The Adriatic Sea is home to some of the clearest waters in the world and is often visited by holidaymakers in Venice. Yet, one luxurious gem is often overlooked by the ordinary tourist. Enter the coastal region of Puglia, also known as Apulia. Italy’s heel is a private getaway for those who seek to avoid the assemblage of beach-going tourists in Tuscany and Campania.

Here, olive-green waters glisten in the sun as they lap gently onto sandy white beaches, dotted with visitors on beach chairs. Most travellers also come to Puglia for a taste of Primitivo, a full-bodied, fruity wine, that is made right here in the region.

If you find yourself travelling down south of Italy, be sure to check into one of these properties. From waterfront establishments to resorts jazzed with a bit of history, scroll down to find Puglia’s most luxurious resorts at your fingertips.