This Wellness Retreat Might Actually Convince You to Go to Italy and Not Eat Pasta

Five-star resort Le Sirenuse Positano is hosting a biannual series of wellness retreats — and the next one is this November.

Le Sirenuse luxury hotel
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When you think of an Italian getaway, you probably think of spaghetti carbonara and aperitivo before you think of zucchini noodles or green juice. But Le Sirenuse Positano might have you thinking otherwise with its six-day biannual wellness retreat, Dolce Vitality, which offers activities such as hikes, yoga, and meditation; decadent “clean” dining; luxurious spa treatments; and gorgeous clothing (think: relaxed dresses and skirts in colorful, Capri-inspired prints) to compliment your stay.

Hiking at Le Sirenuse as part of the property's Dolce Vitality wellness program
Courtesy of Le Sirenuse

Located some 1,865 steps high, the sprawling resort overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and boasts some of the best warrior two views you can find anywhere. The retreat offers yoga with instructor Elena Brower as well as hikes with local guides exploring the ancient mule paths. Routes range from the Path of the Gods to more untrodden paths where lemon and olive groves are abundant, as well as ancient chapels and shrines, and winding stairways to tiny villages perched on the cliffsides.

During the retreat, the entire property rids itself of all alcohol and animal-based food products. Le Sirenuse’s Michelin-starred executive chef Gennaro Russo collaborated with top nutritionist Dr. Paolo Toniolo to craft a fully vegan menu, with fares incorporating plant-based elements of the Mediterranean diet like zucchini pasta and vegetable couscous.

Food served as part of the Dolce Vitality wellness program at Le Sirenuse
Courtesy of Le Sirenuse

The retreat runs from Nov. 3-9, and then again March 15-21, but you can start packing now by shopping the hotel’s namesake collection.

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