Belmond Hotel Cipriani sits steeped in luxury on the tip of Giudecca Island. It takes just four minutes to reach it by boat from San Marco, and once there you’re rewarded with views of the Doge’s Palace and the lagoon.
The pool has its own garden wellness centre, Casanova. Here you can enjoy a pampering treatment – anything from a traditional Thai or aromatherapy massage to a romance ritual or Oriental ceremony. In case you’re wondering about the name, this is the very garden where Casanova once seduced his lovers.
Accommodation ranges from double rooms through to junior suites, suites and the truly opulent Palladio and Dogaressa suites. All are large and supremely elegant, furnished in tasteful Venetian style and featuring amenities such as widescreen LCD TV, DVD player, spacious bathroom, iPod docking station, wifi, work desk and minibar. Some rooms also have a private balcony or a separate kitchenette and butler service. Suites also provide more space and additional features; depending on the room, these may include original artworks, a private balcony or garden, direct swimming pool access, interconnecting rooms, a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi and/or a private boating dock.
Here you’ll find the only (Olympic-sized) swimming pool in the centre of Venice – so it would be a shame not to use it. There’s also a fitness centre and red clay tennis court (fee payable). And if you fancy shopping, you needn’t leave the hotel as it has own boutique selling Venetian attire and jewellery. Away from the hotel, you can book a tour on the hotel’s private boat, the Shirley, to help you get to know Venice, its hotspots, and its outlying areas, such as Murano, Burano and Torcello.
There’s a choice of dining options at the hotel. Most formal is the beautiful Adam Tihany-designed Oro Restaurant, which features a golden ceiling. The food, from executive chef Davide Bisetto, is just as sparkling as the ceiling, with Italian fare creatively prepared. Glamorous Cip’s Club is the place to enjoy wonderful St Mark’s Square views while feasting on a range of Cipriani specialities. You can also select a wine from the hotel’s own wine cellar, to enjoy on its own or with a selection of snacks – you can even select from the Oro menu, to eat in these less formal surroundings. Otherwise, you can sip as the sun sets at Gabbiano Bar or have a light meal at Porticciolo Pool Restaurant.