If you love nature, Slovenia is the perfect place for you. In this article I talk about Eco Resort Beneath Velika Planina, one of the best in the country.
More and more people decide to spend their holidays with a focus on nature (eco holidays or eco tourism) and environment protection. This trend is clear if you look at rising number of Eco Resorts all over the world. Some time ago, during my trip to Jordan, I had the chance to stay in one of the best Eco Resort in the World and I can say that it’s been a great experience. I think every body should try at least one time to stay in one of these structures.
When we think about holidays and nature la Slovenia is worth a mention. I traveled Slovenia some years ago but I didn’t have the chance to see much. This time, though, I visited several places and I appreciated how clean and nice this country is, especially places like Bled and the capital Ljubljana. But also less touristic places have several bicycle paths and very well kept trekking trails. With this regards Slovenia reminds me a lot of countries in norther Europe, but it’s a lot more accessible moneywise and weatherwise.
In this trip I spent a few days between Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, the capital Ljubljana and two days at the Eco Resort Beneath Velika Planina, a Eco Resort quite close to Ljubljana, open on 2016 but fully operative since 2017.
What is a Eco Resort
Maybe you heard of the word Eco Resort, but what actually is a Eco Resort? It’s generally a hotel or any type of accommodation that has made important environmental improvements to its structure in order to minimize its impact on the environment. The basic definition of a hotel is an environmentally responsible lodging that follows the practices of green living. These hotels are usually certified green by an independent third-party or by the state they are located in. Traditionally, these hotels were mostly presented as Eco Lodges because of their location, often in jungles, and their design inspired by the use of traditional building methods applied by skilled local craftsmen. So the concept behind this accommodations is the respect of the environment.
Eco Resort Beneath Velika Planina
The bungalow at the Eco Resort Beneath Velika Planina are inspired by the traditional baite used by the shepherds for centuries in the Kamnik Alps. As you can see on the opening picture of this post the original wooden cottages are really beautiful and have a unique style, different from every thing else you have ever seen. Today they are not used anymore by the shepherds but on summer the are many tourists that spend some time there, in peace at an altitude of over 1600 meters. It takes about 40 mins to get there from Ljubljana and it’s definitely worth a visit. The original baite have only one room but the bungalow at the Eco Resort are a bit more confortable.
Every bungalow is a two story building with an open space on the first floor and a bed on the second floor. On the first floor there is a small kitchen, a living room, a double bed and the bathroom. It can host up to 5 people.
Those who want a little bit more of luxury can use the Sauna, but it must be booked 4 hours in advance because it’s not always open.
The Eco Resort can host up to 100 people: there are about 15 bungalow, each of them can host 5 people, and others, a bit smaller and ideal for glamping, will be available soon. There is also a restaurant, a small farm with donkeys, goats, 4 deers, a garden and a small church built with the same style of the rest of the resort. The Eco Resort is built on the bank of a small river whose waters are crystal clear but freezing cold. If you are brave enough you can swim there.
Since the structure is becoming quite popular, it’s better if you book your room well in advance, especially if you want to stay there on summer, the peak season. This is the official website and this it the page on Booking.com. As you can see the reviews on Booking.com are all really good. The price per night is not too high, if you keep in mind that it’s an Eco Resort.
The last thing worth a mention is that the staff is really really friendly.
How to get to Eco Resort Beneath Velika Planina
The structure is not far from the Ljubljana airport but once you land it’s better if you rent a car since there is not public transportation to and from Stahovica, the place where there is the Eco Resort. Furthermore a car will allow you to visit the beautiful Velika Planina.
What about you? Have you ever been in a Eco Resort? How did you like it? I’d love to read your feedback in the comment section.
Here you can find other pictures of Slovenia. Here an article with the list of the best places to visit this year.