JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
This private-island resort sits in the middle of the Venetian Lagoon, 20 minutes by complimentary shuttle boat from St Mark’s Square. It’s perfect, therefore, if you’re looking to escape the crowds that fill Venice in high season, or as a base for exploring the many other islands that lie scattered about the lagoon.
Situated in the main building, JW rooms and suites are light, spacious and contemporary in design. Many feature large floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies and views of the lagoon and the resort’s leafy gardens. For those wanting additional privacy, a cluster of residences with private gardens and, in most cases, private pools lie scattered around the hotel grounds.
Amenities include a rooftop pool deck with sensational 360-degree views, a larger family-friendly pool in the middle of the island’s century-old park, an award-winning spa, gym, jogging tracks, games pitches, a kids’ club and an open-air cinema. On-island activities include olive oil and wine tasting, while the concierge team will happily arrange anything from visits to a Murano glass factory to trips with the chef to Venice’s famous Rialto Market.