A match made in Italy

Monas­tero Santa Rosa, Amalfi, Italy

Country Life Every Week - - Travel | Mini-break -

Perched ma­jes­ti­cally on the edge of the jaw-drop­ping Amalfi coast, this ho­tel and spa, con­verted from a 17th­cen­tury monastery with many of the orig­i­nal fea­tures re­main­ing, has just 20 bed­rooms and suites. The weight of his­tory adds to the ro­mance of the set­ting—we had big plans to visit many lo­cal tourist spots, but couldn’t drag our­selves away from the seren­ity of the ho­tel.

It’s set on dif­fer­ent lev­els, with the res­tau­rant on a pretty ter­race that’s heated in the chill­ier months, so there’s no need to re­treat in­side and miss out on the view. The ther­mal spa is de­signed around the an­cient monas­tic spa­ces and the al­fresco gym over­look­ing the sea very nearly had me on a tread­mill.

This is a place I would re­turn to time and time again, to es­cape, in­dulge and find a lit­tle bit of peace—or per­haps to visit the 12th-cen­tury chapel in the grounds, which hosts wed­dings. HC Rooms from €400 for bed and break­fast, ex­clud­ing taxes (www. monas­terosan­tarosa.com; 00 39 089 832 1199)

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