POSI­TANO DREAM­ING

THIS FAM­ILY-RUN HO­TEL ON ITALY’S FA­BLED AMALFI COAST IS AS MEM­O­RABLE FOR ITS WARM SER­VICE AS FOR ITS BEAUTY.

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Le Sirenuse, nes­tled into a rocky hill­side in Posi­tano, is quite pos­si­bly the finest ho­tel in all of Italy. It’s a bold claim but you don’t need to just take our word for it – the ho­tel is a con­sis­tent award win­ner, and not just in Ital­ian and Euro­pean cat­e­gories. The es­teemed An­drew Harper’s Hide­away Re­port has crowned it one of the top 20 in­ter­na­tional ho­tels.

It’s def­i­nitely not the grand­est ho­tel in Italy, or even on the Amalfi coast. It has just 59 guest rooms that are all in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated, which lends the ho­tel a genuinely res­i­den­tial char­ac­ter. While the ex­te­rior is a strik­ing dark red with minty green and white high­lights, the in­side is dec­o­rated with cool white­washed walls that look like they were painted yes­ter­day. Most of the ho­tel’s rooms have a pri­vate terrace or bal­cony with views over the bay of Posi­tano.

The ho­tel was founded in 1951 af­ter four sib­lings – Aldo, Paolo, Franco and Anna Ser­sale – made the de­ci­sion to con­vert their fam­ily’s Posi­tano home into a ho­tel. To­day the ho­tel is run by Franco’s son An­to­nio and his wife Carla. Across the street are Carla’s two bou­tiques, Em­po­rio Sirenuse, which sell a chic mix of fash­ion, home­wares and the ho­tel’s sig­na­ture fra­grances.

Author John Stein­beck was an early guest at the ho­tel and pub­lished a piece on Posi­tano in Harper’s Bazaar in 1953 which set the small fish­ing vil­lage on a course to be­com­ing a sum­mer play­ground for well-heeled Amer­i­can tourists (it still is). A bound copy of Stein­beck’s es­say is given to guests at check-in – it’s one of the small, thought­ful ges­tures that make a stay here so spe­cial. What re­ally sets Le Sirenuse apart, how­ever, is the ser­vice. Many of the staff have been with the ho­tel for decades and whether you’re a new guest or a reg­u­lar you’ll be treated like an old friend here. At night the ho­tel’s bars come alive with guests and its Miche­lin-starred La Sponda restau­rant is lit with hun­dreds of can­dles. It’s a ho­tel that is hard to leave. Le Sirenuse is a mem­ber of Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World. To book: lhw.com

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