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.