You’ve toured the museums in Rome, you’ve shopped the boutiques in Milan, but have you really just relaxed back and experienced true Italian “dolce far niente?” The “sweetness of doing nothing?” And by that I mean: pure bliss? It’s a vacation without the kids, without the work email, without the crazy life you left behind.
After booking your business or first class luxury flight to Positano through Cook Travel, we recommend staying at Le Sirenuse. Sitting high on the Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse is the perfect European destination to “recharge the batteries” and indulge in (many) glasses of champagne. A cliffside building overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, this high-end, adults-only hotel is an 8-minute walk to Marina Grande beach. Most rooms boast sea views, whirlpool baths, and walk-out terraces. In addition to world-class spa services and an outdoor mineral pool, Le Sirenuse is home to Ristorante la Sponda and the Champagne and Oyster Bar.
Ristorante la Sponda offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea along with seasonal menus based on traditional Neapolitan cuisine. In an unforgettable atmosphere with climbing vines and over 400 flickering candles, Michelin-starred chef Matteo Temperini presents a lovely selection of fresh fish and pastas made with local produce and ingredients. For cocktail hour, Champagne and Oyster Bar is an idyllic place to meet for an aperitif or a light dinner. In the evenings from mid-May to October, guests can sip on a glass of champagne or a cocktail, and select from fresh oysters, shellfish, raw fish and other delicacies.
When it comes time to venture outside the hotel, you’ll find quiet nights and a laid-back atmosphere amongst both locals and tourists alike. Food and pleasure rank king in Positano, and you’ll find no shortage of incredible restaurants. Here at Cook Travel, we follow the locals, and one of the favorite local favorites is Ristorante Max, a creative and artistic setting tucked away on a tiny alley off of the busy Via dei Mulini. This restaurant also serves as an art gallery, wine bar and cooking school. The interior is classy and the oil paintings filling the walls create a museum-like environment. In the summer, sit in the courtyard – its small size and lack of open view of the ocean (only a tiny glimpse) are compensated for by the super fresh seafood, intimate setting with candles and great selection of wine.
Positano isn’t a destination where you come to see attractions so to speak, nor will you find much to do beyond wander at leisure, soak up the coastal atmosphere, taste the exuberant Campania palette, purchase unique, vibrant mosaics and tiles, and indulge your sweet tooth in lemon flavored desserts. As long as you walk the streets without rhyme or reason, make your way down to the characteristic black pebble beach, take note of the six senses when indulging in local, fresh cuisine and go out of your way to seek the perfect view, then really you have “seen” Positano. The rest will follow suit.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, you’ll have to wait for next week’s Destination of the Week. But, we love Positano and we promise you will, too.