Four Seasons is one of the most luxurious hotel brands in the world, and it is natural to ask the question, is there a Four Seasons in Venice? After all, there’s a Four Seasons in Milan and in Florence (although there are no Four Seasons hotels in Rome) so surely there must be a Four Seasons in the watery city of Venice?
Is There A Four Seasons in Venice?
Well, unfortunately, the answer is no. There is no Four Seasons hotel or resort in Venice. There is a hotel with a great club lounge in Venice. Some of the best Marriott hotels in the world are also the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Venice. But there is no Four Seasons in Venice.
Wherever you are in the world, Four Seasons hotels are consistently one of the best in that city or resort. This means that most Four Seasons hotel room rates start at $500-$1000 per night and because they don’t have a Four Seasons loyalty program, you will never be able to book a free stay by racking up and redeeming points, or by collecting points on your credit card and spending them on a Four Seasons hotel stay. It can’t be done. But you can get FREE benefits or discounts at Four Seasons hotels, which is a secret that not a lot of people know about.
Wherever you decide to stay, in Venice or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental and more at no extra cost.
So Where Should I Stay?
The best luxury hotels in Venice include The St. Regis and the Gritti Palace which are part of the Marriott Bonvoy group, but we think the hotel that is most like a Four Seasons hotel is the Belmond Cipriani, an other-worldly resort with a gorgeous pool in Venice.
A favourite of the late Michael Winner and the location for George Clooney’s marriage, this magnificent hotel is nestled on the tip of Giudecca Island. The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is just 40 minutes by water taxi from Venice airport and a short boat ride across the water from St Mark’s Square.
When you enter the grounds of this hotel, Venice becomes partially inconsequential. The glamorous Narnia of luxury, the stunning rooms, exquisite gardens and perfect pool will stop you from leaving it’s perimeter. This is an exclusive hideaway under the Mediterranean sunshine, that also happens to enjoy dreamy views across Venice.
And yet Venice is on your doorstep and a quick trip across the water in the stylish Belmond Hotel Cipriani shuttle, (complete with its Top Gun style driver in his Raybans and white Navy inspired suit), is certainly not to be missed. However, the maze of iffy scented canals, tiny passageways, pushy selfie stick vendors, stifling heat and the crazy kamikaze pigeons in St Marks Square can all be hard to bear for prolonged periods. So it can be a relief, when the hotel’s shiny mahogany motorboat picks you up from the Hotel’s jetty just off St Marks Square, whisking you back the gated solace of the hotel. You can request this complimentary pickup at absolutely any time of the day or night by just picking up the phone on the jetty, a stylish way to escape the wonderful madness that is Venice.
A highlight of the hotel is, of course, the pool. It is huge, surrounded by gardens and a bar & restaurant that’s open during the day and again later in the evening. The pool area itself is under the command of a lovely lady who will do her best to find you an ideal spot to while away your day poolside. Loungers are arranged by deck boys who will set up your sunbed with just the right amount of shade and provide as many Evian spritzers as you can use. Other than the size of this saltwater pool, what was noteworthy is the space around it. There are plenty of loungers available and you can always find a little bit of peace and quiet if you so wish.
The gardens at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani are also beautiful. You can stroll underneath archways of roses and sweet-smelling white flowers, find a place on the lawns to laze, or stroll through the kitchen garden. Tennis players can play a game or two on the secluded clay court while parents can shuffle children off to the kids club and enjoy the Spa and Wellness centre. There’s wildlife too, the garden being home a beautiful rabbit who helps the robot lawnmower keep the grass tended and a chicken and some friendly ducks too. It was fun at dusk to sit and watch them all go about their business.
The room to choose is the Junior Suite Pool room, (around 2,500€ per night in season), which backs straight onto your reserved loungers at the pool, meaning that you can go for a dip without the indecency of having to trawl along corridors and down lifts in dressing gowns. All rooms are the epitome of classic elegance adorned with handcrafted Murano Glass features, including handsome blue chandeliers which looks like octopuses on the ceiling. The marble floors are softened with turkish silk rugs and the bathrooms are large, with huge walk-in showers and double basins sporting lovely smelling designer Hermes amenities.
Once the sun starts to drop the majority of residents at the pool bar amble over to the main bar to continue their Bellinis. I can’t think of a more romantic setting than being served drinks overlooking the Venetian lagoon, with the piano playing in the background as the pink sky turns to purple. The constant flow of boats chugging up and down the waterway, in front of the bar and restaurant area is something I’d never tire of watching.
The only problem with staying here is that you inevitably have to deal with the sadness of leaving this paradise, with its wonderful characters, fantastic views and relaxing pool. You will miss the toll of the church bells, the splish splosh of the lagoon water and the swimmers powering up and down the pool. You’ll miss wandering under rose laden archways and watching the lizards scoot into the undergrowth. You’ll even miss the joy of waking up and knowing all you have to do that day is amble over to the pool to take a cooling dip and enjoy endless refreshments.
So maybe you don’t need a Four Seasons in Venice. Maybe there already is one of sorts…
Use our luxury travel concierge to book any hotel in Venice or beyond. Our agents offer exclusive free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit and VIP gifts at luxury hotels like Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental and more… for the same price as the hotel’s own websites. You will also get all your usual Marriott Bonvoy points and status benefits if you book with us.
Typically, our free benefits* at luxury hotels if you book via our luxury travel concierge include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Below you can find reviews of our own favourite hotels in Venice:
Ever since I knew it was a favourite of the late Michael Winner and the location for George Clooney’s recent marriage, I’ve wanted to experience the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice. Nestled on the tip of Giudecca Island, the Belmond… Read More.
*benefits offered were correct at time of writing but may be amended at the hotel’s discretion.
Disclosure: Most reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.