7 best gay hotels in Puglia for a fabulous holiday

Stefan Arestis

For years an underappreciated region of Italy rarely visited by foreign tourists, Puglia is today one of the most exciting destinations in Europe and a true hotspot for gay travel.

This is hardly a surprise – it’s no secret that Italian men know how to look after themselves, and Puglia is no different. Taut bronzed Adonis bodies are everywhere you look particularly on the beaches of Gallipoli.

The heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia remains blissfully absent of the kind of high-rise, package holiday tourism that blights so much of the Amalfi coast and other areas of Italy. Instead, visitors come here to enjoy pristine beaches, authentic cuisine and, of course, the super handsome local population!

Whether you’re seeking beachside party hotels or tranquil private villas, our guide to the best gay-friendly hotels in Puglia has you covered. So, without further ado, here are our seven best places to stay for gay travellers in this stunning region of southern Italy. For more, be sure to check out our detailed gay travel guide to Puglia.

01

Trullo Incanto D'Itria

near Alberobello

Trullo Incanto D'Itria offers sheer luxury in the Italian countryside, perfect for a group of gay travellers holidaying together!

Why we love it


  • Private luxury apartments
  • 24/7 concierge
  • Stunning pool area
  • Close to Alberobello

The Italian term incanto translates quite literally as enchantment, which is exactly how we felt upon arriving at this stunning complex of trulli in central Puglia.

A trullo is a traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof found only in this region. At Trullo Incanto D’Itria, these humble structures are elevated to sheer gorgeousness with extensive renovations and flashes of luxury throughout.

Two of the apartments here come equipped with a hydro-massage bath, ideal for sharing a romantic moment after a day’s sunbathing or before dinner and a night on the tiles!

In fact, each trullo here forms an individual apartment with a double bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. Perfect for a group vacation for up to nine guests, we loved staying at Trullo Incanto D'Itria with seven of our fun gay friends.

Trullo Incanto D’Itria provides a private place to stay in one of Italy’s most progressive regions. We were greeted by a highly professional and non-judgemental concierge upon arrival, who gave us great advice on where to eat, local markets, best local food shops and much more. Our concierge was available by phone whenever we needed anything.

Days at Trullo Incanto D'Itria are best spent relaxing and sipping ice-cold local wines by the serene pool, surrounded by speedo-clad hotties. By night, trips to nearby Alberobello are a must to sample fresh cuisine and eye-up the local beauties over another glass of wine. 

Overall, we found Trullo Incanto D'Itria to be a perfect country hideaway for a group of gay boys traveling our way through beautiful Puglia.

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02

Lune Saracene Gay B&B

Maruggio

Lune Saracene is a male-only gay bed and breakfast close to the gay beach of Commenda

Why we love it


  • Male only gay B&B
  • Awesome owners
  • Affordably priced
  • Close to Commenda gay beach

Puglia’s sole male-only gay accommodation option is fun, affordable and situated close to the gay beach of Commenda, where bronzed beefcakes can be found in plentiful supply.

Facing the azure waters of the Ionian Sea, Lune Saracene is a B&B owned and operated by the lovely Angelo and Umberto. This is the ideal place to come for gay guys who love to stroll around in their birthday suit whenever, wherever!

Home to just three small but comfortable and well-equipped rooms, Lune Saracene is ideal for groups looking to take over an entire B&B for a few nights or more. The decor at Lune Saracene is classic Puglian beach style and we loved the little artistic touches littered throughout the space. 

There is a pretty garden area to relax in but the fact is that most boys come here for the proximity to Commenda beach and nearby gay-hotspot Yanny’s Club, home to no shortage of tanned hotties!

We were pleasantly surprised by the free breakfast at Lune Saracene, with enough toast, cereal, cakes and fruits to keep you fuelled for a full day of frolicking amid the sea and sand of the nearby beach at Commenda.

Although not the most luxurious option in Puglia, we loved the friendly, relaxed atmosphere at Lune Saracene and the fact that this darling place sits so close to one of the region’s top gay beaches! For more, be sure to check out our guide to the best gay beaches in Italy.

