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In a little known corner of Italy, once part of Magna Graecia, rich in history and architecture and blessed with a tradition of fine cuisine, you will find M13989: a 17th century "Masseria" or fortified farmhouse built originally as a defense against Saracen and Byzantine invaders.
Today, after an impeccable restoration, it is a luxurious five star Relais & Chateaux hotel, nestled in a sea of olive trees bent by breezes from the Adriatic and gnarled by the passing centuries. Built by the knights of Malta, this fortified farmhouse used to be a watch tower and defense against Saracens attacks from the sea.
Today M13989 is a uniquely restored Relais & Chateaux hotel and features 37 rooms, all furnished with antiques. In season you can dine al fresco by the pool. Its restaurant specializes in the much acclaimed version of the Mediterranean diet based on vegetables, legumes, fish and olive oil.