Monastero Santa Rosa
Conca dei Marini, Amalfi Coast
At a Glance
Relax following a day exploring Amalfi’s towns in the peace and tranquillity of the stunning gardens, by the obligatory infinity pool, or treat yourself in the spa
Explore the hidden walkways from village to village, bypassing the traffic-filled roads with a hike down to Amalfi town, or for those with a head for heights, tackle The Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods). Take a hat, some water, and savour the views
Chat to Chef Christoph Bob about the menu and the local produce he uses in Il Refettorio – his passion for high quality local ingredients shines through every forkful
Simply stop for a moment, visit the adjoining church and reflect on the centuries of history that is embedded in the fabric of Monastero Santa Rosa. The nods to its past are all around, including as you bite into a Sfogliatella, made from the nuns' original recipe
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is in spring or late summer, when temperatures are pleasant and humidity levels are low. In July and August the climate is hot and humid, while the area is busy with tourists. Hotels in the Amalfi Coast tend to close for the winter, starting in October until they reopen in late March or April.
To start planning your holiday to Monastero Santa Rosa
Monastero Santa Rosa, once a 17th century monastery, has been transformed into a stunning hotel perched on the cliffs above the Bay of Salerno. Expect beautiful rooms and fantastic views coupled with impeccable service and a Michelin starred restaurant.
This painstakingly and lovingly converted 17th Century Monastery is now a stunning boutique hotel perched on a cliff edge above the Bay of Salerno in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini. This unique hotel offers 20 rooms and suites that all come with sea views. A local Neopolitan designer has collaborated with the owner to create an elegant ambiance graced by timeless Italian antiques. Each room still exudes the sense of tranquillity where a nun once stayed—a totally private and intimate retreat bathed in the angelic sunlight of the Amalfi Coast, with an incomparable view of a simply breathtaking stretch of coastline.
The hotel's extensive and beautifully manicured gardens offer guests a place to relax and unwind. Those looking for more privacy can hunt down one of the large day beds that are hidden in quiet spots of the gardens. The hotel's large infinity pool offers magnificent views over the bay and has a small terrace with sun loungers for those wishing to sun worship.
A rarity for the region, the hotel has a large and well-equipped spa and wellness centre, offering steam rooms, thermal pools, a special foot spa, hydro pools and even a rock sauna with crushed ice fountain.
The restaurant uses fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Campania region to create delightful Mediterranean gourmet dishes. Meals can be enjoyed indoors on cooler evenings and outdoors under the stars in the summer months on the restaurant terrace.
Each of the 20 rooms and suites at Monastero Santa Rosa is named after a herb that the nuns would have used in making medicines from the Monastero Santa Rosa garden. Most are composed of two or more monastic cells, cleverly preserved and linked together with their en-suite bathrooms to create sumptuous bedrooms, each with a spellbinding sea view stretching from Conca dei Marini’s fishing harbour below to Amalfi beyond.
The suites have been individually designed with furniture hand picked by the owner, Bianca, in the course of her travels in Italy. One-of-a-kind antiques accent the suites while historical black and white photographs taken before the renovation show the historic building as it once was. The suites vary in size with each space completely unique—some with elegant living and dining rooms as well as terraces swathed in bougainvillea offering enchanting views over the Gulf of Salerno and the enchanting fishing village of Conca dei Marini.
Monastero Santa Rosa does not accept children under 16.
The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, Ristorante Il Refettorio, is headed up by Chef Christoph Bob, useing fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Campania region to create delightful Mediterranean gourmet dishes. Dinner is served in either the formal dining room or on the more relaxed area on the outdoor terrace overlooking the spectacular sea views. Lunch is a relaxed affair and can be served poolside or on the terrace. The hotel bar is located on the lower level of the hotel, on a cooler evening you can enjoy a cocktail or two in the bar library or on a hot summers evening you can sit under the stars on the bars outdoor terrace.
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 helicopter trips can be arranged to experience the most spectacular views of the coast and places of interest further afield.
