What: A palatial 5 star sanctuary that was formerly a 17th century Camaldolesi monastery.

Where: Positioned on the private island of San Clemente, a few minutes by shuttle boat to Piazza San Marco.

Why: Offering an encyclopedic range of amenities (a golf course, tennis courts, outdoor pool and a 1,000m2 beauty and wellness center), the 200-room hotel, located on its own 17-acre island just a motorboat ride away from the city center, is the perfect respite for visitors in search of ultimate, luxurious serenity. Three restaurants offer haute to casual cuisine, and all come with sublime views of either the lagoon, the Renaissance church or the centuries-old park that surrounds the hotel. Suites are spacious, sunny and in keeping with typical Venetian stature. Boasting high ceilings, luxurious fabrics and soft linens, they provide the perfect private setting for sipping Prosecco while enjoying the wonderful views of Venice.