Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Life -

“Posi­tano bites deep,” wrote John Stein­beck in a 1953 ar­ti­cle for Harper’s BAZAAR that played its part in trans­form­ing a re­mote fish­ing vil­lage into the glit­ter­ing honey pot for the jet-set that it re­mains to­day. Ho­tel Le Sirenuse, the sum­mer seat of the Ser­sale fam­ily who still runs the place, is less villa and more a se­ries of ve­ran­dahs with bed­rooms at­tached, or lit­tle ter­races can­tilevered into a steep cliff over­look­ing the town and the beach be­low. In 2011, Le Sirenuse cel­e­brated 60 years as a ho­tel, earn­ing a Miche­lin star the fol­low­ing year for its restau­rant La Sponda. This is the heart of the place, with ta­bles spilling onto the dreamy bougainvil­lead­raped ter­race where, at the other end, a slen­der pool beck­ons be­tween lemons, jas­mines, and sway­ing palms. www.sirenuse.it

Best Se­cret Gar­den GIARDINO DI NINFA

De­scribed in The Most Ro­man­tic Gar­den in the World by Charles Quest-Rit­son, this Sleep­ing Beauty of a gar­den is a kind of pre-Raphaelite dream. Un­til 60 years ago, it lay aban­doned. The noble Cae­tani fam­ily trans­formed it into a botan­i­cal par­adise, re­tain­ing its wild, un­tamed Ro­man­ti­cism. Roses climb an­cient tur­rets and ram­parts; a nightin­gale sings in the bel­fry; and wa­ter lilies line the pic­turesque moat by the cas­tle ru­ins, as swans glide by. Rome is just un­der an hour’s drive away; stay in the city’s best ho­tels with beau­ti­ful hid­den gar­dens, Rome Cava­lieri ( www.romecava­lieri.com) and Por­trait Suites ( www.lun­gar­nocol­lec­tion.com). www.fon­dazionecae­tani.org

Ho­tel Le Sirenuse

Casa di Garavicchio

Giardino di Ninfa

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