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.
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.
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.
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.