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