JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Venice, Italy
What’s so great about this pool?
Can a trip to Venice be truly relaxing? The answer is yes, if you stay at the JW Marriot Venice Resort & Spa, and get to see this wild and wonderful city whilst floating in this fabulous hotel’s skyline pool, on a private island. And there are other pools in this paradise too but let’s concentrate on the rooftop one first, which was our reviewer’s favourite.
This rooftop swimming pool has one of the best views of Venice, at oh-such-a-comfortable distance. You can see San Marco and the whole lagoon from here.
We’re talking warm – the pool is heated to 28 Centrigade. Strictly speaking this is a hydropool but unlike most hydropools, you can swim in it with ease.
With protective glass sides, the pool’s water appears to merge with the sky so that you really do feel as if you are floating on air.
The pool is lined with metal, making it a very smooth experience.
The entire length has seating down one side, with jets.
This is a shallow pool – great for kids, wonderful for exercise but no use for Olympic-style swallow dives.
Wonderfully comfortable sunbeds line the terrace.
You can order drinks poolside – an Aperol Spritz would be the ideal drink for a late afternoon in Venice
Behind you is one of the best restaurants in Venice, with pasta dishes and divine salads.
Other luscious Italian pools
The lowdown on the JW Marriott, Venice
Aside from having one of the most exciting pools in Venice, the JW Marriott, Venice also boasts a top-class spa with another incredible T-shaped swimming pool, heated to 33 degrees. The spa has a Hammam Steam room with a starry ceiling and basins and showers for cooling off so that you can muster the stamina to stay in there longer. The spa also boasts heated stone beds, and a sauna (90 degrees centigrade). As for the food, the restaurants include a delicatessen, a pasta restaurant, a grill room and a a Michelin-starred restaurant for fine dining.
And just getting to the hotel is part of the fun. You arrive by private speed boat (taken from a jetty at San Marco) and the boat can literally drive into the hotel. The rooms are splendid – some of the suites have their own plunge pools.
What else is there to do in Venice?
Venice is a very tightly packed – a main island with a number of smaller and equally historic island. The main bit has the world famous Piazza San Marco with the Cathedral and the palace of the Doge – the old ruler. The city is stunningly beautiful – almost every street looks like something out of a picture postcard. There are a number of smaller islands with historic churches and historic glassblowers. You can visit them by taking a water bus vaporetto. With the canals and gondolas and waterside restaurants it is absolutely unique – unforgettable in fact.