St. Regis Hotels & Resorts announces the highly anticipated opening of The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace in April 2015 following an extensive restoration. Idyllically situated atop a private island in the heart of the Venice lagoon, the enchanting Venetian retreat will join Starwood’s impressive portfolio of nine luxury hotels in Italy. Owned by the Turkish Permak Group, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will also join The St Regis Rome and The St Regis Florence as the luxury brand’s third hotel in Italy. Led by international designers Hirsch Bedner Associates and GA Design, the hotel’s renovation will feature 191 luxurious guest rooms and suites overlooking the lagoon and heavenly gardens. Guest rooms and suites will feature a harmonious blend of contemporary décor with distinct Venetian craftsmanship, including heritage terrazzo floors and brocades. Among the hotel’s exquisite 48 suites, a majestic Royal Suite and an impressive Presidential Suite will set a new standard in Venice.
This storied building which once served as a monastery, military outpost and guest home for Venetian nobility at different times from the 12th through to the 17th century, has retained its charming historic character through the meticulous year-long renovation, now debuting as The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace.
A Private Venetian Retreat
The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is a private oasis just minutes by the hotel’s private boat service from Venice’s city centre with easy access to museums, galleries, performing arts and shopping. The grounds that surround the hotel include spectacular gardens, a signature spa, an outdoor swimming pool with cabanas, a tennis court and a children’s club. The hotel will also offer its discerning global guests the unparalleled bespoke experience for which the St. Regis brand is known, including the brand’s signature St. Regis Butler Service.
Adjacent to the hotel and overlooking the historic centre of Venice is the consecrated San Clemente Church, which was built in the 12th century and remains a landmark in the city. The church and its historic artwork have been meticulously restored as part of the overall renovation, providing an enchanting and unique venue ideal for marital blessings and vow renewals.
Unexpected Enchantment and Exquisite Dining
True to the idyllic nature of this private island retreat, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will offer memorable epicurean experiences ranging from relaxed poolside-dining to fine-dining in a sophisticated resort setting. Under the guidance of Executive Chef, Roberto Dal Seno, the hotel’s signature Acquerello Restaurant will feature a Mediterranean-inspired menu focused on locally sourced ingredients coupled with seafood and indigenous ingredients from the Adriatic coast. These will be best savoured from the restaurant’s atmospheric terrace, overlooking the lagoon and the historic city centre.
The hotel will feature an exquisitely curated wine cellar as well as The St. Regis Bar, which will follow the tradition of the St. Regis brand’s iconic King Cole Bar in New York where the first Bloody Mary cocktail was concocted over 80 years ago. The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will have its own signature Bloody Mary cocktail inspired by the destination, created with local ingredients.