This 20-room hotel, housed in a 17th-century former convent, has been 11 years in the making.

Looking down from a clifftop, it's gasp-inducingly beautiful and tranquil. Paved terraces dotted with double daybeds, canopied sun loungers and swings à deux cascade down the hillside, to the aqua infinity pool with dizzying views of the sea below.

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The rooms are all local chestnut and walnut furniture, marble bathrooms, king-size beds and eye-popping sea vistas.

This is Italy so food is, naturally, a highlight. Wholegrain spaghetti with cuttlefish and violet potatoes, or vegetable lasagne with Provolone del Monaco cheese are prepared with seasonal, local produce.

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Be sure to visit the spa (opt for a Candle Massage in the 80sq m Treatment Suite), and the pretty, albeit touristy, town of Amalfi (take the hotel's private shuttle bus). From here you can explore the coast with boat trips to Salerno, Sorrento, Positano and chichi Capri. Magnifico.

WOW FACTOR: Wake up at sunrise when other guests are asleep and the only sound is the odd speedboat. Head to the top-floor terrace for views of the Med all to yourself.

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FLIGHT TIME: 3 hours.

GO: Double rooms cost from £324, B&B www.monasterosantarosa.com while British Airways www.ba.com return flights to Naples start at £82. Private transfers (1.5 hours each way) start at £130 return.