Gospe od Špilice: Lopud Monastery Opening as Luxury Hotel

Gospe od Špilice: Lopud Monastery Opening as Luxury Hotel
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Fancy spending your holiday in the lap of luxury in the newly renovated Lopud monastery? This stunning old building located on an idyllic southern Dalmatian island close to the famous City of Dubrovnik is opening its doors as no less than a hotel for those with very deep pockets.
As the local Dubrovnik-based poral Dulist writes on the 27th of June, 2020, the restored Franciscan monastery (Gospe od Špilice) on Lopud, which was renovated by Francesca von Habsburg, opens next week after many years of renovation as a hotel boasting just five luxury rooms. According to the Financial Times (FT), despite only having such a small number of rooms, this hotel could be the best in all of Croatia and the most magnificent in Europe.

This Lopud monastery was established way back in the year 1483, from which the hotel draws the name Lopud 1483. The hotel is something between a museum, an elegant boutique hotel and a spiritual refuge of the 21st century, along with a church, a bell tower and a stunning Romanesque cloister. There is also a ''sacred garden'' inspired by the Dubrovnik gardens inside the Lopud monastery itself, with various types of lavender, citrus and fruit trees and much more.

At the very entrance to the monastery there is an elegant dining room modelled on the one in Francesca's own family home in Lugano. Next to that room is a residence with impressive artwork. The hotel has five spacious, elegant bedrooms that were once Franciscan cells. All of the furniture was made by the Italian minimalist Paola Lenti, and each room is decorated with a piece of historical furniture.

The hotel will not have a restaurant as such, but it will have a chef. There is no pool either, but there is a staircase leading straight to the sparkling Adriatic sea where you can swim. Guests will have SUP boards, kayaks and fishing equipment as well as a personal trainer and yoga teacher on call all at their disposal when staying at the Lopud monastery

On top of all of that, a shaman from northern Sweden has created a map with nine places in which to meditate in the gardens which are full of herbs that alleviate anxiety. Lopud 1483 offers an exclusive stay for 10 people from 8 thousand euros per night or double rooms from 1400 euros per night from September onward.

With its five rooms, the Lopud 1483 hotel will open on the principle of an exclusive stay in July and August, while in the first days of September it will once again become a ''conventional'' hotel.

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