The Monastero Santa Rosa hotel, in Italy’s Amalfi Coast, is a five-star haven in one of the most picturesque countries in Europe. If you’re planning to go to southern Italy, this is definitely the place to stay.

Located in a quaint hamlet called Conca dei Marini, which is just west of Amalfi, the Monastero Santa Rosa hotel sits in a fortress-like cloister. The space, originally built for Dominican nuns, overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. As a result, there are no sidewalks crowded with tourists. In other words, it’s just you, alone, in this beautiful slice of sublime.

The ancient monastery turned vacation spot features 20 guest suites. The space also boasts an original vaulted ceiling and a handful of Italian antiques. Each room offers an elegant residential atmosphere with sweeping views of the nearby sea. The highlight is a four-tier garden, home, previously, to medicinal herbs. Now, the grounds produce organic ingredients for the on-site restaurant.

The eatery, which earned a Michelin star some years back, offers local dishes and wines housed in the hotel’s 400-bottle cellar. Go to the edge of the garden and you’ll find a stone poolside terrace. Here, you’ll come face to face with the scenic panorama of the Amalfi coast, which is breathtaking in every sense of the word.

Vacations, we often forget, isn’t just about frolicking about. It’s also, more importantly, about capturing the sense, the essence, the “feel” of a place. Which is all to say this wee sanctuary in southern Italy will help you have that experience. Hit the link below if you want booking details.

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Photos courtesy of Monastero Santa Rosa