Pastel facades cling to steep cliffs above a sea of the clearest blue, beckoning travellers like the Sirens that once tempted Odysseus to these very waters. Positano, on Italy’s magnificent Amalfi Coast, is a top travel destination, and the family-run Le Sirenuse hotel is the ideal place from which to enjoy it.
Back in 1951 four Neapolitan brothers turned their family house overlooking the bay of Positano into a charming hotel. Today the 58-room resort has gained a reputation as one of Italy’s leading seaside luxury hotels, though it still retains the intimate, cultured atmosphere of a private home.
Le Sirenuse’s deep red exterior is warm and welcoming, opening onto a sparkling sun terrace with a strip of a pool and white-clad loungers, a glassed and vaulted dining conservatory and a view past Santa Maria Assunta Costiera Amalfitana’s majolica dome to an azure canvas pierced by the fabled Li Galli archipelago. Brothers Paolo and Franco Sersale had a fine eye for antiques and were responsible for much of the hotel’s old-world furnishings.
From its perch 70 metres above the sea, almost all of the rooms and suites have a sea view. Add a private balcony and you have the makings of a perfectly romantic, perfectly luxurious Italian holiday. That sense of European elegance is continued in the spacious bedrooms, their bright white walls, vaulted ceilings and gleaming tiled floors containing sumptuous finishes and a scattering of antique furniture. And that sparkling sea view.
On the pool level is the Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant, serving unfailingly delicious Neapolitan cuisine prepared with local ingredients. The dining area brings the outdoors in, with vivid pink bougainvillea fanning up the arched ceilings, while in high summer meals are eaten on the lemon-scented terrace. For added decadence there is the Champagne and Oyster Bar. For intimacy, world-class service and charm in a village that is traditionally glamourous, Le Sirenuse makes its mark.
Images courtesy of Le Sirenuse
Location: Situated on a cliff overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea in Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy.
Best time to visit: May-June and Sept-Oct, when the weather is slightly cooler.
Activities: Explore Positano’s archeological and historical landmarks on a coastal boat tour or by foot.
Fact: Positano was rumoured to have been founded by a group of Romans under attack by pirates.
Book your trip: sirenuse.it/en
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