Easy, breezy elegance on the Amalfi Coast

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Le Sirenuse is a legendary Italian grand dame quite like no other. Sleek and sophisticated with the feel of a private home, its elevated position from the craggy, colourful Positano coastline is, quite simply, unrivalled. As soon as you enter, it’s clear that they value first impressions: staff are immaculate and there’s a certain serenity that really bites deep. This is no ordinary hotel, it’s a lifestyle.

Formerly an aristocratic villa, Le Sirenuse has a storied past chronicled through generations of the family business: beautiful furniture, curios and antique mementos shine amongst an impressive collection of period and contemporary paintings, alongside specially commissioned artworks courtesy of Martin Creed, Stanley Whitney and Matt Connors. But don’t just take our word for it – one of Le Sirenuse’s first guests, the author John Steinbeck, described it as a “first-class hotel, spotless and cool, with grape arbors over its outside dining-rooms.” Seventy years later, its current owners Carla and Antonio Sersale continue to bring such elegance to the hotel.

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The rooms are just as stylish – each individually furnished boudoir is adorned with a selection of museum-quality antiques and paintings, along with contemporary works, and the most resplendent handmade Vietri-tile floors. Bathrooms, clad with grey-white Carrara marble, come with giant Jacuzzi tubs that are stocked with Eau d’Italie products made by Sersale’s sister Marina. The major highlight comes courtesy of the sun-drenched terraces that make the most of the breath-taking Positano views, and perhaps the best place to enjoy an aperitivo outside of Franco’s Bar.

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Service throughout is impeccable, orchestrated with top-notch southern Italian class. Those in search of a little pampering will experience superb treatments in the Gae Aulenti-designed Aveda spa; and to upgrade your wardrobe with the chicest Positano looks, Emporio Sirenuse is the place to go. To skip the crowds, jump on one of the hotel's boats –there's a wooden gozzo for complimentary trips and a starlet-worthy vintage Riva speedboat for sunset cruises with champagne.

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At least one over the top dinner at La Sponda is a must. It has a Michelin star, thanks to its excellent pasta spun with local lobster, mouth-wateringly tender slabs of veal and incredible desserts (the cocooned chocolate tiramisu is not to be missed), but it’s the experience as a whole that truly dazzles, from the views and the 400 glowing candles to the trio of musicians who serenade you with guitars and mandolins. Pre-dinner, head for the super-hip Franco’s bar for oysters and bubbles, or on the more relaxed terrace for a cocktail. Breakfast, served on the pool terrace is also a mammoth affair. The menu includes homemade granola, eggs cooked any way and all sorts of healthy options that are ideal after a carb-heavy dinner the night before.

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There are lots of extras included: pre-breakfast Pilates and work-out classes, guided walks up the nearby hill villages, wine-tasting and, perhaps the star of the show, arranged lunches at the alfresco hotspot Da Adolfo Positano. Tip: eat everything that comes recommended.

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A Pool Terrace View Room at La Sirenuse, from £3,790 for two nights based on two people sharing B&B, including flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Naples, and private transfers to and from Le Sirenuse.

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