Ski down tree-lined pistes while staying in Jahorina, home to the 1984 Winter Olympics and one of Bosnia’s most beautiful ski resorts.
Jahorina is one of the four mountains where the Sarajevo Winter Olympics were held in 1984. Today, it is still a popular winter holiday destination, thanks to its close proximity to Sarajevo, just 30km (19mi) away. Come summer, the green pastures and alpine trails attract hikers. Stay in Jahorina, surrounded by lush forests and green peaks, or book a room in Sarajevo and take a short day trip to the mountains.
You might think luxury doesn’t exist in the wilds of Jahorina, but Chalet Petit Palais proves the contrary. Rooms and suites are decorated in alpine style, using local materials, such as hardwood floors, leather, fur and velvet, to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Some suites even feature a cosy fireplace. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Poljice ski lift, or the hotel can arrange a drop-off.
Vučko sits in the centre of the tourist complex, just 30m (100ft) from the ski lift. The hotel was named after the official mascot of the 1984 Winter Olympics. Rooms feature modern furnishings, warm tones and wooden floors. The restaurant on site serves cuisine ranging from Italian and Spanish to Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy the mountain views while sipping a cocktail at Paradiso Bar. You’ll also find a wellness centre, spa, tennis and basketball courts and an outdoor playground.
Snješko is situated on Poljice, near the six-person chairlift and one of Jahorina’s most picturesque ski runs. The hotel’s chalet-style features natural materials and local elements, such as stone and wood panelling. Rooms include doubles, triples, quads and loft-style suites sleeping up to five. Dine at the on-site restaurant where a crackling fireplace will keep the place feeling toasty.
This relaxed hotel stands between the peaks of Jahorina and the river Prača, built for the Winter Olympics. Rooms boast terrific mountain views, plus ski equipment and lift passes, and lessons can be organised on site. Unwind in the indoor pool and sauna before trying local cuisine at the hotel restaurant. Table tennis, billiards and darts prove popular after nightfall.
As the name suggests, Hotel Central is located in the heart of old Sarajevo. Inside this historic building, you’ll find all the modern facilities of a four-star hotel. The stylish rooms feature classical decor and range from snug singles to the palatial Presidential Suite. Take advantage of the indoor 25m (82ft) pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Fitness buffs will appreciate the on-site gym. Jahorina is just 30km (19mi) away.
Sana is a modern hotel, located near the old town in Sarajevo. From here, you can easily make a day trip to Jahorina. The 17 rooms are modern and spacious, plus there is an apartment for extended stays, sleeping up to four people. Start your day with breakfast on the small sunny roof terrace, overlooking the city’s rooftops. Finish it with a massage at the on-site mini-spa.
If you want the best of both worlds, book Pino Nature Hotel, set in a forested area at the foot of Trebevic mountain, 10km (6mi) from Sarajevo. The serene, wedge-shaped hotel has a glass facade and features refined, forest-themed rooms and suites. Upgrade for a mountain view balcony or a suite with a fireplace and whirlpool tub. The airy restaurant serves traditional Bosnian specialities and international classics. Head to the rooftop terrace at sunset for the best view of the area.
You might assume this Swiss brand kits out its hotels in traditional alpine style but think again. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows, marble floors and a state-of-the-art wellness centre at this centrally located Sarajevo hotel, just under an hour’s drive from Jahorina. Walk-in showers and fresh flowers in each room offer a luxury touch. Tuck into a fondue at Café Swiss or Middle Eastern specialities at the Fusion.