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Escape on the ultimate weekend getaway this spring as Venice’s oldest hotel reopens with award-winning redesign

Is there an accolade that the five-star Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice hasn’t won? Not only is the elegant property a Travel + Leisure  2021 “World’s Best” award winner, but it’s also purported to have housed the Knights Templar all the way back in the 12th century, making it the oldest hotel in Venice… and now, it’s arguably the most beautiful, too. 

That’s thanks to an extensive new “360 redesign” of the hotel, which has just reopened its doors to guests following its reimagining. 

A marine view suite at the Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice

We’re particularly excited about the fact that the redesign also introduces a new fine dining restaurant to the property, Canova Restaurant by Sadler. Headed by Michelin-starred Chef, Claudio Sadler, the new dining destination will boast authentic yet creative Italian cuisine, combining  modern healthy Italian cooking with the finest seasonal Venetian produce. We’re told that Sadler’s menu highlights will include Lobster Tagliolini, Red Mullet Au Gratin with Venetian Lagoon Fish Stew, and Rossini – and yes, we’ll have all three, please.

Modern Italain cuisine will be on the menu at the property’s Conova Restaurant by Sadler

The reopened property will also boast an all-new Venetian-inspired spa designed by Spagnulo & Partners, set to open later this spring. The brand new Baglioni SPA will feature a Turkish bath made up of wet steam baths with 47 degree waters, all-new massage rooms and a relaxation area. Expect massages, facials and Venetian Rituals in partnership with INSIUM, an Italian, PETA-certified skincare brand, amidst a decadent Venetian aesthetic of classic textile panels, bronze glass inlay and smoked-glass mosaics.

Spagnulo & Partners have also reimagined the property’s common areas, including the entrance, lobby, reception and Canova Bar, complementing modern furnishings with new marble inlaid flooring and grand chandeliers in antique Murano glass throughout. 

The hotel itself lies in prime position, situated opposite the iconic St Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace. Perhaps the most exciting touch? Guests arrive by gondola to the hotel’s private jetty, where they are greeted by the portieri – for the ultimate start to a grand Venetian getaway. 

The redesign arrives with perfect timing, with Italy having just relaxed its travel restrictions for guests arriving from outside the EU. The perfect long weekend away this spring? Just add it to the list of accolades. 

Rates at Baglioni Hotel Luna start from EUR 308 (approx. £257) per night.

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