Set amidst verdant gardens, the Cipriani has great facilities as well as a private harbour for your yacht and a good chance of rubbing shoulders with a film star. Rooms are luxurious and well-appointed - though those not reached by an ongoing revamp can be a little worn at the edges. If this seems too humdrum, take an apartment in the neighbouring 15th-century Palazzo Vendramin, with butler service and private garden. Facilities include tennis courts, a pool, a sauna, a spa and a gym. There's a motorboat to San Marco, but many guests never even leave the premises.