If you want to make as much of an entrance on your honeymoon as you did on your wedding day, Aman Grande Canal is the place to stay.


Approaching by water taxi - cruising down the Grand Canal under the Rialto Bridge before drawing up at the waterside gangway at Palazzo Papadopoli - is pretty much unbeatable. Inside, the new Aman hotel is as impressive as the arrival, dripping in chandeliers and decked out with museum-worthy frescoes. The palazzo's owners (a count and his wife, naturally) still live on the top floors, which adds to the feeling that you're staying in a lavish home, not a hotel. Uniquely, however, in place of heirlooms and antiques is ultra-modern B&B Italia furniture; the historic setting shines against its sleek simplicity.


When you've eventually stopped gawping, slip through the gardens and out of the back gate into San Polo. Turn right, and you're at the Rialto Bridge in minutes; turn left, and you can discover some of real Venice. After wandering the canals, stop and order a Spritz (a Venetian cocktail of Aperol, Prosecco and soda) and cicheti (tapas-style snacks) at one of the cluster of small restaurants on the fringes of the Rialto market (Bancogiro is our favourite). Buzzing with locals and with prime views of the famous bridge, it might just rival your entrance for a pinch-me memory.

WOW FACTOR Breakfasting in the gilded former ballroom with Grand Canal views.

GO A double room costs from £830 www.amanresorts.com; BA www.ba.com return flights start at £78