Built on water, steeped in history and synonymous with romance, Venice is a fabled destination with a glorious past. A city in northeast Italy, it is built atop 118 small islands separated by winding canals and linked by arching bridges. Home to Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Grand Canal -the city’s most iconic feature. Meandering in a sinuous s-shape through the heart of Venice, the Grand Canal is the city’s main thoroughfare, plied by gondolas and vaporetti (water buses), lined with more than 170 gracious buildings from 200 to 700 years old.
Physical reminders of the city’s grand heritage demonstrate the wealth and artistry of the Republic of Venice in its heyday. It is in one of these regal homes on the Grand Canal that Aman is housed, fusing the romance and history of this legendary city with the hospitality and service for which Amanresorts is renowned.
Guests usually arrive at the property by boat, docking at a landing that leads directly into the palazzo’s Reception Hall. The Hall's soaring ceilings, historic frescos and reliefs provide a sense of bygone luxury, as well as direct access to the resort’s private gardens and boutique.
A sweeping staircase rises two levels to arrive at reception for the Dining Room, which overlooks the Grand Canal and serves Italian cuisine. This is situated on the piano nobile – the grandest floor of the palazzo. The main dining area is housed in the ballroom – a gilded room decorated with mirrors, frescos and the original chandeliers. The Yellow Dining Room and Blue Dining Room lie adjacent to the ballroom, with views over the Grand Canal and Garden Terrace respectively. Named for their colour schemes and featuring ceilings painted by the renowned 18th-century artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, each room has a number of dining tables and provides an intimate setting within grand surrounds. Accessed from the ballroom is the Bar which provides a cosy setting with canal views.
Rising from the reception area of the Dining Room is a secondary staircase that leads to the Salon – a regal, lofty-ceilinged lounge and relaxation area featuring a grand piano. The Salon is divided into two large areas with expansive windows providing views of the Grand Canal. Similar views are enjoyed by the historic Library which is situated adjacent to the Salon. Stanza del Tiepolo and Stanza del Guarana are here, which can be used for private dining and meetings.
The Roof Terrace is intimate in scale and best visited early in the morning or at sunset for an ideal location to view the rooftops of the city. On a clear day, the Alps are visible. Fronting the Grand Canal is the Garden Terrace, one of very few private gardens on the canal. A quadrangle of verdant green grass and trees provide an ideal setting for an al fresco meal in the warmer months.
Aman has a second hidden Private Garden with soaring trees that provides a serene setting for resort guests, within walking access to San Polo.