Deciding where to stay on the Amalfi Coast can be a daunting task. There are several beautiful towns each with their own charming characteristics, but the most legendary of these towns is the small hillside village of Positano. You’ll find quite a few luxury hotels in Positano, but none have the charm or reputation that Le Sirenuse has. This review of Le Sirenuse Positano will how why its Positano’s best luxury hotel.
The Amalfi Coast runs from Sorrento in the west to Salerno in the east with several coastal towns along the way. The most popular of these towns is Positano, which draws thousands of tourists daily during the high season between April and October. While many of the tourists only travel into Positano for the day, the town is home to some of the best luxury hotels in Europe.
If you’re like us and truly appreciate the benefits of staying in a luxury hotel like Le Sirenuse then you need to have Positano on your radar. It’s a vacation hotspot for celebrities and for good reason, its full of amazing luxury hotels. The best luxury hotel in Positano is without a doubt Le Sirenuse. The iconic red hotel sits right in the middle of the cliffside village and is home to the best view on the Amalfi Coast.
We were visiting Positano as part of our 11-day tour through Italy itinerary, so we arrived in Naples by train. I messaged the concierge the day before our trip and set up a car from the Naples train station to Positano. The trip was just over an hour and our driver stopped along the way for some of the best photo ops along the incredibly scenic drive. From the second we pulled up to Le Sirenuse’s lobby we felt like celebrities. The staff truly goes above and beyond to make your stay memorable. At check-in, we also scored a reservation at one of Positano’s only Michelin Star restaurants, La Sponda (La Sponda lost its Michelin Star for 2020, but was included in the 2020 Michelin guide as a Michelin Plate Selection.) We were given a tour then escorted to our room on the 6th floor.
Each room at Le Sirenuse is unique, we stayed in one of the amazing Junior Suites with a sea view. Our suite was HUGE compared to all of the other hotels we stayed at during this amazing 11 trip through Italy. There was a spacious bathroom with a large tub and a small shower, a comfortable king-sized bed, a nice sitting area, and my absolute favorite part, the terrace with a view of the sea and Positano. There was a lovely bottle of prosecco and some little snack waiting in the room for us when arrived. Little things like that separate a good luxury hotel from a great luxury hotel in my book.
For a luxury boutique hotel with only 58 rooms, Le Sirenuse boasts 4 bars and restaurants as well as full-service in-room dining. As I mentioned above our first night we dined at Le Sirenuse’s signature restaurant La Sponda. La Sponda is lit by over 400 candles and has one of the coolest atmospheres of any fine dining restaurant I’ve had the chance to experience. After a day of travel and exploring the streets of Positano (eating our way through the city), we opted for an a la carte selection instead of the traditional tasting menu. Every single thing was delicious, especially the duck. We finished off the meal as you do in Positano with a glass of Lemoncello.
If you can’t score a reservation at La Sponda, or you want to have the most scenic cocktail of your life, you can check out Aldo’s. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink and watch the sunset over of Ionian Sea.
When deciding where to stay in Positano, the amenities each Positano luxury hotel offers need to be taken into consideration. In my opinion, the best amenity at Le Sirenuse was the amazing pool that overlooks the cliffs and sea. Each morning I spent a couple of hours just quietly relaxing poolside and it was the perfect way to start the day. There is also a well-equipped fitness room and spa. Mallory got a massage during our stay and called it “relaxing and rejuvenating”. Le Sirenuse has all of the amenities that you would expect from a luxury hotel in Positano, but the pool is what sets it apart.
I was really surprised to find out that pretty much the entire Amalfi Coast shuts down at the end of October through April. Meaning no luxury hotels in Positano, no restaurants, and no shops are open during the winter. In fact, Le Sirenuse takes it a step further and completely refreshes all 58 rooms during the offseason with new paint and new mattresses every single year. With that in mind tourism peaks in July and August, and even though we found it to be pretty crowded in mid-October, we heard that it was much less crazy than the summer. To enjoy Positano with minimal crowds you might want to come at the beginning or end of the season (April or October). If you want your best chance to get photos without people in them, then come when everything is closed during the late autumn and winter months.
There are plenty of luxury hotels on the Amalfi Coast, but there are very few that are as exclusive as Le Sirenuse. I checked just about every travel site there is for the best deal at Le Sirenuse, but ended up booking through Hotels.com because they had a special rate for the dates we would be traveling to Positano. If you have an American Express Platinum Card, you can book through the Fine Hotels and Resorts portal and use your Membership Rewards points to offset some or all of the cost. Le Sirenuse is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World, which is a selection of some of the best independent hotels around the world. If you join their Leader’s Club you can earn points towards free nights at some of the best hotels and resorts in the world.
From even before the moment you step foot on the property, the staff at Le Sirenuse goes out of their way to ensure your stay in nothing short of perfect. From the picturesque location in the middle of Positano on the Amalfi Coast to the Michelin rated restaurant lit by more than 400 candles, everything about your stay at Le Sirenuse is straight out of a dream. While it is expensive to stay at Le Sirenuse, in my opinion for the level of service and amenities you get, it’s worth every penny. Check prices and availability for Le Sirenuse here.
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