(and Instagramable) Luxury Hotel
f your Instagram feed and Pinterest board look anything like mine, chances are you’re already familiar with the ruby red facade of Le Sirenuse. Nestled into the Amalfi’s steep rocky cliffs, this family-owned baroque villa turned five star hotel has become synonymous with the glamorous summer lifestyle Positano is known for.
Truth be told I didn’t realize I was checking into one of the most recognizable destinations on my social media feed until I walked into my room and saw the unbelievable views of the Duomo towering over the clear blue bay. Taking it all in, I quickly understood why Le Sirenuse is on every jet setter’s hotel bucket list—from the decor to the service to the vibe, this hotel embodies Italian coastal living at its finest.
After hosting a series of back-to-back Divine Living Academy events in Florence, Le Sirenuse had just the right energy for a summer escape. I met up with a girlfriend from fashion school in Paris and we enjoyed five days of just sleeping in, swimming, eating, shopping and rejuvenating. It was the right mix of fun and relaxation you can only get from la dolce vita and exactly what I needed to dive back into work refreshed.
Because summertime in Positano is something I look forward to every year, I’m thrilled to share a closer look at the city’s best luxury hotel. Keep reading for my favorite details that make this iconic albergo such an unforgettable place to stay (and definitely worth booking up to a year in advance).
Plenty of destinations we feature here in Divine Living are all about zen and tranquility—but Positano is not one of them. This lively beach town is where you go to live the good life, indulge in a little pasta, limoncello and shopping, and meet fabulous fellow jet setters from around the world. Of all the hotels in town, Le Sirenuse is undoubtedly the most happening place to be. At the center of everything, there’s a relaxed sense of glamour that invites everyone to let loose, get to know each other and enjoy the glorious Mediterranean weather.
While I won’t say it’s an easy walk to the beach, you’ll be glad you did it considering all the tagliatelle. For lazier days, I found the terrace pool surrounded by lemon trees to be an equally dreamy place to unwind—just order lunch and enjoy the sea from above. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hop aboard the hotel’s vintage wooden boat to explore the Amalfi with a glass of spumante. Rejuvenate after days in the sun with a massage and facial at Le Sirenuse’s spa, a stunning modern oasis that uses natural products and techniques.
Even if you’re not staying at Le Sirenuse, I highly recommend going for the Champagne and Oyster Bar. This candle-lit terrace with amazing views over the bay is the perfect place to toast the sunset—and if drinks turn into dinner, the kitchen offers classic Mediterranean cuisine. You might also like to reserve a table at La Sponda, the Michelin One Star restaurant on site. After dinner, you can go for a sophisticated sip at the newly opened Franco’s, a lovely outdoor bar honoring the late hotel owner Franco Sersale with a special craft cocktail menu and elevated design details.
At Le Sirenuse I found a level of service and amenities comparable to a grand luxury hotel, but with a one-of-kind boutique style honed over decades of art collecting. Formerly a private residence, the hotel has just 63 rooms, each with unique furnishings, white-washed walls and gorgeous glazed-tile floors. Since taking over the family business, owners Antonio and Carla Sersale are passionate about making guests feel at home, introducing everyone at the Champagne Bar as if they were part of the family.
To book your stay at Le Sirenuse, visit: sirenuse