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Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp

‘What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’… Step out of Antwerp’s urban fashion hub into monastic tranquillity and enter a world of luxury, where craftsmanship, innovation and ecology meet tradition, and a botanical garden offers refuge.

marketing deluxe is delighted to announce that the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is scheduled to open in December 2021.

IRET Development acquired a 100-year lease on the former Elzenveld Hotel and Congress Centre in Antwerp. The landmark project restores and revitalises the historic complex of buildings on this 20,000sqm site. Parts of the former monastery and chapel date back to the 15th century, but the history of the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp begins in 1238 when the Sint-Elisabeth hospital moved to the present site. Featuring private green spaces and complemented by an almost 200-year-old Botanical Garden, the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is a verdant hideaway in the bustling city centre. The site’s history is palpable throughout the complex, and the current refurbishment project has stripped away later ornamentation to reveal ancient stonework and structures.

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 exceptional resort aims to set new standards in ambience, sustainable design and innovation, putting Antwerp on the map as a destination for connoisseurs and foodies, business travellers, design devotees, spa aficionados and affluent shoppers. The Botanic becomes 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, honest Belgian cuisine, a ground-breaking spa, conference hub, wedding venue; a hotspot for celebrations and the ultimate in deluxe hospitality. But most of all, it is the one and only Botanic Sanctuary.

Extraordinary Accommodation

  • 108 rooms and suites are spread across five historic buildings, each with its own story to tell: Sint-Joris, Monasterium, Sint-Elisabeth, Alnetum and Filips Van Marnix Huis.

  • Each building hosts an array of elegant rooms, suites and spa suites.

  • With room categories including Comfort, Deluxe, Deluxe with Terrace, Junior Suite, Junior Suite with Terrace, Junior Suite Duplex, Suite, Grande Suite, Spa & Healthness Suite, and Diamond Spa Suite, the Botanic happily indulges the most discerning of guests.

  • Every room is different and skilfully integrated into the historic complex of monastic buildings.

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The unique Spa & Healthness Suite and Diamond Spa Suite provide private spa treatment spaces with sauna, whirlpool and the latest top-brand gym equipment. All are fitted with air filter and purification systems. Allergens such as fine dust, pollen, moulds and other environmental toxins are eliminated, as are more than 99% of all airborne viruses and bacteria. The same technology removes ozone from – and adds oxygen to – the air.

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Stargazing Gastronomy
1238

Wouter Van Tichelen
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.

The Revival of Hertog Jan

Gert de Mangeleer and Joachim Boudens
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.

Bar Bulot

Gert de Mangeleer and Joachim Boudens
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 Gussenhove offers a contemporary spin on French and Belgian classics. It’s the very best of Belgian brasserie cuisine.

Fine Fleur

Jacob Jan Boerma and Thomas Diepersloot
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.

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.

An exceptional hideaway to explore. A destination in its own right.

Business at Botanic

  • Meetings, incentives, conferences and events solutions: from informal to up to 500 guests.
  • 18 multifunctional rooms offering a range of spaces and configurations.
  • Professional in-house MICE team for personalised service, technical set-up and state-of-the-art technologies.
  • The grand, 421sqm Amaryllis hall on the ground floor – the ultimate showcase for exhibitions.
  • The Ginkgo boardroom features luscious leather chairs and an in-room bar, and benefits from an air purification filter to guarantee a healthy, clean meeting environment.
  • The 51sqm Hevea is where teams come together, imagination roams free and ideas become reality. With Technogym equipment and a full wall to write on – this is not your normal meeting room.
  • 325sqm Larix auditorium with a 300 pax capacity, two interpreters’ booths and a fully equipped technical control room.
  • 2,450sqm of banqueting and events spaces.
  • Event catering under supervision of Johan Van Raes.
  • Historic 15th century chapel – a totally unique backdrop for unforgettable receptions, product launches, showcases …
  • Take a breath: the Botanical Garden integrates the outdoor world into the meeting experience.

