This Five-Star Hotel in Venice, Italy Is Literally a Palace
San Clemente Palace Kempinski is an oasis of elegance and old-world style.
The resounding name of Kempinski carries impeccable credentials in the world of luxury hospitality. Kempinski Hotels is in fact Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, having been established in Berlin in 1897. It now operates 78 luxury properties in 34 countries and counting. One of the jewels in its crown is the San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice, Italy, a five-star oasis of elegance and style on a private island a 10-minute boat ride from St. Mark’s Square.
Best hotel in Venice recently rated by Conde Nast Traveler, San Clemente Palace Kempinski is indeed a lavish property, with breathtaking views of the lagoon and the historic city of Venice. A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World collection, this exclusive retreat offers a peaceful retreat away from the bustle of St. Mark’s Square and the surrounding canals and campswhich are usually crowded with tourists.
The hotel’s 196 rooms and suites, housed in historic buildings, part of which was once a monastery, with graceful architectural details reinforcing the finest European traditions of luxury and hospitality, all overlook the lagoon or the park lush private hotel. On the grounds are a swimming pool, tennis court, gym, spa, church, and a curated collection of restaurants and bars.
“Guests at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski are looking for a bespoke service,” says the hotel’s Selin Akyildiz. “They demand cultural and intellectual satisfaction while vacationing with a serene and romantic getaway.” To this end, the hotel offers a number of cultural activities to complement the many wonders of the city itself, accessible via the Kempinski’s private speedboat.
The decor evokes a private palace, with a mixture of antique furniture, art and objects, alongside bespoke rooms and masterfully designed public spaces. However, it’s by no means stuffy, while the impeccable service ensures that every stay is relaxing, effortless and utterly memorable.
The hotel’s fanciest accommodation is the San Clemente Palazzo Three-Bedroom, named “Europe’s Leading Hotel Suite” by the World Travel Awards. A private palace within a palace, the opulent suite offers floor-to-ceiling windows that run the length of each room, framing impressive views of Venice and the lagoon. It is a space rich in history and refined taste.
Covering the entire floor of an isolated wing of the hotel, the suite combines sophisticated modern furnishings with exposed wooden ceilings, wooden pillars and elaborate brickwork original to the historic monastery. Interiors are finished with many bespoke details including custom Carrara marble, handmade silks and Murano glass fixtures.
The suite also has a full kitchen to facilitate entertaining or private dining, with a chef available to prepare meals, which can be served alongside famous Italian vintages from the suite’s own wine cellar. For an even more indulgent experience, the San Clemente Suite can be combined with another of the hotel’s finest accommodations to form a huge private space accommodating many guests. Residents can come and go by gondola or boat via a private pontoon.
The Palazzo setup also includes a dedicated Lady in Red, i.e. a coterie of private concierges that can be found at each Kempinski property, embodying everything the brand stands for and providing a personalized hospitality experience. and unparalleled, “based on cultural empathy, intelligence and an understanding of each client’s needs.
Each Lady in Red is also a local expert who “knows everything there is to know about our hotels and our destination cities”. Whether it’s a “special birthday celebration, a surprise proposal or a unique family vacation, Ladies in Red draws on their passion for craftsmanship, food and local culture to ensure visitors are perfectly equipped to create unforgettable memories every time they visit.”
Among the five-star Michelin-class establishment’s dining offerings are Acquerello and Insieme, offering “outstanding interpretations of iconic Italian specialties”, as well as the super cool Buddha-Bar Beach Restaurant & Pool Bar, offering fusion cuisine Asian, cocktails, wine and champagne by the quaint private pool, among the fanciest outdoor pools/restaurant/bar in all of Venice.
More than just a restaurant, the Buddha-Bar Beach at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski is a “poolside lifestyle concept”, with a DJ and indoor and outdoor seating, surrounded by exotic palm trees known as the Palm Garden, bringing a contemporary Asian flair. uniquely Venetian and extremely stylish influenced vibe.
Back in the main building, the elegant Clemente Bar is the preferred setting for classic cocktails, which can also be enjoyed outside in a private seating area with lounge furniture, or in front of the hotel and next to the historic church and hotel. iconic wharf. This is the perfect place for the traditional aperitif, preferably an Aperol Spritz.
It’s a perfect perch for watching epic sunsets, or just boats coming and going, and lunch and dinner are also served, with a wide range of gastronomic delights that express the best, of course, Italian but also European and Asian influenced cuisine. A comprehensive wine list also accompanies each seat.
It’s perhaps no surprise that the San Clemente Palace Kempinski is also famous for its exclusive spa, called The Merchant of Venice Spa, often hailed as the best spa in Italy. Designed to be a “sanctuary of pure bliss” and an “oasis of luxurious indulgence”, the spa showcases Kempinski’s European flair and “century-old tradition of outstanding service”, with highly trained masseuses and massage therapists. calming and healing. arts.
The Merchant of Venice Spa experience is an experience of deep relaxation and pampering of all the senses, with a unique selection of aromatherapy massages, beauty and body treatments, and integrated fitness programs. Spa guests frequently arrive from other parts of Venice for an afternoon of carefree indulgence.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Venice but have been put off by the prospect of huge crowds, a stay at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski is the perfect way to enjoy all that the legendary city has to offer while enjoying gracious hospitality. really peaceful and private. an experience comparable to that of any major European capital.
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