John Steinbeck visited Positano in 1953 and remarked that the village is “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” He also visited Le Sirenuse, where the dream-like charm is utterly seductive with a deep burnt-red facade, stark-white walls, bright colors, creeping indoor foliage and mermaid motifs.
The views out over the Amalfi Coast are just outstanding, and it’s no surprise that guests return again and again. The hotel has been owned and operated by the Sersale family since 1951, so the vibe is welcoming and homey.
Top suite: Two-bedroom Suite Sea View from $6,900 per night
Date night: Dine at Michelin-starred La Sponda, where hundreds of candles flicker, and vines creep up the walls.