Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Le Sirenuse, the grand
dame on the Amalfi, has long been known as one of the world's most drop-dead
gorgeous hotels, with its open-air restaurant overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea
and 60 sumptuous, whitewashed rooms in an 18th-century, poppy red villa. But
now there's another way to experience the seaside retreat, whether you're
checking in or sailing through the region: Franco's Bar, named for owner
Antonio Sersale's late father. Built atop a former car park adjacent to
the resort, the space is every bit as stylish as you've come to expect,
themed with colors of the Mediterranean—pearl-white floors, royal blue
patterned accent pillows—save for a dramatic, ceramic fountain in canary
yellow that spans an entire wall. Other unexpected touches include string
curtains made from antique glass beads and a graffiti-esque mural featuring
Dada-inspired poetry by Sweden's Karl Holmqvist (the messages are described
by the artist as a mash up of Jay-Z and Jenny Holzer). As for what's on
the menu? No food—except for simple nibbles like olives and chips. This is
a place for impeccably curated beverages, like a list of Bavarian wheat beers,
Hemingway martinis, or (of course) champagne by the glass. Positano demands
its bubbly, after all. Nikki Ekstein is an Associate Editor at Travel +
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