Marriott International has announced plans to open a luxury resort on the private island of Sacca Sessola, located in the Venetian lagoon. The 266-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will operate under a management agreement with an affiliate of Aareal Bank AG and is expected to open in 2014.
A short boat ride from the city of Venice, the resort will be the JW Marriott brand’s first hotel in Italy, and is considered a world-class addition to its global portfolio of 59 luxury properties.
JW Marriott is currently represented in Europe by five hotels in London, Bucharest, Cannes and Ankara, with the fifth joining just last year in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Located among Sacca Sessola’s private gardens and olive groves, the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will feature 266 guest rooms and suites designed by Matteo Thun & Partners of Milan. The private setting will also boast a health club, spa, and indoor, outdoor and rooftop swimming pools.
The resort will also offer dining experiences in an array of restaurants and bars, as well as unique event and wedding space in the form of a restored church. In addition to attracting leisure guests, the hotel is expected to be popular with the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market, with over 13,000 square feet of meeting space across a variety of meeting rooms.