Design Hotels
Search Destination
Check-in - Check-out
Show search capsule Menu Close


Seven Hotels That Help You Switch Off

Destinations, Guide

Journal Article Monastic KV

Word Vidula KotianDate 09 November 2023

In an age of fetishistic connectivity, we’re extolling the virtues of solitude as essential for a full life.

British author Sara Maitland makes a case for it beautifully: “I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness.” Here, a roundup of hotels with stripped-down aesthetics that help you grasp the vastness of one’s own silence.

Journal Article Monastic 01
Journal Article Monastic 02


Built in the tradition of a 14th-century monastery, Eremito sits on the edge of a vast forest preserve in the Umbrian hills and faithfully encourages a spirit of solitude in its monastic design. Here, “Celluzze” rooms that help guests digitally detox, while farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine is served in a setting that emphasizes silence. The hotel functions today as an eco-luxury hermitage, where visitors disconnect from the material distractions of contemporary life in order to reconnect with a deeper, more meaningful reality.

Journal Article Monastic 03

With over 3,000 hectares of protected natural reserve Umbria is considered the spiritual focal point of the country thanks to wonderful monasteries in the area

“In the attitude of silence, the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Journal Article Monastic 04

Eremito's "celluzze" are fashioned in the spirit of ancient monk quarters

Journal Article Monastic 05

The design can be described as “Franciscan minimalism”

Journal Article Monastic 06

A reliance on candlelight

Palazzo Daniele

Located in Puglia, Palazzo Daniele is a 13-suite hotel housed in a 159-year-old family palazzo. The hotel’s stripped-back interiors augment the grandeur of the palazzo’s original frescoes and mosaic flooring to create a dramatic canvas for the property’s contemporary art collection and site-specific installations. The sparsely furnished suites heighten a cloistered atmosphere ripe for quiet moments to reflect on self and nature.

Journal Article Monastic 07

Palazzo Daniele is housed in a palace from 1861

Journal Article Monastic 09

Ancient Salento and Apulian culinary traditions are prepared by four female chefs

Journal Article Monastic 10

Sparsely furnished spaces highlight design pieces

Journal Article Monastic 11.1
Journal Article Monastic 11.2

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Restored from abandoned ancient caves in the village of Matera, in Southern Italy, Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita offers guests a new take on authenticity. Swedish Italian entrepreneur, hotelier, and philanthropist Daniele Kihlgren breathed new life into the caves while honoring the lives spent dwelling in their depths. The pocked stone walls and curved ceilings of the rooms are hauntingly atmospheric.

Journal Article Monastic 12

Traditional Lucanian cuisine is served

Journal Article Monastic 13

Sextantio is situated within a labyrinth of UNESCO-listed caves

Journal Article Monastic 14

Beautifully carved arches lead to rooms

Vocabolo Moscatelli

At the core of Vocabolo Moscatelli is a revived 12th-century monastery with beamed ceilings, heavy stone fireplaces, and soft wooden floors, all crowned with a bell that the Olivetan monks of Gubbio would ring when it was time for prayer. Architect Jacopo Venerosi Pesciolini, of studio Archiloop, faithfully restored the original structure. Inspired by the richness of the Umbrian land, the hotel’s ristorante serves dishes made from sustainable, locally sourced ingredients where vegetables take center stage.

Journal Article Monastic 15

Like its own Italian village the former monastery opens up to a central piazza with a historical church

“I have a theory that humans relax and open up in front of monotone settings: It could be a mountain or the sea or a fire.”

Frederik Kubierschky, the original behind Vocabolo Moscatelli

Journal Article Monastic 16

Most Vocabolo Moscatelli suites come with a deep, cantilevered bathtub

Journal Article Monastic 17.1
Journal Article Monastic 17.2

Genji Kyoto

A meditation in concrete, Genji Kyoto reveals a secret world of serene gardens in the heart of Kyoto. A serene and ambient space for enjoying the subtleties of Japanese design, here custom-designed locally made furniture, Washi-paper lamps, and a bamboo-lined entrance are just some of the details brought forth to instill a sense of quietude. Despite the site’s long shape, the floorplan is oriented in such a way that every room has scenic views of the river and mountains, the city, or tranquil private gardens.

Journal Article Monastic 18

A serene space Genji Kyoto embraces the subtleties of Japanese design

Journal Article Monastic 19

The hotel is in the heart of Kyoto but far from the crowd

Journal Article Monastic 20

Adorning the gardens sculptural pieces of antique stone

ORA Hotel Priorat

Set in an 18th-century abbey, ORA Hotel Priorat is a gateway to the region’s beautiful landscapes, fine cuisine, and timeless traditions. A world of baroque arches, pillars, and ceilings guides you through corridors to spaces that are both austere and welcoming. Stone and tile floors, as well as an interior courtyard replete with a small garden, offer up a timeless feel where the passage of days is marked by a different barometer.

Journal Article Monastic 21

ORA Hotel Priorat showcases original elements from the 18th-century abbey

Journal Article Monastic 21.1
Journal Article Monastic 21.2
Journal Article Monastic 21.3

Círculo Mexicano

Architecture studio Ambrosi Etchegaray were influenced by the pared-back design ethos of the Shakers to create the minimalist interiors at Círculo Mexicano in Mexico City. While the studio has left behind some of the 19th-century elements of the original building, inside the guestrooms is a different story. An ascetic aesthetic prevails with just a few blocky plinths, forming the bed, side tables, and storage. Now here is a space that begs some sweet solitude.

Journal Article Monastic 24.1
Journal Article Monastic 24.2
Journal Article Monastic 24.3

Featured Hotels



Umbria, Parrano, Italy
T Generic 01 Palazzo Daniele Gagliano Del Capo Puglia Italy

Palazzo Daniele

Gagliano del Capo, Puglia, Italy
T Vocabolo Moscatelli Umbertide Italy

Vocabolo Moscatelli

Umbria, Umbertide, Italy
T Genjikyoto Kyoto Japan

Genji Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan
T Generic 01 Ora Priorat Vine House Torroja Del Priorat

ORA Hotel Priorat

Tarragona, Torroja del Priorat, Spain
T Circulo Mexicano Mexico City Mexico

Círculo Mexicano

Mexico City, Mexico

Featured Hotels



Italy, Parrano, Umbria
T Generic 01 Palazzo Daniele Gagliano Del Capo Puglia Italy

Palazzo Daniele

Italy, Gagliano del Capo, Puglia
T Vocabolo Moscatelli Umbertide Italy

Vocabolo Moscatelli

Italy, Umbertide, Umbria
T Genjikyoto Kyoto Japan

Genji Kyoto

Japan, Kyoto
T Generic 01 Ora Priorat Vine House Torroja Del Priorat

ORA Hotel Priorat

Spain, Torroja del Priorat, Tarragona
T Circulo Mexicano Mexico City Mexico

Círculo Mexicano

Mexico, Mexico City
Next article