Venice, Italy

Isola Santa Cristina


Private-island palace


Blue lagoon

Things don’t get more exclusive than this: Isola Santa Cristina is your own private island in the Venetian lagoon, surrounded by vineyards, orchards and organic farmland. The villa has white-washed wooden floors, lots of lounges and a cosy fireplace: the minimalist decor lets the artworks take centre stage. The chef uses locally sourced produce, fishermen deliver their daily catch and your own waiter will ensure your grown-nearby wine is constantly topped up. Aside from the 16 guests the property accommodates, you’ll only be sharing your island with pheasants and ducks – and a bobbing boat with a captain, ready to whisk you to the centre of Venice or to another island within the lagoon. 

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A case of wine from the island

First Glance

  • There are nine bedrooms in total, each with an ensuite bathroom.
  • The master bedroom is in the middle of the villa, with a king-size bed, a walk-in wardrobe, its own lounge and views across the island to the lagoon. The bathroom has a bath tub and shower.
  • Some of the rooms can be made into twins; one has a single bed.
  • Some of the bedrooms are in the attic, with beamed ceilings, juliette balconies and views of the lagoon.
  • Over-10s are welcome.

Villa highlights

  • Your own private island
  • Resident chef
  • Pheasants for neighbours


  • The 10m x 8m pool is lined by teak decking, a gazebo and shade-supplying parasols.


  • The property is on a farm on an island in the middle of the lagoon, with a rocky beach behind it (sadly too shallow for swimming).
  • The island measures 75 acres.
  • There are two outdoor terraces, as well as a rooftop one.
  • Outdoor shower.


  • The private island within the lagoon is 30 minutes away by boat from the main cluster of islands (or sestieri).
  • The boat journey from the airport to this island in the north of the Venetian lagoon should take around 40 minutes.

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