Monday, June 4, 2012

HOTEL CHECKS ITALY, part 3, Le Sirenuse


OUR MAGICAL JOURNEY.
Continuing on the glittering Amalfi Coast to classy Le Sirenuse in Positano. The most beautiful of larger towns along the coast, Positano has amazingly steep slopes packed with colourful houses. Awe inspiring in every direction. The views from the ocean toward the town are as spectacular as from the coastal road looking down or from the hotel looking out. Plenty of very good bars, cafes and restaurants as well as some classy shops, two pleasant beaches and lots to do…including complimentary cruises for Le Sirenuse guests.


As soon as you arrive at this hotel you are enfolded by a sense of quality, exclusivity and class. Everything in the hotel has been done with style and the smallest detail not overlooked. The staff feel like they are all extended family (most are) and service is superb.

Accommodation



Romantic bed


There are 59 refined rooms and suites, up to date yet reminiscent of a bygone era. All room interiors are done with the same taste, design and touches, and the view is what distinguishes great rooms from totally magnificent ones. So if you are happy to save money on the room to then spend your money at the Michelin star restaurant and champagne bar and enjoy the views and food/drink from here then rooms with no view or only partial view are worth considering. Even the lead in room (inner courtyard) is nice, though you do not get a balcony and will be looking on to another building. You can always enjoy stunning views from the public areas.

Picturesque balconies

It is a big price jump but we do recommend you treat yourself to standard partial sea view or even better a deluxe sea view; for incredible views and stunning balcony. In each room you have a Jacuzzi bathtub and unique artwork that the owner has hand picked and is on display throughout the property. 2 and 3 bedroom suites can be made by connecting rooms together but please note the balcony is unprotected.
NOTE: In peak season no children under 6 are allowed.


Food & beverage

Whether to eat or just imbibe the view?

The Michelin star restaurant, La Sponda, is incredible. June – Sept dining is on the terrace which is lit with hundreds of candles. In cooler months it is taken inside but this is transformed with (once again) hundreds of candles. The atmosphere is great, service world class and food fantastic (modern Italian). The champagne bar opens in June - September and is an ideal spot for pre dinner aperitif and perhaps a starter of fresh oysters or sashimi as you gaze out to sea.
Dining with a view

Facilities

The spa is excellent and sauna, steam room and plunge pool free of charge. Don't miss a synchronized couple's massage in the Spa Suite. The swimming pool is small but nice to cool off in and the pool terrace (also small) has great views of the sea, beach and village. One great point is all the complimentary excursions the hotel offers. Free Amalfi Coast cruises run every day and on Monday evenings the champagne sunset cruise is a must. They also do things like guided walk up the 1700 steps to a stunning village perched in the cliffs above town, a trip to the local fish market with the head chef and many others. At least one option per day.


Added values

Select Added Value – Bottle of Italian Spumante on arrival and complimentary upgrade, early checkin and late checkout if available.

Wine and fruit, and "thou beside me..."


Families

Not a a classic family destination as hotels on the Amalfi Coast and Capri are more romantic than child friendly but for children age 10+ could be good if parents are planning on chartering a boat for a day or two.


How to get to Le Sirenuse

90 minutes by car from Naples International Airport.


Further reports to follow

1. Capri Palace Hotel; Spa, Capri

2. Caesar Augustus, Capri

3. Santa Caterina, Amalfi (Amalfi Coast)



We have already reported our experiences at Hotel Caruso, Ravello (Amalfi Coast) on this recent trip.

What else can you do but gaze?

Actually a lot more...




















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