Belmond Hotel Cipriani
save place
Photos (8)
Plane loader
Animated dots
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Hiding Out in an Island Palazzo
Secreted away on Giudecca Island is the glamorous, lagoon-facing Belmond Hotel Cipriani, originally opened in 1958 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of the infamous Harry’s Bar and the creator of that ubiquitous brunch cocktail, the Bellini. The peach-hued 15th-century palazzo is styled with Murano glass chandeliers and Fortuny and Rubelli fabrics and has a Michelin-starred chef in house and several knockout restaurants all set on manicured grounds. The hotel is kept safe from the prying eyes of paparazzi behind a castlelike wall. No wonder it’s the luxury hideout of choice for celebrities (Mick Jagger is a fan) and the jet set.

If guests do feel like venturing out, the hotel offers one-of-a-kind outings with expert local guides such as a nighttime photography stroll, a visit to area wineries and farms via boat, and a kayak paddle on the lagoon.
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Neighborhood Vibe
Take a closer look on a map, and you’ll see that Giudecca Island is a patchwork of several smaller islands connected by canals and bridges. Dotted with historic homes and a few hotels, this largely residential island is a toned-down alternative to bustling St. Mark’s Square, but still just a five-minute boat ride (by private shuttle, available 24 hours for guests) away from that social piazza.
Need to Know
Rooms: 43 rooms, 52 suites. From $1,300.
Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options: There are five restaurants and bars at the hotel, the standout being Oro, a golden-domed, fine-dining destination with Michelin-starred chef Davide Bisetto in charge. Adorned with original artwork inside—and picturesque views and a terrace outside—Cips Club also has a Mediterranean menu but is less formal. Savory cicchetti (Venetian tapas) and wines from around the world are on the menu at charming enoteca La Via Della Sete. Gabbiano Bar is a favorite for a cocktail at sunset, and lunch at the Porticciolo Pool Restaurant bordered by the iconic red-and-white-swirled gondola poles is not to be missed in warmer months.
Spa and gym details: The Casanova Wellness Centre, set in the garden, has an extensive menu of revitalizing facials, massages, and signature treatments. Keep up with workout routines in the garden-facing state-of-the-art gym, in the saltwater Olympic-size pool, or on the red-clay tennis courts.
Insider Tips
Who's it for: Food-savvy luxury travelers.
Our favorite rooms: With frescoed ceilings, antique furnishings, lagoon-facing floor-to-ceiling windows framed by ornate curtains, and ornate marble bathrooms and floors, the Palladio suite is fit for royalty. The terrace, with a sitting area and private plunge pool set in a garden, make this suite beautiful inside and out.
On the lagoon: The hotel has partnered with the storied Venetian rowing club to offer guests private gondola tours, complete with wine and cicchetti, on board the banana-yellow boats.
Original aud dev 300x350 example