Slow Dining in Puglia

Slow dining in Puglia

an emotion to be experienced slowly

How many of you have ever tried to prepare a recipe seen on TV? How many, during this social distancing times, have followed video lessons with starred chefs who explain how to prepare a dish that you could only taste at the restaurant?

Let's face it, everyone, or almost everyone, has tried these experiences.

Many people nowadays follow online recipes considering that staying at home, is important to overcome this difficult moment. We know how much you enjoy delicious meals while you are on vacation so, we want to remind you that in Puglia preparing a recipe is a ritual, a sort of cathartic moment in which you go from everyday frenzy, to the therapeutic slowness of family moments.

Why not live this moment at least once in your life?

The online experiences to which we are now forced, sooner or later, fortunately, will end and we will be able to return to live true emotions, made of smiles and human contacts.

This is why we at Beeyond Travel have come up with this therapeutic experience

An experience for the palate and the mind, in an exceptional location, just outside the walls of Lecce’s historic center. Learning how to eat well is not only a must for our health, it is also living a unique moment, which you will remember for a long, long time.

So, ready to experience the Apulian cuisine?

Apulian cuisine is now considered one of the best in the world. Be careful though, we are not talking about a simple meal, we are talking about a real dining experience. We are talking about a dream to live with your travel companions. There is a subtle difference between a holiday and a dream; this subtle difference lies in the importance we give to the emotions that dream is able to awake.

What is the secret ingredient of Slow Dining in Puglia?

The secret ingredient is the Time we dedicate to this dream…lots of time. The secret ingredient is to live everything slowly, forgetting the ticking clock. Salento is the ideal place to experience this pleasant slowness and take the time to truly enjoy farm to table cuisine.

Slow Dining Experience in Lecce by BeeYond Travel

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a special time for myself

There is a moment in everyone’s life when we realize we want to be special. We try to be special for others, special for the boss who is too busy to recognizes the work done, special for the friend whose lifestyle is too hectic to pick up the phone to say “hello”! Special and that’s it.

Let's talk about "healthy selfishness"

Yet in all this frenzy, few times we remember how important it is to be special first of all for ourselves. We are often too busy to devote time to ourselves. We are always ready to hear and see what people around us have to say and do, but what about us? So, at least once a year, let’s make time for a little healthy selfishness, the one that makes us feel masters of ourselves and of our own decisions.

When should I make time for myself?

When? Well, in our opinion, the ideal moment for Beeyond Travel is when organizing vacations.
The vacation is something personal, it is a reward moment meant to relax after the hustle-and-bustle of the past year, and a moment to recharge for the year ahead. It is the only occasion we can truly be special. So why settle for it? It is your right to think big at least once a year, feel pampered and expect the best. Like a tailor-made vacation already bookable…just pick your date!

Getting help to pamper myself

BeeYond Travel is a boutique Tour Operator focused on the regions of Puglia and Sicily and the concept of slow tourism. Listening to our Travelers is key to us and it helps big when we develop our tours. The majority of our tours are tailor made so we have taken the most popular locations and experiences and created a new tour meant to truly pamper you.

How do I get pampered on vacation

To enjoy this vacation, you have to stop the usual rhythms and embrace the “slowness”.
Waking up slowly in the morning in a renowned location, getting out of bed slowly and slowly having breakfast with a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake, heading to beach locations and slowly enjoying the day, until sunset, when before dinner, slowly, you will gather around a table and savor the good Apulian cuisine.

Where should I go to get pampered

Puglia is the ideal destination to experience this pleasant slowness. Puglia is the land of slow tourism, of the paths, of the villages to be walked with an ice cream in your hand, of cooking lessons to prepare lunch to be enjoyed together. And here in Puglia lunches last for hours and hours, hours spent chatting, sipping a nice glass of wine, telling stories that maybe we’ll forget after ten minutes (because of the excellent wine produced in Puglia), but that’s okay.

The perfect tour to get pampered

You told us this is your idea of feeling special and this is what we want for you. Give yourself the opportunity to feel special for yourself and check out our newest tour designed with you in mind: 

The Puglia Therapy Tour

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Sunday lunch in Puglia

Add a place to the table

the Sunday lunch in Puglia

Il Lupo e La Rondine

In Puglia, people gather all together on Sunday for lunch. The whole week, everybody awaits nothing else but this moment.

It is the official “sacred” time when people make time to sit around a table to tell stories, talk about moments of past life and endless days of work.

