Just a five-minute boat ride from St Mark’s Square, Belmond Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island captures the traditional spirit of Venice through its opulent 18th-century decor, oil paintings and proximity to the lagoon. The Palladio Suite is flooded by natural light thanks to its marvelous floor-to-ceiling windows with 180-degree views of the Venetian Lagoon and Venice itself. The suite, including the bathroom, is laden with Italian marble, Murano-glass lamps and chandeliers, and draped with Rubelli curtains. If you seek privacy from the openness of the suite (which is suspended over the lagoon) head to the heated plunge pool on the manicured terrace. Its fragrant jasmine bushes shield you from those sailing on the water, so you can enjoy your Venetian retreat in peace.