Autumn-winter in Venice; perfect for a long luxurious weekend escape. Free of the summer crowds, the floating city conveys an allure that has inspired artists for generations. Venice has so many unique qualities: the remarkable architecture; the exceptional lagoon light; its canals of course; and a contemporary art scene embodied by this year’s 57th La Biennale di Venezia arts festival.
For the style-conscious, there’s a hotel where one can be immersed in the magic of classic Venetian art and architecture, yet still enjoy a creative, contemporary aesthetic – it’s the Aman Canal Grande Hotel.Those familiar with Aman properties know that the hotel group’s design mantra is less-is-more. Founder Adrian Zecha has always been the master of understand elegance, creating unique environments that immerse guests in luxury without overwhelming them with ostentation.So it might come as a surprise that Aman chose the 16th century baroque Palazzo Papadopoli for its Venice hotel. This exceptional palace on the Grand Canal, in the historic San Polo district, is filled with sparkling Murano crystal chandeliers, priceless frescoes, painted ceilings and gilt detailing.
However, the calming signature minimalism of Aman perfectly balances the Rococo and Neo-Renaissance surroundings. Design master Jean Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects, a long-time collaborator with Aman hotels, is the talent behind the harmonious interiors. His bespoke furniture and fixtures, together with classic pieces in grey, cream and white from the B&B Italia and Maxalto collections, offer contemporary design yet timeless elegance and sophistication.
The award-winning, comprehensive restoration of the palace has created an ultra-luxury urban resort for Venice. The sumptuous piano nobile floors, with soaring ceilings, are home to the boutique ballroom, breathtaking dining spaces, a stylish bar and a cosy library.The 24 guest rooms, where simple white walls and elegant furnishings showcase original features, offer views of the Grand Canal, or of the hotel’s large, private garden. For a taste of the real grandeur of the Aman Venice, choose one of the five exceptional signature suites, with historically important interior features such as Tiepolo frescoes, gilded ceilings or carved fireplaces.