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Positano and Hotel Le Sirenuse

James Andrew at Le Sirenuse.

James Andrew at Le Sirenuse.

Positano is considered by most to be the jewel in the crown of the Amalfi Coast – and there really is absolutely nothing to dispute here. Now, if one were to refine this thought – to find the most flawless gem in said proverbial crown – then one would have to point to the immaculate hotel Le Sirenuse.

1973 Riva Aquarama speedboat.

1973 Riva Aquarama speedboat.

To be sure, it must have helped a bit to have had a long-distance introduction to its director Antonio Sersale via a mutual aquantance in NYC, but our experience at Le Sirenuse truly exemplified so much of what is good and right – Italian hospitalty brought to that truly rarefied level. Take for instance the invitation we received nearly immediately upon our arrival at Le Sirenuse for a spectacular Neptunian outing on the Sersale’s ravishing 1973 Riva Aquarama speedboat – It doesn’t take even the most cursory knowledge of yachting design to recognize that the Riva is something special – and as you might imagine, the nautical portraitist Scott McBee, who joined me on our Italian escapade, nearly fainted upon seeing this twin engine mahogany masterpiece.

Ocean's eye view.

Ocean's eye view.

So yes, we were experiencing the Amalfi coast in the most elevated possible way – and all facilitated by the most elegant sort of people. Our afternoon’s impromptu itinerary included a salt-water dip at the Sersale’s favorite swimming spot, (onboard champagne of course), and then on to an intimate cove for mozzarella baked on lime leaves, and a fresher than fresh offering of the most scrumptious seafood.

Le Sirenuse views.

Le Sirenuse views.

Needless to say Le Sirenuse and the Sersales absolutely define the sort of elevated experience we at WIJW so often speak of – and if you’ll allow us, we do have so much more to say about the bliss inducing Le Serenuse in tomorrow’s WIJW post!

I’m photographed here (top) upon my arrival at Le Sireneuse seated at the pool-side terrace wearing a cool white cotton voile safari shirt by Gucci, Lindeberg “Cave Beach” shorts in royal blue, python belt with silver buckle, brown leather sandals and sunglasses all by Gucci, Cartier “Tank Divan” watch from Raj Tolaram and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I would love to shoot this place for my other blog… http://photocation.blogspot.com/


  2. DeanFarris says:

    Dear James,

    WOW ! I had heard about Le Sirenuse from some clients who honeymooned there… it’s beyond fabulous ! Those RIVA boats are so beautiful, and I’m sure you enjoyed your time there. I look forward to reading tomorrows posting as well. Your photographs are excellent. Ciao !

    Dino di Napoli

  3. Paper Doll says:

    Hello James,

    This place looks beautiful, can´t wait to go there…….

  4. Christian Fuchs says:


    The speedboat looks very sophisticated, this is really a good example of elevated living, I am glad you had an amazing time there!



  5. Maria La Torre says:

    Qué maravilloso lugar, y la lancha es espectacular, me quedé sin palabras James, no dejas de sorprenderme!



  6. SQUI says:

    What a surreal view!!

  7. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Ich war dort vor einer Zeit, es war traumhaft…….


    Marie v S

  8. marco aurelio cuneo says:

    Wow!!!!….so beautiful!!!

  9. Pink Cinnamon says:

    Loving you and your post…

  10. D POSITANO says:



  11. sally swing says:

    OMG First Villa Cimbrone and now Le Sirenuse. If you go to JK Place next I may have to slit my wrists in a jealous rage!!!!!
    It is cold and grey in Berkeley today

  12. Those pictures are stunning, James! Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Lieber James,

    Was für wunderschöne Fotos, viele Menschen würden gerne dort ihre Ferien verbringen, Du hast so viel Glück!

    Alles Liebe


  14. Lola Montes says:

    Que diera por haber estado allí contigo! Maravilloso lugar y me encanta la lancha!



  15. The aristocratic Ones says:

    lovely James, we have to meet soon!

  16. Travis says:

    A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!

  17. James, My family and I visit Italy every year for the last 15 years and always end up in Positano..It’s our favorite place in the world..Le Sirenuse is the only hotel to stay..

  18. Love, love, love this boat and, of course, the location.

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