LONDON—Marriott International announced plans to open a luxury resort on the private island of Sacca Sessola, located in the Venetian lagoon. The 266-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will operate under a management agreement with an affiliate of Aareal Bank AG and is expected to open in 2014. The resort will be the JW Marriott brand’s first hotel in Italy.
“Introducing JW Marriott to Venice is an exciting time for the brand as the destination continues to be one of the most desirable in the world, famous for its stunning architecture, art, and culture,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. “We are delighted to offer our guests the distinctly unique setting of Sacca Sessola coupled with the elegance and intuitive service synonymous with the JW Marriott brand.”
The hotel will feature 266 guestrooms and suites designed by Matteo Thun & Partners of Milan. The resort will offer a health club, spa, and indoor, outdoor and rooftop swimming pools.
The property will feature unique event and wedding space in the form of a restored church. In addition to attracting leisure guests, the hotel also offers over 13,000 square feet of meeting space across a variety of meeting rooms.