It’s hard to imagine leaving Positano once you’ve had the privilege of seeing it. If you do plan on staying for a while, why not treat yourself to some time well spent at one of the best hotels in the world, Le Sirenuse! The small hotel feels more like a villa, which is exactly what it once was. In 1951, the Serales family converted this beautiful summer home into a luxury hotel. Built on terraces cut into the hillside with breathtaking views from almost every room, Le Sirenuse is a haven for the discerning traveler craving discreet and understated elegance.
The Serales family craftily combined the warmth and charm of the original house with a first class restaurant, services and amenities. During the past 70 years, this fishing village has maintained it’s original charm, while adapting to the necessary changes of the modern world. The view incorporates the multi colored houses, the volcanic mountainous landscape, contrasted with little beaches along the coast that are known for their black pebble terrain. Le Sirenuse is named after the mythical mystery of Sirens, who sang from the rocks and tries to lure Ulysses to crash his ships into the islands.
Today, Giulia Serales’ family still owns and manages the hotel, leaving no detail unnoticed. She maintains that while staying at her family’s hotel, you are treated like family. This is a tradition practiced by most business owners and people living in the region.
The old world Positano greets the modern day technology at Le Sirenuse. Each room has cable TV, DVD players, radios with CD players, email capabilities, safety boxes, mini-bars, and double or single occupancy bathtubs. As a five star hotel, they acknowledge their requirements to keep up with the times. It’s a perfect marriage of old world charm and the luxuries of today. The newly updated bathrooms are equipped with his and hers sinks with enormous mirrors, walk in shower, built in hair dryer, terry robes, slippers, and of course complimentary luxury toiletries.
In 2000, a friend of the family, a well-known designer from Milan, called Giolenti, designed the world-class spa, which includes facial and body treatments using Aveda products. The spa is divided into two sections, the gym room with life fitness machines, and the audiovisual center, where you can watch DVD’s or relax to music. And then of course there is the actual spa area. There is also a pool if you are inclined to swim laps.
We all know that heavy pampering can work up an appetite, and there is no reason to leave le Sirenuse to satisfy your appetite. Room service is available and the hotel takes pride in their “not to be missed” breakfast, which is complimentary. The stunningly decorated gourmet restaurant offers a feast for your eyes as well as your appetite. Located on the third floor, the dining room is carefully decorated with around 420 candles. The even have a person who is responsible for maintaining the luminous sight. Even from far away, people are stunned by the ambiance that the candlelight gives off.
Le Sirenuse has won several awards in excellence, including the Conde Nast Traveler award for best hotel in Europe, and they also share the top place position with a Californian hotel. Their spa also holds awards of distinction for European spas. In addition to awards, Le Sirenuse is also included in the Leading Hotels of the World. My experience at this exquisite hotel allows me to give it the highest recommendation, with fond memories and a strong desire to return soon.