The first time I visited Venice I was about 16 or 17 years old when digital cameras did not exist, it was a 5 day school trip, in freezing cold winter, by coach. Yes, that’s correct, we travelled by coach for 24 hours with 20 or so students and couple of tutors. Never mind the stiff backs of the younglings, toilet that was completely jammed by human waste, our sleep disrupted in the dead of night to have our passports checked in the middle of nowhere. It was what we paid for, but all soon forgotten when we arrived in the Italian city, Venice!
Fast forward to 16 years, over a decade older, and my second visit to Venice! I was invited to stay 2 nights at the newly opened JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in the middle of hot summer in June, it’s a new luxury retreat set on a private island in the Venetian lagoon, Isola delle Rose, away from the hustle and bustle, St Mark’s Square is just 20 minute shuttle ride away.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is surrounded by lush greenery and olive trees, and 20 buildings which consist of a luxury hotel and private villas, outdoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre, 4 restaurants, a chapel, and a rooftop pool overlooking Venice. The island has an interesting history of its own, the original building was used to be an isolation hospital to house patients with respiratory ailments back in the 1930s. Abandoned for many years, thankfully restored with new structures being built transformed into a five star luxury resort designed by Milan-based Matteo Thun with partner Luca Colombo, he also contributed to interior design of the property and landscape design. What I loved about staying at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa was witnessing the incredible, fiery Venetian sunset over Venice without disruptions from tourists but in the surrounding serenity.
Like Paris, Venice is arguably one the most romantic cities in the world. It’s a perfect place to share romantic moments, proposal, honeymoon and romantic getaway. Venice, famous for its rich art, Venetian heritage, architecture, food, colourful history, fashion and culture, which remains as one of the top destinations in Europe. Apart from St Mark’s Square as its iconic landmark, Venice is known for its maze of canals and narrow streets that makes up the city.
Narrow streets, narrow walkways and over the bridges, the city has no roads so not a car in sight, it’s accessed by water bus or water taxi and on foot, there’s a lot of walking involved and if you wouldn’t mind getting lost in the confusing maze, feel free without the use of digital map, enjoy being lost, you may encounter hidden gems in the backstreet of canals.
Thanks to Reem, Carin, Laetitia and Emily for being such wonderful company in Venice, the trip would not have been enjoyable without the girls, and the wonderful hospitality from JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. Kerching!
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Kit Lee was a guest of JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa.