Once places of worship devoted to contemplation and prayer, the Convento Do Espinheiro in Portugal, and the Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum in Italy, are today splendid destinations for travelers looking for a quiet getaway with simplicity and sophistication. These two luxury five-star hotels promise relaxation and stillness as their most valuable amenities.
Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa
With a fascinating history, authentic charm and only an hour from Lisbon, the 15th-century Convento do Espinheiro is now an exclusive hotel that offers a serene atmosphere for a relaxing stay. Its location makes it a unique destination, in the Alentejo region of Portugal, near the city of Évora, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1986. A haven of peace among olive trees and in the midst of nature, this hotel retains the immaculate gardens and orchards of the old convent. It is the perfect place to read, relax or go hiking; but also to enjoy its excellent restaurants where you can find outstanding and creative Portuguese cuisine. It also boasts a beautiful and relaxing spa to end the day in the most enjoyable way. With a total of 92 rooms, including six suites, guests have a choice of staying in the old convent— restored and luxuriously decorated— or in the new wing of the building, with a more contemporary vibe. Review our selection of luxury hotels and destinations.
Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum
Surrounded by the beautiful hills of Umbria, Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum stands in the heart of Assisi, a city rich in beauty and spirituality. The 18 cozy suites— all unique— are a combination of design, comfort, technology and history. This beautiful hotel is the result of the restructuring of the former monastery of Santa Catalina, an ambitious project that maintains the harmony between the primal beauty of the building’s Roman origins and the functionality of contemporary architecture. In the Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum, guests can be seduced by the restaurant´s delicious cuisine, inspired by the best traditional recipes of Umbria. They can also enjoy a relaxing day at the Spa Museum. This magical space offers personalized wellness treatments and is famous for its pool, whose six majestic limestone pillars dating from the first century are held together by an incredible synergy of strength and balance. The Nun Assisi Relais is ideal for strengthening the spirit and mind, adopting some almost forgotten pleasures of the contemplative life and long walks, and enjoying the peace we always desire. ■