Aman hotels recently opened a 25-suite resort along Venice's Grand Canal in the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli, one of the city's most stunning waterfront palaces. What's great about this destination is that, unlike many of the resorts in Aman's portfolio, you can come here for dinner and drinks even if you're not a guest. I recommend visiting just before dusk and pre-booking a table in the hotel's adjacent garden. But it's also nice to visit for lunch, (the hotel has one of the city's only Thai-themed restaurant menus) and spend the afternoon sipping cold mojito's on their cozy garden chairs next to the Grand Canal.
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Dine At A Count's Mansion
Dinner at Aman Canal Grande isn't just a meal - it's an experience. The hotel, one of the most luxurious in the world, is actually a Count's mansion, which has been converted into a hotel. No wonder the opulent dining room is lined with gorgeous frescoes and ornate chandeliers (see photo).
We asked for a table by the window and spent the evening watching gondolas float past on the Grand Canal. The menu features a number of rustic Italian delicacies - we loved the fried mussels and fennel and orange salad. Make sure you try the in-house smoked salmon and freshly-baked breads too.
The dining rooms at Aman Canal Grande are perfect if you're in an indulgent mood or celebrating a special occasion in Venice.