JW Marriott has announced its first Italian hotel, set for a March 2015 opening in Venice. We’re excited to see this high-end but reasonably priced Marriott brand expand into European resorts, and the details coming out for this one seem particularly promising.

The 266-room property will offer a lagoon location on its own private island, offering views of St. Mark’s Square and La Serenissima.

Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) has been thoughtfully renovated, incorporating sustainable and modern design to the historic building. Rooms, while simply decorated with locally made bricks and glass and tiles reflecting the region’s artisans, offer some luxe touches as well — private pools, anyone?

With over 16 acres to explore, there’s much to see. Take in landscaped spots for quiet contemplation, as well as fruit arbors, olive groves and cultivated plots to provide fresh ingredients for the property’s diverse food and drink offerings, including four restaurants and five bars and a cooking school and wine academy.
Restored outbuildings scattered around the island house a range of facilities including a picturesque function space in an old church and the spa.

A spa is planned with treatments from luxe lines like Amala, and facilities will include an indoor and outdoor aqua-tonic pool, a health club, eight treatment rooms, a hammam and luxury spa suite.

Additional hotel facilities will include a kid’s club and dedicated family pool, water sports such as canoeing and sailing, and a sensational rooftop pool offering dramatic views across the lagoon to St. Mark’s Square, which can be reached by private boat in just fifteen minutes. Guests will also be able to try authentic Murano Glass and Venetian Mask making with weekly workshops led by local artisans.

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