As the SLH trend re­port also sug­gests, seek­ing quiet and peace­ful­ness is a ho­tel trend that’s here to stay. “The well­ness in­dus­try will fo­cus on those spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ences that en­able guests to en­counter one-of-a-kind mo­ments,” it says.

Those search­ing for an ex­pe­ri­ence that’s both con­tem­po­rary and de­void of the stresses of mod­ern life can seek refuge at The Bunkers, a Bel­gian her­itage struc­ture con­verted to a B&B that’s set amidst the idyl­lic land­scape of Knokke-Heist in West Flan­ders, Bel­gium.

Own­ers and cou­ple Axel and Mar­gaux De Biss­cop ex­plain: “We imag­ined The Bunkers as an ex­clu­sive re­treat, where you can recharge your bat­ter­ies.”

Orig­i­nally a fort for Bel­gian sol­diers in the late 1700s, it has been com­pletely ren­o­vated with ar­chi­tec­ture by Benny Go­vaert, Ar­chi­tec­tu­ur­buro Go­vaert & Van­houtte bvba, and in­te­rior de­sign by Kristof Goossens and an­versa ar­chi­tec­ture & de­vel­op­ment.

Their pre­ferred spot – the kitchen – has a mod­ern ac­cent. The black pow­der-coated steel from Dan­ish brand Vipp cre­ates an in­dus­trial look for the kitchen that is calm­ing and not too stark.

The Bunkers out­door area

The Bunkers kitchen

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