Belmond Hotel Caruso, sitting proudly atop the hill top town of Ravello on the Amalfi coast, was once a large palazzo (palace) dating back to the 11th century and much of its grandeur still remains today.
Monastero Santa Rosa
The Monastero Santa Rosa proudly showcases all the intricacies of its monastic heritage, from the original bell to enter the property and the cells of the nuns, to the courtyard style cloister and the kitchen, all of which have been expertly transformed into rooms, suites, restaurants and a relaxing spa. There’s even a confessional box, now used for decoration and feedback. The monastery gets its name from the care and attention the nuns gave to their beautiful rose garden, which still blooms today.
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The nuns’ cells were once small, simple rooms with thick stone walls, high vaulted ceilings and heavy wooden doors enclosing them. These original features still exist today but one room is comprised of two or three cells to create more space for guests. All rooms have high quality linens and fabrics and blue shuttered windows which fill the room with natural light. Bathrooms are furnished with dark wood, stone, and marble and feature large, inviting bathtubs. Most have a separate shower as well. All are equipped with the exclusive Santa Maria Novella beauty products.
Conca dei Marini is a small fishing town between Positano and Amalfi town, both of which you can easily reach by car or in the free shuttle bus. Most guests will arrive from Naples and then either drive to the hotel or, better still, get a boat to Amalfi and then drive. Alternatively, you can arrive by helicopter.
Food and drink
Ristorante il Refettorio has an extensive menu, using vegetables and herbs grown in their own garden and other locally sourced produce. The nuns were equally passionate about food; their homemade Sfogliatelle, a cream-filled pastry, became regionally known as the ‘Santa Rosa’. Today, it’s one of the most popular desserts on the coast. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, with an ample wine cellar.
Facilities and activities
Built on the edge of the landscaped gardens, the infinity pool appears to hang over the cliff, offering unobstructed sea views. The spa and fitness suite includes outdoor treadmills and bicycles, as well as a sauna and couples’ treatment rooms.
There are some wonderful hikes, too, especially over to Positano, where you could have lunch and then get collected by the complimentary shuttle bus.
Monastero Santa Rosa showcases the charming original features of the nuns’ residence, who seem like a cherished member of the family. We highlight this hotel for its sunlit terraces, pool and spa, but also for the way it expertly achieves five star standards of comfort and service without compromising on its origins.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located right on the beach, Hotel Buca di Bacco is conveniently central. It has a friendly atmosphere and a delicious restaurant alongside wonderful sea views that have been the inspiration for many famous authors since 1916, when it first opened.
Casa Angelina is a serene, boutique property. Minimalist in style and exceptionally chic, every inch within its signature white walls and multi-level terraces is a work of art in itself.
The Covo dei Saraceni dates back to the 19th century and balances elegance, an unrivaled seafront location, and first rate service. It is the result of one family’s dedication to maintaining the beauty of their town and home.
Once a large convent built into the rock just above Amalfi town, this 13th-century structure still has an intact cloister and church which, along with its spectacular infinity pool, are its most impressive features.
Dating back to the 12th century, the Hotel Luna Convento’s most beautiful feature is the sunlit cloister around which the hotel is built. Although simple, the property is steeped in history and charm, with an idyllic swimming pool overlooking the sea.
A landmark hotel on the Amalfi coast and just a short drive from Positano, Il San Pietro has everything from a private beach to tennis courts and a Michelin star restaurant, not to mention excellent service and impressive views.
This ancient palazzo (palace) is known throughout Positano for its heritage and elegance. Once a grand private villa, Le Sirenuse was transformed into a first rate hotel in 1951 and has been the town’s premier historic hotel ever since.
Ancient Palazzo Murat, in central Positano, radiates a classic Mediterranean romanticism. Steeped in history, it tastefully flaunts its original antique doors, artwork, heavy stone balconies, and its peaceful swimming pool with sea views.
The Punta Regina is a charming hotel with an authentic family atmosphere. Located near the top of the hill, but still within the heart of Positano, it has the height for those spectacular sea views and a convenient location for exploring.
Villa Cimbrone is a 12th-century masterpiece, once owned by Lord Beckett who painstakingly restored it and its famous gardens to their current magnificence. It has since played host to an array of historic icons, most notably Virginia Wolf, Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo.
Villa Franca is definitively boutique. Using the whites and blues of the region, this hotel is a refreshing and tranquil refuge that overlooks the town below and the sea beyond. It’s artistic, fun and exceptionally chic.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, preserved by six meters of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD.
Experience a half day cooking class at a local family home. You will learn the secret recipes of the D’Antonio family, from making homemade pasta to fileting the catch of the day.
Discover the role that lemons play in traditional life on the Amalfi Coast with this half-day tour. You’ll take a guided walk through the lemon groves and tour a local limoncello distillery, as well as sitting down to a seaside lunch.