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St.Regis Hotels & Resorts to premiere on private island in the heart of Venice

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Opening in April 2015, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will Mark the Debut of the St. Regis Brand in Venice

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts announces today the highly anticipated opening of The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace in April 2015 following an extensive restoration. Idyllically situated atop a private island in the heart of the Venice lagoon, the enchanting Venetian retreat will join Starwood’s impressive portfolio of nine luxury hotels in Italy. Owned by the Turkish Permak Group, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will also join The St Regis Rome and The St Regis Florence as the luxury brand’s third hotel in Italy.

“We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Permak Group, who recognises the strength of the St. Regis brand and our deep operating experience in Venice,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “We look forward to unveiling the renovated The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace this spring, as the most desirable address in this remarkable destination.”

“With its exceptional heritage and unique identity, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is poised to be a hospitality landmark,” said Emir Uyar, Vice President of Permak Group. “We are delighted to have this exceptional hotel in our portfolio and work with St. Regis to present a luxurious and personalised experience like no other in Venice.”

Led by award-winning international designers Hirsch Bedner Associates and GA Design, the hotel’s renovation will feature 191 luxurious guest rooms and suites overlooking the lagoon and lush gardens. Guest rooms and suites will feature a harmonious blend of contemporary decor with distinct Venetian craftsmanship, including heritage terrazzo floors and brocades.  Among the hotel’s exquisite 48 suites, a majestic Royal Suite and an impressive Presidential Suite will set a new standard in Venice.

This storied building which once served as a monastery, military outpost and guest home for Venetian nobility at different times from the 12th through 17th centuries, has retained its charming historic character through the meticulous year-long renovation, now debuting as The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace.

A Private Venetian Retreat

The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is a private oasis just minutes by the hotel’s private boat service from Venice’s city centre with easy access to museums, galleries, performing arts and shopping.  The grounds that surround the hotel include spectacular gardens, a signature spa, an outdoor swimming pool with cabanas, a tennis court and a children’s club.   The hotel will also offer its discerning global guests the unparalleled bespoke experience for which the St. Regis brand is known, including the brand’s signature St. Regis Butler Service.

Adjacent to the hotel and overlooking the historic centre of Venice is the consecrated San Clemente Church, which was built in the 12th century and remains a landmark in the city. The church and its historic artwork have been meticulously restored as part of the overall renovation, providing an enchanting and unique venue ideal for marital blessings and vow renewals.

Unexpected Enchantment and Exquisite Dining

True to the idyllic nature of this private island retreat, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will offer memorable epicurean experiences ranging from relaxed poolside-dining to fine-dining in a sophisticated resort ambiance. Under the guidance of Executive Chef, Roberto Dal Seno, the hotel’s signature Acquerello Restaurant will feature a Mediterranean-inspired menu focused on locally sourced ingredients coupled with seafood and indigenous ingredients from the Adriatic coast. These will be best savoured from the restaurant’s atmospheric terrace, overlooking the lagoon and the historic city centre.

The hotel will feature an exquisitely curated wine cellar as well as The St. Regis Bar, which will follow the tradition of the St. Regis brand’s iconic King Cole Bar in New York where the first Bloody Mary cocktail was concocted over 80 years ago.  The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will have its own signature Bloody Mary cocktail inspired by the destination, created with local ingredients.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Italy

Starwood has 21 hotels in Italy operating under five of its nine lifestyle brands – St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin and Four Points by Sheraton. In Venice, Starwood operates three hotels along the Grand Canal, including the recently restored Gritti Palace and historic Hotel Danieli under the Luxury Collection brand, as well as The Westin Europa & Regina.

For more information about The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace, please visit www.stregis.com/venice.

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