Venice is a word that’s synonymous with romance. Gondola boat rides on beautiful canals, stunning renaissance architecture at every turn, art galleries, traditional gelato and wine tasting sessions are just a few reasons to make your honeymoon a Venetian one. Why not arrive to Venice in style, with a ride along the Orient Express?
‘Tennis Courts, Island, Spa’
The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is situated on the island of Guidecca, in the Venetian lagoon, and is just a stone’s throw away from the mainland of Venice allowing guests to embrace all of the city’s cultural grandeur from the comfort of a peaceful shoreside retreat. Rooms are decorated in keeping with the location with palatial spaces, marble décor and Murano glass finishes and some feature hot tubs. With Venice offering an endless array of cultural highlights, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers an assortment of facilities – including a fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis courts.
'Luxury and elegance'
Fewer things epitomise luxury and elegance like a journey across Europe on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. As soon as you set eyes on the iconic carriages, draped in Art Deco embellishments, the adventure begins — transporting you back in time to the 1930s golden age of rail travel. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch as you depart from London Victoria to Calais aboard the preliminary Belmond British Pullman train. On arrival at Calais you will then transfer on to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express where the real voyage begins with a sweeping journey through France and the Swiss Alps, onto the Austrian countryside, Italian Dolomites and finally Venice.
It is during the evening the glitz and the glamour of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express really comes to life and, in true Gatsbian style, you’ll find ladies adorning the most elegant of evening dresses while the gentlemen sport their sharpest dinner suit as a gourmet 4-course meal is served followed by classic cocktails around the baby grand piano as you travel through Paris.
‘Private Dock, Oldest Hotel in City’
Baglioni Hotel Luna is in central Venice just 100 yards from St. Mark’s Square and is the oldest hotel in the city. There is an award-winning restaurant called Canova which serves international cuisine and a buffet breakfast is served each morning. The hotel has its own private dock where you can arrive or leave on a gondola or boat and the water bus stops just 50 yards away.