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 to go there.
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.
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.
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.