We are used to hectic rhythms of life. Those rhythms, very often keep us away from the family, we have lunch at different times, and very often we meet only at the end of the day.

But why is Sunday in Puglia so important?

The day begins calmly, no alarm sounds, no particular burden. The delicious smell of ragù coming from the kitchen makes you wake up.

You get up, and you reach the mother in the kitchen who, the moment she sees you, she  gives you a kiss on the forehead (even if you are 40 years old 😊) and prepares you coffee.

Then the morning flows slowly, some people get ready to go to Mass,  others watch TV, go to the piazza (popular squares in Italy where people gather) to chat with friends, others decide to read a book. At lunchtime, the doorbell starts to ring like crazy: the members of the family return home, to get all together.

You sit at the table and the real party begins: a luculian lunch awaits the lucky diners.

Focaccia, taralli, bruschetta with tomato, and then the Sunday prince: the ragù. To complete a good dessert, coffee and liqueur.

Sunday lunch is slow. You sit at a certain hour but you don’t get up for at least three hours. It is now late afternoon, and the day has passed lightly, between chatter and smiles.

How nice would it be to relive one of these typically Apulian moments on vacation? We at Beeyond Travel want to give you this Apulian dream. We want you to sit at the table with us, we want you to taste the same ragù prepared by our mothers, we want to invite you to our home.

There is nothing better than returning to your home and tell everyone that you have been to an Apulian lunch. It is a serious matter!

Our idea is to offer you an absolutely authentic, unprecedented gastronomic experience. We will welcome you among the olive trees and vineyards of the Itria Valley, in the beating heart of Puglia. That true soul that made Puglia one of the most sought-after regions.

Sunday lunch is part of that Italian style that is so popular abroad, it is that part that makes people from Puglia so unique.

As we move along, from time to time, we will be presenting the experiences we offer. We call them “puzzle pieces”. Have you ever worked on a puzzle? The most beautiful puzzles have a lot of pieces, it takes a long time and patience to put all the pieces together, but the smile on your face when you put that last piece of the puzzle in place, stretches from ear to ear. Doesn’t it?

When we put together a vacation, we use the best “puzzle pieces” so even if for a short time, we want you to feel like you are living a dream while you are on vacation. In Puglia this is possible!

This post is all about the importance of the Sunday lunch in Puglia, so we have decided to start with an experience that, in our opinion, sums up what it means to enjoy life: The Sunday Lunch! Click below to get an idea of what it means to sit at the lunch table in Puglia.

So, should we add a seat at the table for you?

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Apulian vacation property in Savelletri

New paradisiac masseria

an Apulian vacation property 

By BeeYond Travel

There is one thing in everybody’s mind these days. No matter where you live and no matter what you do:

The answer is: COVID-19 or Corona Virus

After over a month of hearing terrifying news on TV, after many days of re-inventing the way we live, the way we work and the way we normally express our feelings, we are all starting to feel a bit pressured by the circumstances. 

Unemployment, the partner, the kids, the husband, the wife, the relationship, the dog, college…we are all mentally exhausted.    

Paradisiac Vacation Property in Puglia by BeeYond Travel

Today we are extremely excited to share this new vacation property in Puglia because while the Covid-19 was about to blow up, we were getting ready to get on a plane for a 3 weeks trip in Puglia to meet with suppliers, strengthen relationships and find new  accommodations so your vacation can be truly special. It was February 15th, 2020; no known cases in the US yet, but the situation in China was bad, and Italy was starting to get just as bad.

My family and friends drove me to the airport and even if  the jokes helped me get distracted, I could not keep thinking about this new Virus, afraid that in the near future we could face one of the worse times in history.

One of the biggest differences between BeeYond Travel and many other Tour Operators, is that we do not propose anything we have not seen first hand and experienced first hand. The most important thing of all: “we must know personally the Providers, to make sure they share our same passion and they accept to be by our side along the way. 

We always tell them: “You are an extension of our Staff, and as such we must be on the same page”!

So, despite the worrisome moments before departing, we flew to Italy and we did what we do best: We have started new relationships! We are working hard behind the scenes, and little by little we will share everything with you, but today, we want you to understand what those relationships translate into.  

We invite you to visit our latest property addition to our portfolio. This is what came out from one of those relationships. This one of a kind place is called Masseria Torre Abate Risi.

