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Heavenly Hotels
While monasteries have always been obliged by the Rule of St Benedict to provide shelter to weary travellers, secular times have brought a heightened sense of hospitality to the halls of these hallowed cloisters. For those devoted to all things hedonistic in these temporal times, former monasteries and convents provide heavenly luxury for those blessed with the means to stay at these divine hotels.
 
Nella Scott, 6/6/11
Abbaye de la Bussière, Burgundy, France
Abbaye de la Bussière, Burgundy, France
A luxurious country house with the holiest of histories, Abbaye de la Bussière maintains the aura of the 12th century monastery it once was. 
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Castel Monastero, Siena, Italy
Castel Monastero, Siena, Italy
While much of this Tuscan castle's history has been buried in the past, it is believed it was once the family home of the not-so-angelic Pope Alexander VII. 
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Certosa di Maggiano, Tuscany, Italy
Certosa di Maggiano, Tuscany, Italy
War, corruption and the passage of time once nearly destroyed this 14th Century monastery, but it was reborn in 1969 as a luxury boutique hotel.
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Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru
Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru
When the Bishop of Cuzco built the Seminary of San Antonio Abad, it is certain he had no idea that five centuries later it would be converted into a luxury hotel.
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Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, Puglia Italy
Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, Puglia Italy
A former convent makes a beautific B&B in the luscious coastal countryside of Puglia.
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Kruisheren Hotel, Maasrticht, Netherlands
Kruisheren Hotel, Maasrticht, Netherlands
The golden glow of a polished copper tunnel is not the usual way you enter a gothic church, unless of course you're a guest at the Netherland's Kruisheren Hotel in Maastricht. 
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La Locanda Delle Donne Monache, Maratea, Italy
La Locanda Delle Donne Monache, Maratea, Italy
When Hamlet ordered "get thee to a nunnery", we doubt he imagined the supreme luxury of La Locanda Delle Donne Monache at Maratea on the Southern Italian coast. 
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Parador de Granada, Granada, Spain
Parador de Granada, Granada, Spain
The chance to spend the night in the gardens of the Alhambra is a truly magical experience.
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The Augustine, Prague, Czech Republic
The Augustine, Prague, Czech Republic
At the foot of Prague Castle, a 13th century haven of monastic devotion is now a 21st Century luxury hotel thanks to the creative stylings of Rocco Forte's Director of Design , his sister, Olga Polizzi. 
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Villa San Michele, Florence, Italy
Villa San Michele, Florence, Italy
True libertines will appreciate the sheer extravagance of Villa San Michele. 
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