This is a part of Venice that few tourists ever get to see – exclusive, secluded luxury. This palatial, grand Belle Epoque style, ‘Lido Resort’ built in 1908 has, over the past century, played host to many a star of the silver screen, due in part to its association with the Venice Film Festival. Photographs of the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn relaxing by the pool or on the hotel’s sandy beach are proudly displayed in the bar, accentuating the louche glamour. It adds to sense that as a guest you are part of a very exclusive club, entering its hall of fame yourself. That’s not to say this is a modest, boutique style hotel, far from it. The property boasts 174 palatial rooms, no less than 23 suites, a very, very grand ballroom, a huge outdoor pool and a lauded beach with individually shaded sun beds. This is Italian glamour at its unashamed, stylish best.