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19 Mar 2019
"To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual" (Oscar Wilde)
14 Jan 2019
'The List' 2019 is revealed; a month-by-month guide of out of the ordinary transformative travel experiences, unique to the wonderful world of Belmond.
In the floating city of love there is a place that looks and feels like no other. An elegant oasis of serenity and style, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice has a special place in Belmond history as the first hotel in its global portfolio of iconic properties, trains and river cruises.
A destination within a destination, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a mere five minutes from St Mark’s Square by private wooden motorboat, allowing guests the opportunity to explore the city’s charms before retreating to the tip of Giudecca Island on the edge of Venice’s picturesque lagoon.
While the canals and winding streets of the Queen of the Adriatic may be filled with tourists, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a secluded retreat where guests can relax like nowhere else in Venice.
Here they can slip into one of the finest swimming pools in Europe and the only Olympic-sized pool in central Venice and float in filtered seawater as attendants stand by with fresh towels and cool drinks. They can treat their taste buds in the hotel restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Oro Restaurant, and be pampered by a range of indulgent spa treatments in the Casanova Wellness Centre.
Those feeling active can kayak or water bike past ancient monasteries and wildlife, or team up with a personal trainer to exercise around Giudecca Island or on state of the art equipment from Technogym in the hotel’s fitness centre. Tennis fans can raise their heart rates and their game by taking on a tennis pro on the hotel’s red clay tennis court, while fashion lovers can have a workout of their own in the hotel’s boutique which offers a colourful collection of Venetian fashion, accessories and jewellery.
Guests can choose to stay in either the hotel’s main building with vistas of the lagoon, or in the former 15th-century palace, the Palazzo Vendramin, with panoramic views of St Mark’s Square.
The two buildings are joined by an ancient courtyard and green walkway where roses, jasmine and wisteria bloom and where herbs including mint, rosemary and sage grow before appearing on dishes and in drinks in the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
The recently renovated rooms and suites are light and fresh, combining traditional and contemporary details with unique Venetian touches.
The 95 accommodations range from charming single rooms with king sized beds and marble bathrooms, through double rooms and junior suites to suites, many with balconies or terraces. Here guests can start their day with a complimentary full breakfast and end it looking out into a beautiful peaceful night with unforgettable views over the lagoon, gardens or St Mark’s Square.
The majestic Dogaressa Suite is the largest in the Palazzo Vendramin, with panoramic views over St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. The sitting room features original 18th -century Coromandel screens and antiques enhanced with priceless Fortuny and Rubelli fabrics, the elegant marble bathroom offers a bathtub and separate shower while the master bedroom comes with a king size or twin beds overlooking the tranquil Casanova gardens.
The famous Palladio Suite has its own exclusive dock for guests to arrive and leave in privacy, an airy living room that opens onto a lagoon-view balcony, a private plunge pool and jacuzzi on a terrace surrounded by fragrant jasmine, two marble bathrooms, a dining area where a personal butler can serve up to eight at an intimate dinner party, and 180-degree views of the Venetian lagoon through floor to ceiling windows.
Hotel guests and visitors alike are welcome to drink and dine in Belmond Hotel Cipriani’s renowned bars and restaurants.
Launched in April 2014, the 40-seat Oro Restaurant received its first Michelin star within two years of opening. Headed by Executive Chef Davide Bisetto, who became the first Italian chef to gain two Michelin stars in France, the menu reinterprets the hotel’s historic gastronomic tradition using the finest Italian ingredients. The wine list includes more than 1,000 esteemed labels, while the décor by one of the pioneers of restaurant design, Adam D Tihany, includes a domed gold leaf ceiling with a stunning handmade Murano glass chandelier.
The informal and yet undeniably glamorous Cip’s Club Restaurant has long held an international reputation as one of the top spots in Venice. Italian specialities and traditional Venetian cuisine are enjoyed alfresco on a wooden terrace over the lagoon with spectacular views of St Mark’s Square day and night. Meanwhile the poolside Porticciolo Restaurant offers appetisers, salads, and brick oven pizzas alongside refreshing drinks.
The hotel has three bars, each with their own distinct personality. Enoteca: La Via della Sete allows guests to savour a traditional Venetian wine cellar’s atmosphere with a selection of the best Italian and global wines paired with small Italian cicchetti snacks. The Gabbiano Bar is where guests can watch the sun set as they sway to live piano music, while the San Giorgio Bar opens in the evening for aperitifs or after dinner drinks beside the lagoon.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani has a reputation for impeccable service—a reputation that goes beyond the hotel grounds and includes private tours and experiences. While the complimentary private shuttle boat runs 24 hours a day between the hotel and St Mark’s Square, guests can arrange to take the hotel’s wooden motorboat, Shirley, out for full or half day excursions. Shirley can carry up to ten people and comes with a dedicated captain who can take guests to Murano for glass, Burano for lace, or to any number of the islands in the lagoon for a magical getaway. Picnics and champagne can also be arranged for sunset, or any time of day.
The hotel has a special Smile Club for younger guests. From May until mid-September a tutor supervises a playroom where children can learn to make traditional Venetian masks, take a picnic in the garden and have pastry lessons with a chef. Babysitting is available on request, and the hotel also arranges special activities for the whole family including treasure hunts around Venice and visits to the Secret Prisons.
As the original iconic Belmond hotel, a stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani is best enjoyed as part of the company’s signature Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journey from London to Venice, allowing train lovers to combine the romance of Venice with the romance of rail. While many guests may dream of living at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani year-round, the hotel is open for just seven months each year, from the end of March until the beginning of November.
Located on the tip of Giudecca island, just five minutes from St Mark’s Square, Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers lavish accommodation overlooking its lush gardens or the serene lagoon—many rooms have a private balcony.
Guests can relax by the only Olympic-size swimming pool in central Venice, enjoy a private boat excursion or savour Michelin-starred cuisine at Oro Restaurant. The Casanova Wellness Centre offers indulgent spa treatments in the flower-filled grounds; younger guests can be entertained at the Smile Club.Download Factsheet