Celadna, Czech Republic

Craving an art retreat? You could brave the crowds in Berlin or Dubai. But what if you could check out pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, and Andy Warhol at a leisurely pace? Must be a private Basel collection, right? Nope. This time, you don’t need connected friends to help access special exhibits. All it takes is a room at the Miura Hotel in the Czech Republic.

Photo: Miura Hotel
Photo: Miura Hotel

You probably assume you’re heading to Prague. But Celadna, in the Beskydy Mountains, is better known for golf and skiing than an art scene. The European PGA Tour even stopped here for the Czech Open. Don’t let that deter you. Celadna is usually quiet and peaceful. Horseback riding, biking, and hiking are popular during the warmer months. Everyone skis in the winter. Cross-country ski on trails around the hotel. Downhill ski at Opalena or Pustevny. Even night ski at Bila.

For those less athletically inclined, roam the Roznov pod Radhostem open-air museum to see typical Wallachian buildings. Explore castles: Hukvaldy and Stramberk. Visit the timber Chapel of Saints Cyril & Methodius. Go clubbing on Stodolni Street in Ostrava.

Photo: Miura Hotel
Photo: Miura Hotel

And once you’re exhausted, return to the hip spaceship hotel. The concrete, stainless steel, and glass structure at first seems oddly out of place in the rustic Celadenka River Valley. Serenity and mountain views pair quite nicely with the artwork though. And the artwork is everywhere. Whether you’re in the lobby, the restaurant, the terrace, or your room, you’re surrounded by paintings, drawings, and sculptures. No crowds jostling for a perfect viewing position.

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