Now we’re coming out from behind our cloths it’s poignant that the City of Masks, Venice is unmasked.
The time was when we’d only come across masks in the shops in the City on the Lagoon.
Those ornate, beaked souvenirs you bring back with you from Italy.
But since Covid broke out two years ago we’ve all taken on the appearances of theatre nurses.
Read our lips
There will, of course, be a period of adjustment as we become comfortable again showing off our pearly whites in public.
And not feel self-conscious or socially irresponsible when we forget our masks for Sunday Mass.
The test, of course, is when we’re jostled together in tight alleyways on holiday.
Now there are few places as huddled as Venice’s alleyways, unless you’ve been in a Marrakech soukh.
And it was that which spread the disease during the Black Death and saw the rise in masks.
And dandies turning adversity into masked balls.
Isles with style
And if you do need the sand between your toes then the Lido is also on your doorstep.
A beach bar you say, but away from the crowds… well, you’ll want to try the Buddha Beach Bar at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski.
You’ve probably stared longingly towards the isola from Rialto.
Once a place of isolation for monks and an asylum for those Venetians to hide away those they wanted to keep out of view.
Buddha Beach Bar
It is now a private island boasting the 5* San Clemente Palace Kempinski.
And now the gastronomic destination with three gourmet restaurants and bars, this season, the San Clemente Palace Kempinski is adding an exciting new dining concept.
San Clemente is opening a new Buddha Beach Bar, of all things.
You’ll be surrounded by palm trees (yes, really).
And the poolside Buddha Beach Bar offers an enticing blend of neo-Asian and Italian cuisine accompanied by music and cocktails.
Just a ten-minute boat ride from Piazza San Marco, San Clemente Palace Kempinski and its Buddha Beach Bar is Venice Unmasked.
And the good news is that it’s reopening this Spring.
So check out their offers.
Romantic Escape in the Special Suites of San Clemente
What about a romantic stay in suites with private transfers by water taxi from Venice Airport?
And a dinner for two at Acquerello Restaurant, inclusive of three-course menu.
And among the extras are a Kempinski Lady in Red Service and a €50 Spa treatment voucher, per room, per stay.