A Tour Guide To Visiting Le Sirenuse Hotel and Resort

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Sitting alongside the Amalfi Coast, which runs from Punta Campanella to Vietri sul Mare, Italy, Le Sirenuse is a luxury resort property located 31 miles south of Naples in the center of the city of Positano. Positano was named for the Greek god Poseidon.

Once a thriving and prosperous port, Positano later went through a difficult period and became a destitute fishing village. The well-known author John Steinbeck visited the area in 1953 and wrote a glowing review: “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.” These words sparked a revival of the town’s business and created a great draw for tourists.

The resort began as the Sersale family summerhouse. The mother and her three sons created an upper crust vacation getaway. Opened in 1951, Le Sirenuse benefitted from the increase in tourism and became one of the finest and most popular luxury hotels in Italy. This industrious family runs the hotel and also is involved in producing fine fragrances as well as skincare, women’s clothing and beachwear.

Climate and Best Time of Year To Visit

Climate and Best

March through May is considered to be springtime in Positano. The Italians call this the golden season as the scents of jasmine and orange blossom float through the air. Temperatures range from 53 degrees to 78 degrees on average and you will enjoy the fewest rainy days of the year. Visiting Le Sirenuse during the months of May and June may give you the lowest prices of the year at local attractions and restaurants, as it is off-season for tourists who wait to visit during the hotter months.

July and August are certainly warmer, with temperatures that range from the upper 60s to mid-80s and there is very little rain. Tourism is in full swing by the summer season and the nightlife picks up with clubs, festivals, restaurants, and concerts. The sea off the Amalfi Coast is the summer home of the international jet set, who harbor their yachts here and can be seen frequenting the best restaurants.

Local Countryside

Local Countryside

The scenery around Le Sirenuse ranges from sprawling beaches, to rolling hillsides covered in picturesque homes, to rocky cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Local foliage includes ivy-covered walls, as well as olive, orange and lemon orchards. In the springtime the air is heavy with the scent of the blossoming trees.

How To Get There

Flying into either Salerno-Pontecagnano or Napoli-Capodichino will afford you the convenience of airport shuttles that will take you to Le Sirenuse. Or as part of the amenities of your stay, you may be picked up in a private car sent by the hotel. If you are coming in from Capri, Amalfi or Sorrento, and your reservation is during the summer months when the hydro-jet ferry is running, you can take advantage of a ride across the sea to arrive. There are also trains that come into the Naples Central Station. Again, a private car can be arranged by the hotel and can drive you the last hour and a half of the way.

How To Get There

Comfortable, Charming Rooms

Located 230 feet above sea level, Le Sirenuse feels much more like a private home than a hotel. Each of the 58 rooms in this luxury resort is unique in its decor and atmosphere, although crisp, whitewashed walls and colorful, handcrafted majolica ceramic tiles are common in every room. Heavy, cream colored curtains grace the large windows that look out over the turquoise bay. Curtained canopies in many rooms and padded headboards set off the deeply comfortable beds and lofty pillows.

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Quilts or matelasse coverlets and decorative velvet or beaded throw pillows add interest and additional comfort to the rooms and junior suites. Upholstered chairs and sofas make for a relaxing place to put your feet up and enjoy your room. Other furnishings include a bit of everything; ornate Italianate wooden tables with marble tops, inlaid Moroccan tables, wrought iron plant stands, botanical prints, pastoral scenes or bas relief artwork, living orchid plants, hand glazed pottery pieces and more.

Bathrooms are appointed with large soaking tubs and generous showers made of hand made tiles and/or marble. Most of the rooms have a balcony or a private terrace furnished with seating and tables where you can enjoy the serenity and beauty of the village below and the sea beyond. The Inner Courtyard Rooms without terraces or balconies face a beautifully landscaped inner courtyard. Rooms are a bit smaller and guests enjoy a quiet atmosphere.

