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CELEBRATING THE ARTS

Aman Resorts Venice honours Italian cultural tradition.

Meticulously designed to frame their natural settings, Aman destinations are renowned for space and privacy. Each welcomes guests as if to the home of a close friend, instilling a sense of peace and belonging amid some of the most diverse natural and historical landscapes.

During a recent trip to Italy, I had the pleasure of visiting the Aman Venice. I was particularly impressed by Aman’s approach to hotels, which has changed little since 1988 when the first retreat was built on Phuket’s west coast. It was named Amanpuri, meaning ‘place of peace’, and Aman was born.

With its local touches and recognition of local history, this hotel is indeed a joy of multiple proportions.

Aman Venice’s Rooms and Signature Rooms, which vary in size and configuration, feature works by a number of Italy’s greatest artists – including 16th-century architect Sansovino and 18th-century painter Tiepolo. Contemporary furnishings complement authentic silk wall coverings, chandeliers, wood panelling, chinoiserie and painted ceilings, while many Suites offer Grand Canal views

The Grand Canal Suite offers magnificent views of the Grand Canal, with a separate sitting room while the Alcova Tiepolo Suite features a living room and bedroom with 18th-century Tiepolo frescoes and gilded doors

Comprising three discreet treatment rooms, the venetian Spa offers a serene retreat in which to unwind and refresh after days spent discovering the city and exploring the Grand Canal. The actor George Clooney once booked the entire hotel for his wedding to Amal. Take time out to explore the menu of Eastern-influenced therapies using Aman’s signature chemical-free products; or enjoy a workout in the fitness studio, with its sweeping views over the Venetian skyline.

At Aman Venice, that reputation finds expression in the Restaurant’s uplifting modern Italian fare, and in the Bar’s contemporary approach to Venetian classics.

True to its historic location and in celebration of the arts, the resort on behalf of Christie’s is host to one of the preeminent contemporary Japanese sculptors of this age, Kan Yasuda, in an exhibition showcasing seven monumental sculptures throughout the Aman property, parallel to the 57th Art Biennale.

Then there’s the Aman Venice Opera Series. Venice’s Teatro La Fenice – or the Phoenix opera house – occupies a special place in the history of Italian theatre and world opera. Founded in 1792, it became opera’s pre-eminent venue in the 19th century when Rossini, Bellini and Verdi premiered their operas here; later, the 20th-century greats – Stravinksy, Prokofiev and Britten – composed for the house.

For its celebration of the arts and for the comfort it provides for its guests, the Aman Venice is indeed the perfect space to spend one’s time in one of the world’s historic cities.

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