Caroline Lever

Le Sirenuse

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  • Where:Positano
  • Why:The opening of Franco’s; an exquisite alfresco bar adjacent to the hotel.
  • When:July 2015
  • Who:A glamorous gang of international merrymakers.
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Positano lit up from the water. After Franco’s opening we were ushered onto boats to dinner at the spectacular private Dolphin Island.

After years of an enforced blue and yellow school uniform I vowed never again should the primary colours meet, but this lounge somehow is the epitome of chic. A perfect retreat from the heat of the day (cheek to beautiful cool tile).

The room.

If Prince Charming had made a surprise breakfast before he woke Cinders up….

The swimming pool stretches along the terrace surrounded by luscious lemon trees and lounges.

This view.

Named after Antonio’s late father and legendary host, Franco’s bar sits just a few steps away from the hotel enjoying similarly expansive views across the Amalfi. As with the hotel, each detail has been meticulously considered bringing together artistic talents and craftsmanship from around the world from the tiled floor to the Murano glass tumblers.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening of Franco’s bar and unveiling of bar’s centre piece, a striking yellow fountain sculpture by renowned Roman artist Giuseppe Ducrot as well as exclusively commissioned work by Karl Holmqvist, whose graffiti poems adorned the mirrors, tables and walls including- WHO KILLED BAMBI?

Waving goodbye to our hosts… we’ll be back sooooon!

The entrance to Le Sirenuse.

Highs & Lows

  • Le Sirenuse is the spiritual home of the bon vivant. Antonio and Carla Sersale’s personal attention to detail and hospitality makes you never want to leave; a fact made clear by the crowd of travellers, artists and intellectuals of all ages who return year after year.

  • The hotel is packed full of treasures - from family heirlooms to recent commissions from artists including Karl Homqvist, whose graffiti poems adorn the tables and mirrors of Franco’s bar, and Martin Creed whose site specific neon sign will be unveiled later this summer.

  • I loved the lush greenery throughout the hotel - from splendid potted banana trees to palms, the plump lemon trees lining the pool, to the delicate vines artfully climbing up internal walls and ceilings lending a Sleeping Beauty-esque magic to the dining room.

  • Sitting on the terrace toasting the sunset across THAT view with an Aperol Spritz.

  • John Steinbeck said it best when he wrote in 1953 “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone….We went to the Sirenuse, an old family house converted into a first class hotel, spotless and cool, with grape arbors over its outside dining rooms. Every room has its little balcony and looks out over the blue sea to the islands of the sirens from which those ladies sang so sweetly”.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A family owned luxury boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Classically chic with a twinkle in the eye.

  • Location

    Perched on a cliff, the hotel enjoys exquisite views of the Islands of the Sirens and is a short walk down to the black sandy beach below.

  • Rooms

    58

  • Music

    Ambient.

  • Year Opened

    1951

  • Designed By

    Le Sirenuse opened in 1951 when four Neopolitan brothers of the Sersale family converted their summer house in Positano into a hotel.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes pool and crisp loungers. Spa designed by Gae Aulenti.

  • Restaurant

    Candle lit Michelin * ‘erd dining…minus the snootiness.

  • Bar

    Champagne and Oyster bar. AND the new al fresco Franco’s Bar named after the late Franco Sersale, father of the current owners and legendary host.

  • Minibar

    I’m afraid I didn’t look.

  • Children

    Of the adult variety.

  • Price

    Worth it.

A beautifully curated selection of fashion, accessories and homeware for men and women. We particularly loved the swimming trunks.

Shopping at the Emporio Sineruse

Via Cristoforo Colombo, 103, Positano, 84017 SA, Italy

A beautifully curated selection of fashion, accessories and homeware for men and women. We particularly loved the swimming trunks.

The restaurant offers a shuttle service from the main dock in Positano to the tiny beach where the restaurant sits perfectly on its own- a few tables on a wooden deck under a canopy set back from the water’s edge. Feast on mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves, the mussels and whatever fish are fresh that day washed down of course with a chilled bottle of local wine.

Lunch at Da Adolfo

Via Laurito, 40, Positano, 84017 SA, Italy

The restaurant offers a shuttle service from the main dock in Positano to the tiny beach where the restaurant sits perfectly on its own- a few tables on a wooden deck under a canopy set back from the water’s edge. Feast on mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves, the mussels and whatever fish are fresh that day washed down of course with a chilled bottle of local wine.

The coloured houses tumbling down the spectacular cliffs and jumping straight into the sea.

Take a boat out for the afternoon for another perspective on the coastline

Positano Boats, Positano, Province of Salerno, Italy

The coloured houses tumbling down the spectacular cliffs and jumping straight into the sea.

Le Sirenuse

Le Sirenuse, Via Cristoforo Colombo, Positano, Province of Salerno, Italy

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