The Pool Terrace View rooms have French doors opening onto a private balcony overlooking the pool terrace and out to the sea. There is a bed and a sofa or a couple of chairs, but additional furnishings are minimal. The Sea View Rooms are small but nonetheless luxurious and offer private balconies as well, these overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

woman reminiscing

If you want a more glamorous room and a still better view of the sea, choose the Deluxe Sea View Room. Private balconies and a larger room size with plenty of space to move about make this room a tempting choice. The Deluxe Superior Sea view is even better, with more interesting architecture, more detailed decor and an unobstructed view of the sea.

The Junior Suite Sea View offers all of the above but has a separate sitting area and large private terrace or balcony. Larger furniture pieces and arched doorways set this suite apart. The Junior Suite Superior Sea View rooms are yet another step above with enhanced decor, more furnishings, a separate sitting area and terrace views of the sea and surrounding village. Each of the Junior Suites can be selected with either a one or two bedroom layout.

Amenities

Cool linen or cotton sheets and a feather mattress topper create a dreamy place to relax and unwind. Italian chocolates will be waiting for you on your pillow and extra pillows in a variety of styles and firmness are provided. Step into the cozy slippers that are provided or slide effortlessly into bed, as nightly turndown service is provided.

Thick, soft cotton towels and a robe are provided as well as the Sersale family’s own Eau d’Italie brand of bath products, which are also sold at worldwide boutiques.

Use the available iPod docking station or borrow one of the loaners, music included. Watch the flat-screen television with satellite channels, or one of more than 700 DVD movies. An in-room telephone Wi-Fi Internet connection, and access to the computers in the lounge are all provided as well.

Breakfast is available daily, as is room service. Children under the age of six and pets are not allowed. For an additional fee, you may park a car in the hotel lot if needed.

Special Features

Relax on the Pool Terrace, where a hand-laid sea glass and shell mosaic depicting two mermaids decorates the head of the aqua-blue lap pool, nearly 600 feet long. Unwind by reading a book or gazing at the sea from a reclining deck lounge, or dine al fresco by candlelight. Huge terra cotta pots, planted with fragrant lemon trees and flowering vines line the pool area.

If staying fit while on vacation is important to you, take advantage of the elliptical machines, yoga mats or weights in the Le Sirenuse Spa. Follow that up with a sauna, or bio-sauna or a natural granite steam room. The white marble and teak cabinets and furniture in the spa offer a serene atmosphere for a massage or aromatherapy session. Here they offer 50-, 60- or 90-minute massage. The Elemental Nature Complete Treatment lasts for an indulgent 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes a visit to the color-changing emotional shower.

You can also de-stress with massages featuring ginger and lime rubs, warm essential oils or coconut and mango body butter. Each of these options ends with a facial massage and treatment, or you can get a body polish, foot exfoliation, herbal body wrap or Botanical Skin Resurfacing Treatment. Manicures or pedicures are also available. This is one of the most extensive hotel spas and a huge part of the draw to stay here and multiple-service discounts are available.

Food and Drink

In addition to room service, Le Sirenuse offers outdoor dining seaside at La Sponda restaurant which, lit nightly by more than 400 candles, is more than just a dining experience. Their Michelin-starred menu and service is an experience in itself. There is also the Champagne Bar and Grill, with seafood, pasta and Mediterranean dishes; the Pool Terrace Bar and Restaurant where you can enjoy lunch all afternoon, or Franco’s Bar where you can enjoy a menu of fine cocktails and champagne including their exclusive Positano Cocktail.

Activities and Attractions

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Le Sirenuse offers a wide variety of daily activities including Pilates classes, wine tasting tours, a hotel flower tour, a climb up the famous 1,865-step stairway to the village of Nocelle and a visit to a fish market. You can take a tour to Mount Vesuvius and visit the site of the Pompeii archaeological dig, the Santa Maria Assunta’s famous tile dome and other historical sites, or finish your perfect day with a sunset champagne cruise.

Come to see the sights in this incredible corner of Italy. Come to relax, unwind, and find yourself. Come for the sightseeing, the sailing or the amazing food. Whatever the reason, your visit to Le Sirenuse will be, as Steinbeck said, a “beckoningly real” and unforgettable experience.

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