Le Sirenuse Hotel: A Luxury Positano Vacation
The romantic town of Positano has humble roots as a fishing village. Carved into the cliff side, high above the Tyrrhenian Sea, Positano is home to the iconic images of southern Italy that have graced the pages of many a travel magazine. In recent years, this once quiet village has become a hot spot for the well-heeled looking for seaside relaxation on their luxury vacation.
The unique set up of this colorful village provides for a sea view from nearly every spot. The four pristine beaches provide ample space to lounge seaside. Also, Positano is a foodie haven. There is no shortage of decadent cuisine in the town. In addition, the narrow streets are pedestrian friendly and home to many boutiques and art galleries. Indeed, Positano is a must-visit when you travel to Italy for an exclusive getaway!
The Sersale family has been a pillar of the Positano community for many years. In 1951, the Sersale brothers and sister converted their family’s summer residence, on the cliff side of Positano, into one of the best five star hotels in the town. Today, Le Sirenuse Boutique Hotel continues to be a family affair. In fact, members of the Sersale family chose or created many of the hotel’s special touches, from the art to the landscaping to the skincare products.
Over the years, numerous travel magazines featured this exquisite luxury hotel. However, one of the most special magazine features was written by the famous American author John Steinbeck. The Nobel Prize winner stayed at Le Sirenuse in 1953 and wrote about his Positano experience for Harper’s Bazaar.
Notably, Le Sirenuse wants to ensure each of their guests experiences the utmost relaxation on their luxury vacation. As such, this five star hotel does not allow children under the age of six nor does it allow for any pets.
Charming rooms and suites
Each of the 58 intimate rooms at this five star hotel has its own style and design. The bright and airy rooms with their white walls, fine antiques, and majolica tile floors are just what you’d imagine your ideal Positano guest quarters to look like. Uniquely, the beds at Le Sirenuse are the princess size, which hovers between the queen and king more commonly known in the United States. In addition, most guest rooms and suites have a private terrace or balcony.
The impressive Le Sirenuse overlooks no detail. Daily turndown service includes fine chocolates on the pillow and cotton slippers placed at bedside. Even the Eau d’Italie products in room are especially created for this luxury hotel. Moreover, guests receive complementary breakfast.
Of course, this exclusive getaway is home to world-class cuisine. La Sponda, the hotel’s main restaurant, has a prestigious Michelin star. Executive Chef Gennaro Russo impressively combines French technique with Italian flavors. As such, the menu features elegant, classic Mediterranean fare using the best local ingredients. While the food is beyond compare, the atmosphere is unlike any other restaurant. In the evening, the restaurant is lit by only 400 candles. The perfect, romantic, Italian experience.
Champagne Bar & Grill is open May through mid-October. At this posh dining spot, feast on fresh oysters, shellfish, and carpaccio while admiring views of Positano. Lastly, for those just looking for a relaxing cocktail, Franco’s Bar is ideal. Named for one of the Sersale brothers, this terrace has some of the best cocktails in Positano and an expertly-curated selection of champagne.
Indulgent spa services
The spa at Le Sirenuse has all the amenities one would expect at a five star hotel: a sauna, bio-sauna, granite steam bath, and fitness center. However, the highlight of this luxury spa is its spa suite. This area has its own private steam bath and shower. As such, it is ideal for couples treatments. For those looking to indulge, Le Sirenuse Signature Massage is a must.
This 50 minute treatment takes place on a warm waterbed instead of the standard massage table. A light foot exfoliation begins the treatment. Using citrus fruit oils created with fruit from the region, the technician gradually works upward toward the head, finishing with a light neck and scalp massage. Also, the spa has a variety of packages available to help you fill the day with some luxurious pampering.
Positano’s central location on Italy’s Amalfi coast makes it a great spot to stay while touring the rest of the area. Take a ferry across the bay to visit Capri. Hike the Path of the Gods to Nocelle. Rent a scooter an travel up and down the coast. Explore the remains of Pompeii, destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius nearly two thousand years ago. The experienced concierge at this five star hotel can help arrange any adventure desired.
But if you’d rather just relax, a day at the pool is quite delightful. Lounge by the pool as the scent of lemon wafts through the air from the surrounding lemon trees. Better yet, tour the coastline on the hotel’s Sant’Antonio. This wooden vessel helps make for a delightful journey as you view Positano from the water. Also, as an added perk for extended-stay suite guests, a two hour trip on the hotel’s speedboat, Riga Aquarama Special, is included with your stay.
There is a reason a Le Sirenuse vacation is so popular with the rich and famous. Luxury abounds.