The famous thick fog has crept over the lagoon, elegant murano glass decorations are being hung, traditional presepi are being lain and seasonal specialities like mandorlato nougat will soon be broken out. There’s simply an enchanting aura around Venice at this time of year, making it one of the best European destinations for the holidays. There’s nowhere better to take in this ambiance than at magical Isola Santa Cristina. Join us as we journey to this private island to experience this special festive atmosphere.

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Hidden away in the Venetian Lagoon, a 10-minute boat drive from Burano and Torcello and 25 minutes from Venice, Isola Santa Cristina is a unique and bewitching destination. With only one villa on the whole island, it provides absolute privacy. This seclusion, in addition to its striking natural beauty, offer discerning guests the perfect relaxing and luxurious getaway.

The island’s historic home is set within gardens and grounds beautifully tended to with care over centuries. The recently renovated house sleeps 16 in two suites, five double bedrooms and two single bed rooms (all with en-suite bathrooms). The interior has been decorated in a light, Mediterranean style with whitewashed wood floors, vaulted ceilings, and plenty of white wood. The ground floor includes a bright, inviting living room, an art-deco style library and a traditional Venetian kitchen which has been modernized and outfitted with state of the art appliances.

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Experience a different kind of cozy over the holidays by bringing together your family or friends at the Isola Santa Cristina. Wake up to the sound of silence, interrupted only by the call of seabirds. Take a coffee on the rooftop altana with its panoramic view of the lagoon or start the day with meditation in the island’s fully-appointed yoga room. Outside, amble along the island’s 75 acres of natural paths and through lanes of Cyprus and olive trees, all the way down to a private chapel. Admire the prancing peacocks, take in some soft winter rays relaxing next to the pool or curl up in the library with a good book.

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Discover the sleeping vineyard and taste some of its prized wines in the late afternoon sitting on the terrace. Gather round the open fireplace in an airy living room as a chef prepares the holiday meal, or hang out in the Venetian kitchen cooking together in a chic, relaxed, and friendly environment. Whether with friends and family, or a corporate weekend away, the Venetian lagoon is the new place to be for winter getaways.

Isola Santa Cristina is available through Siglinde Fischer / Charming Places. Plan your festive season holiday in the Venetian Lagoon with them here.

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