The fun begins before you even arrive at JW Marriott Venice: A private boat glides through the lagoon from St Mark’s, leaving the crowds behind and delivering you at Isola Delle Rose, a verdant 40-acre island where the hotel is the only edifice. If that’s not enough seclusion for you, Villa Rose is an ‘island within the island.’ The multilevel villa has three bedrooms (two masters), three bathrooms, a living room, dining room with separate kitchen, study and sitting room. Outside you’ll find 4,520 sq ft of perfectly preened garden, a private swimming pool and a deck area strewn with sun loungers. Not sure when to visit? Gather by JW, a culinary festival, is held here in September — an excellent time to come — and sees acclaimed culinary maestros come together with chef-hosted dinners, intimate cooking classes and Italian activities.