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Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp

Belgium
Antwerp
5-star superior

A 15th Century Monastery is Reborn

The Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is where history comes to life and new stories are written. It’s where life is transformed into a new dimension of experience and dining is a journey to as yet undiscovered galaxies – captained by stargazing chefs. A visit to the Botanic Health Spa is an exploration of nature in the heart of the world’s diamond capital. The Botanic Health Club – fitness for guests and members. The business facilities at this one-of-a-kind destination are unparalleled. Weddings and events become a fairy-tale reality in spaces laden with history. This is where the past meets cosmopolitan energy, health meets maximum delight, and masterful creativity meets luxury and hospitality in their purest form.

Destination Facts at a Glance

  • 800 years of history, revitalised
  • Antwerp’s first 5-star superior hotel
  • Member of Leading Hotels of the World

  • 108 rooms, suites & spa suites
  • Henry’s Bar with a Botanic-branded level of service
  • The Congress Centre with 14 fully equipped rooms
  • 1238 Restaurant with authentic Belgian cuisine
  • Hertog Jan by Gert De Mangeleer & Joachim Boudens
  • Fine Fleur by Jacob Jan Boerma & Thomas Diepersloot
  • Het Gebaar by Roger van Damme
  • Bar Bulot by Hertog Jan
  • 15th Century Chapel for unmatched experiences
  • Botanic Health Spa – holistic solutions & customised journeys
  • Botanic Health Club – simply the best equipment & coaching
  • Granada Gallery – jewellery, vintage watches, natural history
  • The Unprecedented – Scotch whisky investors’ club
  • Beautique Botanic – pure indulgence
  • Botanic’s Saint Charles Store – historic apothecary with luxury & niche spa brands

Exceptional Sanctuary

The ancient walls of a former monastery bear witness to a long history of community, sanctuary, healing and comfort. The Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp’s mission is to create a place that inspires feelings of freedom and luxury born from nature, space and privacy. This resort sets new standards in ambience, sustainable design and innovation, and has put Antwerp on the map as a destination for connoisseurs and foodies, business travellers, design devotees, spa aficionados and affluent shoppers.

The Botanic is Antwerp’s first 5-star superior hotel and the city’s first member of Leading Hotels of the World. It brings together a sense of history and contemporary sensibilities – turning experiences into lasting memories. Imbued with a laid-back spirit, it is a destination with exceptional fine dining as well as a sophisticated take on Belgian cuisine, a ground-breaking spa, conference hub and wedding venue; a hotspot for celebrations and the ultimate in deluxe hospitality.

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Extraordinary Accommodation

Extraordinary. Timeless. Luxurious. It’s beauty as nature intended in 108 rooms and suites. Every room offers a unique character, skilfully integrated into the historic complex of the monastic buildings: Sint-Joris, Monasterium, Sint-Elisabeth, Alnetum and Filips Van Marnix Huis. Each building hosts an array of rooms, suites and spa suites. Ranging in size from 25sqm to 140sqm, room categories include Comfort, Deluxe, Deluxe with Terrace, Junior Suite, Junior Suite with Terrace, Junior Suite Duplex, Suite, Suite with Terrace, Grande Suite, Spa & Healthness Suite and Diamond Spa Suite.

The Botanic indulges guests with natural hues and subtle nods to the Botanical Garden. Select antiques and objets d’art are sparsely positioned. Timeless luxury is brought about by a wabi-sabi approach, superb craftsmanship, sumptuous materials and the interplay of space and light. The Botanic. Where elegant design and the ancient spirit of the monastery coincide in harmony.

Stargazing Gastronomy

Hertog Jan | Gert de Mangeleer and Joachim Boudens | ** Michelin

Hertog Jan at Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp boasts an intimate setting with its own greenhouse, beehives and herb garden. The restaurant has a limited number of covers, and the focus is on omakase, a formal dining practise that gives chefs full creative freedom to select and prepare a sequence of inspirational dishes. This becomes a journey of at least three hours, reflecting the season and the chef’s inventiveness and experience.

Fine Fleur | Jacob Jan Boerma and Thomas Diepersloot | * Michelin

Pure indulgence is guaranteed, from the historically respectful interior to the stargazing cuisine of one of the world’s most exciting pairings of chefs. Glimpses of the kitchen offer a taste of things to come: craftsmanship, creativity and attention to detail in a special, historic location. It’s a journey of flavours and experiences. Classic techniques are combined with fresh elements, acidity and herbs and spices from around the world.

