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JW Marriott and Mandarin Oriental Open In Italy

Hotel & Resort | James Ruggia | July 31, 2015

JW Marriott and Mandarin Oriental Open In Italy

PHOTO: They had a fine party to celebrate the grand opening of the new JW Marriott in Venice. (Photos courtesy those featured)

Two dynamic hotel brands, Mandarin Oriental and JW Marriott, have opened new properties in the northern Italian cities of Milan and Venice. Milan, the long-time center of the fashion world, is also the center of the world of food this year as the Milan Expo 2015 is going full steam and the new Mandarin Oriental even has a package that includes entrance to the Expo. The new JW Marriott makes its new home on an island in the world’s most famous lagoon, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Saint Marks Square.

The Mandarin Oriental, Milan opened this week in four redeveloped 18th century buildings. In using these homes, the designers created a residential feel for the new 104-room property. The hotel’s Via Andegari location is near the fashionable shopping area of the Via Manzoni and Montenapoleone.

Seta, the hotel’s fine dining venue, is overseen by Executive Chef Antonio Guida, formerly of Tuscany’s two Michelin starred restaurant Il Pellicano. Seta’s menu combines French, Asian and Tuscan influences. The restaurant offers al fresco dining in its beautiful courtyard as well as year-round seating indoors.

PHOTO: The new Marriott Oriental Milan is right in the fashionable part of the city.

The hotel’s spa has six treatment rooms, two couple’s suites and a dedicated Thai massage room. The hair salon is headed by celebrity stylist, Massimo Serini. The facilities also include a manicure and pedicure studio, a beauty studio, an indoor heated swimming pool and a fitness center.

The new hotel’s Experience Milan package adds a dining or spa credit of $328 per stay to luxury accommodations. The hotel is also offering guests exclusive access to EXPO MILANO 2015, the Universal exhibition, with a Taste of Expo package combining two nights with fast pass tickets, return transfers to the event and a complimentary “Aperitivo Gourmet” at the Mandarin Bar.

New Venetian JW Marriott

Earlier this month, the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa celebrated its Grand Opening with a two-day event to mark the first JW Marriott resort in Europe. The resort is located on Isola delle Rose (Rose Island), a 40-acre private island in the Venetian lagoon. The island includes landscaped gardens and olive groves as well as four restaurants, five bars, a cooking school and wine academy, a rooftop infinity pool, a restored 19th-century church and the largest spa in Venice.

 The hotel, which unofficially opened in March, was completed earlier than expected. Altogether the resort has 250 keys distributed among several buildings on the island, including a 191-room hotel; La Residenza with 12 rooms on private gardens; L'Uliveto, with 26 rooms overlooking olive groves and the church; La Maisonette with 20 duplex suites with private patios and gardens; La Villa Rose, the top accommodation set up as a private retreat with two bedrooms, a private garden and pool. The island is about 20 minutes by boat from St. Mark's Square.

In related news, the Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice is offering a “Sensational Suite Offer" with a discount up to 25 percent on Suites and Junior Suites rates until December.

This past spring in Ascona, the Hotel Eden Roc unveiled 30 newly fitted rooms with more to come this winter. The rooms were designed by Carlo Rampazzi for the hotel, which overlooks Lago Maggiore. Rampazzi incorporated existing furniture and added a fresh dash of color to achieve an atmosphere of “elegant lakeside lifestyle.” Some suites were made larger and all of the renovated bathrooms have been fitted with beige Sicis mosaic along with Imperial White granite. Repair work in the pool area has also been completed: this was necessary due to the flooding that occurred last November.

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