A former 18th century Venetian residence transformed into a five-star hotel, the elegant Bauer Palazzo, overlooking Campo San Moisè from one side, not only has a private mooring on the Grand Canal but also a separate entrance from the calle dei XIII Martiri, far removed from prying eyes. Behind its exquisite Gothic façade, it lavish interiors are furnished with priceless Chinese vases, carved stucco ceilings, antique furnishings and exquisite fabrics and are distinguished by a perfect blend of intimacy, a meld of past and contemporary touches. The same eclectic style can be found at the De Pisis Restaurant where guests can enjoy local traditional fare enhanced with Mediterranean flavours, upgraded with a creative twist, which can either be savoured at the restaurant’s indoor dining room or on its magnificent terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Guests in search of an after-dinner drink can head to one of the hotel’s two bars: the more informal Canale Bar or the elegant B-Bar which offers live music every evenings and is patronized by celebrities. Listed as one of the world’s international Bond Bars, the B-Bar was known to be a favourite of the last James Bond. Finally, while all the 191 rooms and suites at the Bauer Palazzo are similarly furnished with Murano glass chandeliers, antiques, exquisite upholstery and marble-clad bathrooms, the venue’s stunning, dazzling white Royal Suite is the ultimate in luxury, boasting original stuccos, high, decorated ceilings, whirlpool tubs and, above all, a spectacular view over St. Mark’s Basin, which can be enjoyed from its balcony.