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monastero santa rosa

4 nights from £949 monastero santa rosa amalfi coast

This 17th-century former monastery perches majestically on a cliff, close to Amalfi. The latest glamorous hotel to open on this stretch of coast has stunning terraced grounds, a fabulous spa and a swimming pool that seems to hover between sea and sky.

After more than 10 years' restoration work, the new-look Monastero has emerged with beautiful, very soft, lovely to walk on Jerusalem-marble floors and 20 cool if austere bedrooms. Some have terraces, but all are furnished with a mix of custom-made pieces and 19th-century antiques collected by the American owner.

There are lots of quiet spots in the gardens, but it's the spa that will be the real pull. Perhaps it's a bit grandiose for this area, but it's undeniably fabulous, with natural light, stained glass, an ice cave and gorgeous Santa Maria Novella products.

Dining al fresco on the hotel's grand terrace is a delight.  Enjoy a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinners each day whilst taking in the sensational views of the Bay of Salerno. The menu features regional specialties inspired by local fishermen and the freshest organic ingredients from the hotel's own garden. For a more intimate dining experience or on cooler evenings Monastero Santa Rosa also offers indoor dining.

Monastero Santa Rosa is a superb base for exploring the numerous places of interest in this part of Italy. The magnificent Doric Temples of Paestum is just 40 minutes away and the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis are nearby. The legendary Amalfi coast provides an enjoyable day trip and boat or helicopter trips can be arranged to experience the most spectacular views of the coast and places of interest further afield.

The best time to visit is in spring (April to early June) or autumn (September and October). In summer, the climate is hot and humid and the coast’s single road is heaving, and often has long tailbacks. The beaches, restaurants and tourist attractions are full to the brim in the summer months.

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Price

4 nights from £949 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Superior Sea View Room on a bed and breakfast basis.  Price includes:

  • Return schedule flights from London
  • Airport transfers

Location

Monastero Santa Rosa is located on the Amalfi Coast and is about 10 minutes from the town of Amalfi, 15 minutes from Ravello and 25 minutes from Positano.  The nearest airport is Naples, about 80 minutes away.

If you can't tear yourself away from the Monastero, who could blame you?  Just relax and enjoy the views.  Enjoy treatments and therapies in the gorgeous spa or have a workout in the garden gym.

However, if you want to get out and explore, you can do so on foot, by boat or in the air.  This stretch of coastline is blessed with majestic countryside that's ideal for walking that can be as arduous as you like.  We can advise on best options and routes.  But simply exploring the pretty local towns and villages may be enough exercise.

Another fun option is to explore the coastline by boat or helicopter.  Just let us know, and we'll set everything up for you.

Suggested private boat trip for a wonderful day out...

A private full-day Amalfi Coast to Capri charter boat tour departs from Amalfi at around 10.30. Gliding past Amalfi, your captain will cruise along to the pristine enclave of Santa Croce and its Lover's Arch and onwards to Conca Dei Marini where you'll spy the Devil's Grotto, before reaching the Emerald Grotto. Sailing west, your captain will cruise inside the Furore Fjord, a deep inlet where the International Diving Championships are held annually and then cruise along past the twin-mountain town of Praiano.

Offering drinks to quench any thirst, your captain will continue towards the gelati-hued village of Positano, before steering out to sea to visit the mythical islands of Li Galli. The islands are famous because legend has it that Ulysses had to tie himself to the mast of his ship in order to resist the singing of the sirens.

Capri is now within reach as you cruise by Nerano aiming for the Punta Campanella, where the Amalfi Coast officially ends and the Sorrento Coast begins. The excursion continues to Capri where your captain will circle the island, visiting the famous Blue Grotto, the Faraglioni rock formation and the beautiful White and Green Grottos. After circling Capri, you will dock in Capri's prestigious Marina Grande and disembark for three hours of free time to explore this Italian island dreamscape.  And maybe indulge in a little retail therapy too!

With his local knowledge, the captain will also stop along the way to give you the opportunity of swimming in a picturesque location (which means just about everywhere and anywhere!) before cruising back to Amalfi, arriving at approximately 6pm.

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