“May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.”
There’s no such smile as the one you bring down from an early morning yoga class on the Coccaro rooftop terrace! Ok, some might prefer a hike or a run in the olive fields, others want to swim a few laps and then join their spouses for the first cappuccino of the day. But, believe us, even if you’ve never tried it before: Some calm and easy yoga moves to the silent sounds of the sunrise on the Adriatic ocean are the most beautiful and extraordinary way to start a day…
Giuseppe, some of you might remember him showing sun salutations at Coccaro beach some time ago within this blog, comes over on request, brings the proper mattresses, blocks and bands to enable you to excercise properly. He, himself, will show you the way through warriors, tree poses and other yoga challenges.
After 50 minutes of workout he’ll help you relax deeper than ever, in a position that you won’t want to leave any more. Try it out, just as K., one of our longtime clients and friends, did it this morning. The smile she brought back down to the breakfast table was unbeatable.
Abusing a part of the golf course can’t be wrong – if it’s for a Tai Chi lesson, like we did this morning at Masseria Torre Maizza. Martine Balanza, who studied with the famous masters Chu King Hung and Carlo Lopez and has been teaching the ancient art herself for many years. It may seem a dance but it’s more of a “meditation in movement”, our master says. Tai Chi collects thoughts and emotions and transforms them into energy flow, calming both body and mind. The excercise helps to stabilize harmony end peace while the body is in perfect balance, moving in a natural, gentle way without using your muscles but mostly by letting go or concentrating on different parts of the body: The breath becomes calmer, the blood flow more stable and strong and the body movements and poses more elastic throughout practising. You can follow the ancient chinese pilosophy all your life, in your own personal way, on your own paste, or in groups like we did this morning. The chinese believe that it’s like singing: You can’t train your voice if you don’t practise regularly. In chinese gardens you’ll find lots of people of all age groups, leaving their bird cages in a tree for half an hour while they’re doing their regular Tai Chi pratice, either the ancient 24 excercises or the famous 108 movements. Check it out – it’s the best and most relaxing start of the day! Martine will drop by on demand, ask at the reception desk for further information.
Welcome to the heart of Maizza, the pool area, that reminds of an ancient greek outdoor spa, with large palmtrees, figs and hibiscus growing between generous daybed spaces and little sofa angles where to have lunch, sip on a smoothie or just read a good book.
We asked our lifesaver Manilo to show us around: He used to work at the beach of our partner hotel del Levante at Torre Canne where the other guys used to call him “Mitch” like in the TV series baywatch – for his well built body that he’s keeping in shape continuously. But only at Maizza, working by the pool, he says, he grew up to be a real lifesaver, looking after every detail all by himself.
In fact he’s the one to address to with any kind of question or problem. Manilo personally loves travelling, and even though he can’t escape during the summer because they need him by the pools of Maizza (beside the main one there is the one that belongs to the suite), he still loves meeting and talking to guests who come to visit from all different parts of the world: Australia, America, England, France, Canada… Inspiration, new energy, new acquaintances: That’s what his work environment is offering, he says. He couldn’t imagine to do something different…
Talk to him about offroad motorcycling, surfing or if you want to have a nice chat. Manilo is passionate about all different kinds of extreme sports and will be happy to tell you more about it! In the meantime have Valentina or Loredana from the pool bar prepare some nice Shakerato Caffe or a frozen Diaquiri for you to cool down a bit after long hours on the beach.
For those of you who want to try out at home: Here’s the recipe. Pore it all in your shaker as shown in the video.
6/10 White Rum
3/10 Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/10 Vanilla Sugar
3/10 smashed mango juice
13 ice cubes
Maybe you feel like eating a bite before going to play golf or hiking? Or you just grab a book, lean your legs on to some ancient olive tree and enjoy the peaceful environment… You’ll find the pool area is the perfect place to be and stick around during long, hot Puglia summers!
Finished your daily sun salutations yet?
We’ve recently moved our Yoga lessons to the outside: In the evenings we’re praticing on the Coccaro and Maizza rooftop terrace, with the sunset all around us and the scent of the sea nearby. On a sunny day like today, early in the morning, there is no better place than Coccaro beachclub, with hardly a soul around, a beautifully calm and relaxing atmosphere down by the sea, our lifesaver Onofrio who gently says Hi and our fabulous barmen Coco, Mimmo and Onofrio behind the bar – for a glass of fruitjuice or some green tea to finish your yoga practice in style…
You’ve sure seen the pile of ALOE products available all over the place. Beside creams and masks and gels you’ll find aloe yoghurt, aloe Muesli, aloe juices – aloe just about everywhere! Hardly anyone knows however that it’s easy to grow pure ALOE in your own natural beauty garden, with plants that are not only beautiful to look at but will – used as pure gel – last for a lifetime! The original plant, also known as desert lilly or Curacoa aloe, comes from Arabia and was already used by Cleopatra to keep her skin fresh and toned…
Coccaro Spa therapist Manuela Donnaloia explains how to harvest, cut and use the famous Aloe Vera plant that is growning all around the masseria. Pure pleasure for the skin that doesn’t cost anything – could it be easier?
Simply cut one of the leaves in slices and press the liquid out. It might seem to be sticky at first but it will dissolve in no time. Keep the aloe vera leaf in the fridge and use it (it doesn’t take more than a new cut to “melk” it again) whenever your skin feels dry or after a day on the beach; relieves even on sore bits.
Masseria Torre Coccaro and Masseria Torre Maizza are two five stars luxury resorts of Puglia, Italy. Not two ordinary luxury resorts, but two authentic 500 years old manor houses remodelled with high architectural standards and respect for historical heritage.
Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, enhanced by exclusive pools (some suites have private ones), Aveda SPA, botanical gardens, the zero impact Coccaro Golf Club, manège, top level restaurants and many other amenities, our ancient estates are like a small town, nevertheless a unique and loving family!
In the center of Puglia we take care of a part of your heart.