They’re a rare breed, but dream hotels do exist, and Le Sirenuse is clearly one of them.

Le Sirenuse

Swimming pool in Positano

Positano, Amalfi Coast

A seductive Italian hideaway looming over the sparkling blue bay of Positano, this 18th-century villa immerses guests in history, romance, and refined Italian elegance. Once the summer house of Neapolitan nobleman Marquis Paolo Sersale, the property still feels like a private residence, with its treasure-filled rooms, enchanting staff, and quaint sea view terraces draped in vines and bougainvillea.

Etched into a rocky hillside on the fabulous Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse has some of the most breathtaking vistas Europe has to offer. And thankfully, its immaculate rooms make the most of them, with private terraces and balconies opening towards the dazzling sea.

Bougainvillea terrace

Junior Suite

Balcony with sea views

Artworks and precious antiques populate the beautiful accommodations, all graced with crisp whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings, and stunning tiled floors. The beds are dressed in the finest Frette linens, and the elegant marble bathrooms are stocked with exquisite Eau d’Italie toiletries.

In the sprawling sea view suites, separate living rooms make it easy to spread out and relax after a busy day exploring the town, and so do the magnificent whirlpool tubs overlooking the sea.

Otherwise, all 58 rooms are distinctively decorated with old and new furnishings from across Europe and the East, and each one of them meets the needs of the modern traveler, with flat-screen plasma TV, DVD, iPod docking station, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Inner Courtyard Room

Pool Terrace Suite

Three wonderful bars and a glorious Michelin-starred restaurant ensure guests at Le Sirenuse have a memorable epicurean experience.

With the fabled Amalfi Coast in the background and the brilliant creations of chef Gennaro Russo in the plate, guests at La Sponda will be hard pressed to tell what’s more awe-inspiring, the view or the food?

The restaurant focuses on fresh, light, and innovative Mediterranean cuisine prepared with “respect for the territory, for local traditions and local ingredients”. Hundreds of candles lit the elegant space every night, setting the scene for a truly outstanding alfresco dining experience.

La Sponda Restaurant

Light Mediterranean cuisine

Sharing the same dramatic views over Positano, the hotel’s Champagne & Oyster Bar has a resident DJ and a top-notch menu of seafood and grilled specialties, while the new Franco’s Bar serves up fabulous cocktails and champagne on a striking art-filled terrace gazing out across the pastel houses tumbling down into the shimmering azure sea.

Beautiful bar in Positano

Oyster Bar

Champagne bar on the Amalfi Coast

Citrus-infused oils from the Amalfi Coast are used in the spa’s treatments and massages, which range from luxurious manicure and anti-aging facials to custom-made packages.

Sirenuse Spa, designed by Gae Aulenti

The beautiful swimming pool – surrounded by fragrant lemon trees and stunning vistas – provides an idyllic spot to swim, sunbathe, or just laze away the afternoon.

Pool surrounded by lemon trees

The perfect hotel on the Amalfi Coast

As if all this wasn’t enough, Le Sirenuse also offers an exhilarating programme of activities and excursions, from Pilates classes and guided sightseeing tours to sunset champagne cruises and boat trips to nearby coastal towns.

Boat trip near Positano

Amalfi coast at sunset