Travel 27 Oct 2017

​ Monastero Santa Rosa​

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.

The spa

Monastero Santa Rosa is a place of abundant scent of rosemary and lemon. The wide tiered gardens that cascade to an infinity edged pool, seemingly embrace the panoramic views from the edge of a towering cliff facade dropping dramatically to the calm azure of the Amalfi Coast.

Centuries of history behind ancient walls tell a tale of community and the offering of sanctuary, healing and comfort.

Each room within the Spa preserves the original 17th Century vaulted ceilings and many of its rustic walls, maintaining the monastic heritage of this beautiful property. The Italian heritage of bathing is presented in the form of a Thermal Suite, consisting of a collection of vaulted spaces inter-connecting the various warm rooms via arched openings & changes of levels… a discovery around each corner. The Suite includes a stunning double-height vaulted Tepidarium with pomegranate infused foot spas & heated mosaic loungers; domed Aromatic Steam Room; crushed Ice fountain to refresh between thermal bathing; Rock Sauna; Hydro Pool and Emotion Showers.

The most exceptional treatment room – the Spa Suite, is a stunning 80m2 double height vaulted space with Rasul; steam room; double wet & dry treatment couches; manicure / pedicure; relaxation lounge; private dressing & grooming space and a garden terrace… a ‘private spa within a spa’.

Alternatively, guests can enjoy a treatment outdoors under the shade of a pergola within the privacy of the Treatment Garden, or be cocooned within one of our historic single treatment rooms.

Since 1612, Farmacia Santa Maria Novella have provided a multitude of benefits derived from the naturally occurring plants and flowers of Italy and the Mediterranean region, using their ancient and beautiful recipes of fragranced lotions, healing crèmes and balms.

The aromatic oils of Santa Maria Novella, summer oil of lemon, bergamot and petit grain, the deeply warm iris oil, aromatic herbs of rosemary, lavender and sweet orange and the unique fragrance of pomegranate, made for Catherine de Medici, are a delight to the senses. All of these wonderful aromas are woven into the timeless and fresh sense of vitality & joy provided by our delightful, trusted and expertly offered spa treatments, presented in a spa of natural historic beauty.

Dining

The culinary treats of Santa Rosa are as unique as the monastery itself. Our distinguished Executive Chef Christoph Bob has created an innovative Mediterranean gastronomic experience for the most discerning palate with the freshest ingredients from the surrounding Campania region. Christoph has worked in some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, but amore drew him to the Amalfi Coast and to our prized kitchen. Married to a woman from the Amalfi Coast, Christoph muses, “I not only fell in love with my wife, I fell in love with the destination and its food. Nowhere on earth does the sun and the soil give us such richness of flavors as do the fresh produce, herbs, and seafood found right here on our coast.”

Chef Bob’s insatiable love affair with food is reflected in every delectable dish on the menu. Precision-perfect flavors focusing on the bounty of the sea combine in his specialties like the appetizer trio of crustaceans—lobster with chickpea puree and smoked olive oil broad bean salad with Colonnata’s bacon and king prawn ravioli with Corbara’s tomatoes and candied lemon. Or relish main course mouthwatering fusilli with baby squids, Piennolo’s tomatoes and basil-scented aubergines. With Monastero Santa Rosa’s own herb and vegetable garden on site, every morsel combines the freshest local, organic ingredients of Conca dei Marini.

As a basis for his cooking, Chef Bob uses a 100% Italian special select olive oil produced especially for the kitchen of the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa. This beautiful extra virgin olive oil from Conca dei Marini is called Il Mulino della Signora, meaning “the mill of the lady.” The Chef also sourced the finest quality pasta, the famed Pastificio dei Campi Gragnano, and created a shape that is unique for his Amalfi Coast restaurant. Pastificio dei Campi is arguably the best production of pasta in Italy, bronze drawn, slowly dried, and prepared in a traditional way respecting the environment.

The Chef’s innovative creations are inspirational. However, with a boutique hotel of just 20 rooms, the culinary team will be delighted to design personalized dining experiences, together with our Sommelier, to cater to individual tastes and palates.

Fundamental to the ultimate dining experience, Monastero Santa Rosa’s wine cellar ranges from local Italian reds to vintage French champagne to fine chardonnays. Our sommelier is at your disposal to help pair your meal with the perfect accompaniment.

FORMAL DINING OR ALFRESCO DINING

As Monastero Santa Rosa hovers between sea and sky, fittingly so too does its Ristorante’s terrace.  Suspended over the Gulf of Salerno, the hotel’s restaurant terrace allows guests to dine alfresco while admiring one of the most exclusive views on the entire Amalfi Coast. Or indulge in Mediterranean haute cuisine indoors under vaulted ceilings in the intimate formal dining room. During the day, dine outdoors aside the infinity pool or among the terraced cascading gardens. Whatever venue you choose, our chef, our maitre d’, our sommelier and our waiters all take great pride in sharing their passion for service and gourmet cuisine.

For lunch enjoy light Mediterranean fare served alfresco on the pergola-shaded dining terrace, aside the infinity pool under the blazing Amalfi Coast sun or in our cascading garden terraces overlooking the Gulf of Salerno.

Breakfast is served in the comfort of your room on silver trays or outside under the pergola shaded dining terrace.

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