Its vivid pastel shades of sienna, ancient gold and ruby peach reflect off its shimmering waterways to create a restless magic.
Venice is built across 100 small islands in a coastal lagoon; there are no roads (or cars), so the only way you can get around is by foot or water. Cuddle up in a gondola or cruise around the city’s fascinating maze of canals in a polished, walnut-timbered water taxi.
Exploring on foot can be fun, providing the perfect excuse to lean against an ancient wall and enjoy a smoldering embrace: pathways often end without warning, some lanes lead to brick walls and steps descend into water.
What better time to hold hands, explore new sights together and discover out-of-the-way canal-side restaurants for lunch or a romantic candlelit dinner?
Location: Castello, Venice
Ave nightly price: AUD1947 per room
Description: Overlooking Venice Lagoon, Hotel Danieli is a legendary hotel 200 metres from St. Mark's Square. Each room is spacious and finely furnished. The staff provides an unmatchable service. This award-winning Luxury Collection Hotel is comprised of 3 separate buildings, dating back to the 14th, 19th, and 20th centuries, and connected by covered bridges. The nearest water-bus stop is just a 2-minute walk away. All rooms and suites feature an LCD satellite TV, air conditioning, and an Italian-marble bathroom with bathrobe and slippers. Some rooms offer views of the lagoon. The panoramic restaurant Terrazza Danieli offers amazing views and an exquisite menu. Drinks are served in the Bar Terrazza Danieli or the sophisticated Bar Dandolo. Piazza San Marco is just 300 metres away.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Location: Giudecca 10, Venice
Ave nightly price: AUD1516 per room
Description: On Giudecca Island, Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers stunning views of Venice Lagoon and the Doge's Palace. It features a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and luxury spa facilities. The 5-star Belmond Hotel Cipriani has elegant interior design and plenty of outdoor areas where you are invited to relax and enjoy the view. A full buffet breakfast is available each morning. Drinks are available from the bar, and the à la carte restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine. Dining options include the gourmet Oro Restaurant, Cip's Club with its wooden terrace with views of St. Mark's and the Porticciolo Restaurant, ideal for a light lunch. Rooms and suites are spacious, comfortable and packed with amenities. You will have free Wi-Fi, an iPod dock and HD flat-screen TV. Views are of the lagoon or the garden and vineyard. You are 4 minutes from St. Mark's Square by the hotel's private boat service. A shuttle service to/from Venice Marco Polo Airport and Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station can be organized upon request.
Hotel Excelsior Venice
Location: Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, Venice-Lido
Ave nightly price: AUD477 per room
Description: Set right on the beach on Venice Lido, this 5-star hotel offers a peaceful location and a large heated outdoor pool. A free regular launch service takes guests to across the lagoon to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Opened in 1908, Hotel Excelsior Venice boasts a distinctive Moorish architecture, decorated with crystal chandeliers and rich fabrics. The property was refurbished in 2013 and equipped with new tapestries and carpets, free Wi-Fi access in all areas including the beach, and a gym with modern machineries. All spacious rooms come with a plasma-screen satellite TV and a minibar. Each room has a private bathroom with soft bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms overlook the Adriatic Sea, others have panoramic views across to Venice, and other overlook the Moorish courtyard. The Excelsior's Tropicana restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy romantic candlelit dinners on the summer terrace, or a cocktail with live music in the Blue Bar. Restaurant La Taverna serves a buffet-style lunch. At the elegant private beach, guests can hire beach huts at a daily or weekly rate. Tennis and golf courts are available nearby.
Location: Riva Degli Schiavoni, Venice
Prices: from AUD678 per room
Description: Set in a privileged location 350 metres from Saint Mark's Square, Hotel Metropole offers luxurious rooms with antique furnishings and fine fabrics. Offering views of the Venice Lagoon, the hotel features a contemporary restaurant, ethnic lounge bar and citrus garden. Uniquely decorated rooms and suites have an oriental style and offer free Wi-Fi, a minibar and air-conditioning. The private bathroom includes a bathrobe, slippers and free toiletries. The Metropole’s corridors are home to an eclectic collections of antique fans, tapestries and other artefacts. The garden features palm trees and a 14th-century well. Bacon, eggs, hams and cheeses are served at the buffet breakfast along with seasonal fruit, tiramisu and pannacotta. The Met Restaurant offers a unique Tra-Contemporanea cuisine, combining traditional and modern creative flavours. The property is 200 metres from the San Zaccaria Vaporetto water bus stop, and a 5-minute walk from the Bridge of Sighs.
Location: Dorsoduro, Venice
Prices: from AUD622 per room
Description: Featuring 19th-century Venetian styling, Hotel Moresco is just a 5 minute walk from Piazzale Roma. With free Wi-Fi, its elegant rooms are a luxurious mix of old and new. The spacious air-conditioned rooms feature elegant décors and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom has modern furnishings, free toiletries and a soft bathrobe and slippers. Some rooms have a terrace, while others have a spa bathtub. A continental buffet breakfast is served daily, and can be enjoyed in the dining hall. Gluten-free menus can be arranged upon request, and a bar is also provided. The Moresco is less than half a mile from Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station. You can visit the famous Piazza San Marco square with a 25 minute walk from the property.
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Summer (June to September) sees average highs of 25°C. July and August have an average high of 27°C but can climb to above 30°C.
Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 11 February, 2017
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