The Spa at Le Sirenuse seems to have three or four different entrances, each of them somehow secret, as if there were no front door. When you’re there, it’s a place apart, a floating world of teak, glass and steel, a quiet space that soothes and moves to a gentler rhythm, reassuring, enveloping.
Designed by renowned Italian architect Gae Aulenti, it is lined by black and white photographs taken by Franco Sersale during his travels in the East. They too take us into another mindspace – what critic Luigi Malerba, writing of Sersale, calls “a singularity… which helps us to travel in distant lands many miles but also many centuries from our Western Europe”.
“The Spa at Le Sirenuse is a quiet space that soothes and moves to a gentler rhythm, reassuring, enveloping.”
Inside the Spa is a sauna, a granite steam bath and an ice room – an atmospheric space with a ground ice cascade, illuminated by backlit crystal onyx walls. Among the treament rooms, a Spa Suite, with steam bath and emotional shower, is set aside for couples. Massages, aromatherapy rituals, reflexology, acupressure, body rehydration and detoxification, exfoliation peels, restorative eyes therapy – Le Sirenuse’s expert therapists are trained in a wide range of treatments, and make it their priority to listen to guests and customise treatments to suit individual needs.
The Spa only uses organic, natural AVEDA products and treatments, inspired by ancient Ayurvedic ideas and practices. At the core of AVEDA’s philosophy is the belief that peace is both a state of mind and body, one that governs and nurtures our physical beauty.
After a night of la dolce vita, or a day of too many dolci, it’s good to know that Le Sirenuse’s gym is there for you, should you need it. Equipped with the latest TechnoGym cardiovascular workout machines alongside weights, resistance bands, yoga and pilates mats and other equipment, the gym also features two of the very few Megaformers in Italy. Developed by Lagree Fitness in Los Angeles, the Megaformer is a total-body workout machine, a kind of turbo-charged pilates designed to deliver a healthy, well-toned and sculpted body.
“Le Sirenuse’s fitness programme extends well beyond the gym to embrace vigorous hikes and al fresco exercise routines.”
With a dedicated, full-time coach, Le Sirenuse’s fitness programme extends well beyond the gym to embrace vigorous hikes and al fresco exercise routines on the network of ancient footpaths in the hills behind Positano – a key feature of the hotel’s twice-yearly Dolce Vitality fitness and detox retreat.
Surrounded by lemon trees and bougainvillea, Le Sirenuse’s cool slick of a pool, with its pristine white sun loungers and deckchairs, is a little corner of peace with stunning sea views, where you can do lengths, work on your tan, or simply indulge in a little dolce far niente.