Saturday, May 16, 2015

|travel| :: Slovenia :: HOTEL PRIMUS & 5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO STAY FIT AND ACTIVE ::

I`ve been working on this post for a while, but I was on holidays in between, because I need a break from mean machines as well, so it took me a bit longer then usually. Honestly, the plan was I`ll write during the last weekend but wifi connection in our appartment was not existing (even though it should), so here we are...it`s 11 pm, my alarm clock will go on in approximately 6h (when I finish this probably there will be only 4h left) and I will make a kick-ass post about how to have a fit/active holidays and why Primus would be a good choice for you. I`m not just saying it, I actually tried it and I liked it. You do trust me, right? ;)
(just so you know that this post should be up like a while ago, but my computer is dying and everyting was erased, which made me upset and I didnt feel like doing it all over again, untill this morning. I left the first part like it was, cuz it`s the only part that was saved. Btw, I`m going to buy myself a new mean maschine.. maybe even today, cuz Im getting stressed with it again. Just in case you were wondering....). :)

So, let`s do this. I`ll give you suggestions and I`ll give you some updates on how we spend our time there..

Starting your day with a coffee is always a good idea, but starting your day with adrenalin pumpin` through your vains is even better....
First stop was adventure park. We went to "Pustolovski park Bukovniško jezero", which was amazing --> http://www.pustolovskipark.si/en, not only cuz you can face your fear/s (if you have some of course), but also because it`s great being in the forrest, embracing nature and enjoying fresh air.


Afterwards, our final destination for the night was Grand Hotel Primus, where we parked our beasts of a ride and took some photos. :)




We had a quick introduction, got our keys, took luggage to our rooms and had a tour around the hotel. First stop was the top floor of a hotel where we enjoyed a healthy smoothie with a view on a terrace of an suite. 



..and then we walked through Valens Augusta medico-Wellness Center, where you can pamper yourself as much as you want. I know I could post less photos, but I just want to show you all of it, because I really liked it. ;)


thai room


egyptian room

japanese room - my favourite <3


After all the walking and exploring it was time for lunch! :) We had a (be)fit lunch together with a nutricionist Mojca Cepuš.




So, this was the end of our tour and lunch, which means it was finally time to enjoy our free spa time! Saunas are great and as you can see also the chillout area is perfect. <3



What I was trying to say is, that even if you are on vacations you can still be in shape if that`s your goal or way of life. Primus is located in a really good area, where you can do a lot of outdoor activities, such as running, cycling and other sports included in the Terme Ptuj recreation programme. Guests have access to Tennis courts, a basketball and voleyball court, a fitness studio and mini golf. You can also do a lot of daytrips in the region.
So, I`d say your day could look like this: You wake up and go for a run and maybe have a quick workout in the fitness. Then it`s time for breakfast and coffee, followed by some chillin` next to a pool, a bit of swimming and a smoothie for gaining back that energy you lost in the water. You`ve done enough already, but still, you can maybe go for a walk or play some golf or tennis, so that when you`ll enjoy your befit lunch, you`ll feel hungry. ;) Ha, and now after all the efforts you showed, you definitely deserve a massage and some quality sauna time... 
hehe, just a suggestion if you`re not sure what to do with all of your free vacation time ;) 
#nasvetzadobroseimet

Anyhow, I had fun, I`m sure you`d enjoy as well...  

Next post will be about lovely city Ptuj and it`s going to be soon, I promise. ;) 
I`m sending a big hug to all of you that are following me. Thanks for your support, it is much appreciated. <3 
M.


Monday, April 27, 2015

|travel| :: SLOVENIA ~ TrippleE ~ Explore, Enjoy, Eat ::


Yesterday I wrote about Farmhouse Firbas and today I`m going to give you a few tips where to stop for a delicious pumpking seed oil, make your own clay pot, eat with a style & enjoy the spa.

Let`s start with Kocbek Oil mill, which goes back to 1929 when Alojz Kocbek started the mill and oil-making business. He passed his knowledge and experience from generation to generation and each added something of their own. You can find them at Stara Gora, on the main road in the direction of Gornja Radgona. Their specialty is cold-pressed oil, especially cold-pressed pumpking seed oil. Besides pumpking seed oil, you can also buy Sunflower oil, Walnut oil (delicious!), Strast (Passion) Chocolate and Indigenous gift sets. 
 
http://www.kocbek1929.com/

We had a tour of the Oil mill, which was a really nice experience, because I`m a big fan of pumpking seed oil, but I have never seen how they`re actually making it. Gorazd Kocbek introduced the procces of making the oil and told us a bit about their business and products. We had a degustation, where we tried different oils, Strast (Passion) chocolate, which was my favourite (the one with the onion! check out the webpage to see the whole collection), curd spread with pumpking oil, a roll and vanilla ice-cream with pumpking seed oil (that was kind of surprising cuz I`ve never thought of that combination, but it works great. The best way to believe me is that you try it by yourself as well). ;)


After we finished with eating again it was time to visit Center Duo in Veržej, where we had a chance to bring out the creative side of us and make our own clay pots. This was actually one of my favourite things on the whole trip, cuz I am a creative person and I`ve never worked with clay before, so it was a new experience + we had so much fun with it...well at least I did! ;)
So, this is a place to be if you need to be creative on holidays + you can sleep in Zemljanka earth lodges (check the description on the photo), enjoy a bonfire at night, take a clay class or just follow your inspiration and be creative as you want or you feel like it. ;) Pretty cool, right?

