What: A 14th century monastery that has been converted into a 5-star deluxe hotel.

Where: The hotel is located on the left bank of the Vltava River, in the historical capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. The area, usually reserved for embassies, churches or palaces, gives guests a wonderful excuse to have to walk over the famed Charles Bridge to get to the old town.

Why: Shrouded in an air of mystery, Prague has always attracted visitors who come to walk around the cobblestone streets and look at the magnificent gothic architecture. Now, with the Mandarin Oriental open since late 2006, there is one extra reason to visit. Painted all in white, the hotel has retained the skeleton of the monastery, from the curved walls and low ceilings to the small windows—to which the hotel group has added all the luxurious extras with which they have become synonymous. Spacious bedrooms, fine dining restaurants, a cocktail bar and a wonderful cloister in which to have afternoon tea are some of the attractions, as is the two-floor spa, which is located in the former monastery chapel. And what better place is there to succumb to the relaxation of mind, body and spirit than the previous tenants' former sanctuary?