Belmond Hotel Cipriani , Venice, Italy
A true Venice legend, the Cipriani is the hotel that has it all – cosseted luxury, the city's only Olympic-sized swimming pool, an eye-wateringly chic clientele and the world's most famous cocktail bar.
Historically, Giudecca Island, which is reached by private launch, was regarded as Venice’s ‘garden of delights’, with the Cipriani set at its heart as a luxurious world unto itself.
To this day the hotel remains one of the world’s finest establishments, famed for its excellent service and sumptuous style, and decorated in flamboyant fashion with lashings of silk brocade, murals, frescoes and gilded ceilings.
Frequented by the ultra-rich and super-famous, its reputation is globally-recognised as THE hotel in Venice, built not only on the consistently-high standards of Venetian cuisine served in the restaurants, but also its wondrous facilities and unique and exclusive excursions that provide red carpet access to the best of the city's vibrant culture and hidden gems.