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Portorož, the Côte d'Azur of Istria

slovenia / Luxury

Leaving behind the misty, drab weather in Ljubljana we drove through snowy mountain landscapes which took us to sunny, Mediterranean Portorož. A journey through four seasons in under two hours… Rather spectacular, don’t you agree?

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Even more spectacular was the hotel we would be staying at: Kempinski Palace. Pure luxury, to say the least…
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The setting

Portorož, also referred to as the Côte d'Azur of Slovenia, lies to the west along the Adriatic coast. In the distance, one could even make out Croatia across the water.

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The beaches here are packed during the summer months, but during our stay it was peaceful and quiet. From our hotel, all we had to do was cross the road and we already had sand between our toes. The quaint little marina certainly added a touch of flair.

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A mere 3 kilometres from Portorož lies Piran, also known as the Venice of Slovenia. This must-see is easily accessible both on foot and by car, or you could even hire a bicycle from your hotel. You will be pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem.

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The climate

Portorož has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures rarely drop below 4 degrees Celsius. It doesn’t rain often here, and the sun is almost always out! However, the strong Bora wind from the Balkans may occasionally spoil your carefully coiffed hairstyle, something we experienced for ourselves.

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Food, glorious food Luxury and culinary delight are definitely two signature elements at this branch of the Kempinski chain of hotels. With two à la carte restaurants and a sumptuous buffet breakfast spread in the jaw-dropping Crystal hall, your senses are in no way deprived, on the contrary…

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Pampering time

Healing mineral springs were discovered here in the suburbs of Portorož in the nineties, kick-starting the beauty and wellness industry. Kempinski Palace was eager to join the trend.

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We were able to relax to our hearts’ content at the luxurious and modern Rose Spa, where we enjoyed the heated salt water pools, hot tubs, steam baths, saunas and a whole range of beauty and body treatments.

The grandeur of Kempinski

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The majestic building that houses Kempinski Palace can rightfully be called a palace. An entrance hall to get lost in and sea-view bedrooms the size of ballrooms. If your taste is a little more modern, book a room in the new wing of the hotel, or if you are inspired by the grandeur of times gone by, make sure you book in the original part of the hotel. I preferred the latter.

Accommodation befitting a princess in Kempinski? Well yes, thank you very much :-)

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Someday we’ll return to explore the modern wing as well.
xxx Marie

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