Best in early December when the tourists have left and the fog is appearing, Venice is a sensory overload that will leave you enamoured, childlike, in the fairytale. Venice is unique in that it comes to life in the romance of the subtle darkness that hangs low and moody overhead. As the sky shifts from yellow to pink, the canals gently transform from inky blues and greys to greens. It is the extraordinary juxtaposition of contemporary art with historic buildings and galleries, the meeting of busy bridges filled with tourists and secluded alleyways that are seemingly hidden from time completely. Venice is a mix of history and modern glamour. Undoubtably the most romantic city in the world, you must promise me you will take a friend, or a lover, and you will go…
Undoubtably the jewel in the cities crown is the Aman Venice. Nestled on the Grand Canal is your very own Versailles; a 16th century Palazzo which is proudly home to museum quality Tiepolo frescoes and gold gilded ceilings, complementing the contemporary furnishings throughout. Beautifully spacious and relaxing rooms, considered details at every corner and the world renowned and unmatched Aman service, the hotel offers not only the ultimate Venetian escape, but the ultimate luxury European escape.
I visited with my Atelier Romy business partner, and London family, Sabine. We explored the winding, tiny alleys, experience the fish market at dawn and marvelled in the canals by boat but mostly, we exhaled within the walls of this unmatched masterpiece. We were struck by the service, the food and the feeling of home. Private levels kept just for guests of the hotel, we played chess, we unwound over wine by candlelight and we indulged at the Spa. A truly luxurious and unforgettable experience to celebrate our first year in business and my 30th year of existence!
I so look forward to 2018 and what is set to come… for us all. xHermione.
Whilst in Venice…
Book your airport transfer into town with Taxi Venice. We had a wonderful experience and it made the trip even more special, arriving by water.
Markets on the Grand Canal at dawn, to see grocers and fish mongers negotiating and engaging.
Lorenzo Quinn’s artwork, Support, whilst it still stands at Ca’ Sagredo Hotel.
Piazza San Marco, the famous square dating back to the 12th century.
Saint Mark’s Basilica, the iconic cathedral with myriad mosaics.
Rialto Bridge, the 16th century stone bridge.
Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the 18th century waterside palace.
AVRA | for local flavours and traditional Italian cuisine by renowned chef Davide Oldani.
Corte Sconta | for the best seafood antipasti in the world and you don’t need weeks for a reservation.
Alle Testiere | for daily market dependent seafood, unsurprisingly. Seats just 22 people.
Khaki Pants | Vince at the Outnet
Black Wide leg pants | Balmain at the Outnet
Black Blazer | Mango
Pleated love blades pink skirt | Valentino via The Outnet
Suede over-the-knee Boots | Frye Company
Black suede embellished flats | Mango
Special thanks to Aman for hosting me in Venice.