Monastero Santa Rosa
There isn’t a more dramatic setting on the Amalfi Coast than that of the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel and Spa, ensconced as it is on the clifftops with unparalleled azure sea views. This boutique Amalfi hotel is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque in Italy, thanks to a secluded location and those captivating vistas of the Bay of Salerno – to be admired from the infinity-edge pool, Michelin-star restaurant and terrace, fragrant gardens or your guestroom.
However, it’s not just the backdrop that makes Monastero Santa Rosa such an utterly exclusive Amalfi hotel, but also its rich heritage. The building dates back to the 17th century when it served as a nunnery, before being lovingly renovated by owner Bianca Sharma, who has ensured that centuries-old details are meticulously preserved. Complementing this exquisite architecture is a carefully curated collection of Italian antiques, selected by Bianca herself and only adding to the authentic, sumptuous feel of Monastero Santa Rosa. Your own monastic abodes will be one of 20 vaulted rooms and suites that used to be the nuns’ bedrooms, each of which is beautifully decorated with a hint of modern art, and features views out to sea. Wrought iron beds are draped in premium Italian linens, bathrooms come with heated floors and Ortygia toiletries, and some rooms flaunt balconies too, a hidden treasure on the Amalfi Coast.
While this region of Italy has plenty of delights to discover, from ancient sites to beaches and much more besides, Monastero Santa Rosa is filled with its own temptations that’ll make you want to linger for longer. The dashing gardens are one such example: landscaped lawns, stone pathways and flowers spill down across multiple levels, blossoming with lavender, rosemary, roses, bougainvillea and more. Each season brings with it new floral wonders, as these horticultural havens have been sewn with around 5,000 plants. Breathe in the fragrant scents as you enjoy a relaxing stroll, stopping perhaps to take a seat or heading on to the hotel’s spectacular infinity pool.
The pièce de résistance of Monastero Santa Rosa is that dazzling blue lagoon, set right on the cliff edge and punctuated with clusters of rocks for a natural look. You could easily while away the hours here, bathing in warm waters while looking out over the Bay of Salerno and Conca dei Marini village, though if you get restless there’s an outdoor gym at the hotel as well as the most sumptuous of spas. Sporting a tepidarium, ice fountain, hammam, thermal pool, sauna and atmospheric treatment rooms (tucked away between ancient walls), the Monastero Santa Rosa Spa is heavenly to say the least.
The best way to fuel such pampering experiences is to make for Ristorante Il Refetorio, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant that draws on fresh seafood of the region and Monastero Santa Rosa’s own kitchen-garden. Dine indoors or, better yet, make the most of your stunning location and take a seat on the shaded terrace, after all, it doesn’t get much more divine than those Amalfi sea views.
Monastero Santa Rosa Facilities
20 rooms and suites with wrought iron beds, sea views; bathrooms with heated floors and Santa Maria Novella toiletries. Balconies in certain rooms, while suites feature living and dining areas, Italian antiques and bathtubs.
Conca dei Marini, between Positano and Amalfi. Naples International Airport is 1 hour 30 minutes away by car.