Guess which clay pot is mine? :P



Before the day was finished and we checked into a hotel, it was time to eat again (tired from all the hard work with the clay of course) and our next destination was Gostilna Rajh in Bakovci. 
You know I`m a sucker for details and great interior and Rajh convinced me even before I saw/tasted the food. Everything is like it should be, served with a style. We even had a little challenge, which was to create our own salad (check the collage below, the main photo). If you think of it, it`s just a lil` thing, but we all had fun with it + again, we had a chance to be creative, so the feeling of eating the salad that you created by yourself, was even better. ;)
Anyhow, the food was heavenly and I do highly recommend to visit them if you are near by.


http://www.rajh.si/

mmmm... do I need to say more? Cheers! xx

Our tummies were super full and we were very lazy and anxius to get to Hotel Livada Prestige, where we slept our first night. Our super funky ride (Nissan Qashqai and X-trail) were great for transporting all the extra weight that we gained during the day (seriously, I was sooooo full that it would be great if I had more comfy pants on my butt). That`s an honest confession, I`m aware of it, no worries. :)
First we checked in, enjoyed a welcome drink on a terrace and then it was time for our first challenge... golf. It was fun, but honestly, it didn`t convince, probably because we were short on time, and getting the ball into a hole... kind of impossible. :)) If you are enthusiastic about playing golf, then Livada is a good choice when you`re in Slovenia (just so you know).



Room + Breakfast

Top left photo is from Anita (life style fun), because all my batteries were dead. Top right - check out the slide!
  
After the golf and walk around the hotel, we had a treasure hunt and as you can see, Miran was the lucky one. He found the treasure and the sun was shining upon him & that made him happy. :))
He was in a good mood so he decided to share the treasure with us and we all got a really nice towels from Sava hotels. ;)

The big finale was finally here. We were done with all the activities and it was time to relax a bit, enjoy the bath in the termal black (smelly, but very healthy) water and try out saunas. 
Uff, that was a great ending of a perfect day.

http://www.sava-hotels-resorts.com/sl/nastanitve/terme-3000-moravske-toplice/hotel-livada-prestige/


Are you already convinced that this is the place to be for the weekend escape? Don`t you forget that you might be the lucky winner in the spa of your choice and all you need to do is to vote for the best blogger on this link: http://www.sava-hotels-resorts.com/sl/glasuj-za-naj-nasvet-za-dobro-se-imet/ .
Don`t be lazy, be brave! :) 

xo, Maja


Saturday, April 25, 2015

|travel tips| :: SLOVENIA ~ FIRBAS FARMHOUSE ::

When you are tired from work & everyday routine, it`s time to pack your bags and hit the road. If you feel like you really need to get away from everyday buzz and find a unique experience in picturesque landscape, go towards Slovenske gorice in the northeastern part of Slovenia and book a room at Firbas Farmhouse. They are very much into the tradition and serving only homemade and homegrown products - yummy (trust me, I`m a foodie). ;)

If you wish to enjoy and explore Slovenia as well, go to this link --> http://www.sava-hotels-resorts.com/sl/glasuj-za-naj-nasvet-za-dobro-se-imet/ and vote for Mikstejp aka your favourite blogger and you might win a free weekend getaway in a spa of your choice! (btw, there are two left, one of them went to a very lovely lady that I know and I`m very happy that she is one of the lucky winners). ;) Check also #nasvetzadobroseimet, which is kind of hard to translate directly, but maybe  "a tip to have a good time" would be kind of close. If you want to know more about the project, go to my first post, which was an intro for this series of post.



It depends what you wish for, but you can choose among 8 rooms, 2 suites or a hayloft (how cool is that?!) .. I`d reccommend hayloft at least for one night, because it`s always good to try out the authentic experience.  C`mon, imagine... waking up in hayloft, enjoying homemade goodies for breakfast, pamper yourself  in bubble wooden tubs under the trees.... not bad, right? ;)
I know you want it, so catch your slovenian dream here. ;)

hayloft

wooden tub


 If you take kids with you, they will for sure be happy to pet all the animals at the farm.. <3



We had a tour around the Farm and then they served us a "luxurios homemade breakfast" as I would say, because there was so many goods on the table that I didn`t know where to start, but I knew I want to taste a bit of everything (homemade bread, fresh cheese, pate, tunka meat cuts, jams and lots of other goodies). I raelly enjoyed this part, because we had a chance to talk with Marjana and Bojan and charge our phones :D (bloggers going crazy with taking a photo of everything .. that was a fun crowd to be around). 

delicious breakfast
+ you have to try their homemade pear products (juice for the morning and pear schnapps (on the left) for the afternoon/evening .. or both in the morning, just to make your day a bit. ;)


the crew enjoying the drinks and going crazy with social media :)



So, no worries, for sure you will find plenty of things to do, from cycling and walking trails, beach volleyball, football, table tennis, archery or simple enjoying the shades of trees.
If you wish you can also try yourself and help with the farm chores and perhaps help the owner to walk the horses.


archery!
this is the way to relax!

So, leave your worries behind and decide for an "offline" weekend in the nature, exploring new things and spoiling yourself with good food, great company and wonderful landscape! ;) 

xo, Maja


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