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JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

My first time in Venice started with me feeling pretty smug on a Riva boat driven by a handsome Italian, giggling away with some cool ladies. This is what some of my dreams look like: always on a boat, always in good company. As we zoomed to the hotel, typically Venetian scenes unfolded in front of us. The wind in my hair, I was already seduced by the city… We arrived at the newly opened JW Marriott Resort & Spa on Isola Delle Rosa and it felt as if we were in a James Bond film (Sean Connery era, of course) – docking straight in the mouth of a hotel will do that to you.

From this point on, the excitement levels kept going up – my room, which was in the Uliveto building of the hotel was a true delight, with a private deck overlooking the island’s church and olive gardens. I spent many hours sat there, enjoying la dolce vita with a good book. The interior is minimal, modern and homely – yes, this is a possible combination – and I felt at home straight away. I put my case down and felt relaxed. Venice being an extremely busy city pretty much all year long, and so it makes a lot of sense to stay in a hotel away from it all. This way you get to explore everything in the day and then escape to your own private island at night, enjoying the serenity and comfort. There is something to be said about being on a luxurious island, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, especially when you can access said city after a short and sweet boat journey.

And in case the room and the island weren’t enough for me to relax, on my first day, I was treated to a signature massage at the GOCO spa, followed by a dip in the beautiful spa pool, overlooking the laguna. It was raining pretty hard but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the view. If anything it made the experience a little more magical. The massage itself was a mix of traditional Swedish and reflexology and it really helped me unwind. After it I was rested and ready to fully enjoy all the spa’s facilities, including one of the best saunas I ever roasted in.

Food-wise, there are a few different options for islanders, from the informal Cucina restaurant to poolside grazing at Sagra all the way to the Michelin starred Dopolavoro. The more I discovered of the island, the least reasons I could think of that would make me want to leave.

Island life is most definitely where it’s at this Summer!

If you would like to see more of my Venitian trip, have a look at my Gondola Diary or this outfit post. There will be more to come too.

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