Sneak Peek: The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace, Italy

The private-island resort provides welcome relief from Venice’s throngs of tourists…

St. Regis Reopens a Historic Private-Island Resort in Venice, Italy

Why Go: For a resort-style experience just a 10-minute journey from the heart of Venice, the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace fits the bill. St. Regis began managing the historic hotel in June, closing it in October for an approximately $28-million renovation led by the hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates. The reopening in April revealed 189 rooms (from about $625) with a new sleek, tailored look. Heritage terrazzo floors and Murano chandeliers give the rooms—including 48 suites—a sense of history and place, even though embellished with new statement mirrors and contemporary furnishings. Public spaces throughout the hotel have been redecorated as well, and a new spa will open later this year or early next year. On the half hour, the 15-acre, private-island resort runs complimentary boat rides to and from Piazza San Marco.

What to Expect: With around 70,000 tourists descending on Venice daily, San Clemente Palace offers respite from the crowds. The scene around its pool—set among manicured lawns and tennis courts, where restaurant La Dolce delivers craft cocktails and wood-fired pizzas among black-and-white cabanas—could not provide a more vivid contrast to the busy city center. The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant Acquerello specializes in locally sourced menu items like red shrimp, langoustine, and scallops. From lagoon-view rooms, including the two-bedroom Royal and Presidential suites, guests can catch a glimpse of the St. Mark’s Campanile on the horizon. JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa—on the neighboring island of Isola della Rosa—will celebrate its grand reopening on June 24.

How to Get There: From Venice Marco Polo Airport, take a 40-minute, water-taxi ride directly to the resort. (stregisvenice.com)

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