Het Gebaar | Roger van Damme |
* Michelin

Het Gebaar | Roger van Damme | * Michelin

Open for lunch and dessert, Roger van Damme’s remarkable restaurant is housed in a fairy-tale ‘gingerbread house’ on the edge of the Botanic’s site. Het Gebaar’s fame rests on creative and innovative desserts, although savoury starters and mains are testament to the chef’s creativity – think cherry shrimp with notes of yuzu and jalapeño, followed perhaps by a mouth-watering Beef Wellington and, the pièce de resistance, a signature dessert.

1238 Restaurant

Named after the year of the monastery’s foundation, the 1238 Restaurant is set in a perfect location at the heart of Botanic. A modern conservatory provides an impeccable architectural foil for the Botanic’s historic building fabric. Light, timeless and stylish, dishes are based on the classic foundations of French and Belgian cuisine. The focus is on fresh, local ingredients prepared with understated finesse.

Henry’s Bar

It’s where you’ll find the height of style, a convivial atmosphere and a gloriously good drinks menu. Excellently located within the walls of the 13th century monastery, Henry’s takes its name from Henri-Ferdinand van Heurck, the 19th century botanist and director of Antwerp’s Botanical Garden. It’s Antwerp’s definitive rendezvous for cocktails and canapés offering a healthy dose of flair and panache – Botanic style.

Bar Bulot | Hertog Jan

Part of the Hertog Jan Restaurant Group and the sister restaurant to Michelin-starred Bar Bulot in Bruges has been sensitively integrated into the ancient grounds. Chic, intimate and welcoming, Bar Bulot adds its classic blue and white hues and laid-back metropolitan vibe to the Botanic’s historic ambiance. Chef Koen Gussenhoven offers a contemporary spin on French and Belgian classics. It’s the very best of Belgian brasserie cuisine.

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Business @ Botanic

Antwerp’s leading Congress Centre. Stunning spaces. Multifunctional. For state-of-the-art meetings, incentives, conferences and events. And time out. Time to think. In a healthy environment, in gardens and within sacred walls. Time for business. And pleasure.

A place to meet and connect, to launch future partnerships or celebrate the latest wins. A place where top businesses encounter top-notch hospitality. Historic ambiance and contemporary zeitgeist combine with state-of-the-art technology in each of the 14 multifunctional conference rooms. Flexible and enticing salons offer a range of spaces and configurations, providing an unparalleled setting for all kinds of meetings, incentives, conferences and events. Privacy and a safe and healthy environment are key. The Congress Centre provides a touchstone for a new business lifestyle, establishing Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp as a unique destination for extraordinary international business.

Love Stories

Exquisitely appointed and finished with exuberant flower displays, the wedding spaces at the Botanic offer superb backdrops for the perfect big day. Each function room is a jewel, be it the grand hall, the salons, or even the chapel. On a sunny day, the Monastery Garden offers a floral setting that makes wedding photographers’ dreams come true; and is there a more idyllic wedding location than their own 15th century chapel?

A history of fun and romance, a future of love and laughter … in between lies one extraordinary day: a wedding at the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp! Everything is possible …

Licensed for marriages, the Sanctuary provides a venue for weddings large and small. Whether it’s a showstopping event in grand style, an intimate affair with the bride and groom’s nearest and dearest, or anything in between. Whatever the vision, the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp’s dedicated wedding team ensures every detail meets the wildest wedding dreams.

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Botanic Health Spa & Club

A monastic heritage rediscovered in Antwerp’s Botanical Garden. Pioneering innovations in eco and sustainable design. A ground-breaking spa concept. Space to breathe. To relax by an open fire. To work out and for treatments, retreats and traditional healing.

1,000sqm on 3 floors dedicated to health. To beauty. And wellbeing. Facilities include 10 treatment rooms, an 18m panoramic swimming pool, herbal relaxation gallery, panoramic Finnish sauna with guided herbal infusions, Kneipp walk, ice fountain, Himalayan salt stone sauna, infrared textile sauna, steam room, foot reflexology basins, whirlpool, botanical shower experiences, herb and vitamin bar and the Botanic Health Bistro.

Guests stay in shape at the exclusive Botanic Health Club: a private members’ health club based at Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp in the heart of the city. Run by Director of Sports, Ingmar Harthoorn, guests and members achieve outstanding results with personal training, bespoke nutritional advice and group classes.

