Masseria San Domenico Spa, Thalasso & Golf
Italy, Puglia, Bari, Fassano

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The Resort
The Resort

The Resort

Halfway between Bari and Brindisi on the Adriatic Coast, Masseria San Domenico lies at the heart of the Apulia region, forming the "heel" of the Italian "boot". This luxury Hotel and Thalassotherapy Centre built around a 14th century Templar house is complemented by San Domenico Golf. Three kilometres distant from each other, both San Domenico Golf and Masseria are under the same ownership and linked by a complimentary shuttle, forming a splendid golf resort.

Masseria San Domenico lies about five hundred metres from the sea, its whitewashed buildings standing amidst ancient olive groves. The core of the building itself dates back to the 14th century, while the surrounding structures were built at the turn of the century. Keeping intact the original structure of the farmstead, a "masseria" is a large agricultural estate, San Domenico was carefully restored and turned into a five star boutique hotel. 

Also known as Egnathia for its proximity to this Greek archaeologic site, the golf course at San Domenico was laid out by European Golf Design and built to USGA specifications. The course runs  close to the Adriatic and is blessed with sweeping sea views from every tee, fairway and green.

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Masseria San Domenico
Masseria San Domenico

Masseria San Domenico

Masseria San Domenico lies about five hundred metres from the sea, its whitewashed buildings standing amidst ancient olive groves. The core of the building itself dates back to the 14th century, while the surrounding structures were built at the turn of the century. Keeping intact the original structure of the farmstead, a "masseria" is a large agricultural estate, San Domenico was carefully restored and turned into a five star boutique hotel. 

The centrepiece of the resort is undoubtedly its magnificent free form swimming pool nestling amidst silver olive groves. Filled with naturally filtered seawater, it reflects the philosophy of the hotel’s Thalassotherapy Centre which offers a whole range of spa treatments and  facilities.

Accommodation comprises a choice of atmospheric rooms and suites, each individually decorated and tastefully furnished with original period furniture, while enjoying views over the lush estate and the Adriatic Sea in the distance. In spite of their ancient setting and rustic atmosphere, each room is lavishly equipped and fitted with every modern conveniences.

San Domenico's main restaurant has a suggestive vaulted dining room, formerly used as an oil press and now serving Apulian specialities accompanied by a selection of the best regional wines. The olive oil , vegetables and most of the fruits are grown on the estate, while fresh fish and seafood come directly from the nearby coastal villages. Additionally, there is also a seasonal Pool Grill, a Breakfast Room, Cocktail Bar and Cigar Room as well as a restaurant at the clubhouse.

• Accommodation

5 Star Deluxe Boutique Hotel • 14th C Templar house and traditional Masseria farmstead • 48 Rooms & Suites • All rooms with individual climate control, safe, minibar, hairdryer, DDL phones, satellite TV, Wi-Fi • Room service • Laundry/Valet service • Concierge desk • Car rental, tour desk and transfer services

• Dining

San Domenico Restaurant (Apulian cuisine) • Ulivo Bar • Il Fico breakfast room • Pool Grill & Bar (Summer) • Spirit & Cigar Bar • Clubhouse Restaurant

• Leisure

Landscaped outdoor seawater swimming pool • 2 Tennis courts • Mountain bikes • Fitness studio, sauna & steam room • Private Beach & boat rental

• Thalassotherapy Spa

"Leading Spa" certified • Seawater and seaweed from the Adriatic Sea • Indoor Thalasso pool • 22 treatment rooms • Treatments ranging from Douche d'Evian to Thalatherm

• Fondazione San Domenico

Foundation commited to the promotion and study of the antique Rupestrian settlements in the Fasano-Monopoli region.

San Domenico Golf
San Domenico Golf

San Domenico Golf

• Championship Course

European Golf Design (2003) 18 holes - 6,802 yds - Par 72

Also known as Egnathia Golf Club for its proximity to this Greek archaeologic site, the course at San Domenico was designed by Andrew Haggar, from European Golf Design, and built to USGA specifications. The layout runs through typical Mediterranean "maquis", close to the Adriatic and blessed with sweeping seaviews from every tee, fairway and green. Originally flat and featureless agricultural land, the site presented the designers with an opportunity to introduce their own elements of interest; strong shaping helped to create some of that strategy as well as adding  definition and drama to the course. 

