The Most Serene Rural Escapes in Slovakia

The views from Bilikova Chata are unrivalled
The views from Bilikova Chata are unrivalled | Courtesy of Bilikova Chata /

Freelance Travel Writer

Slovakia is famous for its stunning natural landscapes, gorgeous mountain ranges, a multitude of hiking opportunities and high-quality ski resorts. Many serene rural escapes lie just an hour or two away from large cities Bratislava and Kosice. If you’re looking for a perfect destination – with an even better view – to get away from it all, check out one of these beautiful escapes in rural Slovakia – now bookable on Culture Trip.

Grand Hotel Kempski, High Tatras

If you’re craving luxurious surroundings, top-notch pampering options, and an incredible view from your window, the Grand Hotel Kempski in the High Tatras is the place to go. This five-star hotel in Slovakia offers rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the High Tatras and the Strbske Pleso mountain lake. Multiple restaurants and bars are located on the property, also with stunning views of the surrounding nature. You can head out to the mountains to hike or ski or stay in and relax in the Zion Luxury Spa, which offers a large pool and relaxation area with views out to the shores of the mountain lake, as well as a full range of treatments including massages, facials, and pedicures. To enjoy the best of Slovak outdoors and luxury accommodation book your stay at the Grand Hotel Kempski.

Hotel Kaskady

Centrally located in Sliac, in the very centre of Slovakia, you’ll find one of the nicest wellness resorts in the country. Hotel Kaskady offers thermal indoor and outdoor pools, several saunas, and a full-service spa with massages, wraps, and facials. Therapists from Sri Lanka offer special services at the Ayurveda Siddhalepa Spa, and the hotel serves a special Ayurvedic dietary menu daily. The remote setting of the hotel makes it the perfect place for a relaxing getaway, but if you feel like sightseeing, historic towns Banska Bystrica, Zvolen, and Kremnica are all within 20 minutes of the hotel.

Bilikova Chata

If you aren’t concerned about luxury and would like to enjoy a retreat closer to nature, the historic Bilikova chalet offers 13 rooms set directly on the hiking paths of the High Tatras. Set at 1,255 meters, the Bilikova chalet has been welcoming guests since 1875. However, the current building was only put into operation in 1934. The hotel is easily accessible at only 100 meters from Hrebienok Stop of Tatra Electric Railway. This enviable location provides guests with easy access to mountain biking, hiking, and gorgeous panoramas of the incredible nature just outside the chalet’s door.

Grand Hotel Praha

The Grand Hotel Praha is an Art Nouveau masterpiece built in 1905 at the base of Mount Lomnicky in the High Tatras. It was built during the construction boom of several luxury hotels for European aristocrats in the Tatras more than 100 years ago. Grand Hotel Praha was the first hotel which remained open year round, welcoming summer and winter sport enthusiasts to Slovakia’s highest mountain range. Today, the hotel’s unique architectural style makes it a popular spot for weddings and other family celebrations. Grand Hotel Praha is a boutique hotel with a lovely historic flair, surrounded by greenery and beautiful mountain views.

Castle Hotel Galicica Nueva

The Castle Hotel Galicia Nueva is a four-star gem located in the south-central part of Slovakia. Untouched by mass tourism, the hotel prides itself as an ideal family event space and offers ample meeting space for events; including incredible romantic weddings held directly in the on-site chapel. An onsite restaurant, wine bar, cafe, and cigar lounge offer evening recreation opportunities, and during the day guests can relax in the wellness center or go for a stroll in the French-inspired park with a small lake. You’ll be surrounded by history in a remote location near the Hungarian border, we won’t be surprised if you don’t want to leave this place!

Danubius Health Spa Resort Hotel Thermia Palace

If mountains aren’t your priority and relaxation is your goal, the five-star Danubius Health Spa Resort Hotel Thermia Palace is highly recommended for its unique ambience. Also a product of Art Nouveau, the Thermia Palace is located on the banks of the Hron River in the spa town of Piestany, an easy drive from Bratislava. With multiple opportunities for dining and recreation on site, you won’t ever need to leave the hotel during your stay. Daily at 5 o’clock, guests can gather in Cafe Alexander for a complimentary afternoon tea and cookies. The charm and personality of this luxurious spa resort in Slovakia will impress even the most demanding guests.

Manor-house Mojmirovce

Originally built in 1721, the Manor-house Mojmirovce now serves as a three-star hotel in Slovakia surrounded by a regal historic park, perfect for enjoying a stroll after lounging in the modern wellness center. Guests can embark on several nice nature trails in the surrounding area, including one trail which leads to old castle ruins atop a hill. The Baroque Manor-house Mojmirovce is easily accessible at only an hour’s drive away from Bratislava, but surprisingly secluded for being so nearby to the capital. Another splendidly renovated historic hotel offering boutique accommodation in remote settings.

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