JW Marriott to Open Island Resort in Venice

VENICE, ITALY—JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will open its first Italian hotel in Venice and first resort in Europe in March 2015.

The 266-room property, created in collaboration with Italian architect firm Matteo Thun & Partners, has a lagoon location on its own island, with views of St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima.

The hotel buildings have been sensitively refurbished by Matteo Thun & Partners to incorporate sustainable, modern and elegant design within the historic building, according to the company. Bedrooms and suites, some with private pools, are decorated with locally made bricks, glass and tiles meant to reflect the artisanal talent and styles of the region.

With over 16 acres, the resort offers numerous gardens, fruit arbors, olive groves and cultivated plots to provide fresh ingredients for the property’s food and drink offerings, including four restaurants and five bars, as well as a cooking school and wine academy. Restored outbuildings scattered around the island house a range of facilities including a function space in an old church and the spa.

The 1,750-m spa, operated by GOCO Hospitality, is the largest in Venice, according to the company. It has 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 rooftop pool. Guests will also be able to try Murano Glass and Venetian Mask making during weekly workshops led by local artisans.