JEWEL OF THE ISLE

In a city renowned for its fas­ci­na­tion with glitz and splen­dour, Bel­mond Ho­tel Cipri­ani is a trea­sure box at the cen­tre of Venice’s float­ing world.

Robb Report Singapore - - Travel & Leisure - By RENYI LIM

oth­ing in the story of Venice is or­di­nary,” the au­thor and his­to­rian Jan Mor­ris wrote of the city that she came to fall deeply in love with dur­ing her first visit in 1945. “She was born dan­ger­ously, lived grandly and never aban­doned her brazen in­di­vid­u­al­ism.” It’s fit­ting, then, that a place as ex­tra­or­di­nary as the Bel­mond Ho­tel Cipri­ani has con­tin­ued to f lour­ish in the City of Bridges, build­ing up an il­lus­tri­ous his­tory matched only by La Serenis­sima her­self.

Much has been said about the ho­tel’s star­dust­coated ros­ter of guests. It’s true that you might spot Ge­orge Clooney com­muning with head bar­man Wa­ter Bol­zonella at Gab­biano Bar in the wee hours of the morn­ing, or Char­l­ize Theron loung­ing be­side the Olympic-sized, heated sea­wa­ter pool. But celebrity-watch­ing aside, Bel­mond Ho­tel Cipri­ani’s real al­lure is the way it lets you en­joy the city – when you want, wher­ever you set your sights upon and in what­ever way you choose.

Perched on the tip of Gi­udecca is­land, the ho­tel is at once neatly re­moved from and right in the cen­tre of Venice. Should you be filled with a sud­den sense of wanderlust af­ter mid­night, a 24-hour boat ser­vice will de­liver you to a pri­vate dock at Pi­azza San Marco within five min­utes.

There are few havens in Venice more com­fort­able than the ho­tel’s 95 opu­lent

rooms and suites.

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