03

Monteforte Resort

Ugento

Monteforte is a stylish, gay friendly resort that combines modern innovation with centuries old architecture

Why we love it


  • Gorgeous rooms
  • Rooftop Jacuzzi and terrace
  • Close to town and beaches
  • Provides stunning views 

Monteforte Resort is a gorgeous, gay-friendly boutique hotel near the small town of Ugento, a cute place that provides a taste of local life in Puglia.

This place is seriously stylish and does a great job of blending the building’s centuries-old walls with modern innovations. We loved that every room is designed with a particular colour theme and decorated so that everything matches.

Situated just a short journey from Puglia’s famous ‘Maldives of Salento’ coastal area, this beautiful resort is the ideal spot to recharge after a day mingling with local beauties down at the beach! In fact, Monteforte Resort offers a massage service to guests, with special beds located on the rooftop terrace for this purpose. Alas, choosing our own personal adonis to perform the treatment was not an option but the staff here did a great job of soothing our sore muscles and joints.

Also located on the rooftop is the jacuzzi area, which we made sure to enjoy every night along with stunning views of Ugento and beyond. Slipping into our speedos, grabbing a drink and spending some time soaking was one of the highlights of our stay at Monteforte.

Breakfast is also served upstairs on the restaurant rooftop. The food served is hyperlocal, fresh and delicious, just be careful not to eat too many of their amazing pastries or you might not fit into that speedo any longer!

04

Villa Margareta

Ostuni

Villa Margareta is a gorgeous rustic Italian farmhouse villa with touches of luxury

Why we love it


  • Luxury farmhouse villa
  • Stunning 360-degree views
  • Outdoor barbecue and pizza oven
  • Close to Ostuni and beaches

This stunning farmhouse villa is a special place to stay for up to eight, making it ideal for a group of gay boys traveling through Italy’s beautiful heel region. 

Situated close to the romantic hilltop town of Ostuni, known as the white city, this country hideaway blends classic Puglia style with flashes of modernity.

We loved how Villa Margareta was littered with touches of luxury, such as the stand-alone bathtubs, ornate mirrors and of course the spectacular pool area. The decor, in general, is incredibly chic. The neutral tones match perfectly with the natural stone of the villa’s walls and floors, which somehow seem both refined and organic. There are countless outdoor seating areas in which it is possible to read, enjoy a chat, or get up to something a little more risqué. With total privacy, we were free to do as we liked at Villa Margareta, and we invariably did!

Days at Villa Margareta are best spent lounging around and enjoying the amazing views, whether that’s the surrounding countryside or your tanned and toned entourage! For those seeking a little more excitement, this place is just 10km from some of Puglia’s most beautiful gay beaches. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet some handsome ragazzi to invite back to this stunning villa for the night!

There is a great woodfired barbecue area here for those who enjoy to cook and dine al fresco. Alternatively, Ostuni is a short journey away and offers a plethora of spots in which to sample local delicacies, and we don’t just mean the food…

05

Tenuta Monticelli

Alezio

Why we love it


  • Set amid lush countryside
  • Luxurious boutique hotel
  • Close to Gallipoli and beaches
  • Delicious free breakfast

Tenuta Monticelli is a hidden gem of a hotel that we were delighted to stumble upon. Set within a sprawling plot of land in the small town of Alezio, we found ourselves surrounded by olive trees and plenty of wildlife at this gay-friendly boutique spot. 

Not far from gay hotspot Gallipoli and its gorgeous old town, Alezio is a quiet town that’s ideal for recharging your batteries after wild nights out!

We felt extremely welcome at Tenuta Monticelli as a gay couple, as you might expect in an area so popular with the community as this one. Although home to just five rooms, Tenuta Monticelli oozes luxury. We stayed in their superior room which meant we had access to an entire rooftop area that included a jacuzzi and offered stunning 360-degree views of the Alezio countryside. To say that this made our stay here a romantic one is an understatement, and we spent many hours enjoying each other’s company on our private terrace.

