Whilst travelling through the Balkans I stayed in a range of accommodation types from AirBnb apartments to hotels to hostels. We mainly chose where to stay based on our budget – even the more luxurious AirBnBs were significantly cheaper than staying in a hotel or even a hostel in many cases. Everywhere we stayed was lovely, but nothing compared to one particular night of pure luxury… glamping at Chateau Ramsak in Slovenia.
Located just outside of Maribor (about 6 euros in a taxi from the city centre), Chateau Ramsak is a stunning Slovenian glamping resort situated amongst vineyards. Yep, vineyards. It’s a small glamping site with just a handful of luxury tents (plus a treehouse!), meaning that it’s quiet, peaceful and you won’t have to share all the fabulous wine with many others. This place is absolutely incredible and was a true highlight of our trip (particularly the breakfast), so read on and let me tell you all about it.
We arrived by taxi and were greeted straight away by Spela, who enthusiastically welcomed us and took us to our glamping tent. Of course we immediately dived inside to see what was on offer, but I’ll come back to the tent itself in a moment. Spela explained everything we needed to know such as how to work the hot tub (yep, there’s a hot tub!) and how the heating worked, before handing us a glass of cold white wine from the Chateau Ramsak vineyard.
We sat on our private terrace and enjoyed our glass of wine (it didn’t last long on account of it’s deliciousness) before having a wander around the site to take it all in. We crossed a small bridge over the bumbling brook (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase!) to the communal area, which consisted of a cosy seating area around a large fire pit and a bar serving wine (of course), cocktails and homemade lemonade. Next to this was a small, heart-shaped pond where you could relax with deckchairs, and beyond this were some steps which meandered down to yet another pond with it’s own miniature pebble beach.
Just walking along the decked path, surrounded by green grass, sparkling water and silence was instantly relaxing and we knew we were in for a treat. We headed back to the tent, ready for a bottle of bubbly in our private hot tub.
The tent itself was definitely more glam than camping, and had all of the luxuries of a hotel room. We stayed in one of the small tents (as opposed to the medium tents or the treehouse), but there was still space for a big old king-size bed in the centre of it. Jumping straight onto the bed to test it, I thought for a second I’d landed on a cloud rather than a bed. Super comfortable with fluffy pillows and the softest bedding.
Once I’d managed to peel myself away from the bed, it was time to check out the bathroom. Due to the fact that we were a) in a tent; and b) the bed took up most of the space in the tent, I wasn’t convinced that the standard of the bathroom would be in line with everything else I’d experienced so far. You’ve guessed it… I was wrong! Although the small, the bathroom was modern, spotless and perfectly furnished. Luxury soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner were provided alongside fluffy white robes and towels.
The tent also had plenty of storage, which was tucked away behind the bed out of site, and it had a heating system. We didn’t really need to use the heating as the weather was warm enough, but we switched it on briefly because it was under the bed meaning that it had an electric blanket effect and made the bed extra cosy!
Finally, the minibar. Minibars aren’t usually my friend: they usually contain overpriced, low quality drinks and snacks and I was brought up being told not to touch the minibar. This was a good minibar. I wonder how many times I can say minibar in one paragraph?! It contained plenty of wine, including wine from the vineyard on which we were staying, and it was a very reasonable price as well. There was a good snack selection, again not overpriced, and some interesting looking beers incase we got bored of wine.
Chateau Ramsak offer a wine tasting experience for guests, which takes place in their wine cellar. At just 15 euros per person it would be pretty rude to stay on a vineyard and not participate in wine tasting right? We were joined by two other couples and we learnt about the history of the vineyard and winery, the type of grapes used and their wine making process whilst trying 6 different wines. This all took place stood next to the largest wine press in Europe!
We learnt about how the site fell into disrepair under the communist government when it was taken from the family who owned it and used as common land, before they gained it back years later and developed the vineyards and winery. This was followed by tastings of Muscat, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris, Welsch Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon accompanied by some yummy cheese.
I will definitely be returning a few years time when they will be producing a sparkling wine as well!
Everything about our glamping experience in Slovenia was perfect. After 10 solid days of sightseeing in various cities (we’d just been to Istanbul, Sofia, Belgrade and Zagreb), spending an afternoon relaxing in a hot tub on our private terrace whilst sipping sparkling wine and staring out over lush vineyards was just what we needed. The hardest part of our day was tearing ourselves away from the hot tub long enough to go wine tasting! Hard life eh?
So after some fizz in hot tub, a long hot shower, more wine in our fluffy robes and then wine tasting, we spent the rest of the evening relaxing around the fire pit with more wine. It got a little chilly but luckily there were velvety-soft blankets in our tent which we snuggled up under next to the fire. We’d also planned ahead and bought some snacks with us as we knew there wasn’t a restaurant on site, so we enjoyed a picnic of bread, cheeses, hams and crisps under the stars.
The most important question in any hotel (or glamping) write up though… how did I sleep? Very well! I’ve already mentioned how comfortable the bed was, and I fell asleep to the quiet sound of the stream outside and the breeze blowing through the trees. I did wake up briefly when the sun rose as the tent didn’t block out the light fully, but there’s nothing wrong with being woken up naturally by sunlight! Waking up was of course followed by breakfast, which is getting it’s own section in just a moment, followed by a leisurely stroll around the vineyards before reluctantly departing.
Breakfast was fabulous. We had requested breakfast at 9am, and at 8.59am opened our tent to the most beautiful breakfast I’ve ever seen! Fresh orange juice, tea and coffee, cheese, ham, flaky pastries, soft bread, jam, honey, Nutella, fruit, yoghurt, granola and more were there just waiting to be devoured. We could have taken it inside and had breakfast in bed, but instead we sat in our fluffy robes with messy hair admiring the views around us, listening to the birdsongs and enjoying our morning of relaxation before returning to our holiday of city hopping and sightseeing.
If (when) I return to Slovenia, I am most definitely going to return to Chateau Ramsak for another night of luxury glamping and wine drinking. Next time I might even treat myself to their wine massage with grapes, and maybe even spend a couple of nights so that I can explore more of the Styria wine region.
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