choose from.
A Culinary Experience
The palazzo brings a distinctive culinary experience to Salento with its restaurant that is exclusive to guests. The restaurant offers an elegant but unpredictable menu, inspired by the fresh products of Salento’s nearby sea and the local area. Guests can also try their hand at cooking traditional dishes using the palace’s restored salt ovens with Chef Antonio. For a touch of romance, guests can surprise their loved ones and enjoy an intimate evening under the stars having an aphrodisiac-themed dinner in the hotel’s secluded citrus grove.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi reopens from 1st May through to 30th of November 2022. Nightly rates at PalazzoDucale Venturi start from €200 based on two people sharing a room on a bed and breakfast basis. www.palazzoducaleventuri.com