They had us at Venice, then even more so when we read the details of this new luxury offering in a former monastery. The San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice is now open on its own private island in the Venice lagoon, 10 minutes by luxury speedboat from Piazza San Marco. Can we pack, now, please? (We know the Kempinski brand defines luxury thanks to a stay at the Stafford in London. At the time Stafford London by Kempinski was not only named London’s best, but #1 in England.)
The new Italy property’s 190 guestrooms and suites have sweeping views of the Venice skyline, Giudecca, the lagoon and the Lido. Step outside and there are gardens and romantic courtyard to explore. A special highlight is the newly built San Clemente Suite, located in the former monastery laundry, featuring a living room, master bedroom and two bathrooms with massive panoramic windows boasting an incredible view of the “City of Water,” aka the “City of Bridges.”
The San Clemente Suite can also be booked together with the adjacent Navigante Suite (the hotel’s second largest suite, with more than 1,075 square feet), along with five Navigante Junior Suites and the Marco Polo Suite – forming a private Palazzo a Venezia. Guests can arrive to their own private “resort within the resort” via a private boat dock, located just in front of the Navigante Wing and suitable for yachts up to 115 feet.
The San Clemente Palace Kempinski also features three restaurants and three bars, including the fine dining haute Italian restaurant, Acquerello, with an extraordinary view of the lagoon and the Venice skyline; the Mediterranean al fresco restaurant La Dolce; and the breakfast restaurant Insieme. The private island also boasts a pitch & putt golf course, a tennis court, heated outdoor pool and outdoor jogging trails, as well as a Kempi Kids Club for younger guests.
“It is exciting to finally welcome our first guests at San Clemente Island,” says General Manager Benedikt Jaschke. “We have worked toward this moment and now we can finally host guests. San Clemente Palace Kempinski has a lot to offer and we are very much looking forward to our first season in Venice.”
If You’re Going: The San Clemente Palace Kempinski will be open for its inaugural season through November 8, 2016. Nightly rates start from €500 for Superior Rooms, €900 for Junior Suites, €5,500 for the Navigante Suite and €10,000 for the San Clemente Suite, all inclusive of breakfast at the resort’s Insieme Restaurant. For more, please visit: www.kempinski.com/venice.
ABOUT SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI VENICE
The resort hotel has an impressive heritage and is uniquely situated on San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice. Set among a centuries-old park, antique courtyards and monastery buildings, the hotel provides an ideal setting for relaxation, just minutes from bustling Venice. All 190 rooms and suites provide a stunning view of Venice, the lagoon, the gardens or the inner courtyards. The hotel also offers six convention rooms for up to 450 people, and together with the whole complex and its surrounding grounds, it is available for weddings and other events, with the historic scenery providing an unforgettable setting.
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