I’m very much enjoying my journey of discovery of Slovenia’s thermal spas. The majority of those that I have visited so far have been first-time visits for me, and I certainly couldn’t choose a favourite among them, since they are all so diverse. It wasn’t my first visit, however, to the Zreče Thermal Spa, where I have stayed on a couple of previous occasions, since if there is one place with my name written all over it, then this is it!
The reason is its location, situated in the lush foothills of the Pohorje mountains, the Zreče Thermal Spa offers an ideal escape from everyday life and is a real paradise for those, like me, who are lovers of the great outdoors. Regardless of the season, there is always plenty to keep you occupied whether you are seeking zen or zest!
During my visit I stayed in the newest part of the resort, the four-star superior Hotel Atrij. In addition to Hotel Atrij, other accommodation includes the four-star Hotel Vital, the three-star Hotel Klasik and Hotel Medico (intended for guests staying on medical programmes), and the four-star forest villas.
For a special treat book a Gala Suite, which comes complete with its own Finnish sauna, and massage tub with heated ceramic bed.
My room, with its large balcony, looked directly over the courtyard, which has been tastefully transformed into a tranquil, green oasis and a lovely area to linger over a refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day.
The Idyll Wellness and Spa Centre offers a very comprehensive range of pampering treatments.
Other facilities include indoor and outdoor thermal pools, a fitness centre, a health care centre, a wine tasting cellar, and the popular Sauna Village.
The thermal indoor pool complex comprises a recreational swimming pool, a winter garden with eight waterbeds and two massage pools, a children’s splash pool and a therapeutic pool. There is also an outdoor summer pool and the Forest Water Park with water slides for children.
The calcium and magnesium-rich acratothermal water is of particular importance in balneo-rehabilitation treatments, as well as having a beneficial effect on disorders including those of the locomotive system, spine, nervous system, and for sports injuries.
Treatments using mountain peat, found in the marshlands of the nearby Pohorje forest and mountains, are a speciality. The peat, found in mid-high altitude mountain marshland, can be applied to individual areas of the body, taken as a wrap or a bath, and is known for its therapeutic properties which can aid disorders of the locomotor system, as well as gynaecological, urological, internal, and psychosomatic disorders. Though effective, the heat of the mud penetrates almost immediately, it’s not the most glamorous of treatments – it is mud after all!
There are restaurants, cafes and bars to cater to all tastes and budgets, where the focus is on using local and seasonal ingredients.
During my stay I ate one night in the buffet-style main restaurant, and the other night in the A-La-Carte Atrij restaurant, where, for my starter, I tried a selection of local Taste Rogla foods – Pohorska ‘bunka‘ with pickled mushrooms, curd cheese with pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil, smoked trout and pork roulade – all of which were delicious and very moreish!
The Zreče lake is located just minutes from the resort, behind the forest villas, and is a wonderful place for a peaceful stroll as well as being a popular spot for fishing.
After breakfast the next morning I went exploring. There are 7 well-marked hiking trails which begin right from the doorstep of the resort. I took route no. 1 (Brinjeva gora, 5.6km) which leads, steeply at first, up to a church from where there are far-reaching views over the resort and surroundings.
The nearby Rogla resort is a paradise year-round. In summer there are endless opportunities for walking, hiking and cycling, whilst in winter it is transformed into a winter wonderland. A ski bus operates directly from Zreče.
Since there is so much to see and do on Rogla, far too much for just one blog post, I’ll be writing plenty more about that in a forthcoming blog post, coming very soon here – https://adeleinslovenia.com/
Despite it’s rural location, the Terme Zreče spa is easily reached. It is just a few kilometres from the motorway and can also be reached by public transport via the nearby town of Slovenske Konjice.
Find out more about Terme Zreče here – http://www.terme-zrece.eu/en/
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