The Conservatorium, Amsterdam
The imposing Conservatorium Hotel housed a bank in its past life. But with a location too good to pass up (it’s sandwiched between the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum museums and a slew of designer boutiques) it wasn’t long before developers lovingly restored the building, transforming it into one of Amsterdam's most elegant hotels.
When you’re not busy adventuring through Amsterdam, immerse yourself in the city’s largest spa, right down your hotel hallway. All treatments and facilities at the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre are underpinned by the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air. Take a yoga class in the serene studio, relax in the hammam, try a signature spa treatment incorporating products from Dutch brands, or experience Amsterdam's only Watsu pool (an aquatic bodywork therapy from Japan that blends the words 'water' and 'Shiatsu').
When you’re feeling hungry, head for one of the Conservatorium’s restaurants and bars, which are adored by travelers and locals alike. Sit back and enjoy impeccable Asian cuisine while a Taiko-drum player’s melodies hum in your ears (there are live performances of this Japanese instrument every weekend).