Palladio Hotel Spa Resort
Set on Giudecca, overlooking Saint Mark’s, this sleek spa comes complete with hamman and views back across the water. You can even have a massage in the hotel’s glorious gardens, once part of a sixteenth-century convent.
Alex Hai, Venice’s first female “gondoliera”, does great mystery tours, including a ghost trail or a romantic route, perhaps taking in places George Clooney visited on his Venetian wedding. Learn about local legends or spooky inns as the water laps around you.