Jul 26

Sun, Sea & Spa Escape in the South of Italy: La Chiusa di Chietri Hotel Review

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The warm sun and blue skies of Puglia welcomed me back to the south of Italy last month where I discovered a magical place in the heart of Valle d’Itria in one of my favourite regions. It is the Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri.

Alberobello, with it's unique traditional trullo housing, is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site.

Alberobello, with it’s unique traditional trullo housing, is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site.

La Chiusa di Chietri is a classy, family-owned resort and spa, with a top-notch team of chefs, vegetable gardens, an olive grove, Roman baths, a wellness centre and pool and very unique accommodation in historical stone trulli. This was absolutely an escape for me, away from the pollution and crazy-city vibe of Paris, to a calming and peaceful resort and spa in Alberobello, a one-of-a-kind city and a UNESCO heritage site.

The resort is tucked away amidst olive groves and hills, not far from Alberobello, and just 60km from Bari airport where I was met by a hotel representative. For 3 nights and 4 days I explored the region by car and uncovered the beautiful white city of Ostuni, the lovely views from Locorotondo, the hidden beaches along the Adriatic coast, the late-night local life in Polignano a Mare as well as profited from the amenities at La Chiusa, in particular the Roman baths and the restaurant Nobis, led by top chef PierLuca Ardito.

For any woman looking to put down the technology and really disengage for a few days, this is the place to do it. While I was a bit nervous about not having wi-fi in my lovely trullo, it was a blessing in disguise, allowing me to fully relax and enjoy the experience of being there, under the sun, in the south of Italy in this idyllic setting.

stay in a trullo in Alberobello

My home away from home, in a trullo at La Chiusa di Chietri hotel & resort


During my stay, I was privy to a one-on-one lesson in Italian vegetarian cooking with a coach from the team of National Italian Chefs and the head of all things delicious at La Chiusa di Chietri, chef PierLuca Ardito. This man is an artist and it was a great pleasure to see him in action as he explained and created so many dishes with such ease, each one unique in design and taste and as visually appealing as delicious. Wow, wow, wow!

You think that's an egg? Guess again! Think fennel and carrot!

You think that’s an egg? Guess again! Think fennel, carrot and smoked salt!


The height of relaxation came on Sunday morning with some time at the Roman bath followed by a Hatma oil massage at the Aura Sylva Spa at the resort. The Roman baths consist of various rooms for steaming, relaxing, colour therapy and bathing and the Hatma massage is one of the most requested and most sensual of massages on the menu; it was a beautiful 60 minutes that left me feeling very calm, loose and happy.

Eating again at Nobis was colourful and delicious, a lovely assortment of grilled veggies and fresh mozzarella for lunch preceded the afternoon poolside with a book. By evening, I was very chilled out, feeling bright and beautiful and ready for pizza with the locals in Polignano a Mare.

Roman Bath

Yes you want to spend your morning here at the Roman bath and spa at La Chiusa di Chietri resort.


The Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is the perfect point from which you can discover the whole of Puglia and a car rental is definitely recommended for an optimal experience. With many direct flights and low cost carriers flying into Bari airport from around Europe, a weekend in Puglia is not only reasonable and affordable but fascinating and delicious. As a female Canadian expat living in Paris, a spa escape to a beautiful resort is top on my list of weekend breaks and La Chiusa di Chietri is the perfect place to do just that.

La Chiusa di Chietri Hotel Review

The vast property at La Chiusa di Chietri Hotel & Resort


Ostuni Puglia

The historical centre of the White City, Ostuni


Lido Santo Stefano

Lido Santo Stefano, a hidden beach were locals pass the summer days.


My 3-night stay was provide at La Chiusa di Chietri and made possible also in part by the WeAreinPuglia Roadshow & Puglia Promozione. While this trip was sponsored, all thoughts and images of this La Chiusa di Chietri hotel review are my own. If you’re thinking about visiting Alberobello or staying in a trulli, check out my tour on Youtube below!

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One Response to “Sun, Sea & Spa Escape in the South of Italy: La Chiusa di Chietri Hotel Review”

  1. From Axelle:

    Beautiful pictures, looks lovely!
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    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

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