SL took a trip to the famous Italian city to review the new five-star JW Marriott resort, nestled in Venice's picturesque waterways.
What is it? A new five-star resort, set on its own green and leafy 16-hectare island in the Italian city's famous lagoon. With heart-stopping views across the water to St. Mark’s Square (from a rooftop pool no less), a deluxe spa, sporting activities aplenty and a complimentary 20-minute vaparetto service that takes you to the city centre, it’s a real respite from the tourist-crowded streets of Venice.
And yes, it may be a JW Marriott, but don’t let that put you off – this is a seriously plush offering that’s been thoughtfully designed by top Italian architectural firm Matteo Thun.
Who goes? Returnees to Venice, long-stay visitors or those with energetic children who’ll love the abundance of space.
The vibe: Cool, contemporary and minimalist, the entire place has the feel of an elegant seaside resort, a pleasing counterpoint to the elaborate, ornate styles that are classically Venetian. The sheer size of the island means that accommodation, restaurants and services are spread out (borrow a golf buggy if you don’t feel like walking) so even when the resort is busy, it never feels cramped.
The rooms: For the ultimate in luxury, plump for the stand-alone, two-bedroom Villa Rose, set in its own secluded area with private pool; lodgings in the La Residenza wing come with pretty lagoon-side gardens, while SL were very taken with the Uliveto rooms, set in hundred-year-old olive groves and with bath tubs so big you could swim in them.
The food: With no fewer than four restaurants, there’s really no reason to head over to St. Mark’s every night for dinner. Choose from the poolside Giardino Grill, the fine-dining Dopolavoro for date night, or sip on an evening aperitivo at the rooftop Sagra (any excuse to get another look at that view).
The vast and varied breakfast at Cucina would make any Italian proud, with cook-staff on hand to prepare hot dishes as you like.
The extras: The aforementioned rooftop pool, another larger pool in the grounds (with a shallow paddling area for kids), a top-notch spa (Venice’s largest) and a gym.
Plus, if you get bored of sunbathing, there are yoga and mediation sessions in the landscaped gardens, cookery classes and water sports all on offer.
And with surroundings this jaw-dropping, you may well be tempted to skip the obligatory gondola ride altogether...
Double rooms from €395 (£285) in low season, rising to €600 (£433) in high. Breakfast included.