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October 31, 2013updated Feb 14, 2014

Venetian Gem

By Chris Boyle

Aman Canal Grande Venice - Alcove Tiepolo Bedroom

The newly restored 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli, on Venice’s Grand Canal between the Accademia and Rialto bridges, houses Amanresorts’ first Italian property.

A lavish example of neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles, the architectural gem abounds with exceptionally rare frescoes and reliefs.

One of five Signature Suites, the Alcova Tiepolo Suite ($4,600 a night), is crowned by a vibrant ceiling painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the 18th-century Venetian virtuoso who elevated the art of fresco painting.

The highlight of the Sansovino Suite ($3,300 a night) is an original fireplace designed by Jacopo d’Antonio Sansovino, one of Venice’s most revered 16th-century architects.

Blessed with such structural extravagance, designer Jean-Michel Gathy practiced restraint with minimalist contemporary furnishings and a subdued palette that do not compete for attention.


Though only 24 suites inhabit the expansive palazzo, the Aman Canal Grande touts the amenities of a larger hotel. Culinary choices include Italian, Thai and the portfolio’s third Naoki restaurant, specializing in French kaiseki fare.

Escape the hustle and bustle in the third-floor spa, or on the roof terrace with sweeping views over the canal and the rooftops of San Polo, or simply immerse yourself in the serenity of two verdant gardens, a rarity in this ancient city.

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