IMG_3807A 10 minute boat ride from Piazza San Marco in Venice lies Isola Delle Rose. A tiny Island which is home, exclusively, to The JW Marriott Resort & Spa.  Or heaven on earth as I’ve named it.  It really is a little slice of paradise and the most amazing escape from the stifling summer crowds of Venice.  The hotel has free shuttle boats which ferry guests to and from San Marco Square and back to the island all day and quite late into the night, so it is the best of both worlds, being able to experience Venice and then escape away to resort style living when you have had enough.

On the first night at the hotel we opted for dinner out on the deck and were lucky enough to have a front row seat to a rising full blood moon, it was quite mesmerising watching it come up from behind the ancient buildings of Venice, casting a red glow over the still waters in between us and it (I tried to picture it, below, but it didn’t come out as stunning as it was in real life).

The resort boasts an extraordinary day spa with an indoor outdoor pool, & heaps of aqua therapy add-on’s, cabanas & everything you could wish for, but it books up fast, the couples treatments are popular, & if you do book a treatment you get use of the facilities for a couple of hours before hand.

There is a family pool over near the newly planted orchard, situated a short stroll away from the main building, down dusty limestone paths that are shaded by the islands stunning mature trees.  I do recommend taking a stroll around the island of an evening (when it cools down) there are quite a few peaceful spots that shouldn’t be missed.  If the cabanas at the family pool are all taken I recommend finding a spot on the grass just next to it as it is cooler & more private.

On top of the hotel, near the rooftop bar, and overlooking the main entry into the island by boat, is the infinity pool, with built in seats & spa jets it is a perfect spot to relax.  At sunset this spot becomes packed, with coffee’s and cocktails alike being delivered to beautiful bodies waiting for the setting sun.  It could be the most perfect spot in the world to sit and watch the world zip by – leaving it’s wake washed across the horizon as if it has been painted on the glass.

Below I’ve pictured the hotel grounds (& it’s heritage listed water tower), our lovely room & balcony view, followed by the boat ride back to Piazza San Marco.  Read about the world famous Caffe Florian situated in the piazza HERE.

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