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Luxury hotels in Slovenia
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Slovenia is known as a green, boutique destination for visitors seeking peace, special experiences and personal fulfilment. Growing numbers of guests are looking for products with high added value, something reflected in Slovenian tourism, which is increasingly focused on the country becoming established as a destination for “five-star” experiences.
Guests who want something extra, who are more demanding and have greater purchasing power, need to be offered exclusive accommodation. Kempinski Palace Portorož and Atlantida Boutique Hotel in Rogaška Slatina are hotels that offer luxury services, and in August 2017 the eagerly anticipated five-star hotel in the Slovenian capital was opened, the Hotel InterContinental, headed by experienced hotel manager Miloš Cerović.
Ljubljana is experiencing a booming tourism business, and according to Tourism Ljubljana the city recorded 206,995 overnight stays in August, a 2.5 percent increase on the year before. In the first eight months of 2017, there were a total of 976,764 tourist overnights, an increase of 9.3 percent over the same period last year. This surge in numbers is clear proof that Ljubljana urgently needs a five-star hotel.
The Hotel InterContinental , the only hotel with five stars in Ljubljana, is the highest building in the capital, with 21 floors. It covers 23,404 square metres of floor space and has 165 rooms, of which 104 are superior, 27 deluxe, 19 king club, 10 junior suite, and four executive suite, along with a 160-square metre presidential apartment with a fireplace. The hotel also offers guests five multi-purpose rooms. Reserved especially for members of the exclusive Club InterContinental is the 19th floor, the pool and wellness centre on the 18th floor, and the restaurant and bar on the 20th floor, which has a large terrace offering a magnificent panoramic view of Ljubljana. The restaurant has an open design that can accommodate around 200 guests, selecting dishes from the outstanding international menus prepared by the Michelin star chef Alfredo Russo.
Luxury, redefined in the heart of Ljubljana
Luxury is the banner under which the new hotel announces its presence. General Manager Miloš Cerović says that this is conceived of as a combination of Slovenian hospitality, which will be conveyed to hotel guests by employees from the local community, and the high standards of the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) brand, which will meet the expectations of the most demanding guests. The hotel also focuses on sustainability and the responsible management of the environment and society. This is seen in green views out of the hotel windows, the high-quality drinking water flowing from the taps, and the haute cuisine in the restaurant, where all dishes are prepared from fresh, seasonal and only locally produced ingredients. The heartfelt efforts of the staff in working to give each guest a superlative experience mean that visitors come away with very positive and lasting memories of the destination. While still technically a new operation, the Hotel InterContinental has already received great feedback from its guests in terms of meeting the high standards and expectations that people naturally have for a hotel of this calibre.
By the sea
The Kempinski Palace Portorož , which is following in the 120-year tradition of Kempinski hotels, also boasts a range of luxury services, with a clear focus on the guests and their individual wishes and personal preferences. This modern top-quality hotel provides luxury rooms and suites, and outstanding restaurants offering guests local specialities. Additional relaxation is further ensured with the Rose Spa offers a variety of treatments as well as relaxation in the pool.
Kempinski Palace Portorož is also an ideal destination for events and conferences. Last year it won first prize at the SEEbtm (SEE Business Travel & Meetings) 2016 awards in Belgrade, where it won in the category of “Best Seaside Resort for Conferences and Meetings (100-200 rooms).”
Of course, since the hotel is right on the Adriatic shore, guests can also enjoy unforgettable sunsets.
In a peaceful setting
The boutique-style five-star Atlantida Boutique Hotel in Rogaška Slatina, which is famous for its tradition of therapeutic baths and mineral water, has been open since September 2016. It offers accommodation in 76 twin-bed rooms and apartments with above-standard fittings, and relaxation in the Wellness & Spa Centre (with a pool, fitness equipment and wellness facilities). The hotel represents the story of Atlantida (or Atlantis), a place with knowledge of balancing the health of the body, emotions, mind and spirit. It is a source of inspiration, well-being, pampering and tranquillity, prioritising the connections among humans, nature and the environment. It is thus an ideal destination for guests who seek peace in a natural setting, who prize tradition and are aware of the importance of their health.
Slovenia already has an enviable track record in providing luxury tourism, and now the aim is for the country to become even more established as a boutique destination that offers guests something more.
Text by Danila Golob