San Clemente Palace Kempinski

A secluded sanctuary in Venice
Secluded on a 15-acre private island offering respite away from the hustle and bustle of Venice proper, San Clemente Palace Kempinski is a luxury lover’s dream.

The palatial hotel, which was formerly incarnated as a monastery, uses its imposing historical elegance to great advantage. There’s no such thing as “no frills” here: there’s a garden-adjacent heated swimming pool, top-notch dining with enviable views of the lagoon and lush greenery, a needs-no-introduction spa with signature herbal massages and, of course, a theme of understated opulence embedded in the hotel’s decor.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Venice hotel is an extremely versatile property. It’s got running trails, a fitness center, tennis and golf for active types.
  • Interlocking suites and a kid’s club make this a family-friendly spot.
  • Check out the gorgeous 12th-century church. It’s a charmed setting for a wedding, or even just some photos.
  • The Kempinski is a quiet retreat. Its 15 acres are filled with trees, antique gardens and lush foliage.
Things to Know
  • The island of San Clemente is a mere 10 minutes from the hot spots of San Marco, and he hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that leaves every 30 minutes to get you closer to the action.
  • The private island isn’t accessible via the vaporetto (public ferry) or other public transportation. If you miss the hotel’s own shuttle, you’ll have to hire a water taxi. Or bring your own boat and moor it at San Clemente Palace’s private dock.
  • The luxury hotel opens seasonally, from late March to early November, so plan accordingly.
The Rooms
  • The luxe rooms — bedecked with terrazzo floors, rich fabrics and drapes, and the ever-present Murano glass chandeliers — are all plush, but you’ll definitely want to book one with a lagoon view.
  • Unlike many cramped Venice hotels, the Kempinski gives you guest rooms with plenty of space to sprawl out.
  • The best room is the San Clemente Suite. The most spacious accommodations in the hotel come with a living room, kitchen, two bathrooms and awe-inspiring views of Venice from every room.
The Restaurants
  • Set among the palm trees, Venice’s outpost of the famed Buddha-Bar Beach lures you in with its poolside restaurant and bar. The hot spot serves the signature Asian dishes of the original, but also mixes in unique local and Mediterranean flavors.

  • Insieme Restaurant is the go-to breakfast spot.

  • Take in gorgeous views of the lagoon as you dine in the evening at Acquerello.
Getting There
Isola di San Clemente 1, 30124, Venice, Italy
VCE (1 h 40 min)  
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