Monastero Santa Rosa
CONCA DEI MARINI, ITALY
“To celebrate their engagement, my daughter’s fiancé planned a celebratory trip to Italy for both families. If anyone is looking to impress future in-laws, take note of the Monastero Santa! I’ve spent a good deal of time in Italy and have made many trips to the Amalfi Coast, so I knew I was in for a lovely trip. I did not, however, know that my definition of “paradise” was about to change.
A former monastery, the hotel retains a simple, old-world elegance. It is intimate (just twenty rooms) and peaceful, with rooms that are nice without being over the top. To my surprise, all of the amenities were up to date, from the heated floors to the high-quality hair dryers in the modern bathrooms – definitely a rarity, particularly in old European hotels.
The village of Conca del Marini is charming, and it was nice to be less than half an hour from Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano for the sake of doing some easy shopping and exploring. Still, I could have – and nearly did – spend every waking moment at the Monastero. It was bliss, from the smells of fresh flowers and herbs throughout the property to the gorgeous sites and the delicious dinners. It was also a perfect place to bond with our new family. The property is incredibly relaxing, and meals are superb. We all attended a cooking session where we were introduced to the many herbs and vegetables grown on the premises.
The heavenly spa is complete with a lavender-scented steam room, sauna, tepidarium, and mini indoor pool. My daughter, her mother-in-law, and I made a habit of spending time there before meeting the men on the bocce green for what became increasingly competitive pre-meal tournaments. We had such a memorable trip, we may just have to go back!”
- Trusted Friends: Henry and Judy Lyall, Cornwall, UK
(Date Experienced: June 2013)
A significant other or close friend. Children under 12 are not permitted.
Renting a boat to spend a day exploring the coves, rocky structures, and great restaurants along the coast made for an amazing, picturesque day. Equally unforgettable were afternoons spent poolside by one of the most stunning infinity pools I’ve seen. I looked forward to it every day. The views from our lounges (which were deliciously comfortable, I might add) were so incredible, the pool and sea seemingly merged into one.
Best time to go
I love the hot summers on the Amalfi Coast. Spring and fall are cooler, but equally as lovely and many less people to deal with.
The rooms aren’t large, but request one with a terrace and you won’t even miss the extra space. Plus, the views more than make up the small lack in square footage.
$500 - $2,600 per night depending on room and season