Painted ruby-red with white trim and nestled deep into the Positano hillside, Le Sirenuse is a vision of beauty and tranquility. Originally built as a private summer home for the Sersale family, this iconic cliffside retreat was converted into a boutique hotel shortly after World War II. Opening its doors to the public in 1951, Le Sirenuse is now one of the most luxurious places to stay along the Amalfi Coast. This beautiful hotel consists of 58 lavish rooms, multiple high-end bars and restaurants, an outdoor pool, gym, and stylish spa. Each room is exquisitely unique and adorned with an abundance of contemporary art and antiques. 

Location

Where is Le Sirenuse Positano located?

Elevated above the sophisticated resort town of Positano in Italy, the legendary Le Sirenuse offers an escape from the narrow lanes and tourist-clogged streets below. Clinging to dramatic cliffs, the hotel is surrounded by panoramic views of the sparkling sea and a jumble of pastel-colored houses. Only a five-minute walk will take you to Marina Grande, where sunbeds and umbrellas line the seaside. Found in the village are an abundance of chic boutiques and wisteria-clad shopfronts, as well as the Positano ferry landing where you can catch a boat to Capri, Sorrento, and Amalfi. 

Key Facts

  • Nestled in the heart of Positano, Le Sirenuse has easy access to notable areas along the Amalfi Coast 
  • Naples International airport is one hour away
  • It is possible to arrive in Positano by ferry from Naples, Sorrento, Salerno, and Amalfi

What is special?

  • The central position among the cliffs of Positano makes the hotel one of the most sought-after and Instagramable viewpoints
  • Le Sirenuse evokes exclusivity and privacy within a crowded and busy tourist area
  • John Steinbeck visited the hotel and in 1953 wrote an article describing it as, ‘an old family house converted into a first-class hotel, spotless and cool’

What do the guests say?

  • From the moment you enter the hotel, you get exposed to a breathtaking panorama of the Amalfi Coast
  • The location is superb, and the view is magnificent and tranquil
  • Perfect location, near the beach, shops, and restaurants – and a great view

Accommodation

Do the rooms have balconies to enjoy the view?

The 58 exquisite rooms at Le Sirenuse are uniquely furnished and made to feel like a home away from home. You will feel the devotion for this family-owned property throughout every detail of the design and decor. Each winter, the accommodations are painted a dazzling white and they include crisp white bedspreads and soft white cotton curtains, which filter the sunlight while allowing the room to be soothing and uplifting. The opulent bathrooms consist of gleaming marble and chrome and are supplied with generous quantities of the luscious in-house Eau d’Italie products, made by the owner’s sister.

Key Facts

  • The 58 gorgeous rooms have cross-vault ceilings, antique furnishings, and contemporary art pieces  
  • All accommodations (except Inner Courtyard rooms) have private balconies or terraces facing either the pool, the town, or the sparkling Mediterranean Sea
  • The late Franco Sersale enriched Le Sirenuse with hundreds of beautiful objects and pieces of art he collected from auctions

What is special?

  • A golden key in the shape of a mermaid unlocks each room
  • Book a one- or two-bedroom sea view suite to enjoy a dip in a whirlpool tub overlooking the water
  • Extras in each room include a cloth-bound copy of John Steinbeck’s famous article about the hotel, a guide to the hotel’s antique collection, an excellent map of the area, and a pretty beach bag 

What do the guests say?

  • We had a full sea view, extremely comfy bed, spectacular bathroom, and great amenities
  • Elegant, comfortable, furnished with impeccable taste
  • The rooms were bright, airy, traditional, and very comfortable, with large bathrooms

Pools & Spa

Does Le Sirenuse Positano have a spa and gym?

Smell the citrus trees on the balmy sea air as you lounge by the terrace pool at Le Sirenuse. Relax with a perfectly mixed cocktail or a sparkling glass of prosecco while overlooking the most enviable view on the Amalfi Coast. Designed by renowned Italian architect Gae Aulenti, the spa is a quiet space where guests can receive customized treatments to suit their individual needs. The gym is equipped with the latest TechnoGym cardiovascular workout machines alongside weights, resistance bands, and yoga and Pilates mats.

