Baroque Travel takes a look at some of the luxury hotels welcoming visitors to Italy in Summer 2020 as the country reopens after severe lockdown restrictions during Covid-19
Italy is embracing Summer 2020 as the country opens up after one of the most severe lockdowns due to Covid-19. When the coronavirus first took over the world earlier this year, Italy was badly hit and as a result, its people suffered one of the toughest lockdowns ever. Now, as Italy opens its doors to welcome visitors, the country’s luxurious hotels are pulling out all the stops.
Venice remains the quintessential romantic destination and the City of Canals is preparing itself to welcome the crowds who come to enjoy people-watching in St Mark’s Square, exploring the city’s winding alleyways and sailing in a gondola at sunset. The sumptuous San Clementi Palace Kempinski Venice will welcome guests in July, with all Covid-19 precautions in place. As it’s located on its own private island, this establishment, a proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers an exclusive, private, secluded retreat – the ultimate luxury for guests in the time of social distancing.
It may be on its own private island, but when visitors want to explore Venice’s remarkable sights, a short boat ride will get them to Piazza San Marco in minutes. The hotel’s lavish rooms and suites all offer superlative comfort and amenities and there are three excellent restaurants offering creative renditions of iconic Italian and Venetian dishes. There’s plenty to do at the hotel if you’re enjoying a welcome break, including soaking up the sun by the outdoor swimming pool, keeping fit at the state-of-the-art gym and enjoying therapeutic herb massage treatments at the spa. With Venice as your backdrop, this is the perfect spot to unwind, relax and enjoy an iconic Venice summer – no holds barred. As far as Covid-19 is concerned, the Kempinski White Glove Service has been implemented to ensure guests and staff are in a safe and healthy environment.
Another luxury hotel in Italy, the majestic Il Sereno Hotel on breathtaking Lake Como opens on June 25, 2020, offering every luxury and comfort in an unmatched setting. Enjoy Summer 2020 in this idyllic destination, in one of the most magnificent settings Italy has to offer, coupled with every possible pampering facility. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Como, this award-winning deluxe hotel offers simple elegance and unmatched tranquility. Drive here, or arrive by helicopter for unsurpassed views of the lake as you descend into a magical world where your every wish is granted.
Located on a sunny promontory next to the tiny village of Torno, this exquisite hotel offers a Michelin-star restaurant for world-class fine dining and sumptuous suites on the lake with terraces to take in the views. When you’re feeling rejuvenated, perhaps after a visit to the superlative spa, there’s plenty to do here, from boating on the lake to hiking, golf, wine tasting and cooking classes. And let’s not forget the shopping…
Last but not least, another enticing establishment to consider if Italy is on your summer wishlist, there’s the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina, Sicily, throwing its doors open to welcome guests on July 1 after closing during lockdown for Covid-19. It’s another island setting away from the bustle and noise of the world, located in the heart of picturesque Taormina. This grand hotel was the first to be built in the city and offers awe-inspiring views across the coast towards Mount Etna.
With its manicured gardens, sensational dining experiences and the opportunity to enjoy cocktails with unsurpassed views, the hotel is paradise found. Literary giants have stayed here to write famous works inspired by the magical setting. Its rooms evoke an atmosphere of comfort and luxe, a chance to step back in time to before the world became chaotic. Sicily is an enchanting destination, and a stay at this equally magnificent luxury hotel will make it a memorable one.
Photographs courtesy of individual hotels featured above