If it is true that the journey is more important than the destination itself, the JW Marriott in Venice does not disappoint: you can arrive at the luxury resort by shuttle motorboat, from a private jetty in Piazza San Marco, which in 15 minutes will leave you at the gates of the hotel in a sophisticated cream-colored lounge. It is difficult to describe the beauty of such a complex, made up of many souls, of an important history, of a warm and vital stylistic refinement, despite its recent opening in 2015.
The Resort, which extends along the whole island, includes a bistro with a panoramic rooftop and swimming pool overlooking St. Mark’s square, a luxury spa, a church, a contemporary art gallery, bungalows with a private swimming pool, a neo-romantic villa of 1913, an olive grove, a botanical garden, tennis courts with an area dedicated to various sports and the refined Fiola at Dopolavoro restaurant.
Fiola at Dopolavoro offers a menu that includes the signature dishes of starred chef Fabio Trabocchi. His dishes contain all the gourmand flavors of the fertile island: organic fruit and vegetables, olive oil, aromatic herbs. One of the “secrets” of his cuisine is, in fact, the Dopolavoro olive oil, the only oil produced in Venice from the olive trees grown in the resort, with a truly unique taste.
Housed in a 1936 deco building, whose original function was to promote the recreation of the island’s guests, beautifully restored in a contemporary and eco-sustainable key by architect Matteo Thun, the restaurant features sophisticated interior design and international flair.
The furnishings are based on local design companies. Decorations are in Murano glass, the wood of tables and surfaces have been locally sourced, and fabrics are by Rubelli, reflecting the Venetian artisanal tradition. For the lighting, have been used Laguna lamps by Artemide, paired with lights by Barovier & Toso.
Fiola at Dopolavoro is perfect for a romantic dinner after a visit to the Goco Spa or for a business dinner preceded by an aperitif on the panoramic rooftop (easy to arrive thanks to the free transfer from San Marco). On summer evenings it is truly a unique experience to eat al fresco surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens in Venice, overlooking the Lagoon.
The structure was until 1979 a pulmonology hospital, created during the Fascist period, and in more recent years fell into total abandonment, until the recent acquisition by the JW Marriott group.