La Locanda delle Donne Monache
A complimentary bottle of Italian Prosecco.
Chic little jewel with views over Maratea
La Locanda delle Donne Monache is one of those rare finds you’d like to keep all to yourselves. Perched atop a hilltop town, this little Eden has views to match.
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In historic Maratea, 90 minutes south of the Amalfi coast
Come here for...
• Italy for the cognoscenti – charm without the crowds. • A former convent turned chic boutique hotel. ? The dramatic Tyrrhenian coast and beaches. • Maratea's churches and historic riches. • The mountain-top Christ statue – Maratea's answer to Rio.
There's a cliff-edge pool surrounded by loungers, and a flagstone terrace perfect for sipping an aperitivo. Il Sacello is one of the best restaurants in town and there's also a sleek little cocktail bar, L'Alambicco. La Locanda provides a shuttle to the beaches at Marina di Maratea, with complimentary towels and parasols. There's also a massage room and fitness suite, free wi-fi and a DVD library.
Good to know
It’s in a scenic hillside location with plenty of steps!
27 rooms and suites
You'll find fine linen, tiled or terracotta floors, aircon, free wi-fi, robes and slippers and gleaming white bathrooms with generous toiletries. Rooms have a bathtub or shower.
Pick a Deluxe room or a suite for great views over the town’s medieval streets and lush wooded hills. Spacious suites (all individual) come with a canopied bed, oversize bathroom and stunning views. La Vicaria has a groovy rock-embedded bathroom, La Badessa has a jacuzzi and roomy terrace, Le Converse has a terrace and private garden while La Superiora has a peaceful private garden.
Eat & Drink
For a creative take on Mediterranean and Basilicatan classics, La Locanda's Il Sacello restaurant is hard to beat. Go for the Gragnano Paccheri with Parmesan cream, shrimps and scarpariello sauce for an authentic taste of the region. Expect the freshest and best local produce, including freshly caught fish and locally grown veggies.
The hotel's L'Alambicco bar serves light bites and cocktails in the gardens or pool terrace, with its views over the town.
A full buffet breakfast is served until 10:30am.
Available morning and evening.
The city of Maratea is a UNESCO world heritage site that begs exploration – not least for its 44 churches. Savour the stunning views on the 40 minute climb up to the medieval ruins and dazzling white, 21m high statue of Christ – it's well worth the effort!
Further afield, visit the pretty hilltop towns of Rivello, Nemoli and Lagonegro (20-30km), the wonderfully preserved Greek ruins of Paestum (108km), medieval Caracciolo Castle in Brienza (90km), the Roman ruins of Grumentum (70km), the Pollino national park and the famous charterhouses of Certosa di Padula (60km).
Sports easily arranged nearby include horse riding, trekking, mountain biking, sailing, paragliding, rafting or canoeing. There's also great diving and snorkelling. If simply bronzing is more your scene, just take the hotel’s shuttle bus to the beach and zone out.
You can book a range of massages here, such as back and shoulder, Californian and Malaysian Wave – just the thing to round off a tough day by the pool. Or for the ulitmate mind and body treat, yoga lessons can also be arranged.
Celebrate Maratea's patron saint at the Festa di San Biagio, with parades, fireworks and good food.
Maratea's Arts Festival and Film Festival ensure there's a feast of music, painting, poetry and film to enjoy.
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ESSENTIAL INFORates Guide
EUR 125 - 335Check In
12:00 MiddayMinimum Night Stay
Open April – OctoberAir Conditioning
Yes – all rooms.Children
Yes. It's a perfect place for intimate weddings, and ceremonies for up to 90 guests can be catered for, based on exclusive hire.
Via Carlo Mazzei, 85046 MarateaParking
There is free guest parkingTrains
Maratea station – 4km; Sapri station – 25km.Taxis
EUR 10 from Maratea station.Airport
Naples – 200km (2 hours drive) or Lamezia terme – 150km. Transfer service available on request.