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5 of the best restaurants in Salento

Best known as the Tuscany of the South, Salento is a region in Puglia steeped in history, surrounded by baroque art, pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear sea. The warm welcome of its inhabitants, the sunny weather and the abundance of fresh organic food and wine are a recipe for a memorable vacation. The gourmands in you will not be disappointed as Salento offers a vast selection of fine family run restaurants, deep red wines and fresh local produce - a real treat for the senses and for your appetite.

Bros, Lecce

Their motto: "The essential is visible to the taste". Situated in the centre of the city of Lecce, the capital of the Salento region, Bros is run by two young brothers, Floriano and Giovanni Pellegrino, together with Florianos fiancee as pastry chef. Opened just over a year ago the restaurant has already attracted the attention of international food critics and the public and received numerous accolades. Trained in some of the best international restaurants around the world, the brothers apply the skills learned abroad to the simple local ingredients transforming them into exciting, contemporary new dishes.

Cantine Menhir, Minervino di Lecce

Known as wine and extra virgin olive oil producers, Menhir Salento is also a dining destination with its restaurant Origano. From excellent grilled meat to the catch of the day, from pasta dishes to vegetables just picked from the garden, every meal is deliciously prepared by its talented young chef, Vito Netti. In summer, you can enjoy a candlelight dinner in the garden and meat lovers can choose from a vast selection of meats displayed in the restaurant own butchers counter. There is, of course, no shortage of wine from Cantine Mehirs own label.

LAltro Baffo, Otranto

This clean, minimalistic yet refined restaurant a stones throw from Otrantos Aragonese castle is headed by talented chef Cristina Conte, who reinterprets traditional fish based dishes with a contemporary twist and innovative twist. Our absolute favourite dishes are the selection of raw fishes, the carbonara di ricci (hand made pasta with are sea urchins) and che pasticcio il pasticciotto as dessert (a deconstructed pasticciotto cake). By far, on elf the best restaurants in Otranto with clearly distances itself from the average tourist traps in town.

Trattoria La Puritate, Gallipoli

Listed in the respected Michelin Guide, this elegant sea-front restaurant served perfectly cooked, fresh fish dishes. Although it is called a Trattoria expect an ambience a bit more refined than your average trattoria. From classic linguine alle vongole to the signature dish gamberoni al sale , La Puritate promises a mouthwatering experience.

Natale, Lecce

Natale is not technically a restaurant but an ice cream parlour. The best ice cream parlour in Lecce if not in Salento. A trip to Lecce is not complete without a visit to Natale, for the creamiest home made ice-cream in town as well as an array of delicious confectionery. The list of ice-cream and sorbetti flavours is endless and too long for this purpose so are the queues outside the shop.

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande is Director ofPassepartout Homes Ltd.

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The 6 most relaxing spa retreats in the Alps

In todays fast and ever-changing world, finding some time to relax is key. If you are looking to recharge your batteries and regain inner peace, the next step is figuring out the best place to go. For myself, I cant imagine something more relaxing than enjoying the features of a high-class spa. In this article, I will present the 6 best spa areas in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. You will be spoilt for choice!

Bergoase, Grand Hotel Tschuggen, Arosa

Designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta, the Bergoase represents a truly unqiue spa oasis. Multiply awarded one of the best spas of the world, the Bergoase offers you everything you can wish of wellness holidays. Various swimming and relaxation pools are embedded in natural rocks and generous sails made of glass and steel fill the interior with light and provide the guests with a breathtaking view. Besides, different classic massages and beauty treatments are being offered.

Therme Vals, Hotel 7132, Vals

The thermal spring in Vals is truly special. If you expected common tiles like in an ordinary urban spa, youre in for a surprise. 60000 tiles of Vals quartzite have been erected here, representative for the archaic Vals valley. A view you can hardly forget. Extensive treatments reaching from Hawaiian massages to a swim in mountain herbs and even to French algae ointments top off the wellness holidays for your body.

Victoria-Jungfrau Spa, Grand Hotel Victoria Jungfrau, Interlaken

In the Swiss alps, embedded between two stunning lakes, relaxation is at home. The renowned Grand Hotel Victoria Jungfrau is perfectly suited for this purpose. Housing the worldwide unique Sensai Select Spa, it offers traditional Japanese rituals based on silk to reach total relaxation and boosting of natural beauty. Retrieve in the luxurious Private Spa for two persons. Sauna, blossom bath and a place of private tranquility can be enjoyed perfectly.

Grand Ressort Bad Ragaz

The spring for the world famous spa of the Grand Ressort Bad Ragaz originates in the Tamina canyon and fills the ponds of the spa area with 36,5 degrees warm thermal water. Since the 16thcentury, it is accredited with various curative effects. Individually tailored bathing sequences will deliver an ideal relaxation experience for every customer. Even more individual is the Private Spa: 100 square meters of truly personal relaxation with whirlpool, sauna, home cinema and dining area without disturbances await. Furthermore, various massages and beauty treatments are available.

Country Club, Kitzbhel

The spa area of the Country Club in Kitzbuehel houses a classy swimming pool made of natural stone, featuring a glass wall with panorama view of the surrounding nature. For the construction, serpentinite from the Hohe Tauern-region was used, located only 40 kilometers away. Of course, there are other means of relaxation besides swimming in the Country Club Kitzbuehel like sauna, massages or yoga lessons. A highlight to many customers is the stone pine quiet area. Stone pine is a regional wood of South Tyrol and is rumored to have a relaxing effect, especially shown to advantage in the harmonic atmosphere of the spa area. Pure wellness awaits you in Kitzbuehel!

Stanglwirt, Kitzbuehel

Slowing down and inner balance are the center of attention in the spa of the organic hotel Stanglwirt. The varied range of services goes from the largest hotel brine pool in Europe to a steam bath in marble to a waterfall grotto and fulfills every wellness lovers wish. Special highlights is the Stangls whey bath, an exclusive and fresh skin treatment from the Stangl alp. A different kind of relaxation are the various Ayurvedic treatments professionally offered by the Hotel Stanglwirt. Theres something for every taste.


Benedikt Lchinger is CFO at Edel & Stark Group.

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