Cipriani Hotel – Venice, Veneto, Italy

A Floating Oasis a Motor Launch Away

Like a private estate or country club in the middle of Venice, the Cipriani Hotel is marvelously removed from the taxing hubbub of tourist-overrun Venice. But the city’s magnificent Piazza San Marco is never more than a sleek motor launch away—one of the best arrivals you’re ever bound to make.

Set on the tip of the peaceful island of Giudecca, the Cipriani’s flower gardens and Olympic-sized pool (both a luxury in land-starved Venice) and silk Fortuny wall coverings in the dis­creetly gorgeous guest rooms make it a veritable sanctuary with unrivaled levels of service and unabashed comfort.

When room rates aren’t an issue, check into the jewel-like annex, the restored 15th-century Palazzo Vendramin or Palazzetto, where the good life gets even better: of the twelve exquisite apart­ments with personal butlers, the best have heart-stirring views of the canal and the Doge’s Palace beyond.

The Cipriani’s restau­rant is one of the city’s finest and most sophisticated. Like the lobby itself, it is not grand or overbearing, but there’s no mistaking its polished and easy elegance. The “Cip,” the hotel’s floating pontoon bar, is the city’s newest spot to while away an idyllic hour and order a perfect Bellini made from Prosecco and fresh white peach puree available only in season (May through August).

Much of the hotel’s relaxed perfection is owed in no small measure to its doting and famously charming general manager, Natale Rusconi, regarded with supreme respect in the hotel world.

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