This property sits in Savelletri countryside (attached to Fasano) surrounded by beautiful olive trees and few minutes from the beach. In a buy-out form, this property can accommodate up to 18 people. Inside the property, 5 independent suites can also be booked individually. Each suite can accommodate 2 to 4 guests, or by booking different suites, you can increase the guests capacity.

We have listed each option below. Please read about this property Masseria Torre Abate Risi, and most important, please check out the pictures, they are powerful and they can transport you to this beautiful region called Puglia, allowing you to take that famous “mental break” we mentioned at the beginning of this post and so important right now.

Luxury Vacation Masseria Torre Abate Risi

  • Adults: 18
Hidden in the charming countryside of Savelletri, in the most exclusive area along the Apulian coast, Masseria Torre Abate Risi invites you to immerse in the rich natural beauty of Puglia.

Prices start at: $1,670 per night

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La Torre Suite

  • Adults: 4
  • Size: 1075ft²
1075 square feet in size and has a private entrance and a shaded, panoramic terrace within the walls of a luxury 16th Century Masseria with pool in Savelletri Countryside 2 mi from the Beach

Prices start at: $560 per night

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Fico d’ India Suite

  • Adults: 2
  • Children: 2
  • Size: 645ft²
Luxury apartment with a private entrance, carved among the cavern walls. Part of a luxury 16th Century Masseria with pool in Savelletri Countryside 2 mi from the Beach

Prices start at: $315 per night

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Prices start at: $315 per night

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L’ Ulivo Suite

  • Adults: 4
  • Size: 645ft²
Luxury apartment with a private entrance and garden patio. 645 square feet in size, part of a luxury 16th Century Masseria with Pool 2 mi from Beach in Savelletri Puglia

Prices start at: $315 per night

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We at BeeYond Travel, are always on a quest to discover new vacation properties to include in your next unforgettable trip and in our Tours in Puglia.

We hope the beauty of this vacation property in Puglia will fill your mind with positive thoughts, reminding you to stay strong during this difficult time. We remain available to you for questions and doubts you may have. We are live by chat during business hours or check out the Contact Us page to find out how to best get in touch with us.

Stay strong and healthy, we will help you travel! 

 

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Architects of dreams

the job of the travel agent

Il Lupo e La Rondine

By Il Lupo e La Rondine for BeeYond Travel

There are jobs that everyone knows, such as the doctor, the lawyer, the accountant. If a friend said, “I am an architect!” we would immediately imagine in our minds dealing with projects, houses and many, many drawings.

What if this same friend says, “I’m a travel agent or travel designer”, what would we think about?

Today let’s try to answer this question together. “What does the travel agent do?”

No, it is not just one who travels the world at advantageous prices, if that is what you are thinking, you are on the wrong track. That’s part of the job, perhaps the least relevant.

The travel agent plans, he plans everything.

He is the expert that people turn to when they want to travel. Traveling is a serious matter, and it should be treated as such. He studies the markets, deals with budgeting, juggles invoices and suppliers, studies new destinations and new targets to which direct the attention.

But with a little more magic. Planning a trip means, in most cases, fulfilling a dream.

The travel agent is an architect of dreams. When a family enters the agency or relies on an online professional, they want the year-round savings to be spent on a vacation they will remember forever. When a young man decides to leave, he expects his money to give him adventure, relaxation, art and fun. When a manager has to take a plane to a conference on the other side of the world, he does not want to think about anything but his job, expecting to find all the comforts on arrival.

We at BeeYond Travel have all the needs of our potential customer in mind. We know that our travelers want an unforgettable vacation, they wants to sleep in an out of the ordinary place, perhaps with swimming pool and sea view, the splendid sea of ​​Puglia.

Our customers want to taste the typical products and maybe learn how to make them and be able to make them back home even long after the vacation is over, they want to sail the sea on a yacht and enjoy the sunset, they want to be helped to create memories they can carry in their hearts forever.

Like any profession, travel agents also expect feedback, which is not just the reviews on the company website or on TripAdvisor.

Our most beautiful feedback is your smile, a smile that you will take home, a natural smile captured on photo forever, so beautiful that when people meet you on the street they will say: “Here it is, that beautiful vacation smile!“.

So going back to our question, it should be very clear what a travel agent does.

He is a professional, he is an expert planner, he is also a little psychologist which understand exactly what his travelers want, he is a friend and confidant.

A true travel agent is your travel companion, he will always be with you at all times during your vacation, making sure everything is perfect and magical.

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