Life moves fast. Now’s the time to slow things down, take the off-ramp and treat yourself. Replenish your mind, body and soul in the land of wellness, from nourishing mineral waters and hot springs to luxurious massages with honey and even a beer spa. Wellbeing in Slovenia and Croatia means deep relaxation that taps into all that nature provides.
Thermal Waters and Unique Treatments
Slovenia was practically designed for healthy living and it’s an ideal destination for a spa break with 12 certified natural spas that all have their own water source. Whether you’re looking to breathe in the crisp mountain air of the Alps, hear the calming sounds of the Adriatic Sea or dip into the soothing thermal waters of the Pannonian Plain, there’s rejuvenation in every corner of the country.
It’s in those plains you’ll discover unique resorts that are home to Slovenia’s warmest thermal waters and even waterparks, which means deep relaxation for parents while the kids have a blast.
In Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town which dates back to the ancient Romans, sumptuous spa retreats await along the banks of the River Drava. Add in the superb local wines and you have a perfect getaway.
Just as in Slovenia, the comforting thermal springs of Croatia can be found in fairytale surroundings; amid forests, vineyards and even near castles that look like they’re straight from a painting. In Sveti Martin na Muri, you’ll find a wellness oasis among the peaceful Međimurje hills with mineral-rich hot springs ranking among the best in Europe.
Less than an hour from Zagreb is Croatia’s largest mineral water bathing area, with 5,000 m2 of sulfur-rich, healing thermal waters.
Side note, as great as it is to get in the waters, both Croatia and Slovenia have among the highest quality mineral water in all of Europe…so drink up!
Slovenia’s time-honored apiculture tradition aka beekeeping means a chance to unlock the healing power of honey with luscious, honey-infused massages and indulgent baths.
Coastal Calm and a Dirty Secret
In Strunjan, on an unspoiled stretch of Slovenia’s Adriatic coast, soothing salts and healing mud treatment combine with a protected nature park of fragrant pine trees to create a sanctuary of well-being.
Further down the coast in Croatia is the Kvarner region whose privileged positioning and picturesque islands make it an epicenter of health. Long recognized for both its incredible beauty and the healing power of the fresh sea air, Opatija’s spas and baths have been welcoming wellness seekers since 1889.
Down in Nin, at the northern edge of Dalmatia, is one of Croatia’s few sandy beaches which would already make it rather unique. But the real story in Nin is the medicinal mud, or peloid, of Queen’s Beach. The health benefits are so timeless that even the ancient Romans took part. So, upon arrival at the coast, head to Nin, doctor’s orders.
At the end of the day, vacation means it’s finally you time, get ready to disconnect from it all and let the days melt away as you slowly come back to life.