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Everyone wants to get away from it all from time to time, but I doubt if that many of us really want to live like a monk. A monk with room service and a nice pool, however, does sound pretty appealing. And that's what you get at the Convent de la Missio in Palma de Mallorca. A 17th-century monastery with 21st-century sensibilities.

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An ancient building (once dedicated to teaching missionaries) tucked away down narrow streets and surrounded by garden patios, the Convent is reached through some unexpectedly modern opaque glass doors.

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Within its walls are a refectory art gallery, bar, restaurant, lounge (complete with bean bags and open fire), wine cellar, Zen-designed roof-top patio, solarium, whirpool and sauna.

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There's also a chapel, of course, and intermittent bell-ringing from the church next door. Just to remind you where you are.

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This is not a hotel for lovers of clutter. It has retained the minimalism of the monastic life, but given it a modern design edge. Perfect for quiet contemplation, but probably far too slinky for most monks. RM

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  • Mattress

    November 25, 2008

    I would love to own a home as beautiful as this one, WOW!! If this was my home I would never ever leave =D

  • John

    June 19, 2008

    It’s nice that the spiritual element doesn’t intrude too much on the comfort . . .

  • Eddie

    June 17, 2008

    Wow that’s a really good idea actually, i could see a lot of these springing up around the place.

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