Sharon Reid


The notorious party scene in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut – where Tom Cruises’ character gatecrashes the party/orgy attended by the worlds’ elite still makes me shudder; the awkward, non-sensuous (in my opinion) sex scenes and the human sacrifice are perfect face-palm moments. Yet, my overall sense of unease was exacerbated by the fact that all the guests were wearing Venetian Masquerade masks.

There is something inherently creepy about Venetian Masquerade masks, despite this, the allure of the Carnevale di Venezia (Venice Carnival) – 11th – 28th February, continues to attract thousands of visitors each year. I can see why – people dressed in flamboyant, Venetian costumes complete with ‘creepy’ masks makes for an arresting sight – cosplay at its best!

If you have ever been curious about the Venice Carnival and wanted to attend a masked ball, then the Bauer Venezia should be your first stop. Located on the Grand Canal and Campo San Moisé, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, Bauer Venezia  is the very embodiment of luxury. The hotel combines two styles, one being the 19th century Venetian building with Gothic facade, and the other modern, defined by Art Deco style architecture. Key features include: the 7th floor Settimo Cielo, (Seventh Heaven) a breakfast lounge and terrace that offers breathtaking panoramic views of Venice, the De Pisis gourmet restaurant facing onto the Grand Canal, and the popular al fresco Bauer Terrace, with a key position on the Venetian Lagoon. Bauer Venezia  also features a rooftop scenic Jacuzzi and a fully-equipped fitness room with personal trainer.Bauer Palazzo Royal Suite2

The Bauer Venezia  is offering guests a very memorable weekend to enjoy the magic of the Venice Carnival and attend the extravagant Mascheranda Ball. To create the all important, glamorous Venetian look, guests will be outfitted with an authentic costume from renowned costume maker Nicolao Atelier and mask maker Tragicomica.

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The ball takes place on Sunday 27th February in the beautiful Palazzo Pisani Moretta. This year the party is a celebration of ‘Serenissima Venezia’, the evening begins with cocktails in the main hall and the first show of the night along with the opportunity to meet other guests.  The glorious gala dinner will be held in ornately decorated rooms, the walls adorned with remarkable frescoes. During the dinner actors will perform ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ sketches and dancers will escort Casanova. The entertainment continues with more performances bringing to life the arts and stories of ancient Venice such as the Defile of Masks, the seduction of the Election of Casanova 2017 and the School of Ancient Dances with the Master of Ceremonies. The dance floor opens after the dinner and the partying continues until the early hours of morning.

To participate in your own Eyes Wide Shut fantasy (minus the sex and sacrifice!), treat yourself to the ultimate cosplay at Bauers’ Masked Ball.

The Bauers Venezia’s Masked Ball package starts from £1,550 including a deluxe room for two people, breakfast and two tickets to the Mascheranda ball. Costume hire from Nicolao Atelier starts from £380 per person and masks from Tragicomica are from £80. For bookings and further information please visit: