LA DOLCE VITA
“Venice is like eating an entire box of
chocolate liqueurs in one go,” Truman
Capote once quipped. One is reminded
of this sweetness upon entrance to the
JW MARRIOTT VENICE RESORT & SPA,
where sugared treats in glass canisters
await guests arriving to the modern lobby.
In contrast to the well-trodden Rococo
tradition of many Venetian hotels, this bright
and energetic space invites you to experience a more contemporary side of Venice,
from the singular paradise of its own private
island, the Isola delle Rose. Nestled among
lush private gardens and olive groves, the
hotel, which opened in March 2015, features
250 rooms and suites thoughtfully designed
by Architect Matteo Thun.
Arriving in the afternoon, I dropped my
bags and took the elevator to the rooftop, where the doors opened to reveal the
chic expanse of Sagra, the hotel’s pool bar
and restaurant. The sophisticated deck
space, with lounge chairs surrounding its
sleek pool, o;ers innovative sharing plates
and handcrafted cocktails with sweeping
lagoon views. It was the ideal place to toast
my arrival with an exquisitely expert Bellini.
Among the other dining highlights are
Cucina, where I started each day marveling anew at the breakfast bu;et’s plentiful
delights, and the Dopolavoro Dining Room,
the ultimate fine-dining experience featuring contemporary, high-end takes on classic
Veneto cuisine. Gourmands will appreciate
the convenient Dispensa Delicatessen—the
ideal place to grab a fresh juice or culinary
gift before zipping across the lagoon—and
the Sapori Cooking Academy, which o;ers
authentic regional cooking lessons.
After two days of museum hopping, it
was time for the restorative experience of
the spa. A full menu of wellness and beauty
services is available at this secluded facility;
as for me, a solitary dip in the pool and the
quiet thrill of reading in my own private,
lagoon-facing cabana was enough to
rejuvenate me for more art-seeking ahead.
Other amenities include a romantic
chapel and other event spaces, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a kids’ club and a
dedicated family pool.