Ljubno pri Savinji, 7. 3. 2017 – Ever heard of one of the best restaurants in Ljubljana (and certainly one of the best in Slovenia too) JB? Well, now you can taste food delicacies also from JB’s chef Janez Bratovž’s son Tomaž – at the Herbal glamping resort in Ljubno pri Savinji where Tomaž is setting new culinary trends for Slovenian food. Scroll down for photos of this amazing place!

A lovely day trip from Ljubljana, or even better another destination for a longer holiday in Slovenia, a team of young enthusiasts – their average age is 32 – has set up a place in North-Western Slovenia to pamper all your senses. In addition to 10 super luxurious yet cozy and in-touch-with-nature wooden glamping tents, natural pool, fireplace, sauna, massage parlour and humble herbal pharmacy (the last three situated in a former cowshed), the resort offers also a new pitstop for those who appreciate modern interpretations of Slovenian food culture.
And since February 2017 it is led by Tomaž Bratovž, a 23-year old chef with no better pedigree: his dad Janez with JB restaurant constantly among the best places to eat in Ljubljana and Slovenia (mom & wife Ema is also not to be forgotten for this success!), and his sister Nina together with her partner Jure Štekar from Štekar winery in Goriška brda. Obviously he has some credits himself as a chef too: among other qualifications he worked 3 months at Azrak, a 3 Michelin star restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain.

Tomaž’s take on Slovenian food is pretty simple: there is no set menu as he is constantly creating what is available locally at the moment. During our visit in February we were treated with winter delights but expect way more colorful and various local dishes as the seasons turn. And by local I mean local: there is their very own vegetable garden directly above the natural pool, the resort boasts more than 70 herbs, and a fish farm (we’ve had their splendid fresh trout as an appetizer) is just 100 metres away, to illustrate.

Having said that, one of their signature delicacies is herbal tea in the winter and herbal juice in the summer, and the restaurant also strives to evoke the restaurant’s once very well known signature dish: lamb. Mentioning Tomaž brother-in-law Jure Štekar, no wonder that apart from their seasonal, local dishes there is lots of emphasis also on Slovenian wine, so expect harmonious food and wine pairings when you sit down in this over a century old (obviously renovated) countryside house.

If you ever feel like leaving this hedonistic place, there is tons of places to visit and activities to do in the surroundings. Stunning Logar valley (Solčava, Matkov kot) is a short drive away, so are some very interesting museums (coal mining in Velenje, rafting in Ljubno) or Mozirje flower park, or you can – as many others – go hiking to the nearby hills like Golte, Komen and even former vulcano Smrekovec. Additionally, if you are more keen on cycling, the resort provides 15 electric bikes.

So there’s your new adventure to add on things to do in Slovenia – or better yet, things to enjoy in this country. Because what’s missing when you have tasty food, total relax and gorgeous nature like Logar valley just around the corner? Oh yeah, you!

I was a guest of Herbal glamping resort in February 2017. I am grateful they treated us to a tour of their property usually closed for outside visitors as well as a 4-course meal and coffee. Opinions, as well as calories gained, are nevertheless mine.

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Herbal glamping resort nestled in a charming valley under the Alps. Go and explore!

 

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10 wooden tents (covered in winter) with natural – therefore frozen in winter – pool. Can’t wait for the summer!

 

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Inside of the tent, prefect for couples, families, friends – anyone who enjoys luxury.

 

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The theme of the resort is, obviously, herbs. There’s more than 70 kinds at the estate.

 

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A small herbal pharmacy to freshen up your body and mind.

 

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Resort’s restaurant: fine dining with local, very local ingredients.

 

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To start with: Savinja “sashimi”, fresh trout from the fish farm 100 m away.

 

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The resort also showcases other local producers in a shop with many foodie delights.

 

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Slovenes love spruce buds in any form, also in a jam.

 

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Expect great Slovenian food & wine pairings at the restaurant.

 

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Of course there’s (parsley) štruklji with veal cheeks.

 

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To finish: chocolate-fig brownie.

 

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CEO Petra Kordiš and chef Tomaž Bratovž. Average age of resorts’ staff is 32.

 

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A 1912 renovated countryside house now hosts the restaurant, and a cosy terrace to watch the sunset. Or just chill.

 

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Herbal tea (and coffee), one of the signature edible items of the resort.