“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. We went to the Sirenuse, an old family house converted into a first class hotel, spotless and cool, with grape arbors over its outside dining rooms. Every room has its little balcony and looks out over the blue sea to the islands of the sirens from which those ladies sang so sweetly.” Positano by John Steinbeck, 1953.
I couldn’t have put it any better myself. Positano stole my heart years ago when I visited it for the first time with my sister. It’s a place with 360 degree views. A place that looks just as beautiful from land as it does from sea. Colorful houses stacked on top of each other, cascading into the Mediterranean below it. It’s a place I daydream about. Fleeing life and growing old the simple way with leathery, sun worn skin, pesto on my breath and wine in my hand. Positano has never disappointed me and I doubt it ever will.
This hotel is situated in the most ideal position. It’s a 5 minute walk from the main part of town, but perched high enough to give just about every room a 5 star view. In 1951, Sersale siblings Marchesi Aldo, Paolo, Anna and Franco turned their summer house into a charming B&B. Since then the place has turned into a 58-room luxury resort still owned and operated by the family. Franco’s son Antonio manages the hotel, Paolo’s daughter, Marina created the hotel’s signature fragrance and skincare line Eau d’Italie (which is now my daily body lotion), and Paolo’s other daughter, Giulia curates Le Sirenuse’s outdoor planting schemes and indoor greenery. It is truly a family endeavor and the love they have for the place shows through their acute attention to detail from the tile on the floor to the vines in the breakfast nook.
Franco passed away in 2015 and in his honor is son Antonio opened up Franco’s. It is an open air alfresco bar connected to the hotel. It’s a place to gather before dinner for an appetif or after dinner for a digestive. Just like the hotel, Franco’s has stunning views of the Mediterranean and a cool European vibe that makes you want to stay all night.