Hotel Cipriani, Venice
Just a short river-taxi ride from the airport and you are transported to surely the finest hotel location in Venice, Hotel Cipriani, with views across the water to St Mark’s Square, but peacefully away from the crowds. Expect the warmest of welcomes from charming greeter Roberto, who will also introduce children to the brilliant Smile Club – a sunny gazebo of delights with its own swimming pool and activities including Venetian mask-making.
The bespoke children’s breakfast bar is a sight to behold, with freshly squeezed smoothies and just-popped popcorn, while the hotel’s resident chef is happy to host pizza-making master classes. Parents simply must sample a glass or two of the famed signature Bellini (a champagne cocktail with freshly squeezed peach juice), or try George Clooney’s “Buona Notte” cocktail – George is a regular guest and frequenter of the late-night bar.
The hotel itself is a calming oasis, with manicured lawns and a fish pond (a popular gathering point for children, with fish-feeding bread provided by Roberto), as well as lush herb and vegetable gardens, two restaurants, a spa with mini manicures for children, and Shirley, the hotel’s boat, at your disposal.
From £1,460 per night for a family of four with Seasons.