One of my faithful readers is Karen, the lovely author behind the blog Garden Home and Party. Karen recently asked about the location of a restaurant highlighted in the previous post. La Sponda is part of Le Sirenuse Hotel and is situated along the seductive Amalfi coast in the town of Positano, Italy. The property is such a dreamy site that I felt responding to Karen in the comments section (or emailing her) simply wouldn’t do. I felt that a response to her question was worthy of its own post. Afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words and Positano, including Le Sirenuse, is a place so legendary that John Steinbeck even wrote about it:
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. –John Steinbeck, American author (1902-1968)
Le Sirenuse was originally a private home that was later converted in the beautiful hotel you see highlighted here today. The original family still owns the property and the business is still very much a family affair. It is evident through every detail that the family takes great pride in operating a top notch destination.
Dining at La Sponda would be one of the many highlights of a visit to Le Sirenuse. Imagine enjoying a meal in a dining room where 400 candles are illuminated nightly to create the most unforgettable romantic experience.
La Sponda uses fresh, local ingredients and in 2012 the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star, the hallmark of excellence in dining and only issued to select exceptional restaurants.
Each of the 85 guest rooms are beautifully decorated with an understated elegance, style and grace that respects the natural surroundings. Many of them provide captivating picturesque views of the town of Positano perched along the coastline cliff. The allure of Le Sirenuse haunts me and when we visit I hope to book a room with its own patio like the one below. I can already see myself passing the time on the balcony and being mesmerized by its stunning views. As they say in Italian, Dolce Far Niente….the sweetness of doing nothing!
The pool is perfectly situated to take advantage of the views of the town above and ocean views below.
Le Sirenuse has captured my heart and already seduced me with its charm. I dream of staying in one of its 58 rooms for a romantic stay with Mr. B one day. And if it were up to me, I would already have my bags packed!
Ciao! —xoxo, v.