Lopud 1483 | Croatia

One of Europe’s most influential art-world figures has transformed a medieval Croatian monastery into a contemporary space for recharging.

Located on the northern peninsula of Lopud island, off the coast of Dubrovnik, LOPUD 1483 is a restored Franciscan monastery that has been overlooking the Elaphiti Islands and Croatia’s Dalmatian coast for centuries. After an extensive and sympathetic restoration by renowned art visionary, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, LOPUD 1483 has opened its doors to guests and this five-suite, 15th century monastery is available to rent exclusively for private stays and events.

Transformed into a place of shared experience where history, art, and botanical exploration unite the senses, LOPUD 1483’s sophisticated interiors, peaceful gardens and atmospheric ancient fortress offer plenty of space for family and friends to relax and enjoy the undiscovered beauty of the Elaphiti archipelago. Yours to enjoy on an exclusive basis, you will be looked after by a team of discreet and highly-trained team of hospitality professionals. Using the best local and seasonal ingredients, many from the own gardens, a private chef will tailor his menus around your tastes, with attentive hosts on hand to anticipate your every need – both at the property and whilst exploring the local area.

The 13 original cells have been transformed into five private suites, each with its own bathroom and views over the Adriatic or out onto the monastery’s medicinal gardens. Thoughtfully restored using bespoke joinery and historic plastering techniques, the interiors effortlessly fuse handmade furniture by Italian designer Paola Lenti with historic renaissance pieces from the Thyssen-Bornemiza collection. Contrasting with the ancient architecture, walls are adorned with carefully curated contemporary art pieces from the TBA21 Collection.

Al-fresco dining is central to the experience, from breakfasts on the sun deck and casual barbeques in the idyllic upper gardens, to drinks on the sunset terrace atop the ancient fortress. Guests choosing to dine inside can enjoy the hallowed surroundings and impressive art collection in the Refectory, or in the convivial surroundings of the Old Kitchen, dining on wood-fired pizzas straight from the traditional Croatian bread oven.

LOPUD 1483’s extensive gardens offer abundant space for relaxation and quiet contemplation. They are awash with Mediterranean greenery, herbs and native fauna. At their heart, with sweeping view over the sea, lies a fortress that once protected the security of the island’s inhabitants, providing shelter and a means of defence against the attacks of Ottoman pirates. From the top of the fortress, experience majestic views over the neighbouring island of Šipan and the national park on Mljet.

Take a quiet moment to explore the carefully curated Sacred Garden, created by Arctic shaman, Åsa Andersson. The nine distinct stations are designed for meditation and retrospection, each rooted in ancient Norse and Sami healing traditions. In another tranquil corner of the grounds lies the traditional Franciscan Pharmacy, inspired by the monks who once lived and meditated here. Today this area of the garden is filled with citrus fruits and aromatic, medicinal herbs used in the Franciscan pharmaceutical tradition.

Seen in: Condé Nast Traveller

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: accommodation for up to ten people in five en-suite bedrooms, all with king beds • opened: 2018 • architecture: Rujana Bergam Marković (Arhitektri Studio, Zagreb) • interior design: Paola Lenti (Milan) • bathroom amenities: Diptyque, Cosmel ❌ no parking available (Lopud is car free) • pets allowed on request

The DNA: Located on the northern tip of the island, the Franciscan monastery of Our Lady of the Cave, commonly known as Gospa od Špilice, has been overlooking Lopud for centuries. The monastery’s origins date to the year 1483, which is engraved on its facade next to the entrance door and gives LOPUD 1483 its name. Over the past 20 years the property has been sensitively restored by Creative Director Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza and her family, working closely with the Arhitektri studio in Zagreb to ensure that every aspect was carefully designed in order to preserve the historic origins of the building. Restoring the monastery complex meant not only protecting its original shape and character but also finding a concept that would allow to unfold the full potential of its existence in today’s time. One of the original roles of Franciscan monasteries was cultural development and education, and this function was revived, in contemporary form in a space that can host conferences, symposia, retreats, and bespoke private events.

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