From the outset, owner and club president Sergio Melpignano insisted that the course should retain local identity, so this was a major factor in the design equation. Andrew Haggar and European Golf Design were helped in their task of integrating the layout into its natural surroundings by the Greek architect Simos, who collaborated on the details of everything that lay beyond the playing area, the elements of design that would complete the bigger picture and evoke the spirit of the place.

Complimentary shuttle between the Masseria San Domenico and the Golf Club

• Masseria Cimino Guesthouse

At San Domenico Golf Course's 9th hole, a red tower stands out against the blue sky and sea; the Masseria Cimino, an 18th C building turned into a Guesthouse. The Masseria has 15 rooms furnished in Mediterranean style, air conditioned, with marble bathrooms and equipped with all facilities. Some have a fireplace and others a balcony overlooking the golf course and the Adriatic Sea.

 


Apulia Golf

Apulia Golf

Forming the "heel" of the Italian "boot", Apulia has been a golfing outback for years and the only championship venue was to be found at Riva dei Tessali. Nevertheless, the situation has changed recently with the opening of San Domenico Golf (Brindisi), Acaya Golf Club (Lecce) and the opening of a second layout at Riva dei Tessali (Taranto). All these clubs are within a two hour drive from San Domenico and can perfectly be played in the day.  

• Acaya Golf Club (Lecce)

David Mezzacane (18), 1996

Covering an area of 120 hectares of Mediterranean bush, thick oak woods and olive groves, the golf course stretches through unspoilt countryside. Respectful of its natural environment while enhancing the surrounding landscape, this technical layout is the work of David Mezzacane, a reputed Italian architect known for his designs in collaboration with Jim Fazio.

• Riva dei Tessali Golf Club (Taranto)

- Tessali Course (18), John Harris & Marco Croze, 1970

- Metaponto Course (18), Marco Croze, 2002

Designed in the 1970's by British architect John Harris and his Italian colleague Marco Croze, the resort course runs through dense pine woods in a relaxing and attractive landscape. 

In striking contrast with the wooded setting of its sister course, surrounded by lush pine groves, Metaponto extends through typical Mediterranean countryside, running through lush and scented orange grove and between age old olive trees, which are very much in play. The course was named after the adjacent famous Greek archaeologic site of Metaponto.

Apulia

Apulia

San Domenico is located at the centre of a triangle formed by the ancient Greek and Roman ports and chief Crusaders harbours of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. Forming the "heel" of the Italian "boot", between the Adriatic Sea and the Gulf of Taranto, Apulia was part of Magna Graecia, the Greek overseas colony founded in the 8th century BC in southern Italy and Sicily. After the fall or Rome, Apulia was held successively by the Goths, Lombards and Byzantines until is was conquered by the Norman and later by the Spanish, becoming a province of the Kingdom of Sicily and then the Kingdom of Naples. Due to its strategic location between Italy and Greece, the coast would also be occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, till the region would eventually join Italy in 1861.

As a result of these successive waves of invasions, the area is rich in archaeological finds, defensive castles, cathedrals and historic towns. Of notable interest are the ruins of Egnathia, a Greek settlement and last Roman fort before Brindisi on the Appian Way - the site is adjacent to San Domenico Golf, also known as Egnathia Golf Club. Other places of interest in the vicinity of San Domenico are the cliff top houses of Polignano, perched high above the sea, the white village of Ostuni, the Baroque town of Martina Franca and the spectacular Grotte di Castellana caves in the hilly hinterland.

But Fasano hinterland's foremost attraction is the Trulli of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched in the hills around the town of Alberobello, the "trulli" are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) constructions, made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields and assembled in rounded structures, topped cone-shaped roofs. Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region are Castel Del Monte (Bari), a 13th century defensive castle built with mathematical and astronomical precision in a perfectly regular shape, and I Sassi di Matera (Basilicata), the most outstanding example of troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region dating back to the Palaeolithic age.

Address & Contact

Masseria San Domenico Spa, Thalasso & Golf

Litoranea 379

Savelletri di Fasano

72015 Brindisi (BR)

Italy

 

Location

Apulia region, in the "heel" of the Italian "boot".

Airports

Brindisi (BDS), 45 km. + Bari Palese (BRI), 60 km. + Naples (NAP), 250 km.

Roma Leonardo da Vinci (ROM), 525 km.

Season

All year (Golf & Hotel)

Climate

Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers