Luxury Explorer Review

5-Star Hotel Review

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Italy

A romantic island oasis, yet only minutes from St Mark's Square, offering impeccable hospitality and world-class cuisine

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Location

Giudecca Island, a short transfer by private launch from St Mark's Square

Travel Information

Marco Polo Airport - just 30 mins by water taxi

Top Tips

The Palladio and Dogressa Suites are the ultimate in grand-luxe living

5-Star X-Factors

The Cipriani has the only swimming pool in central Venice, and it's a beauty. Oro restaurant is one of a handful to have earned a Michelin star

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

A Venetian institution in its own right, Belmond Hotel Cipriani exudes a heady blend of effortless glamour, chic d├ęcor and superb 5-star hospitality. Mere minutes from San Marco by private launch, this has long been the premier Venetian address, with postcard-perfect views of the lagoon and the Doge’s Palace.

Elegant rooms and voluptuous suites offer romantically refined Venetian design, while some have private balconies or terraces complete with sunbeds. Choose between Garden View and Lagoon View rooms in the main hotel or Palazzetto, connected to Palazzo Vendramin, where the suites have magnificent views of St. Marks Square. Our recommendation is to push the boat out as much as you can afford and book a room with a balcony and lagoon view or, if possible, for the ultimate experience, reserve the 18th century-inspired Dogaressa Suite adorned with exquisite art, fine fabrics, a pink marble bathroom and the most remarkable views across the lagoon to the Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Square.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers space and relaxation away from the hubub of Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal, with a full-size swimming pool (the only hotel pool in Venice) and a tennis court. The Casanova Wellness Centre is probably the best spa in Venice, pampering guests in the gardens where Casanova once wooed his lovers, and a hair salon ensures girls don't have to fret about their locks.

Taste sensations

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers several dining options. The jewel in the Cipriani crown is Michelin-starred Oro, overseen by chef Davide Bisetto, who creates imaginative dishes inspired by Italian tradition, using only the freshest ingredients. His love of abstract art is often featured in the presentation of his dishes. such as Seppia o Lardo, cuttlefish carpaccio with marinated daikon and clam sherbert. Cips Club is an informal Venetian institution, with a beautiful terrace and Enoteca offers traditional dishes. Porticcioli is the legendary poolside restaurant and the bars include Gabbiano by the pool and the San Giorgio Bar. Service throughout the hotel and restaurants is exemplary.

In our view, however, there's nothing better than sitting out on the terrace at Cip's Club and watching Venice sparkle at night.

We will be visiting again in 2018 to bring you an updated review!