Venice is so perfectly picturesque, it feels like you're on a set of an Italian movie against a painted backdrop. It's every bit as gorgeous as my first visit to Venice a decade ago when I was a fashion student (albeit a lot more crowded now with fears of floods affecting access). As you may have read on the blog, this is the fourth leg of my four year wedding anniversary after London, Paris and Prague (all European cities of romance).
When I was researching which hotel to stay in, I made a list of my wants:
I know, I know... I'm hard to please. My husband Mark will be the first to tell anyone, so what a yasss! moment it was when I finally found the perfect place to end off our trip at the oh-so-haute Sina Centurian Palace. It's conveniently located one veneto ride across from St. Mark's Square and a stone's throw from Santa Maria della Salute Basilica and my fave Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
First off, you'll be welcomed by the gorgeous architecture of a restored former convent by entering through their private courtyard. (The only 5-star property on the island that has one).
Here I am wearing the bestselling reversible 8-Way Lana Resort Dress
Or better yet, arrive in style in one of their mahogany speedboats where they have a private dock for hotel guests. I loved how it was coincidentally monogrammed with my initials! (Watch the end of the vid for our goofy outtakes! We obviously had too much fun.)
After the bellhop swings open the palace doors, you will be greeted with epic Grand Canal views lit by a palatial crystal chandelier. This is where the architects perfectly placed the outdoor seating of their delicious restaurant Antinoo's. You can read about my exceptional dining experience here (coming soon!). Interestingly, the restaurant is named after Antinous, a friend of the Emperor Hadrian. They found his image on an ancient Roman coin during the excavation, as it's located close to San Gregario Monastery. I love how designers pay respect to its historical surrounding. Details one can expect from one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Their design aesthetic is just my style. My own home in Toronto is decorated in a similar eclectic mix of modernity lined with antiquities. I literally have the same jars and window coverings.
Almost a prerequisite for me now are welcome chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for me in my suite (I know, so spoiled!). It's such a sweet treat to nibble on them, while I hang my reversible resort dresses in their large closet, perfect for fashion-loving travellers such as myself.
I'm a "late-laxer", so I unfortunately missed their breakfast buffet hours. For others like me, don't fret because the chef will graciously come out and make you a custom brekkie spread. Yes, that's freshly squeezed blood-orange juice (delish and those #views!).
Afterwards, be sure to take one of the hotel's private boats to the neighbouring islands of Murano, Burano or Torcello. Trust me, you don't want to squeeze into one of the venetos with the crowds of other tourists. You can also have a guided tour of local Murano glass and Burano lace artisan workshops to learn about the process behind the craft - both perfect souvenirs to take home. I purchased a couple Murano glass sculptures shaped like antlers (a nod to my Canadian roots, of course) and gorgeous M monogrammed lace handkerchiefs for when I host dinner parties (my husband and I are known as the M&M's). I love purchasing souvenirs that support local craftsmanship with a story that you can reminisce upon that whisks you back to those precious moments.
Everyone must visit Venice at least once in their lifetime. It's truly magical. Pin this insta-worthy hotel for your next trip!
We want to thank the Centurion Palace for their generous hospitality. As always, all views are genuine and my own. Take a look at what other travellers have to say about Centurion Palace on Trip Advisor. Looking for more design-centric hotel reviews? Read my top picks of where to slumber in The Wanderlusteur Capri City Guide.
You'll be hopping on and off venetos and gondolas while walking over numerous bridges and cobblestone paths leading to grand piazzas, so I recommend our 8-Way Reversible Lana Dress. Wear it as a scoop neck dress with the removable fringe belt and jewelled flats during the day, then reverse it in the evening with the sexy triple-knot loop in the front with no belt and your fave heels for dinner.
Want to experience more of the world, stylishly curated? Like The Wanderlusteur on Facebook to feed your wanderlust. Also, subscribe for exclusive offers, popular posts, and receive a free city guide (* indicates required):