An ultra-luxurious hotel located just five minutes by boat from St Mark’s Square.
You don’t have to be in the heart of Venice to truly appreciate its beauty. Sometimes it’s better to enjoy a little time away from the crowds but still easily pop over to the city when you want. This Belmond hotel, which is located on the island of Guidecca, gives you just that. There are very few, if any hotels that have a pool in Venice due to size and the nature of the city; the Belmond hotel has an Olympic sized pool in its extensive grounds. And as you laze waterside, attentive hosts will be on hand to cater to your every whim whether that’s a refreshing drink or a light snack. There are also plenty of shaded spots to head to in the gardens, some with beautiful views out over the water, and there’s even a tennis court in the grounds. The interiors are pretty special too with one-of-a-kind antiques furnishing grand spaces, dark wood accents and light-filled lounges.
The rooms and suites all have exquisite classical design and sumptuously comfortable fittings. They have views of either the gardens or the lagoon and some even look over towards St Mark’s Square over the water – definitely our favourite rooms. Some rooms such as the Garden View Room, the Lagoon View Junior Suites and the Garden Suites feature a small balcony or terrace.
Each morning you can spend a while in bed before heading down to the dedicated breakfast room to make the most of an extensive buffet. Lunch is a casual affair and takes place at the al fresco Cip’s Club which has a deck over the water and Venice City views. This restaurant is also open for dinner and is one of the city’s most romantic spots for a dinner ‘per due’. The Michelin-starred Oro Restaurant is the hotel's delightful waterside setting; open only for dinner, the restaurant's design is sublime with a gold-leaf gilded ceiling and a striking glass chandelier.
On the eastern end of Giudecca Island, overlooking the lagoon towards St Mark’s Square, a 5-minute boat transfer from central Venice; 24-7 boat transfers are available on the hotel’s launch
Good to know
Hotel is not available 05-13 and 18-19 May, 12-14 Jul and 02-03 Nov.
96 rooms and suites
• Dine at Cip’s Club, a wooden over-water terrace that overlooks St Mark’s Square
Breakfast in the breakfast room.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £95 • Breakfast and dinner
Full Board from £184 • Breakfast and dinner • Lunch at Giudecca 10.
*Denotes local charge