Half an hour from Trieste, across the Italian-Slovenian border, Istria is a fascinating destination nestled between the lush greenery of the hinterland and the blue waters of the coast. But it's not just the beauty of nature that attracts travelers. L'Slovenian Istria47 km of rugged coastline, home to millennia-old salt pans and healing thermal waters that have made it a destination centered on well-being. For a regenerating vacation to take care of the body and mind and rediscover, between historic towns and fishing villages, cliffs and beaches, traditions and local flavors.

Portorož, the ideal destination for wellness enthusiasts

Portorož (in Slovenian Portorož) is just 20 km from Trieste and is an internationally renowned destination for its centuries-old thermal history. Already in the 13th century, Benedictine monks knew about sea salt thalassotherapy and mud therapy, using them for curative purposes. The ancient thermal tradition has been passed down over the centuries, from the Venetians to the Habsburgs to the French, before arriving, at the beginning of the 20th century, in modern thermal and seaside centers: theplaces of peace and well-being which, even today, with renewed facilities and medical offerings, attract guests from all over the world in search of care and relaxation. One of the city's most famous destinations is the LifeClass Hotels & Resortswho boasts well six different 4 and 5 star hotelsdesigned to meet the different needs of every type of traveler.

We start from the 4 star category with the novelty of the summer: the new Hotel Riviera, second largest hotel in LifeClass Portorož Resort, reopens its doors in June completely renovated, with 183 single, double or family rooms with balcony and sea view, comfortable and modern, plus six suites and a presidential suite with a spectacular panoramic view. The new Riviera Hotel was designed for the comfort and well-being of guests and families families in particular, to offer a relaxing stay in a safe destinationwith direct access to the beach and well-kept swimming pools.

The other 4 stars complete the resort's offering – theHotel MirnaL'Hotel Neptune and the Wellness hotel ApolloFor examplerising in rank, the Grand Hotel Portorož, a 4 star superior, and theHotel Slovenia5 star luxury.

360° well-being: even the beach becomes a spa

The flagship products of LifeClass Hotels & Spa Resort are the Portorož thermal spa, unique of its kind, where you can spend an afternoon dedicated to well-being after a morning spent at the beach, to swim in the seawater and thermal water pools heated all year round and try the wellness, beauty, sports and medical services of the various in-house wellness centers.

Thanks to a holistic approach and the multidisciplinary support of a team of doctors, you will be able to receive personalized care, which exploits the five beneficial effects healing factors of local origin – saline mud, brackish water, sea water, curative aerosols and thermal water – but also the principles of Ayurveda and Thai massage.

The attention to well-being also continues by the sea, on the white Istrian stone of Spiaggia Meduza 4* and Meduza Exclusiv 5*, among the most exclusive in the Adriatic, located by the sea in the center of Portorose and reserved for resort guests. Here are two elegant ones pavilions which offer everything you need to relax: come on massages At treatments for the face and body before and after exposure to the sun, up to beauty and relaxation programs.

In the private gazeboscomfortable and intimatepresent both on the beach and on the neighboring pier, can be tasted Mediterranean lunch or aperitif Meduza Beach Club directly on the deckchair, facing a Blue Flag sea which offers an unforgettable spectacle from dawn to dusk.

The new era of the resort is also marked by the reopening of the exclusive Thai massage and body treatment center, Wai Thaiwhich will further enrich the hotels' extensive wellness offering and provide guests with a unique experience of relaxation and regeneration during their stay.

Piran, pearl of Slovenian Istria.  ©Jaka IvancicPiran, pearl of Slovenian Istria.  ©Jaka Ivancic
Piran, pearl of Slovenian Istria. ©Jaka Ivancic

What to see around Portorose, between villages, salt pans and cliffs

A vacation at Porthorosis is the ideal opportunity to visit the historic coastal towns of Piran and Izola. Piran it is one of the most beautiful Slovenian medieval areas, full of squares and churches, surrounded by a well-preserved city wall: a real open-air architectural monument. Island rather, it is a characteristic seaside village, with the stone streets of the historic center full of trattorias and art galleries, which host events throughout the year. Visiting the Natural Park Sečovlje Salt Panswhere salt has been extracted using traditional methods for over 700 years.

Portorož is a strategic point for visiting the beauties of the region also thanks to the connection with the cycle path Parenzana. Where the train passed ninety years ago, today there is a convenient route that runs 123 km (sometimes closed) from Trieste to Porec, Croatia, perfect for organizing pleasant trips and excursions on two wheels, suitable for everyone.

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Many outdoor activities are also offered by LifeClass Hotels & Spa Resort.. Like Nordic walking until Living form, known as “Slovenia's Stonehenge”, a park housing 120 stone sculptures created by artists from around the world. Or practice yoga on the Strunjan Cliff, recognized as an energy point and linked to a sacred apparition of 1512. For gourmands, boat trips and a gourmet excursion in a vintage car to the hinterland to taste local olive oil and wine. All that remains is to stop, choose and regenerate.

Information: Lifeclass.net

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