Best luxury hotels in Slovenia 2022
With the Alps to the north, Slovenia is a great alternative winter skiing destination. But its stunning lakes (Bled being the most visited) and dramatic scenery also provide a great backdrop for spring, summer and autumn breaks. It has made a name for itself for its wine tourism and city breaks in the capital, Ljubljana, with its pretty river, castle, Prešern Square and Tivoli city park. And the country is home to the largest exhibition cave in Europe – Postojna Cave Park and Vivarium, with its 24 km of passages and halls and rare karst formations. If you are planning a Slovenian getaway, stay at one of these beautiful hotels…
Kempinski Palace Portoroz
In Portorož, Istria, by the sea, is the Kempinski Palace. This building once housed royalty. These days, it’s been redesigned as a five-star luxury beachfront hotel, with 181 modern rooms (some of which have balconies). An imposing facade with manicured landscaped gardens gives way to equally grand public rooms. Meals are served at Sophia, Fleur de Sel Restaurant, and the Crystal Hall Ballroom, with drinks at the Pool Bar, Bubbles Bar, and Palace Club. In addition to direct beach access, there’s a chic pool deck with plenty of padded white lounge chairs, and a spa with an indoor pool.
Stay in the countryside, in a three-storey alpine chalet. Vila Planinka is in the forests of Zgornje Jezersko and has only 23 rooms, some of which have balconies with mountain views. Guests are treated to local dishes, multi-course tasting menus, a range of 160 Slovenian wines from its cellar, and spa treatments overlooking the forest. Staff will arrange bespoke tours, or you can do a bit of ad hoc exploring, with the Vila’s free bike rental. As children must be over the age of 12 to stay, this eco-friendly property is best suited to older couples or families.
Hotel Grad Otočec – Relais Chateaux
Offering the most extraordinary stay, this hotel is a real castle in the middle of the Krka River. Accessible by two wooden bridges, the true fairy-tale Gothic and Renaissance turreted building exudes romance. Hotel Grad Otočec is part of the Relais et Châteaux portfolio and specializes in healthy gourmet food and drink, with singer-chef Nejc Ban at the helm. Seasonal tasting menus are served in the refined period dining room, with its silver candelabra, wood-panelled ceilings, exposed beams and stonework, or outside on the terrace. In the evening, guests can stretch out with a drink, in front of a crackling fire.
This mountain accommodation is located in Ribčev Laz, with lake views and a modern interior design inspired by the surroundings. Rooms are distinctly Scandinavian, with lots of light, bare wood making up the floors, walls, and ceilings, sheepskin throws, white linens, artwork depicting local nature, and minimalist furniture. An outdoor massage pool overlooks Triglav National Park. The hotel offers a floating breakfast in the water, with sparkling wine and healthy treats in the morning. In the spa there is an ice fountain, saunas, a steam room and a salt room. There is also a restaurant, a garden with a fireplace, a rural room and a club.
Vander Urbani Resort
Near the river, this charming design complex was formed in several baroque townhouses. At the very top, guests can step into a small rooftop infinity pool with great city views. Drinks can be ordered poolside on the terrace, and yoga classes are also held there. With just 20 rooms, the focus is on quality over quantity and exquisite, soothing, minimalist decor. The urban-chic restaurant (with a hint of Scandi) has an extensive wine cellar, or you can venture to Bubbles Bar for a drink – it specializes in wines from Slovenia. While the hotel’s design is cool, the service is warm, attentive, and welcoming.
It is the tallest hotel in the city and a member of the global IHG brand. Ascend to the 18th floor to be pampered at Serenity Wellness where you can swim while admiring the city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. The InterContinental was also Ljubljana’s first five-star residence and has 165 rooms. Book the Presidential Suite – upstairs above the spa – to enjoy your own steam room, living space and fireplace. And you can dine one floor above, at the B-Restaurant, run by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo. The B-Bar is next door, with the Bloom Lounge serving lighter meals downstairs.
Previously a chic apartment building occupying a corner lot, this 1930s building now houses 26 plush rooms for paying guests. Some suites have circular beds, and bathrooms have glass walls and White Company toiletries. Cubo’s owners are restaurateurs, so you can expect excellent cuisine made from low-carbon, seasonal ingredients. The lobby bar doubles as a sidewalk cafe during the summer — the perfect place to people-watch over a mouth-watering pastry. Guests can also take advantage of the free bike rental, with the river and park nearby for bike rides.