Le Sirenuse - Positano
The family-owned Le Sirenuse is an outstanding boutique hotel on the Amalfi Coast, in every conceivable way. If you don’t believe us, then a quick look at the hotel’s impressive catalogue of international awards may help, including being recognised as a Top Resort in Italy and indeed within the Top 75 Hotels of the Southern Hemisphere, one of the Most Romantic Hotels in Europe and Among Europe’s Best Hotel Spas. If that weren’t enough, Le Sirenuse regularly features on the Gold List of travel’s most prestigious publications and even won a reader’s choice award in the coveted, Best Hotel in the World category. The list goes on, and having booked a room at Le Sirenuse, it will be easy to see why.
Clasped in the centre of Positano and with truly spellbinding Tyrrhenian Sea views across the Amalfi Coast, this hotel has a story to tell. Once a private, 18th century family home, Le Sirenuse has since morphed into a sublime luxury Italian hotel, picking up a handful of adjoining abodes along the way. Those timeless panoramas over one of Europe’s most revered stretches of coastline are something to behold, particularly during sunset as you prepare to dine, lights twinkling in the distance; or mid-afternoon, as the bustle of the beach hums below. As evocative as any building in the region, Le Sirenuse stays true to its heritage, still family-owned and displaying all the romance this area is known for. Think Romanesque statues, pretty iron balconies, lemon trees lining the sea-facing pool outside and huge plants in oversized terracotta pots, traditional paintings and antique-style furniture within.
This love of the finer things in life will also find itself onto your dinner plate, as Michelin-star cuisine is delivered in an impossibly perfect setting at La Sponda Restaurant, either tucked away under an archway surrounded by candles and creeping vines, or out on the picturesque al fresco terrace. Something a little more casual – though no less inspired – comes at the Champagne & Oyster Bar which does exactly what its name invitingly suggests, or perhaps the pool bar and grill, all of which have their own vistas of Positano.
An award-winning spa is also noteworthy here, as in addition to the gym and yoga, there’s a long list of tempting treatments from bespoke aromatherapy massages to private spa suites, with their own steam bath and signature emotion showers, all using natural AVEDA products. And of the 58 guestrooms at Le Sirenuse, each is as expertly pieced together as the next. Walls are white, furniture is first-class, and not a hair out of place from the mosaic-tiled floor to the artwork hanging above your bed. Almost all of the rooms go on to enjoy sea or Positano Town views and many have a private balcony too, as well as a marble bathroom and spread of mod-cons that don’t interfere with an otherwise classically designed space.
Finally, if the midday sun gets a little too much, even with the hotel’s parasols and cool dining areas to hide in, hop aboard the Sant'Antonio sailing vessel or vintage wooden speedboat – Riva Aquarama Special – for a complimentary tour of the Amalfi Coast. It’s all here, at Le Sirenuse.
Le Sirenuse - Positano Facilities
58 rooms including One and Two-bedroom Suite. Most rooms overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea or Positano Town and have a private balcony, iPod docking station, marble bathroom and bathtub, lounge area, queen-size or twin beds, a pillow menu and more besides.
Positano on the Amalfi Coast, with easy access to Naples, Pompeii, Ravello and Capri, roughly two hours from Naples International Airport.