The first guests of Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa (MSR) on the Amalfi Coast were Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, fresh from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee Luncheon at Windsor Court, and before heading on to the 70th Grand Prix in Monaco. The Prince and Princess kicked back at MSR to relax with friends, including Byron Kelleher, the renowned New Zealand rugby player and veteran of three World Cups, at a retreat where they could recharge their batteries between two very public events.
Before the royal couple entered MSR, the princess rang the Arrival Bell, a tradition dating back some 500 years, when a bell was used to alert the cloistered order of nuns that occupied the monastery to a pilgrim’s visit. A nun would then look through a peephole to ascertain identity before allowing admittance.
Not surprisingly, the Princess, a member of the South African women’s 4x100 meter medley team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, swam laps in the infinity pool at Monastero Santa Rosa, which enjoys breathtaking views of the Bay of Salerno.
The couple ventured off the property to have lunch in Amalfi, and word is they had a great time.
Before they departed Monastero Santa Rosa, the Mayor of Conca dei Marini, Gaetano Frate, the Chief of Police, Cosimo Andretta, and General Manager Flavio Colantuoni, wished them farewell and thanked them for their visit. The Conca dei Marini preschool Scuola Primaria “Luigi Espoito” sang the Italian national song: Inno di Mamelio.