Venetian escape

Venetian escape

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From March to November, enjoy the tranquil luxury that is the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa on the private island resort of Isola delle Rose, Venice…

The ultimate decadent experience for the discerning traveller, the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa is an ideally situated base from which to explore the sights of Venice. Based in the private island resort of Isola delle Rose, with its stunning grounds and park, and steeped in Venetian heritage, it’s just a short hop by complimentary shuttle to St Mark’s Square and the cultural and culinary delights of Venice.

The resort’s design is the work of renowned Italian architect Matteo Thun and his partner Luca Colombo, who have concentrated on integrating contemporary elements within the historical setting, rather than replacing the existing 19 buildings to showcase their unique history and personality. “The resort reflects the lagoon’s spirit – water, slowness and silence…“ says Thun. Many rooms have pools facing the lagoon or gardens to enhance the sense of seclusion; dense bushes divide the gardens, adding to the sense of privacy and space. If you are lucky enough to travel to the resort in early summer, as we were this May, you will be greeted by the most beautiful sight and smell of thousands of roses in full bloom, which lend their name to the resort: Isola delle Rose.

The resort boasts 266 rooms and suites in a luxurious four-storey main building, which offers absolute tranquillity with spectacular views of the resort and lagoon, or a selection of villas within in the grounds. However, for the discerning traveller who wants total peace, the resort has a real hidden gem: Villa Rose. Set in its own gardens and facing out over the lagoon, this beautifully designed two-bedroom villa comes with a private pool, decked relaxation area and uninterrupted views of Venice and the lagoon.

No trip to Venice is complete without total immersion in the globally renowned Venetian cuisine, and the JW Marriott resort offers four individual dining experiences: the Cucina daily restaurant, Sagra rooftop restaurant, Giardino, and the Michelin-starred Dopolavoro Dining Room. The name Dopolavoro, which means ‘after work’ in Italian, says it all – there’s no better way to end a day relaxing in the spa and exploring the labyrinth of Venice’s treasures. Today it is the realm of one of the most acclaimed chefs in Italy – “an artisan cook,” as he likes to describe himself – who combines a mastery of the traditional with virtuosity and measure to renew the country’s great cuisine. Thanks to Chef Giancarlo Perbellini the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star after just six months. Giancarlo was born in Bovolone a quiet town in Verona in 1964, his roots lie in the great Italian rural tradition, where the land and its produce are a fundamental resource. The organic vegetables and fruits that you see around the dining room have been hand planted and are all grown in the on-site garden without pesticides. The soil, rich with minerals and nutrients, gives the vegetables a unique and distinctive flavour. The olive oil from the trees is exclusively served in the restaurant and used coffee grinds from the hotel are made into fertiliser.

If relaxation is more of a draw than food, you’ll appreciate the resort’s Goco Spa – the most comprehensive in Venice. Its eight treatment rooms open like a shell onto the lagoon, and facilities include a sauna, bio-sauna, hammam and gym. But its crowning glory has to be the magnificent heated indoor vitality pool, which extends outdoors through a movable glass wall – it really has to be seen to be believed! During our stay we enjoyed a relaxing Mediterranean massage (which uses oil made from the 110 olive trees on the island). Both relaxing and energising, it was the perfect antidote to all the sightseeing!

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