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February 16, 2018updated 12 May 2018 12:16pm

An Italian Adventure along the Grand Canal

By Spear's

Aman resorts are often touted as the best in the world. Known for their stylish aesthetic and exceptional service, Spear’s headed to Aman Venice to see if it lives up to the other resorts in the portfolio.

Crisp air and twinkling evening dinners are just as romantic and the sunny city breaks that we know and love. Yet Aman Venice, the hotel where George and Amal Clooney spent their wedding night, is about as romantic as you can get.

For history buffs, Aman Venice is located within a stunning 16th-century Palazzo which sits on the Grand Canal. The building has remained in the same family for generations. Current owner, Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, still lives in the building on the top floor with his wife and children. When the count inherited the palazzo, he lived there with 80 staff. Today, the hotel houses 24 suites and move than 70 staff members. However the hotel feels relaxed, calm and never full. The atmosphere of Aman Venice is what truly makes it unique. Steeped in history, yet not flashy or garish in any way, the hotel retains a unique character that guests cannot help but fall in love with. 

In 2014, architect Jean Michel Gathy from Denniston Architects restored the property and turned the Neo-Renaissance building into what the Aman Venice is today. Featuring restored Tiepolo frescoes, a trompe-l’oeil staircase that will take your breath away and a rococo ballroom complete with chandeliers and gilted mirrors, Aman Venice is unbelievably beautiful. 

The suites are luxurious but subtle. Contemporary furnishings create a comfortable stay, with huge beds and a stunning egg-shaped bath tub. Storage space is impressively large, as is the size of each suite. The bath robes are up there with the best in the world, there is no doubt, and the hotel specially sources these. Not a single detail has been overlooked, including a film on the room’s television about the reservation of the building – which you cannot help but watch. It’s truly fascinating. 

Staying true to the property’s heritage, and with a sustainable perspective which the Aman group holds close to its heart, Aman Venice launched Arva – the hotel’s restaurant. A seasonal menu pays tribute to Italian cuisine, with flourishes of extravagance. Seated in the dinning room is a real treat, and a must-do on your trip to Venice.

Take a trip down the Grand Canal on the hotel’s boat, Amanita. It’s a traditional wooden speed boat, and guests can sit back and sip champagne whilst being whisked on a private tour of the gorgeous Venetian canals. As romantic an experience as one can get!

Alcova Tiepolo Suite

The Alcova Tiepolo Suite is the most astonishing in the hotel. Featuring Tiepolo’s breathtaking ceiling fresco — sleep beneath the intricate, gilded canopy as the cherubs watch over you.

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Aman Venice captures the essence of the romantic destination, representing all that Venice has to offer through the concept of art, time and nature. Man Venice balances world-class service with an at-home ambience which allows guests to fully relax. Luxury meets comfort, without a single whiff of the ostentation.

From $4,700 per night, contact Giulia Di Egidio, reservations agent, +39 041 270 7333,

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