We stayed here for a week in September 2013, so have taken a little while to post this review. This is not for want of any enthusiasm for this wonderful, world class hotel.
The superlatives recorded in most other reviews are all completely justified. There are many outstanding features of this Hotel:
1) Service is impeccable throughout. All the staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and efficient; but special mention to Andrea in the Cocktail Bar, and Daniele and Pasquale in the wonderful restaurant, who made us feel at home from day one.
2) Beautiful food in the restaurant, which is served by fresh ingredients from its own gardens and local producers of fish and meat. Many of the menu items have a strong regional flavour, which is a very pleasant change from the bland internationalism of larger hotels. Our original intention was to eat dinner away from the Hotel occasionally, but in the event we could not tear ourselves away from the wonderful, varied menus.
3) The Spa. In the past I have often been underwhelmed by hotel spas, but this one is in a league of its own. Absolutely luxurious facilities in a stunning architectural setting. Everyone should try this once in their life.
4) The views. I suppose if you are committing to a life in a convent you might as well pick one where there is always a good reason to get up every morning. I can't remember anywhere else I have stayed with a more stunning setting. Simply beautiful!
On a more practical level, the Hotel is located a few miles out of Amalfi. A regular courtesy bus runs to the town, from where you can link to bus and boat trips to all the other major destinations on this coastline. If you wish to travel further afield, the Hotel is happy to organise transport for you by private car.
If you are a little more adventurous, the Hotel is a starting point for a number of lovely hikes in the surrounding countryside. Ask as reception for a map of the trails. A word of warning. The terrain is very steep, so you need to be in reasonable condition to complete the round trip! We enjoyed the walk to the spectacular Furore Gorge.
In our view, everything about this hotel is perfect. It is not cheap, but we thought that it delivered incredibly good value for money, taking in to account the very high quality of everything it delivers to its guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Striking the perfect balance of seclusion without solitude, Monastero Santa Rosa allows guests to determine the tone of their stay, whether they're looking to disappear for an intimate getaway or gather with the group and make new acquaintances. It's hard to imagine that the generous grounds, filled with four levels of gardens, lush landscaping, plentiful lounge chairs, and canopied daybeds, serve just 20 rooms and suites. Where most boutique properties might only offer in-room massages, Monastero Santa Rosa hosts a fully equipped spa to rival any major city spa, offering not just treatment rooms, but large-scale amenities that include a sauna, steam, mosaic-tiled experience shower, hydro pool, and tepidarium. Guests are welcome to feel a part of the scene at the library and bar. Engage in a game of chess or cards or read while sipping a martini in the modern cocktail area. Relax down by the pool or discover the resort's secret gardens, quiet sun decks, and indoor relaxation areas. Get the best of both worlds by making your stay as energizing or relaxed as you wish, by selecting different spaces to suit your mood at any time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa Italy/Amalfi Coast - Conca Dei Marini