Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Located in the sleepy town of Maratea on the Basilicata coast, Locanda delle Donne Monache is a former 18th-century convent that is now home to an enchanting boutique hotel. The interior décor features many details from the original 1735 building, complemented by stylish contemporary furnishings and bright modern artwork. The hotel’s poolside terrace enjoys spectacular views over the terracotta rooftops of Maratea, and is surrounded by pretty hanging gardens, filled with jasmine and bougainvillea. The hotel’s restaurant serves some of the best food in the entire region, while the gorgeous beach of La Secca is just a short drive away. Charming, romantic, and unspoilt, this Chic Retreat is ideal for those looking to spend a holiday savouring the ancient flavours and stunning surroundings of the Lucania region.
Enjoy light snacks and cocktails throughout the day at the hotel’s poolside Bar L’Alambicco. The restaurant, Il Sacello, is one of the finest restaurants in the region, serving delicate tasting dishes making use of seasonal, organic and local ingredients. Meals are enjoyed in the wonderfully romantic dining room, with atmospheric exposed-stone walls, or out on the terrace during the sultry summer months.
Bedrooms and suites are tastefully styled, with whitewashed walls complemented by tasteful contemporary furniture and airy fabrics, as well as the occasional exposed-rock wall. It’s worth noting that some of the rooms can come up a little small, so it’s worth splurging out on a deluxe room or a suite if you value your space- you’ll also be granted luxurious views over the village.
Lounge on the sun-kissed solarium, which has beautiful views over the rooftops of Maratea and the surrounding countryside. The sparkling swimming pool is particularly inviting during the summer months, and there is a Jacuzzi for an indulgent treat.
Take a stroll down the stone steps to the picturesque town of Maratea and its charming medieval centre. The town is best experienced by simply losing yourself in the warren of little lanes, full of crumbling archways, elderly villagers swapping gossip, and cats snoozing in the sunshine. The hotel is perfectly situated for those looking for adventure in the Lucanian countryside. Ancient pathways provide ample hiking opportunities. The 19-mile coastline offers secluded, pebbled beaches lined by pine trees and with crystal-clear waters, ideal for diving. For those that simply want to relax, Locanda delle Donne Manache offers a complimentary transfer service to La Secca beach and free use of sun beds and beach umbrellas.