17th Century Monastery Opens as Hotel on the Amalfi Coast

An new and exclusive boutique hotel and luxury spa converted from a 17th century monastery is to open on the Amalfi Coast in May 2012.

Accessable from any of the anchorages near Positano the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel and Spa opens in May 2012 suspended over the Bay of Salerno on Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast.

The hotel, formerly a 17th Century monastery, will consist of 20 guest rooms and suites – all with sea views – a restaurant, a heated infinity pool, stunning landscaped gardens spread over five tiers, a historic herb garden and a private 12th Century Chapel.

There will also be a spectacular and unique spa that has been created within a labyrinth of historic monastic spaces and outdoor pavilions. 

The hotel stands near the quaint fishing village of Conca dei Marini and is located close to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.

It is built directly into the side of the cliff with the floors connected by a glass front elevator allowing panoramic views of the hotel’s gardens and the sea.

The hotel is owned by American Bianca Sharma, who by chance caught sight of the property whilst travelling the area in 1999. She was immediately captivated, in part because the building offered one of the most dramatic locations in the world.

After acquiring the building she set about working closely with a local team of architects, engineers and historical authorities for over ten years to transform the former monastery into a luxury hotel and spa whilst maintaining the integrity of the building.

Given its heritage, the building has been respectfully restored to honour its roots and traditions.  Whilst the exterior and the interior maintain the asceticism of the property, the style within is offset by warm and inviting contemporary design.

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