Lungomare Marconi 41 Venice Lido, Venice, Italy AH, VENICE! Enchanting city-on-water. Its sounds are of footsteps on the well-worn streets, and the cries of boatmen from the canals. The glories of the past at every turn. Who among us does not want to be there, soaking up the beauty, the atmosphere, the sheer Venetian pleasure of this romantic city? How about staying in one of the world’s great hotels, one where the Venetians themselves go to celebrate and unwind? A special place in which to experience Venice in total lux- ury—yet with an important difference. Not only a luxurious, romantic room for two in one of the world’s historic and palatial five-star hotels, but a palace on the golden sands of the Venice Lido, escaping the tourists and looking out over the glittering waters. This is Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort. It is where the Venice Film Festival was created, where Sir Winston Churchill used to stay, and where the cognoscenti still do. Here, the rich history, beauty and culture of Venice are enhanced by the gentle charm, peace and glamour of the Lido. How civilised! So if, like the Venetians themselves, you want to steer a path away from the tourist hubbub, the Excelsior is the place to be. The hotel is itself a Venetian icon. It combines art, culture, fine food and a glorious beach and spa holiday. This grande dame embodies 1950s glamour, contemporary facilities and Venetian culture in ev- ery pore. No surprise that this is still the place to stay for today’s film stars during the Venice Film Festival—the hotel hosted the first film festival in 1932—as it was in the days of Sophia Loren, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and more. ¶Read the full feature on and call 020 7399 2960 for full details and to check availability and best Club rates for your dates. Our Members can save up to 62% off rack rates. HotelExcelsior,Venice 194