Masseria Tenuta Potenti is the perfect holiday hideaway where body and soul can regenerate. It is a small boutique hotel in Puglia immersed in lush gardens, olive groves and vineyards.
What’s the story behind Palais Gentile and what was your inspiration to open it?
Originally we are from Italy and France and after having lived in several European countries we decided to look for a destination where we could enjoy the sun, the beach, the food and simply having a happy and authentic life. We chose the Salento, an incredible region in Puglia, to start our story!
The idea was originally to build a family house where we could meet, celebrate and have fun with family and friends. Then we decided to not only keep this Palazzo for us but to open it to anyone who shares our values. The renovation of the Palais took one year and we did our best to keep all the original stones and materials to retain the authenticity of the house. We worked with local artisans to bring their savoir-faire, we also added our personal touch with an elegant vintage decoration and an art collection.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Palais Gentile?
The Palazzo was renovated with respect to the original architecture using the ‚pietra leccese’ stone from the region and keeping the cement tiles. You will find design touches thanks to small black metal tables, lights made by a local artisan, all balanced with local pieces such as stools and carpets.
To you personally, what is so special about Palais Gentile?
We are away from the touristic places in the heart of a humble city, it is the perfect place to explore Puglia in the most authentic way. You could enjoy the gourmet cuisine at Foscolo restaurant across the street or enjoy a cocktail with sushi made in Salento. Palais Gentile is a destination to live the local life and taste the local cuisine.
Is Palais Gentile best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?
The Palais is suitable for both couples and families. The suites are perfect for families as we can accommodate 4 persons. Kids under 12 years stay free of charge.
We can also privatize the Palazzo for groups of up to 12 people and organize special experiences and small events like a birthday or family reunion. If the guests want a private chef, massages, transfers or experiences to explore Puglia the way they like, no problem!