It is also worth noting that the free breakfast at Tenuta Monticelli is unusually generous, with all kinds of local pastries, cheeses, meats and fresh fruits offered along with the usual cereals, juices and hot drinks. You can get all the energy you need for a day frolicking at the beach or by the pool!

The pool area at Tenuta Monticelli is set amid acres of green gardens, so you really feel the isolation of this hotel amid nature. There is an outdoor shower along with plenty of comfortable loungers for you to stretch out and make sure every inch of your body gets bathed in sunlight. This is essential before heading out into Gallipoli for an evening of shenanigans!

06

Bed and Breakfast Sottosopra

Gallipoli

Sottosopra is a gay friendly bed and breakfast in Galliopoli that's perfect for gay travellers on a budget

Why we love it


  • Central Gallipoli location
  • A great value place to stay
  • Gay-friendly Bed & Breakfast
  • Close to all of Puglia’s best gay hotspots

This gay-friendly B&B is the best value accomodation we found in Gallipoli. Situated just outside the old town, you will be within striking distance of all the most fabulous gay haunts in this most liberal of Puglian resorts!

The rooms at Sottosopra are fabulous for the price, with a striking approach to decor that blends classic Italian period style with modern art and gorgeous colour combinations.

If you’re lucky enough to bring back one of the local hotties to Sottosopra, they certainly won’t be disappointed with the rooms at this awesome B&B. One of the things we loved most about Sottosopra is its central location, with all the major amenities including bars, restaurants and nightclubs practically on your doorstep. This includes the legendary Cafe Bellini, were local gay boys flock to drink cocktails and show off their tans. Then there is Village Picador, a lively gay nightclub filled with local and foreign hotties looking for summertime fun! The best part is that this is located just a short drive from Sottosopra on the outskirts of town, making it easier than ever to meet with gorgeous gay Italians and fit foreigners that flock here throughout the year.

We also love the fact that Sottosopra is close to all of Salento’s best beach clubs, including the fabulous Lido Zen. Throw in the fact that gay beaches like D’Ayala and Torre Guaceto are a short drive away and a stay at Sottosopra begins to make even more sense! 

07

Hotel Palazzo del Corso

Gallipoli

Palazzo del Corso is a stunning luxury hotel in Gallipoli with a fabulous rooftop swimming pool and restaurant

Why we love it


  • Pure luxury boutique hotel
  • Centrally located close to bars, nightclubs and restaurants
  • Amazing amenities including a gym and solarium
  • Popular with gay couples and groups

This stunning luxury hotel is located just outside the old town of Gallipoli and makes a perfect base for gay couples seeking a romantic stay in this beautiful Puglian town.

Indeed, Hotel Palazzo del Corso consistently ranks highly among gay online travel directories for Italy, making it popular with couples as well as groups of gay guys looking to blend deluxe accommodation with some serious summertime shenanigans.

The rooms at this 5 star hotel are pure opulence, triggering some serious sensual vibes that could lead who knows where after a few Aperol Spritz or glasses of local vino.

In fact, we adored the level of quality at Hotel Palazzo del Corso, where amenities include a rooftop terrace restaurant of exceptionally high quality, a stunning rooftop swimming pool, a Sky Bar with magnificent views and even it's own winery! 

Not satisfied? No problem, this luxury boutique hotel in Gallipoli is also home to a Technogym and solarium so you can pump those biceps before tanning those abs and hitting the local gay bars and nightclubs!

As if Hotel Palazzo del Corso was not impressive enough, we have to say that this place is also ideally located for visiting local gay bars, nightclubs and even popular gay beaches slightly further up the coast. There is even a convenient shuttle bus that runs back and forth to the local beach clubs, many of which are home to flocks of golden-skinned beefcakes from across Italy and beyond!

STAY WITH A GAY LOCAL

Misterb&b is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. Unlike on Airbnb, you know your host is gay, avoiding any nasty surprises when you check in. It is also a great way to meet gay locals and discover the underground gay scene. Click below to get 10 € (or $10) off your first booking.

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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