MD Botanic Sanctuary New Opening
MD Botanic Sanctuary New Opening

New opening: Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp

June 2021: The most exciting hotel opening of the decade

There are hotel openings and then there is the once-in-a-decade launch that steals the show on the international hospitality scene. Scheduled to open in June 2021, the five-star-superior Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is ready to reveal what lies behind the historic monastery walls by the Flemish city’s 200-year old Botanic Garden.

Already solicited for membership of the coveted Leading Hotels of the World portfolio – the first in Antwerp – it sets a new benchmark for luxury and raises the culinary bar to another level. A galaxy of award-winning chefs gathered around its five-acre (20,000sqm) site will be an irresistible magnet for gastronomes worldwide.


Four fine-dining venues include restaurants by two world-renowned partnerships: chef Gert de Mangeleer and business partner Joachim Boudens of the Hertog Jan Restaurant Group*** will occupy two by reviving Hertog Jan in Antwerp and launching their second Bar Bulot; chefs Jacob-Jan Boerma and Thomas Diepersloot take up residence at Fine Fleur, having previously starred at, respectively, the De Leest*** and Parc Broekhuizen’s Restaurant Voltaire*. The Botanic Restaurant, in the conservatory of the Monastery Garden, is where three-Michelin-star-trained Wouter Van Tichelen will work his magic.


Gastronomy is not the only string to Botanic Sanctuary’s bow. Star spa-architect Heinz Schletterer has been commissioned to create Belgium’s leading destination spa where botanical wellbeing is central. Hidden away in Antwerp’s Botanical Garden, the pioneering spa presents the latest innovation in eco and sustainable design by focusing on next-generation technologies to conserve natural resources and contribute to environmental sustainability. The harmonious balance of wood, natural stone and glass craft an architecture with both sustainable functionality and an elegant aesthetic, which is unique in character and performance makes a sustainable, functional and elegant architectural statement. The 1,000sqm spa extends across three floors and includes an 18m panoramic swimming pool set in a generous space with a fireplace, infrared loungers, waterbeds, cocooning spaces and an extensive sauna area.

The Botanical Garden is integral to the Botanic Spa culture. The future-oriented health concept offers a healthy vision of life: heal your spirit, free your mind, change your lifestyle, explore nature’s bounty and feel reborn. The holistic concept focuses on naturopathy, phytotherapy, traditional Chinese and European medicine, as well as ancient methods of healing and prevention. The skincare concept is based on two pillars: exclusive, eco-certified organic skincare inspired by the Botanical Garden, and revolutionary medical skincare for anti-ageing, skin improvement and rejuvenation solutions. Essential to the spa concept is the combination of acupuncture and herbal therapy. Traditional monastic remedies combine herbalism, phytotherapy and nutritional consultation to provide a holistic and complementary approach to health. Spiritual retreats and workshops offer an additional dimension to growth and self-exploration. Yoga, meditation, breathing and mindfulness classes connect body and mind to reduce stress, reenergise, and increase overall wellbeing.



The 109 rooms and suites across five historic buildings set a new benchmark for luxury hospitality. Skilful design, sensitive décor and flawless attention to detail create a pleasing style of effortless grace and timeless luxury enhanced by inspirational views over Monastery Gardens, courtyard or spa. The Botanic Spa Suites and Botanic Garden Suites are the largest in Flanders and offer wonderfully spacious private spa treatment areas. Pioneering filtration, disinfection, and oxygen enrichment systems destroy 99% of viruses, bacteria, environmental toxins and allergens to nurture deep and restful sleep.


  • Opening June 2021
  • 20,000sqm in the heart of Antwerp’s 200-year-old Botanic Garden
  • Heritage venue with historic courtyards
  • 5-star superior rating
  • Member of Leading Hotels of the World
  • 109 rooms, suites and spa suites
  • 4 fine-dining restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs
  • Sophisticated international bar with a Botanic-branded level of service
  • 19 fully equipped conference, meeting & event rooms
  • 1,000sqm Botanic Spa over three floors

  • On-site 15th century chapel and hugely romantic indoor and outdoor spaces for unmatched wedding experiences

  • High-end fitness club for members and hotel guests with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Botanic Spa concept reflects a cloistral devotion to healing plants and herbs
  • Vegetable and herb garden and beehives
  • Private hotel parking, valet service: 150 parking spaces during the day, 200 in the evening
  • Flexible workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Botanic Vintage Gallery

  • Botanic Apothecary