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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Traditional Luxury at Grand Hotel Toplice on Lake Bled

Grand Hotel Toplice boasts a rich history, a magical location, gorgeous alpine and lake views and sumptuously comfortable, elegantly styled rooms. Each of the rooms and suites at Grand Hotel Toplice has its own unique character and are traditionally styled with beautiful parquet floors, rich furniture and beautiful paintings with many of the rooms benefiting from breathtakingly beautiful lake views. The hotel has been recently renovated and restored to its former glory and is one of the best hotels in Slovenia as well as being a proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. It has hosted many eminent guests and is frequented by guests who are seeking the very best in luxurious accommodation by Lake Bled. We had a truly magical stay in Bled at Grand Hotel Toplice. In addition to the magical location and views, the elegance and luxury it was the staff who truly made our stay unforgettable. They went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect in every single way and are a true asset to the hotel.



Grand Hotel Toplice has 87 suites and rooms, each with its own unique character. Each room is decorated with beautiful, traditional period furniture and many of the rooms have breathtaking views of Lake Bled. Every room has all the essential modern conveniences along with beds where the mattress firmness can be adjusted and guests can also choose pillows from a pillow menu to find the one that suits them best!

Our room was spacious with a luxurious king sized bed, plush linens and a lounge in addition to all the essential modern conveniences including free high speed wireless internet, a TV, minibar and air conditioning. We loved the classic styling of the room which felt very traditional and elegant and truly blended with the beautiful surroundings perfectly. Our room was spacious, spotlessly clean, wonderfully comfortable and relaxing and was the perfect place to return to after active adventures around Lake Bled. Our bathroom was beautiful modern bathroom was luxurious and featured a large bath with shower over with plush towels and toiletries provided.









We had the most gorgeous views of Lake Bled from both our room and from our balcony! If you're visiting Lake Bled be sure to book a room with a balcony, we had to pinch ourselves each morning when we woke up and looked out the window from our bed to this view!





Grand Hotel Toplice has a lovely wellness centre, the Luisa Studio which offers a range of baths, massages and saunas. The centre also features some thermal baths and a thermal water spring, where guests can drink the thermal water. The water temperature in the Luisa Wellness Studio pool is 22 °C and the mineral water is beneficial for your health so we made sure to take a dip each day after we'd finished in the saunas! Grand Hotel Toplice also offers seasonal swimming in the lake at the hotel's private beach during summer and guests of the hotel get free boat hire for one hour per day during their stay! Rowing across Lake Bled to the island with a church in the middle of the lake is a must do when visiting Bled and the staff at Grand Hotel Toplice keep their boats in top condition and are there to give rowing tips and make sure you have a fantastic and safe time on the lake.






Grand Hotel Toplice has two restaurants; the Grand Restaurant which is the hotel restaurant situated directly by the lake shore and features a private covered terrace, and the Julijana Restaurant which is distinguished by its intimate atmosphere and is also open to non-hotel guests. There are also two bars in the hotel which are the semi-circular Aperitiv Bar lounge which has live piano music in the evenings and The Jezero Bar which is situated on the terrace by the lake and is open during summer!

During our stay we were lucky enough to experience the Chef's Table which is a special experience of cooking and enjoying dinner with top chef, Simon Bertoncelj. Simon is one of the younger generation of Slovenian chefs who is a member of the Slovenian Culinary Olympics Team and has perfected his cooking skills in top restaurants around the world including under Gordon Ramsey, Marc Meurin and Bobby Brauer! Simon strives for perfection and harmony in his dishes and flavours and very successfully combines traditional Slovenian cuisine with modern techniques which never fails to impress guests to the hotel! The Chef's Table experience is a unique experience where a table is set for you in the heart of the hotel kitchen so you can watch the kitchen staff work, ask Simon questions, enjoy an incredible four course meal paired with wine and even join him in the kitchen to help prepare your dinner! It was a really unique and exciting culinary experience and one we'd highly recommend to anyone staying at Grand Hotel Toplice. Simon was very friendly, approachable and skillful in the kitchen and was happy to answer our questions whilst he prepared us an incredible feast!












Breakfast is served in the restaurant and was one of the best hotel buffet breakfasts we've enjoyed during our travels! There was an incredibly wide selection of hot and cold foods and everything was cooked freshly and regularly replenished! The staff were fantastic and it was a fantastic experience to start our day with a delicious breakfast overlooking beautiful Lake Bled!






On the other side of Lake Bled, Sava Hotels & Resorts also offers glamorous camping which is better known as glamping! Environmentally friendly Camping Bled has been classified in the highest category of campsites and the Gozdne vile huts are an ideal romantic vacation for couples looking for an intimate and private atmosphere! Gozdne vile are small wooden huts which offer glamorous accommodation in the heart of nature and are situated in a remote part of the campsite surrounded by trees only moments from beautiful Lake Bled! The huts also have separate private bathrooms and private outdoor wooden hot tubs which are fuelled by firewood! Glamping guests can also order picnic baskets which can be enjoyed by your cabin or by beautiful Lake Bled, which we were lucky enough to do one day and it was an incredible lunch in a truly magical location! Due to high demand, Camping Bled has also recently built family glamping cabins on site which are perfect for a family of four and again offer a unique, glamping experience in beautiful Bled! We absolutely love glamping and can't wait to come back to Slovenia to try out one of the Gozdne vile huts!






Our Stay at Grand Hotel Toplice was absolutely magical and was truly perfect in every single way. Grand Hotel Toplice is without a doubt the most luxurious and elegant hotel in Bled and has the most incredible views of stunning Lake Bled in addition to unbeatable service. Every aspect of our stay at the hotel was flawless and we cannot recommend them any more highly to anyone seeking a luxurious and elegant hotel in beautiful Bled. Lake Bled is one of the most beautiful and magical places we've ever visited and stay at Grand Hotel Toplice truly made our time in Bled unforgettable.

Grand Hotel Toplice
Cesta svobode 12, 4260
Bled, Slovenia
+386 4 579 16 00

http://www.sava-hotels-resorts.com/en/accomodations/sava-hoteli-bled/grand-hotel-toplice/

The Aussie Flashpacker was welcomed to Grand Hotel Toplice as a guest.
Our opinions are as always, our own.

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