Zen and Zest at Zreče!

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!

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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.

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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.

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The Idyll Wellness and Spa Centre offers a very comprehensive range of pampering treatments.

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Other facilities include indoor and outdoor thermal pools, a fitness centre, a health care centre, a wine tasting cellar, and the popular Sauna Village.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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 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.

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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.

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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 herehttps://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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The Rogaška Medical Centre – A World of Health and Wellness

The Rogaška Medical Centre in Rogaška Slatina offers a whole world of wellness and health under one roof. This vast multi-storey building sits at one end of the magnificent Rogaška Wellness Park, which, throughout its 400-year tradition, has been attracting guests from all over the world.

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The centre specialises in disease prevention and ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, particularly for patients suffering with digestive and metabolic disorders, as well as offering a very comprehensive array of health and wellness services.

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Rogaška Slatina is inextricably linked with Donat Mg water, thus Balneotherapy plays a large part in treatments. Donat Mg water contains magnesium, which, even in small amounts, can contribute to the healing of various ailments. The miraculous power of Rogaška mineral water was first analysed by alchemists back in 1572. It is known to contain 1000mg of magnesium per litre. The water, even direct from the spring, is mildly carbonated and has an unusual and distinctive, though not  unpleasant, taste.

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The medical centre is staffed by a team of experts doctors and therapists, who specialise, amongst others, in areas including specialist examinations and diagnostics, vascular surgery, aesthetic surgery, acupuncture, nutrition consultations, body analysis, preventative check-ups, kinesiotherapy, electrotherapy, magnetotherapy.

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In addition to the vast array of medical services, those seeking some pampering are also well catered for. It was difficult to choose which of the treatments to try, since there are so many! In the end I went for a magnesium bath, out of curiosity and because they are highly popular so there must be something in it! These baths form part of the Balneotherapy programme, and, if taken regularly, are known to have a positive effect on health by improving, amongst others, blood circulation, the immune system, and lowering blood pressure.

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After the bath I was wrapped up in a warm blanket and left to relax (yes, me, relax!!), before moving on to my next treatment, an orthopaedic massage. This is just one of a range of classic, specialist, and therapeutic massages, as well as scrubs, wraps, and baths offered at the centre. As someone who is constantly on the go, this was a perfect massage for me, as my weary muscles need a good pummelling. The massage combines use of a vacuum technique (cupping) and a deep tissue massage. Relaxing it wasn’t, but that’s what makes a good massage for me!!! More information here – http://www.rogaska-medical.com/en/massages-scrubs-wraps/medical-and-therapeutic-massages

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You are spoilt for choice in terms of accommodation at Rogaška Slatina. There are numerous hotels surrounding the park, most of which have their own leisure facilities with pools, saunas etc. On my most recent visit I stayed at the 4* Superior Grand Hotel Donat. If you’re looking for luxury, try one of the newly renovated luxurious rooms or suites offering VIP accommodation. More here – http://www.en.ghdonat.com/

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Of all the buildings and hotels surrounding the park, this magnificent grand old building, the Grand Hotel Rogaška, seen below, forms the centrepiece.

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Rogaška is surrounded by beautiful nature which just beckons to be explored. There are 9 marked walking trails, which begin directly from the centre and vary from less than 2kms up to almost 15km in length. There’s even a small ski slope, Janina, though, at just 362m, I can’t imagine an awful lot of skiing goes on there, but snowy fun not doubt at least.

The newly-built Anin Dvor (Ana’s Mansion and Museum) is a cultural-tourist centre housing various collections and exhibitions.

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Nearby is the Rogaška Glassworks, which has been producing its well-known and highly-regarded crystal products for over 350 years. Factory tours can be arranged or you can just pop in to the shop and treat yourself, or friends and loved ones, to some of the high quality cut and engraved crystal products.

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Photo: Drustvosteklarjev.si

You can find out plenty more about the Rogaška Medical Centre here – http://www.rogaska-medical.com/en/

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