@ahotelsnob: Monastero Santa Rosa, Italy

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, Conca dei Marini, Italy.

It’s easier to write a bad review than good, don’t you think? “This wasn’t right” or “they forgot ”. Which means starting my blog with the Monastero Santa Rosa (let’s just call it MSR, OK?) is tough writing since this hotel and staff executes at such a high level it is extraordinary to find something not done well. Designing and building a spectacular hotel is a true art and deserves praise.

monestaro hotel & spa Italy

The real difference between a beautiful place (which is MSR from corner to corner) and one of the finest hotel properties in the world are the details.

It takes a couple days but you eventually appreciate that each piece of silver, linen, serving tray, uniform, glassware and furniture is perfect. The fabulous Chef Christof Bob told us the pre-opening prep consisted of an array of stemware, china, linens, etc that the team were asked to review, rate and recommend. The key was no one knew the price of each choice – if it worked and was expensive the budget would accommodate. If it was less expensive and worked, then design ruled the day. This place is not about name brands and status. It is pure taste, style and elegance.

hotel & spa Italy

We’ve traveled to MSR three times now, each visit during the July peak season of crowds and traffic. As we return for successive trips, we spend less time away from the property and more using the facilities. MSR has twenty rooms which start at expensive and go up from there. Don’t come here expecting a scene like the bar at Le Sirenuse in Positano. Prepare yourself for some artfully crafted cocktails, a manageable wine list and an elegant dinner with Amalfi Coast views. If that is too formal (it is indeed quiet in the restaurant despite always being full), ask for the same dinner on the top floor Sunset Terrace, or under the grape arbor by the bar with the hilarious banter between Ivan and Andrea. As you would expect from a place of this caliber, everything seems possible, if not welcomed.

hotel & spa Italy

hotel & Spa Italy

What makes the Monastero Santa Rosa so special and worth a visit or two (or more), is the feeling of calm in a sea of Amalfi-mania.

I’m oddly reminded of travels to India many years ago where the hotel provided a literal refuge from the days of dust, smells and chaos. I’ll happily take the smells of lemon, fresh tomatoes and basil in Italy. But after a day on the costa, returning to the warm greeting of the staff, cool dark hallways of the former monastery, and yes, that super swish infinity pool clinging to the cliff, I’ll embrace the beautiful calm of this fabulous place.

monestaero hotel & spa Italy


monestaro hotel & spa Italy

Please go visit this jewel.

Be inspired. Go explore.

Mr. Maki

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Short notes:

• We LOVE the rooms facing east to Amalfi. Ask for them. You can see the other view from the pool and restaurant

• They say not to drive in Amalfi Coast. Tru dat, but the ride to/from Rome at €1,100, ouch.

• Every single staff member is incredible. Friendly, warm, helpful.

• Prepare to enjoy most meals at the hotel. Nothing is walkable but Chef Bob makes it well worth staying in for the night.

Connect with the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, Conca dei Marini, Italy

Website, Instagram, or Email the concierge at: [email protected] (Tell them Mr. Maki sent you!)


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  1. Emily & Pizza &a
    July 18, 2017, 7:35 EST

    Wow! It looks so beautiful!

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:12 EST

      The details put into this property are incredible! (inside and out!)

  2. meg smidt
    July 18, 2017, 10:09 EST

    I need this in my life…. stat! Gosh, what gorgeous views!

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:11 EST

      I do too! Gorgeous indeed!!

  3. Emily
    July 18, 2017, 1:50 EST

    Wow! This looks so beautiful!

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:11 EST

      It’s breathtaking!!

  4. Ayanna @ 21Flavorsof
    July 18, 2017, 2:04 EST

    This place looks and sounds amazing!! I have yet to visit Italy, but when I do I will have to remember to check this place out.

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:11 EST

      And a special place indeed!!!

  5. Laura
    July 18, 2017, 2:07 EST

    wow! this looks stunning, but way out of my budget! maybe a treat for my 40th birthday…

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:11 EST

      40th’s are a milestone!!! Sounds like a great gift to me!!

  6. Amanda
    July 18, 2017, 4:33 EST

    Wow! Stunning. My in-laws live in Italy but I have yet to make it to the Amalfi Coast. Soon, I hope!

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:10 EST

      You have an awesome ‘Excuse!!!’ Lol I hope you are able to visit Amanda!

  7. Robin
    July 18, 2017, 6:47 EST

    Omg. Your photos are G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. I am dying to go to Amalfi, and now I know where to stay!

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:10 EST

      Doooo it!!!

  8. Kristin Cook
    July 18, 2017, 7:41 EST

    Wow! That looks just absolutely gorgeous! I want to go!

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:09 EST

      It’s a very special place Kristin!!!

  9. robin price
    July 18, 2017, 8:53 EST

    After seeing those gorgeous pics and reading that description bringing MSR to life, I say sign me up! It’s on my list of destinations.

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:09 EST

      Robin, you will LOVE it!

  10. Kristine
    July 19, 2017, 10:04 EST

    Oh this looks like an amazing trip! I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and hope that dream happens sooner rather than later 🙂

    • MightyD
      July 19, 2017, 9:09 EST

      I’ll hope the same for you Kristine!!

  11. Amy
    July 22, 2017, 5:16 EST

    Love Italy! I went to Conque Terre and it’s so gorgeous there!

  12. angie
    July 22, 2017, 8:45 EST

    what a great review of a beautiful place . I am glad that you had a wonderful time and all went as beautiful as your pictures look
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