Situated on the tip of Giudecca Island, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a surprising respite from the hustle and bustle of Venice’s winding streets (but a private hotel boat will have you in St Mark’s Square in five minutes). The hotel overlooks the lagoon and has views of the Doge’s Palace and beyond. The Palladio Suite, named for Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, is a celebration of 18th-century design. The master bedroom has divine views from everywhere you look, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows framed by sumptuous curtains and with antique furniture to sit and gaze out at the lagoon. The large living room leads onto a balcony, and on the private terrace, the scent of jasmine drifts through the air as you unwind in the private plunge pool. There is no hotel more quintessentially Venice.