Ready to relax in the Slovenian countryside surrounded by what they call one of the most beautiful alpine valleys? Then the small town of Mozirje in the upper Savinja valley is place to head to as a couple, with your family or a group of friends. This piece of mountainous paradise has a lot to offer within a small driving distance from hiking, biking and fishing to water activities and skiing in winter in Golte Ski resort.
To start with accommodation I’d recommend Skok Mozirje Apartments – a small, family-run relaxing haven next to sloping meadows. They have seven spacious apartments which are recently decorated with a modern look and can easily fit a large family too. Our apartment, Orchic, like others, was fully equipped with a kitchen and a bathroom with a lovely soaking tub.
However, Skok offers more than just accommodation – there is also a full-service spa offering heavenly massages and beauty treatments, as well as access to a spa area equipped with multiple saunas and a jacuzzi – there you can wind down in a dimly-lit lounge area, listen to some relaxing music and enjoy herbal teas and fruit – and just wash away the aches of the day from all previous activities.
Beekeeping is popular in the area, and this spa offers honey treatments, and this year they are also planning to focus more in apitherapy – bee therapy starting with new, bee-hive shaped accommodation. I’d definitely like to try that!
If you don’t feel like cooking, Skok apartments offer a lovely organic breakfast selection, and for dinner one should head for the local bakery-restaurant Pr’Pek, just five minutes walk away. Their food is delicious and the cozy atmosphere takes you the back in time, especially the baroque decor upstairs. Here you cannot miss the local beer, salami and melt-in-the-mouth dessert strudel!
What are the activities then that we tried around Mozirje? First on the agenda was getting up close and personal with some local bees – from beetherapy demo to honey tasting in local honeymaster’s cellar followed by supping at Zoo Station in Velenje Lake.
The following morning was perfect for visiting Mozirski Gaj – quirky local gardens filled with seasonal statues and all sorts treasure that deserve a separate photo-rich story of its own! Another nearby highlight famous for its’ waterfalls and other treasures of mother nature is Logarska Valley.
My expectations were high, and still I was pleasantly surprised by all the beauty we encountered during this visits – just the entrance along a narrow valley reminded my of Yosemite in California, one of most beautiful national parks I ever visited. All I can say is that Slovenia really is a treasure-trove of mother nature!