In Genk, just an hour's drive from Brussels, Carbon hotel provides everything you'll need for a pampering weekend away: top-class treatments in a luxurious spa, an excellent gourmet restaurant and big, indulgent bedrooms. It is also a slick showcase for innovative Belgian design, with furniture and lighting by Indera and Kreon, staff uniforms by Stijn Helsen and crockery decorated by local artist Piet Stockmans. The hotel takes its name from the black stuff that brought wealth to this former coal-mining region, so it's no surprise that the colour black features prominently, from the teaspoons to the loo paper, softened by splashes of deep red and gold-gauze curtains.
The guest rooms (29-39m2) are open-plan, with bathroom 'zones' on raised floors of metallic-silver mosaic. Room facilities include air conditioning, a Nespresso machine, and a minibar.
In the Gusto restaurant, knowledgeable staff talk you through the menu and wine list, where produce from the local terroir is celebrated with conviction.
The whiteness of the Sense spa is the yang to the hotel's yin. The badhuis (bathhouse) includes two saunas, a hammam with a treatment slab in the sicaklik (hot room) and a scrub room. Some of the treatment rooms, stocked with Belgian Yoake products, open onto private, pebbled courtyards.
24-hour front desk. Bicycle rental.
• 60 rooms