‘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.
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.