Do you also feel as if anything is possible when a summer breeze gently touches your skin and birds are singing in the trees? We love summer. We love the fact that the days are long and nights warm. We love the laid-backness of the season. And we love sharing great inspiring stories with you.
Be it a hike to Velika planina, an overnight at the recently refurbished Lev Hotel, a dinner at Ana Roš’s Hiša Franko, a peek into the history of pharmacy in Radovljica or simply a fun day out: on the water slides at Dolenjske Toplice or at Celje Old Castle, changing the course of history. Slovenia has it all.
Pharmacy and alchemy museum in Radovljica
The Pharmacy and Alchemy Museum in Radovljica opened its doors in early June. Located in the old town of Radovljica, it provides yet another reason to visit this charming alpine town.
In early June, the doors of the Pharmacy and Alchemy Museum in Radovljica opened for the first time. Located in the old town of Radovljica, it provides yet another reason to visit this charming alpine town, which is mostly known for beekeeping tradition and the annual chocolate festival.
The Pharmacy and Alchemy Museum offers an insight into the past two millennia of pharmacy with an emphasis on its development on Slovenian territory. Resembling an old pharmacy it invites young and old.
Museum collection is set on display by Mioba, the family cosmetics company. They have collected these products for years. The exhibition includes the pharmacy equipment from the 18th and 19th centuries, a collection of Italian and Spanish decorated ceramic storage containers, a pharmacy and alchemy laboratory, a rich collection of mortars and pestles dating from the 12th to the 19th century, scales and weights. There are also 30 pharmaceutical books published between the 15th and 19th centuries exhibited in the museum.
Its unique feature is animation for the youngest visitors: they will be greeted by Slovenian wildlife creatures that will reveal them some of the ancient secrets of healing and magical power of nature.
New water slides at Balnea FUN Dolenjske Toplice Spa
Balnea FUN is a must-try this summer for all the families eager to experience fun adventures on water.
Only an hour away from Ljubljana lies Dolenjske Toplice spa, which is primarily known for their Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which successfully treats rheumatic diseases of the locomotor system, conditions after injury and surgery as well as pain in the spine, joints and muscles, and osteoporosis-related pain.
Apart from their medical services, the resort also boasts a number of pools and slides which make it a perfect holiday destination for families. Just recently, a series of new water slides was introduced, which will make s holidays there even more exciting – Balnea Fun. It is designed with the needs of families with young children in mind: while children will have a great time trying out numerous new water slides, parents can relax in the natural shade of trees.
What are further reasons to visit Dolenjske Toplice spa in summer? Spending holidays at the spa resort set amidst the green hills of Dolenjska region is a great alternative to overcrowded beaches. In addition to swimming and having fun at pools, you can participate in a number of other activities: what do you say about a Nordic walking tour or a cycling trip to Novo mesto?
Take advantage of lower morning temperatures and take a walk along the beautiful trim path, which runs through the tranquil surroundings of the hotel, or join in the meditation session in the afternoon, which relaxes and helps strengthen self-awareness. To keep the youngest busy, there is a number of fun workshops organized daily. In the meantime, parents can relax and pamper themselves at the Balnea Wellness Centre.
Hiša Franko again among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants
Ana Roš and Hiša Franko ranked 38th in the prestigious list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and improved last year’s ranking for 10 places.
On June 25, World’s 50 Best Restaurants were announced in Singapore. Ana Roš and Hiša Franko ranked 38th in this prestigious list and improved last year’s ranking for 10 places.
The French restaurant Mirazur, run by Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco, has been declared the best restaurant in the world. The famous Noma restaurant from Copenhagen was placed second. Third place went to Asador Etxebarri Restaurant in Spain.
This year, the organizers made a number of changes, perhaps the most important of which is that the winners of the previous years were eliminated from the competition for a year.
Let us recall: Ana Roš, who has managed to put Slovenia on the world’s culinary map, serves “seasonal hyper-local” dishes and successfully incorporates local producers from the stunning Soča Valley. An area, which has previously more or less been known as a place for active holidays, especially thanks to the emerald green Soča River, has now become one of the trendiest foodie destinations. And we are talking about a village, which is considered remote even for Slovenians. Now, her restaurant is booked several months in advance, food writers travel from all over the world to have an interview with her. She thus hosts a number of press trips and the Slovenian Tourism Board actively participates in the story. It is important to mention that Slovenia was awarded the European Region of Gastronomy for 2021.
The legendary Lev Hotel in Ljubljana gets revamped
The legendary hotel in Ljubljana which hosted numerous world-renowned artists and stars, among them Luciano Pavarotti, Agatha Christie, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Orson Welles and Kirk Douglas, gets a new look.
In June, the newly refurbished Lev Hotel in Ljubljana opened its doors. With an investment worth 4.5 million euros, the hotel acquired 36 rooms and the so-called “TehnoLev” conference centre, which consists of three modularly designed conference rooms. The owners describe the new image of the hotel as “retro chic”.
Lev Hotel, a member of Union Hotels, is celebrating its 55th anniversary with an extensive renovation which resulted in a new retro chic elegant look, five completely refurbished floors, including the «Pavarotti floor», new premier suites at «Top Floors» and increased capacity. There are now 209 hotel rooms of various categories available, 20 are premium-standard premier suites.
The first floor is named Pavarotti’s floor after the renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who stayed here during his visit of Ljubljana in 1997. Also other floors will get new names after their famous residents, among them Agatha Christie, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Orson Welles and Kirk Douglas.
The hotel also boasts a new conference centre called TehnoLev, which consists of three modularly designed conference halls, adapted to different volumes and types of meetings. They can all be connected into one major conference hall.
The former café of Lev Hotel has now been replaced by L Bistro&Bar, open also to the passers-by. Bistro focuses on light lunches, serving traditional Ljubljana dishes within the framework of the Taste Ljubljana project, such as Vodnik’s Salad and the Ljubljana Pancakes.
At the press conference held on the reopening of the hotel, the Union hotels and sales director Antonio Deperte stressed that the aim was to respond to the market demand and create a hotel that suits both families and business people. Hotel Lev has been the fastest growing hotel in their group for two years now. The management stated that the occupancy is above last year’s level, and that they also achieve better prices. Their future plans include the renovation of two additional floors, which would bring them extra 40 rooms.
With its refurbishment, Lev Hotel followed Central Hotel in April and became the second investment of the Union Hotels Group in 2019. Their next project is the refurbishment of Grand Hotel Union.