From the tip of its ‘boot’ to the Alps, amore is easy to find in Italy. Arguably it’s felt most in Venice, a timeless city built on more than 100 islands. The only way to get around is via water taxi, which is how we arrived, gliding smoothly to the private jetty of Baglioni Hotel Luna, among the best hotels in the city. The boutique hotel, which looks out on the San Marco Basin and across the water to San Giorgio island, is moments from some of Venice’s most famous sights. Unlike other city centre hotels, the Baglioni isn’t huge.
There are just 104 rooms, which is perfect for intimate getaways as the public areas, bars and restaurants never feel crowded. What the hotel lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur; think antique furnishings, refined colour palettes and a classically Venetian ambience.
Baglioni Hotel Luna offers a range of suites, all designed to help you lose yourself in the magic of Venice. The San Giorgio Terrace Suite boasts fabulous views, especially first thing in the morning or with drinks at sundown. Suites are designed to make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, but state-of-the-art tech keeps things from feeling too old fashioned.
After a breakfast devoured under stunning 18th-century frescoes at the hotel, start your day on Venice’s legendary waterways - a traditional gondola ride starts from €80. Next, gelato; we like the scoops at Boutique del Gelato. Spend an afternoon wandering through Le Mercerie, one of Venice’s leading shopping destinations.
Canova restaurant dishes up life-affirming pasta accompanied with some of the finest grapes in the region. Breakfast in the frescoed Salone Marco Polo (right) is a delightfully grand affair, as it should be.
Hotel: Baglioni Hotel Luna
When to go: Venice in springtime is a joy to behold
Flight time from the UK: 2hr 5m
As seen in Khush Wedding Autumn Winter 2018 KW20. Buy this issue here