There are only 4 private, family-owned 5 star luxury hotels in Venice, all of which are owned by Francesca Bortolotto Possati, a passionate, stylish Venetian woman with plenty of sass. She is the only female hotelier in the city of Venice and one of the most respected. Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is the crown jewel of her boutique hotel empire. Situated on the banks of Giudecca Island just a 4 minute boat ride from St Mark's Square, it has spectacular views over the lagoon. This former 16th-century convent was built by Andrea Palladio and has been thoughtfully renovated to create a romantic luxury hotel with an elegant, traditional Venetian style. In contrast, the holistic wellness spa has a contemporary design, with calming interiors in lavenders and pastel greens. The elegant exterior looks out to the waters at the front, and to the rear, opens onto a garden courtyard where guests can enjoy a treat from the café, bar and restaurant. Surprise your loved one with a trip to this little gem, or take a pampering trip with friends. Listen carefully and you may hear Elton John tinkling on the piano from his nearby apartment.
The stylish Bauer Palladio Spa offers a range of treatments and massages using modern spa technologies and natural products and has a king-size Turkish hammam, double Jacuzzi and Vitalis Multi-Bath System. There are 8 treatment rooms and guests can relax after a treatment in the chill-out area which overlooks St. Marks. After a relaxing treatment, take the complimentary electro-solar powered shuttle boat (in keeping with the eco-friendly ethos of the hotel) across the Grand Canal and spend the day shopping and exploring or simply sit back in a café and watch the world go by. The 24-hour concierge are happy to arrange boat tours, walking tours, theatre tickets, restaurant bookings and transfers. Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa was created by owner Francesca in order to lengthen the average 2 night stay of visitors to Venice and so here at the Palladio they have more time to experience the pleasure of being in this wondrous city.
Guests can enjoy a Continental buffet and a la carte breakfast in the pretty Sala Palladio or out in the garden, snacks and drinks at any time in the café from Monday to Wednesday and from Thursday to Sunday, a wonderful menu of Mediterranean cuisine and grilled seasonal dishes.