Hotel Valle dell'Idro Hotel 4 star
Via G. Grasso 28 Otranto, Italy -
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This is an elegant establishment on the heights of Otrante overlooking the sea and the city. The Relais Valle dell'Idro is a modern establishment with plenty of character that offers a cosy atmosphere created by the light-coloured fabrics and white walls that contrast with the blue of the sky. Although there aren't any catering services, you can enjoy a quality breakfast, refined to the very last detail, like the rest of the hotel for that matter.

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      Valle dell'Idro   -   R.DUBUS / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Valle dell'Idro

      Valle dell'Idro   -   R.DUBUS / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 6.94 /10

    The Relais Valle dell'Idro is located in Otrante, a few hundred metres from the magnificent Salento coast. The city of Lecce is about 28 mi away and Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost point of Salento, is just a couple of miles further in the opposite direction. However, the two main airports in the Apulia region are further away: 134 mi to Bari and 60 to Brindisi.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    Without going over the top, the Relais Valle dell'Idro is focused on quality. This establishment has only 27 guest rooms, equally divided between the standard and luxury categories (the only difference being their size). They offer a cosy atmosphere in very light shades of white and beige, as well as refined objects and materials which don't leave anything to chance. This can be seen in the glass doors of the closet and shower, on which delicate patterns have been created by encrusting fine Indian material into the glass, or felt in the soft protrusions of the frame around the wicker mirror, or even running your hands over the white ostrich fur covering the headboard.

    Everything in the guest rooms is elegant and refined, with good taste being evident down to the very last detail, like the toiletry products from Fragonard scented with figs. It's not just the details that have been carefully thought out though, but all of the essentials. There is nothing more important than a good bed in a hotel and the Relais Valle dell'Idro keeps its promise in this area. Moreover, the view is divine, with beautiful panaromas over the garden and the dell'Idro valley (from which the hotel takes its name), but it's unfortunate that only two of the rooms, the only ones with a balcony, have sea views.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The Relais Valle dell'Idro is reached via a small side road on the heights of Otrante. After the entry gate that leads to the garden of a private home, we are plunged into the cool calm of an arbour. Tables and chairs have been set up in the middle of this foliage that emanates the most beautiful of scents, inviting you to sit down and have a drink. A row of deckchairs, as soft as they are elegant, have also been laid out so that guests can relax to the fullest.

    The red coral symbol on the doorknob of the glass door leading into the establishment subtly introduces the modern and elegant atmosphere awaiting you inside, where the white and light-coloured wicker furnishings are brightly lit up by the abundant natural light coming in through the bay windows. Lighting is at the centre of the layout, filling an airy space up the transparent staircase leading from reception to the first floor and the superb rooftop terrace that looks out over Otrante and the sea.

    White is the key element in all of these outdoor spaces, covering the walls, cushions, small tables, and deckchairs, standing out beautifully against the blue sky. In this dream-like decor, why deny yourself the luxury of spending a romantic moment in the jacuzzi? Take advantage of Salento's charm, from the earth to the sun, the sea and the wind.

    Food and drink

    The Relais Valle dell'Idro does not have a restaurant but does offer a carefully prepared breakfast served at the bar, found in the lobby in the same open space. On hot summer mornings, you may choose to enjoy your morning meal outside on the terrace, which is furnished with well spaced-out white wicker chairs and glass coffee tables surrounded by bay trees.

    The breakfast buffet is laid out indoors on a large glass table in front of the bay window that looks out onto the terrace, and includes delicious offerings: pies, doughnuts, croissants, and baked goods will satisfy the biggest foodies, while freshly squeezed orange juice will provide them with some essential vitamins, just like the locally produced jams. Finally, the variety of teas (including herbal) will satisfy the most health-conscious. For those who prefer a savoury breakfast, ham, cheese, and bread buns are also on the menu, as well as continental toast and cereals for those focused on their figure.

    Manned by the receptionist, the bar in the lobby also has a snack service to satisfy any cravings guests might have throughout the day.


    The Relais Valle dell'Idro does not have a private beach and is in fact 800m from the sea. For guests who would nevertheless like to dig their toes into the sand, the hotel has made an agreement with the public beach, Atlantis, meaning guests enjoy a 10% discount.

    If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, ask at reception for directions to La Castellana, the calmest and most luxurious beach in the area. For a day by the sea, with a parasol, deckchair, lounger, and a canvas chair, expect to pay at least 16, and as much as 55 in high season.

    To know

    The clientele at this hotel is made up of many nationalities, including many Italians, and couples and families, who can get advice about what to do during their stay from the staff at reception. The hotel is in direct contact with the tourist information office and outings out to sea are among the many activities offered.
    The hotel does not accept animals.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe


    • The elegant atmosphere
    • The jacuzzi on the rooftop terrace


    • There is no restaurant

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    • Overall Score nc/10