Monastero Santa Rosa: The ideal honeymoon hotel

monasterra-santa-rosa-43I am so excited to share some of my honeymoon with you. I initially didn’t think I would, preferring to keep it private between me and my new hubby, but I was totally blown away by Italy and the blogger inside me can’t help but share a few highlights, as you’ll already know if you follow me on Instagram (here).

We flew to Rome from Birmingham, and thinking we had a few hours before our train we set off on a whistle stop tour taking in the Trevi Fountain and Coliseum. As it happens we made a mistake and didn’t have that time at all so we ended up missing our train, but a bit of sweet talking and a few phone calls later and we were back on track. Thank goodness for Italy’s laid back attitude!

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We took the high speed train from Rome to Naples and booked a private car from there to the Amalfi coast where we stayed for a week exploring Positani, Amalfi and the surrounding areas.

But I’ll get back to those adventures another day, as today’s post is one hundred per cent about our Amalfi Coast hotel, Monastero Santa Rosa.

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This hotel is a literal dream!

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Our arrival at the hotel was marked by the sounding of the old bell by the main entrance and we were quietly escorted in to the cool lobby.  Cold towels were pressed in to our hands along with a refreshing lemonade (made out of the garden’s lemons) to sip  whilst taking in our first view of the grounds and coast from the lobby balcony.

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Dream location

And it is the view that this place is renowned for. Perched high on a cliff a short hop from beautiful Amalfi and a 40 minute drive from Positano (which would be much quicker were it not for the winding roads), the hotel is an old monastery and has the most enviable location.

To the left you are greeted with the greenery of the lush mountains, planted generously with lemons and vines,  pomegranate trees and fig trees, and that wonderfully Italian sight of buildings haphazardly cascading down to the ocean’s edge. You can just about see Amalfi, and can spend hours watching the boats go to and from the port.

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Look straight ahead and you’ll get an instagrammers blue-ombré dream, barely possible to see where the sea ends and the sky begins.

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To the right, you’ve got more cliffs, greenery, picture perfect houses and the deep blue sea. Look down and you’ll see Conca dei Marina, Jacqueline Kennedy’s favourite beach when she visited in the summer of 1962.

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We were escorted to our room, which alike all of the rooms, was named after herbs found along this part of the coast. The bedrooms are typically reserved as is the Italian way, but done oh so well. Spacious, with a huge shower, marble bath, bose speakers and a view to die for. A beautiful bowl of peaches greeted us along with a bottle of prosecco to toast our honeymoon, naturally.

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monasterra-santa-rosa-iphone-6^^room with a view!^^

It was the little details that were done brilliantly that has jeopardised every other hotel I stay in from now on. From the top spec hairdryer to the free bottled water topped up twice a day with more readily brought to you if required. There was enough wardrobe space for us both to empty our cases, and the bathroom floor was heated. Every night a different gift was left for us, ranging from authentic Italian dried pasta to homemade chocolates, after sun made from natural ingredients and branded sun visors.

The breakfasts were served on the patio over looking the gardens, pool and cliffside – no buffet for MSR, instead very friendly and efficient waiters took your order from a menu which covered almost everything you could want.

The pool and gardens

And let’s just take a moment to talk about the gardens and the pool. The tiered gardens are filled with scented plants lovingly cared for by a team of gardeners. There is plenty of seating tucked away and plenty of interesting things to look at should you have a moment or two by yourself.

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The pool is the hotel’s piece de resistance, designed to fully compliment the breathtaking view. It’s shallow beach like banks lead you to an edge you can peer over and would be forgiven for thinking that you were in the sparkling sea below.

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The staff

Did I mention how great the staff were? I think I did, but they are worth mentioning again. Any question or request was dealt with politely and quickly; from a room service dinner when my post-wedding cold knocked me for six for a couple of days (there was no room service charge), a free and regular shuttle bus (and we are talking luxury transporter here) to and from Amalfi, supply of toothpaste as we had forgotten ours and one day we were even picked up by a member of staff in the manager’s personal car when we completely misjudged the time it took to climb from the shore to the hotel and were in danger of missing our much needed spa treatments.

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I could keep waxing lyrical about this place, but I can tell you what would be even better than listening to me going on and on is to just get yourself there. It is not cheap by any means, but with that view, and that service you wouldn’t expect it to. Save up for a while, it is worth every penny.

We booked through Mr & Mrs Smith, and received £50 to spend in the spa as a thanks.

What I wore

Neon bikini: Agent Provocateur – my colourway is last seasons, but now available in black pink and orange and blue and pink

Blue and white seersucker bikini:  Asos (in the sale)

Electric blue romper:  Gap, sold out but here in black and short sleeved in chambray

Green floral jumpsuit: Yumi in the sale here

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