Botanical-inspired spa to open in former monastery in Antwerp

By Lauren Heath-Jones


By Lauren Heath-Jones

05 November 2021

A new five-star hotel and spa built inside a 15th-century monastery and chapel will open in Antwerp, Belgium, in December. 

Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp, an urban retreat located next to the city’s botanic garden, will house 108 guest rooms and the 1,000sqm Botanic Health Spa.

Designed to relay a sense of monastic devotion to the healing power of botanicals, the spa aims to support holistic health by offering naturopathy, herbalism, phytotherapy and alternative medicine.

The spa aims to support holistic health © Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp

Spread over three floors, the spa will feature 10 treatment rooms as well as relaxation spaces, a swimming pool, infrared loungers, a Jacuzzi, waterbeds, vitamin and herbal bars and the Spa Bistro. 

A panoramic Finnish sauna, an ice fountain, a textile sauna, a historically inspired sauna, a salt and mineral sauna and a thermal zone with a Kneipp walk will complete the thermal offering. 

The spa’s treatment menu will offer a host of plant-based treatments, including massages, body rituals and anti-ageing facials, powered by products from luxury Franco-Japanese skincare brand EviDenS de Beauté and Swiss spa and skincare brand Methode Physiodermie. 

The spa features a swimming pool equipped with infrared saunas © Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp

Performance assessment, medical skin solutions, retreats and beauty services will also be available, as well as nutritional supplements and herbal products. 

The spa will be managed by Els Vandermeer, while Xavier Le Clef will serve as the spa’s dedicated holistic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner. In his role, Le Clef will offer TCM diagnostics, full-body scans and personal consultations. 

An exclusive fitness club, helmed by the hotel’s director of sports, Ingmar Harthoorn, offering a Technogym workout space, as well as fitness, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, completes the hotel’s wellbeing offering. 

The retreat will be home to the Saint Charles Apothecary flagship © Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp

The retreat will also include the flagship store of herbal apothecary brand, Saint Charles Apothecary. Housed inside the property’s former pharmacy, the store will offer holistic wellbeing and balance with its one-of-a-kind pharmaceutical products. 

The property was developed by IRET Development, with architecture services provided by AlDarchitecten. Wattec NV, Dauwco BV and SPA4 also worked on the property. 

Spa and wellness consultancy services were provided by Claudia Reichenberger of Marketing Deluxe and Schletterer Consult. 

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