Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice

The feel here is luxuriously elegant modern classic with lots of Venetian touches, rather than atmospheric historic pile. There are 79 rooms and suites in the main hotel and all have private balconies, gorgeous fabrics, Fortuny light fittings and sumptuous bathrooms. The Cip’s Club restaurant, on the lagoon-side walk of the Giudecca Canal, is an informal dining option; for something more elegant, there’s the Oro Restaurant inside. A spa, exclusive on-site boutiques, extensive gardens and a huge swimming pool complete the picture.