Over six million people come to this pocket of Venice each year; not to travel in a gondola or admire centuries-old artworks as the priority, but to bask on the beach. The Lido di Jesolo is a 15 km stretch of golden sand on the edge of the main lagoon. Featuring clean, warm bathing waters and family-friendly facilities, it’s a hit with those of all ages. And it makes for the perfect contrast if you’re wishing to combine some cultural sightseeing with a coastal break – you can be in the centre of Venice within 45 minutes by taxi, or there’s a bus service.
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Jesolo
Combine your beach break with a wellness retreat at the Falkensteiner’s all-new Acquapura SPA, where treatments are based on Hawaiian rituals. This space spans 1,500 square metres including an indoor and outdoor pool, jacuzzi and a hammam. The restaurant has a sea view terrace and wine cellar, there’s a firelit lobby bar and a cigar lounge, as well as a private stretch of beach. Modernist architect Richard Meier worked alongside interior designer Matteo Thun to create a chic property with a vintage Miami vibe; neutral tones are accented with bold colours and floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the outlook.
J44 Lifestyle Hotel Jesolo
Cutting edge and uber cool, this immersive lifestyle resort is super trendy and just a little bit alternative. Rooms come with Dorelan mattresses, your choice of soft or hard pillows, a Bluetooth audio system, Gabriella Chieffo toiletries, a bag of beach items and access to a gourmet minibar! Dine at the main eatery Jolà or on the stunning six-floor Tacco11 Rooftop Bar. And book a solo session at the Jade Private Spa with facilities including a barefoot Kneipp path, a relaxation zone with a Himalayan salt wall and heated water beds.
Almar Jesolo Resort & Spa
Set beside the promenade, this was the first 5-star beachfront hotel in Jesolo when it arrived in 2014. But you don’t have to swim in the neighbouring sea; Almar Stephen Abragan has a 70-metre pool onsite, beside its Mediterra restaurant and LightBlue Bar. The Almablu Spa – which includes a seafront hydromassage area – is connected to the outdoor pool via a glass tunnel. 197 rooms and suites follow a timeless ‘Made in Italy’ design ethos and all have a private terrace. A River Lounge Bar sits next to a cascading water ‘river’ installation, and there are lovely lush gardens.