Where to stay in Venice in 2015

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Book now to stay at the magnificently restored luxury enclave on its own private island in Venice – the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace, which reopens in April 2015

It’s been a best-kept secret for too long, but finally St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has revealed that the magnificent St Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will reopen to the public after a year of meticulous restoration to its former glory! Located on is own private island in the heart of the spectacular Venice Lagoon, this romantic Venetian retreat will be the jewel in the crown of the City of Canals.

The hotel’s spectacular six hectares of gardens were already famous for their beauty, and they are waiting to be explored when you visit here. All of the signature amenities are still available – they have just been rejuvenated and taken to the next level. We’re talking about the stunning spa, which offers every facility for pampering and relaxation, an exquisite outdoor swimming pool complete with cabanas, a tennis court for the active, and a kids’ club.

The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Paris is just one of one of nine signature establishments owned by the prestigious Starwood group, three of which are located in Italy – the others are the St. Regis Rome and the St. Regis Florence. This private Venetian retreat boasts one of the most desired addresses in Venice, and has long been renowned for its luxury and exclusivity.

It’s located just minutes from St Mark’s Square by private boat in the center of the Venice Lagoon on San Clemente Island, which was originally founded in the 12th Century. The island itself is also home to a charming 15th Century church, where many guests choose to have their weddings.

The 191 sumptuous rooms and suites in this plush establishment have been redecorated in contemporary style by award-winning international designers Hirsch Bedner Associates and GA Design. Each offers spectacular views over the lagoon and the beautiful gardens. There are 48 exquisite suites in all, including a palatial Royal Suite and an impressive Presidential Suite.

The building has had many incarnations in its time – it served as a monastery as well as a military outpost and was also a guest residence for Venetian nobility between the 12th and 17th Centuries. The architects and designers have managed to retain its charming historic personality whilst ensuring that the hotel offers every modern facility.

Guests enjoy a private and exclusive location that is just minutes by boat from all the attractions that make Venice so famous, including museums, galleries, shops and restaurants. In St. Regis tradition, they also enjoy the signature bespoke Butler Service for which the brand is famous. The newly refurbished hotel will offer a magnificent wine cellar as well as a bar in the tradition of the famous King Cole Bar in New York where the very first Bloody Mary cocktail was created over 80 years ago. In St. Regis style, the new bar will feature its own signature Bloody Mary prepared with local ingredients.

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