Borgo Sentinella

Torre dell'Orso, Italy

Loft

Loft

Torre dell'Orso

Torre dell'Orso

Double room

Double room

Double room

Torre dell'Orso

Torre dell'Orso

A dreamy Puglian farmhouse with outdoor pool and gleaming sea views, half an hour from the baroque wonders of Lecce - includes breakfast

With sheer cliffs plunging into startlingly jewel-toned waters, Torre dell’Orso is a glorious pocket of southern Italy famed for its stunning coastline and Mediterranean lifestyle. A crescent of silvery sand is worthy of Blue Flag status, and it's here, just steps from the sweeping dunes and pine forest that Borgo Sentinella can be found. Housed in a pair of whitewashed masserie - all creamy exposed stone, shuttered windows and gnarly olive trees - this Puglian beauty is perched on a hill for prime sea views.

Inside, you'll discover a clutch of charming rooms and suites, while outside a seasonal swimming pool lined by sun loungers is the ultimate spot for downtime. If you can drag yourself away from the hotel's charms, Lecce is just a 30-minute drive away, where you'll discover its baroque buildings, pretty piazzas and ornate cathedral.

Highlights

Set in the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot', Salento is a postcard-pretty region of crystalline waters, hidden coves and sandy bays. It's here, a 30-minute drive from the historic city of Lecce, that Borgo Sentinella is located, a stone's throw from the turquoise bay of Torre dell'Orso, where a Blue Flag-awarded beach lures visitors to its silver-tinted sand and crystal-clear waters.

Flanked by sheer cliffs and a pine grove, the 900-metre bay is famed for Le Due Sorelle (The Two Sisters) - a pair of rocky promontories which jut high above the water and the only interruption to the blue-on-blue vistas. Be sure to venture out to Lecce during your stay: this creamy sprawl of baroque buildings is the jewel in Puglia's crown, with its pretty piazza, ornate cathedral and statue-adorned basilica.

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