Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa , Amalfi, Italy
A glorious balance of old and new, of seclusion and intimacy, this former 17th-century monastery with lush, landscaped terraced gardens spilling down over four levels, is really quite something.
A 17th-century former monastery is always going to get you as close to heaven as possible, but one that’s taken a painstaking 12 years to revamp, renovate and transform is guaranteed to receive as many glorious exaltations as Monastero Santa Rosa.
Dramatically-perched on the edge of a sheer cliff above the bay of Salerno, its pool has been sculpted into the rock-base cliff of Monte San Pancrazio, its interiors giving a nostalgic peek into its former life as a spiritual sanctuary.
With just 20 rooms, this boutique beauty offers a completely romantic escape, food that's worthy of a Michelin-star and a divine allure that will tempt you back time and again.