There’s no denying that Venice has to be one of the most romantic cities in the world.
From incredible Italian wedding venues to super romantic honeymoon spots, Venice has a lot to offer.
If the idea of a destination famous for its busy streets and tourists puts you off, let us introduce JW Marriott Resort & Spa; it might just be the perfect retreat for wedding couples and honeymooners alike…
Approaching JW Marriott Resort & Spa’s private island by boat across the lagoon feels like something straight out of a Bond film.
The hotel sits on the 40-acre island of Isola delle Rose (Rose island) in Venice, and is only accessible via a 20-minute boat ride from St Mark’s Square. Luckily, the hotel has its very own private, complimentary water shuttle service ready and waiting to whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of the centre to the five-star luxury that awaits! (There’s even charging ports on board – extremely useful when you’ve worn your phone out taking too many photos!)
We defy you not to hum a Bond tune as you approach JW Marriott Resort & Spa (Image: Jeremy Austin)
It’s JW Marriott Venice’s location that makes it such a unique and sought-after wedding venue, too. You and your guests will love the uber glamorous entrance, not to mention the ease of being so close to Venice’s main attractions yet able to escape to your own island retreat after a busy day of sightseeing.
Style & Vibe
Although not classically Venetian, the hotel – built in the 1920s and recently refurbished by Matteo Thun – is just as elegant as the buildings on the mainland. In fact, the cooler, contemporary style and setting is a welcome relief after a day spent in the busy crowds of Venice, and the spacious, minimalist rooms couldn’t be more comfortable.
We couldn’t think of a more calming place to relax with a drink after a day of sightseeing
JW Marriott Venice is made up of five buildings in total, with lots of accommodation options available. There are 250 rooms and suites in the main hotel plus the ‘JW Retreats’ – a selection of rooms, suites and villas set in private gardens that promise residents quiet seclusion.
Our room in the resort’s La Residenza wing was spacious, equipped with everything you’d need for a comfortable stay (including the all-important coffee machine), and instantly calming thanks to the muted colour palette.
Guests can enjoy their own private patio overlooking the olive grove
It even had its own private patio with lounge chairs overlooking the olive grove – perfect for a few moments of R&R before dinner!
Food and Drink
The hotel boasts four restaurants in total. Our favourite without doubt was Sagra, JW Marriott Venice’s rooftop restaurant, where guests can dine al fresco while taking in spectacular views of the surrounding lagoon, the impressive gardens and Venice in the distance.
The perfect sundowners spot
We arrived just in time to watch the sunset with an Aperol Spritz (Aperol fans, Venice is your mecca – there’s Aperol everywhere!) before a delicious dinner of lobster linguine.
The buffet breakfast was one of the best we’ve seen
Cucina is the hotel’s daily restaurant, serving up impressive buffet breakfasts each morning (yes, doughnuts for breakfast is definitely ok when you’re on holiday) and traditional Italian pizzas in the evening. The hotel also has its very own onsite deli, with an impressive range of Italian wines, salamis and cheeses on offer.
When it comes to dining options for weddings at JW Marriott Venice, the possibilities are endless. Experienced chefs are on hand to create a menu just for you with wines to match, so whether you’re after an al fresco reception in the gardens or a refined dinner at the hotel’s Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia, there’s something to suit everyone.
What to Do
The resort boasts the largest spa in Venice, so it’d be rude not to check out all the incredible treatments on offer. The team have worked hard to create a really private, luxury experience, so whether you’re visiting for the weekend and fancy a facial or you’d like a couples’ massage before your wedding day, you’re sure to be feeling relaxed in no time.
Relax and unwind at the largest spa in Venice
The hotel celebrates the incredible cuisine that Venice is known for with its Sapori cooking academy. Experienced foodies can try their hand at a six-hour ‘Authentic Venice’ class, while fans of cicchetti will love the two-hour class learning how to make these delicious small plates.
The biggest decision you’ll make each day is whether you really need to leave the island and head into Venice at all!
What to Instagram
Who really needs to explore Venice anyway? (Image: Jeremy Austin)
Did we mention JW Marriott Venice’s impressive rooftop pool? With 360-degree panoramic views of the lagoon and Venice, not to mention the poolside bar, all you need to do is order your cocktail of choice and get snapping.
A pool just waiting to hit your Instagram feed (Image: Jeremy Austin)
The hotel also has its very own charming 19th Century church – perfect for couples planning to say ‘I do’ on the island. Between that and the olive groves, there are so many Insta opportunities here!
Imagine exchanging vows in this incredible building?
JW Marriott Venice manages to capture the charm and romance of Venice itself, while offering impeccable service and luxury touches. Couples looking for an Italian wedding will love all of the packages on offer, whilst its location makes it a brilliant option for minimooners wanting to explore the sights (and, most importantly for us, the food and wine) of Venice!
Ryanair, British Airways and Easyjet run regular flights to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport from all major London airports.
From the airport, you can either arrange a private transfer with the hotel or hop on the Alilaguna boat line, which costs 15 euros per person one way (17 euros for a round trip) and will take you to San Marco, where you can pick up the free shuttle service.
Rooms start at 395 EUR per night, based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room on a B&B basis, with suites starting at 600 EUR per night. Visit JW Marriott Venice’s website for more info or book a room at JW Marriott Venice now.