Belmond Hotel Cipriani is one of Venice’s most celebrated. As described on its website: If Venice is a theatre, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box. Hotel has a commanding position across the Venetian lagoon on the tip of Giudecca Island with panoramic views across to Piazza San Marco and the lagoon and islands beyond. It is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artefacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city.
After a major refurbishment, the new décor captures the essence of Venice with Murano glass, antique mirrors, fabrics by Fortuny and Rubelli and handmade artifacts by local craftsmen. The pastel-colored, 15th century palace offers accommodation in 95 spacious and sumptuous rooms and suites.
Guests can enjoy in magnificent Olympic-sized pool which is one of the finest in Europe. Fully heated, it is filled with filtered seawater. Or, explore the 100 small islands that make up Venice aboard the hotel’s private boat, “Shirley”, a splendid wooden vessel commanded by a knowledgeable captain.
The Poolside Restaurant is open for lunch daily and serves alfresco, buffet-style lunches and snacks, including an enticing array of regional specialities and drinks. The Fortuny Restaurant is one of Venice’s most lavish dining rooms adorned with blown glass chandeliers and silks. With two expansive terraces bordering the lagoon, this is a truly romantic setting. Those looking for a more casual setting may choose the Cip’s Club, a typical Italian pizzeria and grill that serves pizza from a wood-burning oven as well as local Venetian food – the views over the Piazza San Marco are simply stunning. Bars include the Piano Bar Gabbiano, the San Giorgio Bar, and the Poolside Bar.
The hotel also offers a wellness centre featuring a range of treatments, fitness centre and hair salon.