Built in 1958 by the legendary inventor of the Bellini and owner of Venice’s iconic Harry’s Bar, the Belmond Cipriani Hotel dominates the approach to Giudecca Island, overlooking the Venice lagoon, with its unique views of St Mark’s Square. Stepping in the footsteps of many a celebrity, you land from your private launch and are welcomed by liveried staff into lush gardens, filled with fragrant flowers and shrubs.
This is a veritable oasis, a world apart, yet only seven minutes from the noise and bustle of St Mark’s Square. Enter the cool, marble floored entrance, lit by sparkling chandeliers and decorated with pedestals of tropical flowers, antiques, gilded mirrors, sumptuous furniture and furnishings and works of art and you will know you have arrived somewhere very special.
Guests who want to relax in sumptuous, peaceful surroundings, with the added advantage of the best views in Venice.
The hotel offers 95 luxurious rooms and suites spread between the main hotel building and Palazzo Vendramin, a 15th-century building linked to the Belmond Cipriani through an ancient courtyard and flowered passage-way. The spacious rooms boast magnificent views and balconies overlooking the lagoon, the gardens or Piazza San Marco.
Food and Drink
Dining at the Belmond Cipriani offers a timeless dining experience reflecting the romantic atmosphere of Venice. Eat at the decadent Oro restaurant or at the informal Cip’s Club on decking overlooking St Mark’s Square. You can also step inside Enoteca: La Via Della Sete and savour the atmosphere of a traditional Venetian wine cellar.
The Belmond Cipriani boasts the romantic Casanova Wellness Centre, an enchanting garden spa where the stresses of the city are forgotten. Rose petals are strewn along a path smelling of jasmine, and whether you opt for the Essential Rose Facial or an Ultimate Aromatherapy massage, you’ll find yourself drifting away to another planet.
If you want something a little more active, the Belmond Cipriani has the only swimming pool in central Venice, a red clay tennis court, a fitness and beauty centre, and a boutique arcade.
The stunning Granaries of the Republic, exquisitely restored to their 19th century grandeur with unique views of St. Marks Square, are available for a special occasion.
The island of Giudecca has a laid back and a relaxed lifestyle and a distinctive village like atmosphere, with a lively waterfront. There are three famous churches: the Chiesa Del Redentore, Chiesa Della Zitelle ad Chiesadi Sant ‘Eufemia.
Just a short boat ride away are all the attractions of Venice itself, from St Mark’s Square and the Doges Palace to museums, churches, palazzos and, of course, gondolas on the Grand Canal.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Rates at the Belmond Cipriani start from €650 per night.
Value for money
If you seek a tranquil setting on what seems like your own private island, away from the crowds, the Belmond Cipriani offers excellent value for money.
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4.3 miles south of Marco Polo International Airport, you can travel by taxi or water taxi to the city centre. The Belmond Cipriani’s private launch takes 7 minutes from St Mark’s Square. There is also a private marina.