Italy's Only Private Island Resort

Italy's Only Private Island Resort

Venice’s unique luxury San Clemente Palace Kempinski resort occupies the entire 20-acre, private island, an 8-minute ride from St. Mark's Square aboard the hotel’s traditional wooden motor launches. The island’s church dates from 1131 and is an essential element of the hotel estate. In the 17th century, an exquisite additional chapel (pictured to the right) was built within the original church. This “church-inside-a-church" concept is one of only three in Europe.

The historic hotel's 123 rooms, 45 suites and 29 signature suites offer the largest array of luxury accommodations in Venice. The hotel sits at the center of a gracious park dotted with contemporary sculptures. Its flower-filled, manicured gardens are home to pheasants who amble freely around the park.

The resort’s park includes a large swimming pool set among palm trees and surrounded by cabanas and chaises longues. Adjacent to the pool is the open-air La Dolce poolside brasserie and bar. The park offers: a mile-long jogging track bordering the lagoon; tennis court; open-air cinema; fully equipped indoor/outdoor gym; a golf driving range; and a kids’ club. An additional highlight of the resort is the luxurious Merchant of Venice Spa.

The Ideal Venetian Hotel for the Planet's "New Normal"

In 2023, the number of tourists crowding Venice has set an all-time record. “Coupled with rising temperatures due to climate change, which continue to affect this summer’s visitors to Italy,” Weill added, “staying in the cool and calm of the San Clemente Palace offers the ideal combination of exploring what is arguably the most gorgeous city on earth, with a blissful vacation.”

“In a city where rooms in even the finest hotels can be cramped,” says the hotel’s Resident Manager, Jak Nahmias, “all rooms and suites at the San Clemente Palace are spacious, high-ceilinged, their lavish furnishing and fabrics inspired by elegant Venetian traditions.”

The hotel’s Acquerello fine-dining restaurant faces the lagoon and the Venetian skyline. In addition to the array of sculptures located throughout the gardens, the interior of the San Clemente Palace boasts a massive private art collection. The hotel’s chic San Clemente Bar offers curated cocktails; guests gather at the gracious outdoor Sunset Bar (pictured above) to watch the sun descend into the Venetian Lagoon.

The hotel’s 8-minute shuttle rides to and from Piazza San Marco operate from early morning to beyond midnight and are complimentary for hotel guests.

“With its natural beauty, 900-year history, its luxurious amenities, and its Venetian setting, our goal is for the San Clemente Palace Kempinski to be considered the most extraordinary resort in the entire Mediterranean,” added Nahmias.

Click for the San Clemente Palace Kempinski's “Your Venetian Hideaway” website.