CHECK IT OUT JW MARRIOTT VENICE RESORT & SPA
AN urban resort in Venice, occupying a private 16ha island in the lagoon with views to St Mark’s Square, opens on March 19.
The first property in Italy for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the sleek 266-room hideaway features century-old olive groves, a wine and cooking academy and the largest day spa in Venice; it is just 15 minutes by speed boat to St Mark’s Square and complimentary transfers operate around the clock.
Designed in collaboration with acclaimed Italian firm Matteo Thun & Partners, the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa incorporates Isola delle Rose’s cluster of historic buildings, updated to include serene, uncluttered interiors featuring locally made bricks, glass and tiles.
Sixteen of the suites feature private swimming pools, and all light-filled rooms are notable for their cool elegance and garden or lagoon views. La Villa, featuring two bedrooms and a large private garden, has a stunning pool with watery views over Venice.
This is Marriott’s first resort in Europe and it features a gorgeous rooftop pool commanding 360degree lagoon views and a dedicated family pool together with a children’s club. Canoeing and sailing are also available. The enormous Goco day spa features an indoor/outdoor aquatonic pool, health club, eight treatment rooms and a hammam.
Exploring the island’s gardens, where fruit orchards, olive groves and vegetable plots yield produce for the resort’s restaurants and cooking school. Or join an in-house Murano glassmaking workshop.
There’s little need to leave the island and the resort’s nine restaurants and bars helmed by executive chef Mauro Taufer. You’ll find a poolside bar serving cicchetti and share plates, a dockside deli where you can grab a quick coffee before boarding a boat for St Mark’s Square, a garden grill, a rooftop eatery and the signature Dopolavoro Dining Room specialising in innovative Veneto cooking (citrus-crust lamb with balsamic caviar is a signature dish).
Pop over to the lacemaking island of Burano for a lunch of local seafood at the charming family-run Ristorante Riva Rosa, a T&I favourite.
Vittorio Talvacchia suggests a guided walking tour of Hidden Venice exploring the city’s maze of narrow alleys, or calle. Or master the art of Venetian cooking at the resort’s Sapori Cooking Academy.
Rooms from €395 ($575) including breakfast. More: marriott.com.
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