There are no words, no videos and no photos, that can describe the beauty of this magical Italian city. Every time I am in Venice, I lose my heart there. So I did lately, when the famous Gritti Palace (A Luxury Collection Hotel owned by Starwood) and Riva Boats invited me to celebrate their exclusive partnership…

The moment you get off the airport and into one of these beautiful wooden boat limousines/taxis, is the moment where the magic begins… Arrived in Venice, the boat was already waiting for me at the airport, to take the stunning ride towards Canal Grande, where the historical Gritti Palace hotel is located and where I was welcomed in real Venetian style: with an original (and the best) Bellini of Venice by an amazing team.

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, was built in 1475 and has ever since been the home of royal families and major personalities before it became a hotel in 1947. It is one of the most historical and unique palazzos in Venice, that has recently been refurbished for more than 35 million Euros and re-opened with a lot of highlights, more than 60 extraordinary rooms and 21 unique and historical suites, the best service you can imagine, delicious restaurants and the rooftop terrace with stunning 360 degree views over Venice.

In honor of the new partnership between Riva Yachts and The Gritti Palace, the hotel has transformed its Terrace to a Riva Lounge overlooking the Grand Canal of Venice,  inspired by the original Riva Lounge at Monaco Yacht Club.

On this occasion The Gritti Palace and Riva Yachts have created a special package for their guests: The Riva Experience! With the hotel-owned Aquariva yacht, guests can book different tours from classic sight-seeing to romantic sunset tours over bird-watching or art excursions (the boat can accommodate put to 7 people and the hourly rate is 350 Euros) through Venice with the boat including a bottle of ice-cold Ruinart champagne and lots of other necessary boat trip accessories.

The Gritti Palace in Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique places I have visited on my travels and I cannot wait to be back and to keep showing you more of the beauty of Venice soon!

Insider tip: Rumor hast it that you might spot some real Venetian princes during your boat trip on Canal Grande… So look outside and keep your eyes off the phone!  ;-) ;-)



Copyright: Nel-Olivia Waga & The Gritti Palace, The Mandarine Girl