If nothing less than an immaculately refurbished, tad off-the-radar ancient Venetian palazzo will do for you and yours, then get your gondola rowing towards the gleaming Ai Reali quicksticks.
Located in a quiet square between Rialto and Piazza San Marco, this former C.17th aristocratic palace now oozes old-meets-new opulence, with suites featuring antique textiles, gilded chandeliers, and original wooden flooring juxtaposed against updated polychrome marble baths and high-tech, wired-up gizmos.
Opt for a Junior Suite with charming fireplace and private terrace overlooking a quiet canal, get more green sanctuary from the ambient ground floor bar and garden, or kit out and enjoy the river views from your table at trad Italian fine diner Alle Corone.
It doesn’t end there – in this spa-starved city, the Reali also homes the absolutely divine, Asian-ish Wellness Spa, an airy temple to Thai-focused treatments, plus sauna and rooftop hydrotherapy pool. Serenissima-aaah!
Ai Reali, Campo della Fava, SM 5527, Venice. +39 41 228 60275 hotelaireali.com