Once you step aboard the private launch in the Piazza San Marco, you’ll be transported to another world. Such is the experience of skimming across Venice’s lagoon to the beautiful Giudecca Island, and the 5-star sanctuary of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. It’s a grand, historic palace of an institution; at once decadently traditional and steeped in contemporary style.
It’s no wonder, then, that this iconic destination has been welcoming A-listers, high-flyers and jet-setters for over half a century. Step off the launch onto the private jetty, and your journey to this haven of hedonism will begin proper — with the attentive, amiable staff on hand to facilitate your every wish and whim.
Had a busy morning bustling around an art gallery? The staff will point you in the direction of the breathtaking, almost Olympic-sized seawater swimming pool for a restorative dip. Tackled the tourists along the Grand Canal? The hotel boasts an ultra-peaceful terrace on which you can lounge and cool off. All gondola-ed out? The Cipriani has the perfect tonic in one of their storied Cip’s Club cocktails.
There are two bars on site, and three restaurants — including one with a Michelin star. Pair these culinary offerings with a wellness centre and extensive gardens, and you’ve got a sumptuous stay ahead of you. Each of the 96 rooms are sumptuously appointed, with features including marble bathrooms, airy bedding and french doors that lead onto your very own private balcony.
And all accommodation has unparalleled views of either the gardens or the lagoon — with some offering views of Piazza San Marco across the water. It’s a magical modern masterpiece of a hotel, and sits seamlessly alongside the ornate waterways and ancient palazzos of Italy’s most intriguing city.
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