Belmond Hotel Caruso, sitting proudly atop the hill top town of Ravello on the Amalfi coast, was once a large palazzo (palace) dating back to the 11th century and much of its grandeur still remains today.
Centrally set half way up the hill, Le Sirenuse is elevated enough to afford remarkable sea views. Its burnt red exterior and white contours are now an iconic sight in the town, and the interiors are just as distinctive. Upon entering the hotel, you’ll notice the careful design, crafted by the same Sersale family who owned it as a private villa before its transformation in 1951. Today, it remains under the same management who take exceptional pride in every facet of its success.
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Each room has its own distinct shape and size, such is the nature of staying in a family’s characterful villa rather than in a purpose-built hotel. The rooms are furnished with original antique furniture, carefully tended orchids and expertly chosen fabrics from around Italy and from the Far East. Most of the rooms have balconies with views on to the sea and the golden dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta. Bathrooms are lined with marble and handmade tiles, all with Jacuzzis, separate showers and signature beauty products from Eau D’Italie, designed by the Sersale family themselves.
Unlike many hotels in Positano, Le Sirenuse has road access, meaning you can drop off your luggage on arrival without needing a porter. From here, you can get down to the shore with ease. Walking into the central, pedestrianized part of town takes 10 to 15 minutes. Sorrento is 45 minutes’ drive away and Capri island is 50 minutes by high speed ferry.
Food and drink
The Michelin starred La Sponda serves exquisite dishes, inspired by the coast. Each evening, its terrace becomes an incandescent stage, illuminated by 400 candles. The Champagne Bar & Grill overlooks the town and is a great spot for an aperitivo. Franco’s Bar is a fun alternative, showcasing a vibrant collection of modern art. Finally, there’s the Pool Bar, open every afternoon.
Facilities and activities
There’s a long swimming pool to cool off in as well as the spa and gym with sauna and steam room. The hotel’s complimentary private boat sails twice a day along the coast and includes time to stop and dive into the water.
Le Sirenuse never fails to amaze us. It’s the most luxurious and historic five star property in central Positano, but still manages to maintain an intimate, homely atmosphere. A delightful base for any Amalfi Coast experience.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located right on the beach, Hotel Buca di Bacco is conveniently central. It has a friendly atmosphere and a delicious restaurant alongside wonderful sea views that have been the inspiration for many famous authors since 1916, when it first opened.
Casa Angelina is a serene, boutique property. Minimalist in style and exceptionally chic, every inch within its signature white walls and multi-level terraces is a work of art in itself.
The Covo dei Saraceni dates back to the 19th century and balances elegance, an unrivaled seafront location, and first rate service. It is the result of one family’s dedication to maintaining the beauty of their town and home.
Once a large convent built into the rock just above Amalfi town, this 13th-century structure still has an intact cloister and church which, along with its spectacular infinity pool, are its most impressive features.
Dating back to the 12th century, the Hotel Luna Convento’s most beautiful feature is the sunlit cloister around which the hotel is built. Although simple, the property is steeped in history and charm, with an idyllic swimming pool overlooking the sea.
A landmark hotel on the Amalfi coast and just a short drive from Positano, Il San Pietro has everything from a private beach to tennis courts and a Michelin star restaurant, not to mention excellent service and impressive views.
Once a 17th-century monastery, perched high up on the Amalfi coast, the Monastero Santa Rosa has been expertly renovated to five star standards without losing any of its original features. It’s an exceptional property with sea views, a spa, and an infinity pool.
Ancient Palazzo Murat, in central Positano, radiates a classic Mediterranean romanticism. Steeped in history, it tastefully flaunts its original antique doors, artwork, heavy stone balconies, and its peaceful swimming pool with sea views.
The Punta Regina is a charming hotel with an authentic family atmosphere. Located near the top of the hill, but still within the heart of Positano, it has the height for those spectacular sea views and a convenient location for exploring.
Villa Cimbrone is a 12th-century masterpiece, once owned by Lord Beckett who painstakingly restored it and its famous gardens to their current magnificence. It has since played host to an array of historic icons, most notably Virginia Wolf, Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo.
Villa Franca is definitively boutique. Using the whites and blues of the region, this hotel is a refreshing and tranquil refuge that overlooks the town below and the sea beyond. It’s artistic, fun and exceptionally chic.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, preserved by six meters of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD.
Experience a half day cooking class at a local family home. You will learn the secret recipes of the D’Antonio family, from making homemade pasta to fileting the catch of the day.
Discover the role that lemons play in traditional life on the Amalfi Coast with this half-day tour. You’ll take a guided walk through the lemon groves and tour a local limoncello distillery, as well as sitting down to a seaside lunch.