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Indulging in a Spa in Venice

December 13th, 2019 by Prontopia

Take a break from the exhausting walking spending a few hours or a whole day soaking your bones in the warm waters of a spa. Spas in Venice, Italy are quite luxurious and inside a 5-star resort, so a white-glove treatment is expected.

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The eforea Spa at the Hilton Molino Stucky includes sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi, relax area, and a small gym. Entrance to the Wellness Center is €20 for up to 2 hours while a number of treatments are offered with varying prices accordingly. The hotel is in a neo-gothic building erected by the Swiss businessman Giovanni Stucky in the late 19th century. It was a flour mill and also worked as a pasta factory. After being closed for many decades, it was restored and opened as a hotel in 2007. It is on the western end of Giudecca so vaporetto is necessary to get there: take lines 2, 4.1 or 4.2 and get off at Palanca or Sacca Fisola. It is a bulky structure and can’t be missed and you can connect with a Prontopia local assistant to go there.

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A secluded hotel is JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa on Sacca Sessola, a man-made island where the city sanatorium used to be. The buildings dating back to the 1920s are worth to visit for their Modernist architecture and for the multi-awarded restoration works carried out by Matteo Thun. A shuttle boat leaves from Piazza San Marco bound for the island. The opulent spa is open from morning till dawn and booking is advisable. Entrance is €50 for up to 4 hours and includes air and water massage stations, showers, tepidarium loungers, hammam with private scrub rooms, and Finnish sauna. A choice of massages and body treatments are also offered. Views from the swimming pool and the relax area are stunning. Remember that the resort is closed from November to March.

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Another ex hospital-island is San Clemente. It used to house the psychiatric asylum for women while today is the San Clemente Palace Kempinski. A shuttle boat reaches the resort from Piazza San Marco. The wellness area comprises a sauna, Turkish bath, and gym (daily entrance €90). For the swimming pool, the entrance is €80 while for both areas is €150 (booking is advisable). This resort also is closed from November to March.

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One of the most beautiful hotels on the Grand Canal is for sure the Gritti. A 15th-century palazzo, it was the residence of noble families and distinguished visitors, before being converted into a luxury hotel in 1895. Together with a restaurant and a café with splendid views over Venice, it has a sumptuous spa called Sisley Paris with a great choice of treatments. The walking entrance is from Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, near the homonym vaporetto stop of line 1.


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