눉While the masseria is in many regards an elegant tourist destination for multi-national vacationers, it lacks soul and warmth and intimacy. Panareo would be well served by a multilingual, well-traveled hostess who floats from the reception desk to the bar area to the restaurant throughout the day, especially upon arrival and during the cocktail and dinner hours. Staff relations felt tense and constrained during our four-day stay, and the presumed owners were aloof and disengaged. Masseria Panareo might do well to shift its significant investment towards personnel enhancements and away from handsome infrastructure improvements. Also, it is important to note that the property is difficult to find at first arrival. The masseria is located about 10 kilometers south of Otranto on Strada Provinciale 87 beyond two small military outposts. It is not easy to find the entry road after dark, and the address coordinates of Littoranea Otranto cannot be found on GPS. The entrance signage needs solar lighting at night like other nearby tourist properties.
눇Very tastefully rehabilitated masseria (cf. large agricultural compound growing out of old latifundia-style southern Italian estates) transformed into a rather luxurious tourist facility with well-appointed modern rooms distributed around a central core building consisting of reception, dining, and bar areas. Extensive terraces with lovely views out to olive groves, working fields, sheep pastures in the foreground and with old stone watch tower and Adriatic Sea in the distance. Property offers an exquisitely restored limestone-vaulted dining room decorated with understated flair, where the establishment serves both breakfast and dinner. Copious, self-service breakfasts and even more abundant multi-course dinners providing a limited choice of pre-set menus for the day (at least during our autumnal stay at the masseria). High-season, summer dining options may be more expansive. Regional Italian dishes are made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and are supported by an extensive regional wine list; food varies from inspiring to ordinary.