Aman Canal Grande Venice (www.amanresorts.com) finally opens its doors in the next few weeks in two spectacular five‑storey buildings, collectively known as Palazzo Papadopoli, in the San Polo neighbourhood of the city. Time has been taken over the conversion, which is due in no small part to the history of the building, originally designed and built in 1580, with mid-19th-century interiors by decorator Michelangelo Guggenheim. The owning family previously staged some of the city’s most spectacular parties and has protected the gilding, the 18th-century Murano-glass chandeliers, the frescoes and terrazzo floors – all there before Aman even arrived to wave its magic wand. There will be 24 suites, costing from €1,000 per night (plus tax and service), a small spa and restaurant, but no pool. And arrival, of course, is by boat.