Prime Prekmurje Pampering at Terme 3000, Moravske Toplice

The Terme 3000 thermal spa is located in Moravske Toplice, in the Prekmurje area of northeast of Slovenia. Terme 3000 is among the largest and most popular thermal spas in Slovenia and really does offer something for everyone; thanks to its modern facilitieshealing thermal watersexcellent cuisine, peaceful surroundings, the 18-hole Livada Golf Course, and the range of excellent leisure opportunities in the surrounding Pannonian flatlands.

Hotel accommodation at the resort comprises the 5* Hotel Livada Prestige, where I stayed, and two 4* hotels – Hotel  Ajda and Hotel Termal. This was the view from my room, which also had its own jacuzzi, overlooking the hotel’s pool area and beyond to the golf course.

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The pool area at Hotel Livada

In addition to the hotels, for those who prefer to be independent and have self-catering facilities, there is the 4* Prekmurska vas Apartment Village, the 3* Bungalow Tourist Village and the 4* Camping Terme 3000.

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The thatched roof bungalows at the Tourist Village

Whether you want to relax, be pampered, play a round or golf, get active, or just sit and enjoy the view, there’s never a dull moment or bad view to be had here!

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

During the holidays, children are also well catered for with Viki the Stork and his helpers providing childcare and entertainment, allowing parents to relax and indulge in the spa’s facilities.

Each hotel has its own pools and saunas; in total there are 28 indoor and outdoor pools spread across the resort, as well as a World of Saunas including classic Finnish, Turkish, infrared, a laconium herbal sauna and a caldarium vitality stream sauna.

Kids will love the Terme 3000 Water Park, whilst for adults the pools filled with black thermal mineral water are a unique experience (you have to try it to be able to describe the feeling!). The water is proven to have beneficial effects on the skin and joints.

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The 22 metre water slide and aqualoop

The Thermalium Medico-Wellness Centre offers a full range of beauty treatments and medical services, whist the Thai Centre at Hotel Livada specialises in Thai massages.

The Relaxation Room contains rare Septarian nodules discovered in the Slovenske gorice hills. Formed from sedimentary remains on the seabed, it is said that the energy they emit helps to heal the body in a natural way and, amongst other benefits, helps overcome insomnia and strengthens the immune system.

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I opted to try a Pannonian meadow massage, which uses massage oil infused with plants and herbs native to the area. A particular highlight, and something I have yet to encounter elsewhere on my spa journey thus far, is being given the remainder of the unused massage oil to take home.

The Prekmurje area is synonymous with gibanica, a layered cake, and Café Praline serves both a traditional version as well as a lighter, though equally sinful, modern version – locata panonia, as well as a range of other speciality cakes, all made in-house.

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Gibanica – a traditional Prekmurje layered cake

In my 9+ years of living here, I’ve eaten my fair share of gibanica, so, as much as I love it, for a change I decided to try something different and indulged in a stork’s nest cake, which is unique to Terme 3000, a creation by the resort’s head chef. It is shaped like a chimney and topped with a stork, the symbol of Prekmurje. It looked too beautiful too eat, but damn it tasted good! Visiting a spa doesn’t have to just be about health these days, you know!

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Storks Nest Cake – looks too good to eat!

In fact, the food alone would be enough to make me revisit Terme 3000! I was also particularly impressed by the Prekmurje breakfast corner, and, another first, an entire honeycomb, which helped to set me up for the day before my bike ride.

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A whole honeycomb – energy for the day ahead!

Although one could quite easily stay within the resort, to do so would be a shame as there is plenty to see and do in the surroundings.

I decided to hire a bike from the Moravske Toplice Tourist Information Centre, which is located opposite Terme 3000. There are 10 well-marked cycle routes, varying in length from 6km to 52km – the longest also venturing into neighbouring Hungary. I set off on the 41km Sladka pot (Sweet Route). I’ll be writing more extensively about this in a future blog post here – https://adeleinslovenia.com/ – but in the meantime, here’s a teaser!

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Cycling along the Sladka Pot (Sweet Route)

I also highly recommend a visit to the Passero Country Chocolatier, part of the Passero Estate, located just 2kms from Terme 3000 in Tešanovci. I can attest that the high quality handmade chocolates are delicious, and you can also buy, amongst other items, home-produced pumpkin-seed oil, pates and other dried meats, Read more here – http://passero.si/eng.htm

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Testing the chocolates (for research purposes!) at the Passero Country Chocolatier

As is so often the case, there is SO much more I could write about my visit to Terme 3000 and Moravske Toplice, but not wishing to write a tome, that’ll have to wait until the next instalment!

In the meantime, you can find out more about Terme 3000 here – http://www.sava-hotels-resorts.com/en/moravske-toplice/

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