Gwen Nicol (Staff)
Monastero Santa Rosa is the ultimate boutique hotel perfectly situated high above the sea in Conca dei Marni. Housed in a 15th-century monastery, this hotel has 20 rooms and suites and the dcor is simple and beautiful. The hotel feels secluded, romantic and very private and it is best suited for couples. Each room/suite has a view of the sea and the rooms feel cosy and luxurious. Most bathrooms have separate rain showers and bathtubs and some bathrooms also have windows with views of the coast. The hotel is home to a Michelin Star restaurant and breakfast is made to order and a la carte. The staff is friendly and attentive and the grounds of the hotel give you the feeling like you never want to leave. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Amalfi Town and it is a short drive to Ravello and Positano. The Monastero Santa Rosa spa offers all of the traditional services and they even have one very large couples spa treatment room for those looking for the ultimate romantic spa experience. The reception staff and experience feels quite formal but once you are in, everything feels just right!
Cammie Burke (Staff)
A beautiful hotel with attentive staff. The staff know people come here for the trip of a lifetime and they really try to make it as special as possible. The simplicity of luxury as they say really rings true. The views are simply out of this world and not many hotels can compare.
Milly Walker (Staff)
This is one of my favourite hotels along the Amalfi Coast. So simple, yet so beautifully designed, this converted monastery will not disappoint. The views from the infinity pool are to die for and the spa is excellent too. Take the complimentary shuttle down to Amalfi Town to explore and perhaps have supper one evening.
Even with the advantage of a cliff-top location between the Lattari Mountains and the twinkling Tyrrhenian Sea, Monastero Santa Rosa had to be something special to make it on the super-cool Amalfi Coast. The 17th-century monastery, from which the nuns were evicted in the 1860s, was spotted from the sea 13 years ago by its new US owner, Bianca Sharma, who has spared no expense in turning it into her vision of a perfect hotel. It's an extravagant, stylish, 20-room property with plenty of indulgences - lavish bathrooms, soft beds in fine linen, bowls overflowing with Amalfi lemons - which have erased most of the monastic austerity. Lawns and gardens cascade from a dining terrace down to a cliff-edge infinity pool (pictured), where you can recline with a Bellini between spa treatments. Chef Christoph Bob's foraged finferli mushrooms, served in a risotto with burrata and a chilled Pinot Grigio, are Amalfi at its best.
James Ferguson (Staff)
Monastero Santa Rosa is a truly stunning property: the owners have invested a lot of time and a great deal of money in the restoration of this historic building, and done so with style and taste. The original architecture of the monastic building is evident wherever you look, and many of the antiques and furnishings were part of the original building.
Cooking class in Amalfi
Learn how to create traditional recipes from the Amalfi Coast in a private cooking class under the guidance of a professional chef. Located in a lemon farmhouse, you'll discover the techniques behind some of the region's most loved dishes.
Hiking and wine tasting on Mount Vesuvius
Join your private hiking guide to explore Mount Vesuvius, one of the world's most famous volcanoes. Hike up to the crater before enjoying lunch at a winery at the base of the volcano.
Hiking the Path of the Gods
The Path of the Gods is a spectacular trail leading from Agerola to Nocelle, offering breathtaking views along the Amalfi Coast. Walk the route with your private guide and learn about local life in this once remote region.
Mozzarella experience on the Amalfi Coast
Visit a family-owned farm and discover how delicious mozzarella is made in the village of Tramonti on the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy a tour of the farm before learning the techniques and processes used to create mozzarella.
Private boat trip to Capri
Cruise to Capri on board your own private boat, stopping to swim in the crystal-clear waters and taking in the incredible views of the Amalfi Coast from the water.
Private tour of Capri
Explore the picturesque island of Capri and, with your private guide, learn about the history of this famed island which has been celebrated for its beauty since the Roman Empire.
Visit a limoncello farm
Discover one of the Amalfi Coast's most celebrated delicacies at a local limoncello farm, where you'll learn about the production process and sample some of the delicious liqueur.
Discover the ancient Roman world and its fascinating culture with a visit to Pompeii, a city almost perfectly preserved by the ash from Mount Vesuvius erupting in 79 AD.
Location & directions
Conca dei Marini, Amalfi Coast
Monastero Santa Rosa is located 80 minutes south of Naples Airport, 25 minutes from Positano and just 15 minutes from Ravello and Amalfi.
How to get there
Fly 2-hours 50-minutes to Naples Capodichino from London. From here you can collect a hire car or take a transfer to the hotel. The journey by road takes around 80 minutes.
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