What is Dolce Vitality?
For one week in spring and autumn, Le Sirenuse opens its doors to just 24 guests who have come to push themselves to the very peak of their fitness while enjoying the healthy southern flavours and glorious scenery of the Amalfi Coast. The two annual retreats take place in the week before the hotel opens in March and the week after it closes in October/November. Each one runs from Sunday to Saturday and includes:
- six nights’ accommodation in a sea-facing room at Le Sirenuse, which is dedicated exclusively to Dolce Vitality guests for the entire week
- five days of magnificent, challenging guided treks in the mountains surrounding Positano, led by expert local guides
- a personalized one-on-one body composition assessment on arrival, designed to tailor daily calorie intake to each guest’s needs
- a low-calorie, gluten-free pescatarian menu prepared daily from fresh local ingredients by Le Sirenuse’s executive chef and served at a communal table: this is flavoursome southern Italian cuisine with a strong focus on your health. And as good, organic wine is part of our culture, it’s also there for those who want it
- special menus for vegans or those with other special dietary requirements
- daily yoga classes with a world-class instructor
- daily high-energy Pilates sessions
- daily 45-minute restorative massages
- optional Theragun percussive massage sessions
- access to all the hotel’s amenities, including the gym, swimming pool, sauna and Turkish bath
- all transfers, including pick-up and drop-off at Naples train station or airport
A limited number of places are available for each six-night retreat (Sunday to Saturday) at a cost of € 8,500 per person excluding city tax and VAT. This all-inclusive price covers the complete program, with transfers to and from Naples, spa treatments, meals and accommodation. Applicants should possess excellent levels of fitness, and on enquiring, will be contacted by our team to ensure they understand the challenging nature of the morning treks. No applications will be confirmed before the cut-off date given on the enquiry page. Only after this date will successful applicants be invited to pay the deposit; they will also be sent a series of pre-retreat emails with information on equipment and preparation.
Enquire now about Dolce Vitality Spring 2023 (19 -25 March) or Fall 2023 (29 Oct – 4 Nov).
“Why spend time on a treadmill staring at a wall?”
Why spend time on a treadmill staring at a wall when you can be breathing pure mountain air, admiring spectacular coastal landscapes, foraging for wild asparagus, absorbing the rural culture of a very special part of southern Italy? Dolce Vitality uses as its open-air gym Positano’s intricate network of ancient footpaths and mule tracks, from celebrated routes like the Path of the Gods to relatively untrodden paths. Maintained by volunteers, among them our team of dedicated hill-walking guides, these stunning trails traverse lemon and olive groves, pass ancient chapels and shrines, climb winding stairways to tiny perched villages with sweeping sea views. Bear in mind that these hikes are strenuous and fast-paced, often involving long climbs up what can seem endless flights of steps. They are not suitable for those hoping to get into shape from near-zero.
Transfers organized for all arrivals from train station and airport
Arrival at Le Sirenuse, settle into guest rooms, relax and enjoy the hotel
Lunch will be provided for those who have already arrived
2:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Individual body composition assessments conducted through a BIA analysis
*A guided walking tour of Positano will be offered on the arrival day for those available
7:00 pm / 8:00 pm
Dinner and overview of the week ahead
Monday – Friday: Core Days
6:00 am / 6:45 am
7:00 am / 7:30 am
8:00 am–12:30 pm
Guided hike in the mountains above Positano
12:30 pm / 1:00 pm
Refresh and change in room
1:00 pm / 1:15 pm
Guided stretch session available for those who wish to join
1:15 pm / 2:00 pm
2:00 / 7:00 pm
Free Time / time slots for Individual 45-minute restorative massages. Guests will leave and return to the afternoon program outlined below according to their allotted timeslot
3:00 pm / 3:45 pm
6:00 pm / 7:00 pm
6:30 am / 7:15 am
7:15 am onwards
Breakfast, final, individual BIA analysis appointments, free time until departures
Fitness from dawn to dusk
“Yoga classes focus holistically on body and soul”
Guided by experienced teacher and Reiki master Jennifer Warakomski, early morning and late afternoon yoga classes focus holistically on body and soul, integrating breathwork and incorporating stretches for tired muscles. In the afternoon, high-energy Pilates sessions aim to tone those areas the morning treks didn’t reach – and challenge a few they did. Relief is on hand via personalized daily massages in our Spa and optional Theragun percussive massage sessions – a deep muscle treatment system popular with professional athletes.
“The menu… combines peak nutritional benefits with Mediterranean goodness”
Working in close collaboration with leading health coach Valentina Dolci, our chef Gennaro Russo has created an organic plant-based menu with the addition of some omega-3-rich local fish and seafood. Based on the Mediterranean diet, Gennaro’s menu is designed to deliver a personalised, results-driven reduced-calorie diet with optimal nutritional benefits. The energy needed to get you up those hills is topped up by snacks – including Gennaro’s delicious homemade granola bars – that are tailored to each participant’s individual body mass assessment. Meals are enjoyed on a long convivial table, accompanied by local organic wine for those who want it. A range of homemade infusions and tisanes are also available.