From enjoying an aperitivo at sunset in the suspended living room amidst the rooftops of Lecce, to exploring the enchanting routes on our boat tours, to relaxing in the exclusive Pilates Suite and Spa.
This selection of carefully curated experiences makes your stay at Palazzo Luce unique. You can find some of these experiences listed below, and in addition, our concierge is also available to provide personalized recommendations to cater to your needs.
Located in Castro Marina, overlooking the Adriatic coast, Villa Jolanda offers an exclusive seaside retreat for guests of Palazzo Luce. The villa, with its impressive nineteenth-century architecture features a grand staircase connecting the garden to the house, and a stunning “rotunda on the sea” adorned with blue majolica. Dedicated to Ettore Sottsass, the villa showcases selected pieces by the designer and the Memphis group, alongside historical and contemporary design furnishings. The interior and exterior spaces are characterized by bold colors and unconventional combinations of materials, such as the famous Totems and Ultrafragola mirror by Sottsass, the carpet by Nathalie du Pasquier, seats by Pier Giulio Magistretti and Gio Ponti, furnishings by Osvaldo Borsani, or Martino Gamper, and lights by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The bedroom features a wooden headboard designed by the Campana Brothers, and an iconic Plaza dressing table by Michael Graves. On the terrace, guests can relax on Ico Parisi’s rocking chairs with customized cushions in Bauhaus fabric.
Palazzo Luce guests and Villa Jolanda guests who decide to extend their stay can enjoy a dedicated boat tour from the port of Castro Marina. A vintage style gozzo from the Cantieri Aprea yachting dynasty takes passengers on a route that follows in the footsteps of Aeneas. The excursions offer picturesque views of the Salento coast, where nature, history and legends merge into landscapes shaped by time and emerald hues. Passengers can explore the spectacular caves with stalactites and rock formations like the Zinzulusa Cave, the Green Grotto, as well as the suggestive Ponte del Cielo and the enchanting coves.
Conceived and designed by Martino Gamper, for Palazzo Luce, the bar is truly a work of creativity, inspiration, design and craftsmanship in its totality. The interplay of pastel colors, contemporary textures, burnished mirrored surfaces, luminous reflections from the large chandelier – a Palace period piece – and Bethan Laura Wood’s elegant inflorescence lights, creates a perfect environment whereby one can lounge, sipping cocktails, from late afternoon until midnight.
The history of Palazzo Luce narrated by its creators: artists, designers, architects and gallery owners, all involved in a project in an art and design home that becomes a collective story, and in which ancient spaces and contemporary creativity complement each other harmoniously. For guests who would like to know how Anna Maria Enselmi’s dream and vision took shape, the Palazzo Luce documentary film, directed by Alessandra Galletta, which successfully premiered during the X edition of the Milano Design Film Festival, is available for a private screening along with dinner, a gourmet menu of traditional, mediterranean cuisine served on an ancient majolica table in the library.
A ‘behind the scenes’ journey with exclusive images, anecdotes and testimonies following the timeline of beauty and emotion as the unique project is realized.
The Pilates Suite, accessible from the Mediterranean garden, is the area of Palazzo Luce dedicated to wellness, sport and self-care. The ancient space is characterized by touches of intense green and features art and design elements such as Gianmaria Tosatti’s work, the Fifties Day Bed by Osvaldo Borsani, and Luigi Caccia Dominioni’s lights. The latest generation Merrithew Stott pilates machines© are available, and upon reservation, a certified Stott pilates personal trainer can provide private lessons or duets. In the massage room, guests can use a bed exclusively designed for Palazzo Luce by C.O.D.E
Palazzo Luce’s commitment to excellence extends to its well-being offering, which focuses on face, body and scalp treatments with exclusive products and treatments from Biologique Recherche. Alice Lastrato, brand ambassador and skin therapist, is an expert in personalized skincare protocols.