Follow in the footsteps of French nobles and Hollywood stars with a stay in one of the world’s finest hotels. Set on a near-private Venetian island, the Hotel Cipriani serves up fine dining, spa treatments and antique-furnished extravagances to spectacular views over the lagoon and onto the church spires of Venice. You’ll also explore with private water taxis throughout, enjoying a pair of included excursions. Alongside a lagoon cruise a private guide wiil bring you on a tasting tour of Venice’s secret cicchetti and bacari wine bars.
Arrive at your UK departure airport where you'll enjoy complimentary VIP lounge access before your flight. Then, once landed in Venice, you’ll be brought aboard your private launch. It’s surely the most evocative way to arrive, sailing along those famous canals to arrive at your very own Venetian island. Here, you’ll be treated to one of the world’s greatest hotels.
Its restaurant is Michelin starred, its Olympic-sized pool the only one in central Venice and Casanova wooed his lovers in its gardens. The spa treatments and balconied rooms are suitably extravagant.
Although you’ll have the hotel’s private launch on call to explore central Venice, we’ve included a private food and wine tour to get your bearings. A resident expert will bring you off the beaten track to the osterias favoured by the locals, pairing fine wines with the best in cicchetti cuisine. As the Venetian answer to tapas, you can expect small dishes of local specialities enjoyed standing up at the bar.
There’s also plenty of time to explore at your own pace, perhaps taking in Venice’s waterway maze with a gondola ride or losing yourself in its alleyways, discovering a fresh church icon at every turn.
Breakfast & Lunch included
Today has been left at leisure, perhaps to enjoy the view and sun from the pool terrace. There’s also the chance to explore the artisan workshops and vineyards of the lesser-visited lagoon islands. Burano, a Venice in miniature, is a special highlight.
Whatever you choose, you’ll end in style with an included boat cruise. Setting out in a private water taxi with your guide, you’ll discover the charm and silence of the narrow canals immersed in shadow, observe silhouettes of ancient rooftops against the skies; meander through vibrant neighbourhoods and under bridges, past squares and get a glimpse of secret gardens.
After a final indulgent breakfast, your private water taxi will see you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
"One of the ultimate Venice experiences, though not in the heart of Venice's maze of Venice's tiny streets, the Belmond Cipriani's location offers the best of both worlds from its exclusive spot at the eastern end of the Giudecca island. Overlooking the lagoon towards St Mark's Square is a calm oasis where you can enjoy privacy and peace in vibrant Venice. The centre of Venice is easily reached in five minutes with the hotel's complimentary private launch"
May / October from: £6,385 pp
Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep from: £7,720 pp