Key Facts

  • Surrounded by lemon trees and bougainvillea, the swimming pool is the perfect place to take in the stunning views and the warm Italian sunshine
  • The contemporary spa is supplied with Aveda products and features a sauna, steam bath, and ice room
  • The gym features state-of-the-art equipment and has everything you need for a holiday workout

What is special?

  • Massages, aromatherapy rituals, reflexology, acupressure, body rehydration, and detoxification are a few of the treatments on offer
  • The gym features two of the few Megaformers in Italy
  • The pool area at Le Sirenuse is an idyllic spot to while away the hours, with a drink from the bar and enjoy the most admired view of Positano

What do the guests say?

  • The pool area was great, and the staff were very attentive
  • We had the opportunity to enjoy a spa treatment which was one of the best we’ve ever had
  • The hotel is insanely beautiful, especially the dining and pool areas

Culinary

What can I expect from the dining experience at Le Sirenuse Positano?

Surrounded by candlelight and a spectacular view, delight in a Michelin-star meal at the hotel’s famous La Sponda restaurant. With locally caught fish and the freshest ingredients, the tranquil, romantic dinner setting will become a memory to last a lifetime. The vine-strung patios of Aldo’s and Franco’s Bar are perfect for a sunset cocktail and rooftop views, while the poolside bar provides food and drinks during the day. The restaurants and bars at Le Sirenuse are local area hot spots as much for the atmosphere as the food.

Key Facts

  • La Sponda’s bougainvillea-filled dining room is a Michelin-star restaurant and one of Positano’s top dinner spots
  • Choose from three unique but equally exquisite bars within the hotel
  • La Sponda’s executive chef, Gennaro Russo, believes in using the freshest, local and seasonal ingredients

What is special?

  • Celebrate la dolce vita at Aldo’s cocktail bar with a glass of sparkling prosecco and oysters at sunset
  • Sip espresso and nibble on fresh pastries overlooking the sea from your private balcony at breakfast time
  • The 400 candles that fill La Sponda restaurant take three hours to light each evening and create a magical atmosphere in this renowned restaurant

What do the guests say?

  • We dined in the Michelin-star restaurant one evening and had the tasting menu with wine pairing, and it was one of the best meals we have had
  • The restaurant had the best views in Positano, topped off with a sumptuous, well thought out menu, excellent drinks selection, and faultless service
  • The Michelin-star restaurant lives up to its name from breakfast throughout lunch to dinner

Activities

What types of activities are available in the area?

The Amalfi Coast offers many activities for adventurous visitors and Le Sirenuse Positano will happily arrange excursions for its visitors. Whether you choose to go wine tasting throughout the day or relax by the pool with a glass of rosé in hand, you can’t go wrong. If the salty sea is calling, select one of the many boat trips offered by the hotel to Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius, and Naples. If you are feeling active, partake in guided walks or fitness regimes amongst the hills of Positano. To get a true taste of the local culinary culture, choose to visit a limoncello factory or fish market, or participate in an olive oil tasting.

Key Facts

  • You can use Positano as a base for exploring the other towns on the Amalfi Coast by road or sea
  • Le Sirenuse is happy to curate unique experiences for all its guests, many of which are included in your stay
  • There is plenty to do in the center of Positano, where you can find boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife

What is special?

  • Those who book a stay of at least three nights in a Suite or Junior Suite are treated to an excursion on the vintage Riva speedboat that is the Sersale family’s pride and joy
  • A popular activity is an excursion for lunch at Nerano, on a glorious old fishing boat called Sant’Antonio
  • The hotel arranges wellness retreats of fitness, healthy eating, and restorative yoga in one of the world’s best open-air gyms – the Amalfi Coast

What do the guests say?

  • We enjoyed the complimentary boat trip offered by the hotel to Nerano bay
  • The fish market tour, olive oil tasting, flower tour, boat rides all added immensely to our over-the-top experience at Le Sirenuse
  • The activities the hotel provided were spot-on and well-organized

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