Across the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco on a tiny island away from the madding crowds and bustle is one of Venice’s most unusual and secret hotel gems. And it’s just a short, picturesque boat ride from the heart of the city.
The Island Palace with Gardens is an exciting, unique five-star hotel concept. The handsome building used to be a sixteenth-century convent designed by the greatest Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio. The Palace has been restored to its former splendour as an exclusive private hotel with a limited number of sumptuous suites and bedrooms. What is most amazing about this location however are its incredible and very large gardens. They are a welcome haven from the busyness of the mainland, and one of the most romantic settings for an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception in Venice.
Bursts of colors from roses, hydrangeas and lilies and other incredibly colourful blooms vie with each other creating an utterly romantic atmosphere. Majestic trees and vine covered trellis grow in beauty and harmony together. There are three different gardens, each with its own style and architecture to enjoy, not to mention experiencing the rich scent of the many blooms. The gardens are available for wedding receptions and ceremonies.
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The Island Palace has 37 rooms and 13 Suites, with a warm and welcoming decor, and a soft colour palette.. Each of its spacious rooms is beautifully detailed with the finest paint decoration and tapestries, while still maintaining its original identity. Many rooms have beautiful lagoon views or enchanting garden views, some featuring small balconies.
- Restaurant - delectable cuisine.
- Exclusive Spa - Wellness Center.
- Regular complimentary boat shuttle between the Island and Venice.
The Palace hotel offers an exclusive Spa & Wellness Center, a complex of 450 square meters, a unique retreat space, with eight treatment rooms and a relaxation area with breathtaking views of St. Marks. Relax, restore and discover the joy of being well with all natural wellness therapies and beauty treatments, the ultimate in rejuvenation and nourishment.
The main restaurant offers a menu which focuses on light and savoury dishes made with organic ingredients, all of which strictly follow the “carbon neutral” principle – fresh seafood from local markets, the freshest, ripest seasonal fruit used in the delicious homemade cakes, and a selection of wines from the nearby Friuli region. At the restaurant, guests may choose whether to dine in the dining room, with its charming open kitchen, or outdoors on the patio, nestled in the beautiful backdrop of the gardens.
An unforgettable blessing ceremony can be arranged in the stunning gardens while civil ceremonies are held at the Palazzo Cavalli, one of Italy's greatest wedding halls or the equally beautiful Palace on the charming Island of Murano. There is also the possibility of a Catholic ceremony in the attached church or several stunning historical churches on the mainland including San Marco's basilica.