Botanical Love Stories

  • On-site 15th century Chapel of our Lady set in beautiful and historic grounds. The perfect venue for wedding ceremonies of all religions as well as none.
  • Beautifully decorated salons offer a high level of flexibility with a range of sizes and configurations available.
  • Weddings are organised down to the last detail by our magnificent wedding planners.
  • The perfect ring can be created by jeweller to the stars Jochen Leën.
  • Romantic buildings and gardens offer infinite possibilities for wedding photographers.
  • Love your look! Pre-wedding solutions, bridal make-up and hairstyling on the big day from our Botanic Health Spa team.
  • 108 rooms and suites offer enchanting overnight accommodation.
  • Unique: the wedding suite!
  • Menus are tailored to personal preferences; prices are calculated individually.
  • Bespoke wedding cake service.
  • Personalised floral decorations by Frank Bruninx.
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Botanic Health Spa

  • The Botanical Garden and monastic heritage are integral to the Botanic Spa culture: a future-oriented health concept that reflects a healthy approach to life – heal your spirit, free your mind, change your lifestyle, explore nature and feel reborn.
  • The holistic focus comprises naturopathy, phytotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Traditional European Medicine (TEM), as well as ancient healing and preventive methods.
  • 1,000sqm spa spread across three floors:

      • 18m panoramic swimming pool
      • Relaxation gallery with cocooning spaces
      • Historically inspired steam room
      • Panoramic Finnish sauna with guided herbal infusions
      • Thermal area
      • Kneipp walk
      • Ice fountain
      • Salt and mineral sauna
      • Textile sauna
      • Whirlpool
      • Botanical shower experiences
      • Herb and vitamin bars
      • Botanic Health Bistro

Botanic Health Club

  • Run by Director of Sports and personal coach Ingmar Harthoorn.

  • Personal training and bespoke nutritional advice.

  • Group classes such as bootcamp, Yoga, mountain biking, Nordic walking and much more!

  • Ultra-Modern Fitness Equipment:

      • Technogym’s InBody Scan: Monitor body composition and progress.
      • The Mywellness app by Technogym helps you to get the most out of the Botanic Health Club.
      • Artis Cardio: Superb range of traditional cardio equipment.
      • Skill Cardio: Developed with the help of the world’s best athletes, this line takes performance training to new heights.
      • Biostrength: The world’s smartest gym equipment.
      • Technogym Bench: Multifunctional bench with endless possibilities.
      • OMNIA3: Versatile functional 3-D training concept for individual and group sessions.
      • Ercolina Rehab: Multifunctional piece of equipment for performing a wide variety of exercises.
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Exceptional Experiences

  • Saint Charles Apothecary: Preserving and restoring the traditional cabinets and fittings of the Apothecary created a perfect showcase for products by Saint Charles as well as luxury and niche spa brands.
  • Granada Gallery: Driven by a profound appreciation of science, Granada Gallery at Botanic showcases nature’s creativity as well as human artistry, moving with ease between the worlds of natural history, art and design. The rarest gemstones, fossils and minerals from around the world are brought to a most discerning audience by illustrious designer Jochen Leën in cooperation with Schaap & Citroen.
  • The Unprecedented: Deep in the Botanic Sanctuary’s vaults, Scotch Whisky Investments presents the fascinating whisky experience space where only invited guests of the Botanic Sanctuary and members of the Scotch whisky investors’ club find admittance. Only they may taste the rarest single malt Scotch whiskies, some of which are so old and exceptional that they are no longer available anywhere else in the world, let alone offered for consumption.
  • Beautique Botanic: Located at the Sint Joris Poort, Beautique Botanic is an insider’s tip for shopping in Antwerp. Hidden within the ancient walls of the Botanic, it is the place where you discover impeccable mementos of your Botanic stay and gifts for every occasion. It is a treasure trove of Botanic keepsakes, a cornucopia of cordial generosity and a ravishing retail experience that perfectly sums up the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp.
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International Sales Representative
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UK Sales Representative
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Amy Rose