Botanic Health Spa Culture

Claudia Reichenberger’s expertise and experience were key in creating this groundbreaking back to the roots concept that encompasses health, beauty and holistic wellbeing. The Botanical Garden and monastic heritage were integral in defining the Botanic Health Spa culture – a future-oriented health concept that reflects a healthy approach to life … from root to fruit. This is reflected in the treatment menu that was developed in close collaboration with the Botanic’s Health Spa team, including Xavier Le Clef, TCM and acupuncture expert:

  • Traditional European Medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • The3CureMethod
  • Beauty Essentials
  • Detox & Regeneration
  • Massages & Body Rituals
  • Performance Diagnostics.
  • Monastic Medicine
  • Retreats & Sports
  • High Performance Coaching

  • Traditional European Medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • The3CureMethod
  • Beauty Essentials
  • Detox & Regeneration
  • Massages & Body Rituals

  • Performance Diagnostics

  • Monastic Medicine
  • Retreats & Sports
  • High Performance Coaching

Customised journeys include 2, 5 and 14-day programmes designed to de-stress, heal and beautify.

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Botanic’s Saint Charles Store

The Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is as proud of its heritage as a monastery, as it is of the historic role played here by Peeter van Coudenberghe, Antwerp’s famous botanist and pharmacist. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the hospital’s historic apothecary was brought back to life. The 16th century pharmacy now houses the Botanic’s new concept store with the original Victorian cabinets and fittings, albeit beautifully refurbished. Combining Europe’s traditional healing wisdom with contemporary insights, the Botanic joined forces with Saint Charles – a Viennese company whose vision chimed with theirs – and, indeed, ours. The store a perfect showcase for natural cosmetics, aromatherapy products and nutritional supplements, including products by Saint Charles and niche skincare brands used in the spa. The precious, mostly organic, products are attractively packaged in high-quality, sustainable materials to protect them. Nothing is superfluous, everything is pared down to its roots.

365 days a year
15th Century Chapel

Where couples come to get married, businesses launch new products and families and friends celebrate in the coolest atmosphere. The 15th century chapel is an ideal venue for weddings, business events, and parties! The superb acoustics are unique for high-end classical music events.

Celebrate Good Times

Find everything needed for a showstopping party: a stunning location, beautiful decor, and a devoted team to take care of every aspect of the celebration.

Meticulous planning encompasses everything, from picture-perfect floral displays to the most tempting menus and wines.

Customised Journeys

The approach to healing at the Botanic Health Spa reflects the destination’s monastic history. Customised Journeys are luxury spa breaks offering additional dimensions for self-exploration and growth.

Each journey has been carefully curated with one goal in mind: your wellbeing.

Botanical Garden

Featuring private green spaces and complemented by the almost 200-year-old Botanical Garden, the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is a verdant hideaway in the bustling city centre.

Nature is an inspiration to the destination’s philosophy.

Art & Culture

The Granada Gallery showcases nature’s creativity and human artistry, moving easily between natural history, art and design. The world’s rarest gemstones, fossils and minerals are presented by designer Jochen Leën in cooperation with Schaap & Citroen. Deep in the Botanic Sanctuary’s vaults, Scotch Whisky Investments presents the fascinating The Unprecedented.

365 days a year
15th Century Chapel

Where couples come to get married, businesses launch new products and families and friends celebrate in the coolest atmosphere. The 15th century chapel is an ideal venue for weddings, business events, and parties! The superb acoustics are unique for high-end classical music events.

Botanical Garden

Featuring private green spaces and complemented by the almost 200-year-old Botanical Garden, the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is a verdant hideaway in the bustling city centre.

Nature is an inspiration to the destination’s philosophy.

Customised Journeys

The approach to healing at the Botanic Health Spa reflects the destination’s monastic history. Customised Journeys are luxury spa breaks offering additional dimensions for self-exploration and growth.

Each journey has been carefully curated with one goal in mind: your wellbeing.

Celebrate Good Times

Find everything needed for a showstopping party: a stunning location, beautiful decor, and a devoted team to take care of every aspect of the celebration.

Meticulous planning encompasses everything, from picture-perfect floral displays to the most tempting menus and wines.

Art & Culture

The Granada Gallery showcases nature’s creativity and human artistry, moving easily between natural history, art and design. The world’s rarest gemstones, fossils and minerals are presented by designer Jochen Leën in cooperation with Schaap & Citroen. Deep in the Botanic Sanctuary’s vaults, Scotch Whisky Investments presents the fascinating The Unprecedented.

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