Portorose (Portoroz) is the main Slovenian sea resort; it has been the sea in fact, together with the Mediterranean climate and salt-works, to make of it a tourist destination adapted to all seasons.
Portoroz: Short history
The natural healing factors, like the mud from the salt-works and the sea water, were in fact used, according to the tradition, already by the roman soldiers and in XIIth century by the Benedictines of the monastery of S. Lorenz.
The same health-inducing qualities that resulted in the growth and development of Portorož as a favorite vacation resort in the 19th century. The resort’s first hotel – initially meant to have the capacity for the military – was built in 1830, and then the at one time impressive Palace Hotel in 1912, constructed in anticipation of a visit by Emperor Franz Jozef. The thermal station began to develop in 1885 when it was constructed a building in which talassoterapia was practiced.
Today the “Bay of Roses” is the most renowned tourist locality of the Slovenian coast, thanks to the elevated quality of the hotel offer, to the rich cultural and congressional activities and to the varied possibilities of entertainment, the first being the Casino.
Portorose is a well known Slovenian tourist resort on the Adriatic coast, famous for its sunny position in the bay of Piran, which is protected from wind amidst subtropical gardens, olive groves and vineyards. The Portorose Riviera attracts many guests for its mild climate, sandy and rocky beaches, natural medicine remedies and long-standing tourist tradition.
Portorose is the starting point for a variety of trips: one can leisurely walk to the medieval town Piran, the birthplace of the violinist Giuseppe Tartini, or take a half-day trip to the world famous underground caves of Postojna in the Karst region, to Lake Bled or to the original stable of the Lipizzaner horses; take a whole-day trip to lake Bled, the Alpine resort with an island in the middle of its lake.
Portorose is also renowned as a congress site with high-quality congress facilities. Portorose is now known for many high class hotels, spas, live casino, and a marina.
Portorož’s main beach, a twisted blend of sand, grass, and concrete, is really clean and well kept, with lifeguards on the coast and several services offered, such as parasols and sunbeds for rent (€5/day). The most wonderful Slovenian beach with lots of hotels and bars, restaurants. Vibrant nightlife during the summer time.
Often, it can get extremely crowded, though there’s generally a sufficient amount of space to move around; or perhaps you could check out one of the private beaches (around €5) – usually, those belonging to the hotels – the very best of which is the one in front of the hotel Slovenija. Every one of assigned beaches is roped off, and it’s also not allowed to swim outside the limit. You can find more places along the beachfront (basically concrete banks) where one can bathe without limitation.
Obala 2, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia
Boasting a beachfront location between the historic towns of Portorož and Piran, the elegant Grand Hotel Bernardin features a spa and wellness center that provides panoramic views of the Adriatic and consists of an indoor pool with heated saltwater.
The Grand Hotel Bernardin is the biggest convention center in Slovenia. This high quality hotel overlooking the sea provides noteworthy tourist services. The hotel is located in a quiet and natural environment. Completely air – conditioned hotel has 242 comfortably furnished rooms with balconies and sea view, of which 10 luxury apartments, 22 junior suites and 8 high standard rooms.
Heated indoor swimming pool
Fitness and massage
Grand restaurant and Pecina restaurant a la carte
Grand Cafe and Cocktail Lounge with piano bar
Laguna Bernardin water park
Guarded car park
The center of Portorož can be reached in 0.9 mi, while the town of Piran is 1.2 mi from Grand Hotel Bernardin. Pula Airport is 56 mi away. Trieste Airport can be reached in 50 mi, while Ljubljana Airport is at a distance of 87 mi. Guests can park for free at the hotel’s private parking lot.
The LifeClass hotel chain distinguishes itself by featuring excellent four- and five-star hotels. The Mediterranean character is deeply woven into the fabric of the LifeClass hospitality and it embraces with arms and heart open each and every guest from whatever part of the continent he/she may come.
If you happen to be in Portoroz, the choices are many: an exclusive five-star hotel Mind Hotel Slovenija, or high category four-star hotels Grand Hotel Portoroz, Riviera, Wellness Hotel Apollo, Socializing Hotel Mirna and Act-ION Hotel Neptun.
Obala 75a, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia
98 rooms, 5 junior suites, 1 presidential suite, air-conditioned rooms with large balcony, luxurious bathrooms, direct dial telephone, mini bar, satellite TV, 24 hour room service, luxurious reception with lobby bar and terrace, restaurants Grand Salon and St. Lawrence, Acqua Relax Centre (wellness), Physio-Esthetic Center, Congress Centre – 5 conference rooms, Night Club, Casino’, underground parking facility, all rooms completely renovated in 1996.
Offering picturesque views of Portorož, Remisens Premium Hotel Metropol lies on top of St. Lawrence Hill. It features several à-la-carte restaurants and bars, a night club, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sports area and a Spa and Wellness Center.
Bingo Off-site Additional charge
Live sports events (broadcast)
Walking tours Additional charge
Water sports facilities (on site)
Bikes available (free)
Mini golf Additional charge
Diving Off-site Additional charge
Bicycle rental (additional charge)
Windsurfing Off-site Additional charge
Ping-pong Additional charge
Tennis court Additional charge
The Grand Casino Portorož, located in the hotel, has the longest casino tradition in Slovenia. The casino is open non-stop, all year round, and can accommodate up to 3,000 guests.
The casino offers a wide range of classic French games and as many as 300 slot machines.
The Grand Casino Portorož also hosts the Privée restaurant, which is known for its superb cuisine and excellent service. Admission to the casino is free.
Obala 45, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia
Nestled in a heritage-protected landscaped park in the center of Portorož, the luxurious Hotel Kempinski Palace features seawater swimming pool, a vast state-of-the-art spa and wellness area, various restaurants and bars as well as views of the Adriatic Sea.
Kempinski Palace Portorož represents the best-kept secret in Europe and offers high-quality accommodation and impeccable service. Luxury five-star superior hotel enjoys a unique location in the very heart of Portoroz, Slovenia with a fantastic view of the Adriatic Sea. Close to the medieval pearl, the town of Piran and just a short drive from Trieste, Ljubljana and Venice , the hotel is ideally positioned for leisure, business and adventure.
The Portorož Marina is 1.2 mi away, while the Ljubljana Airport is at a distance of 87 mi. Pula Airport can be reached in 56 mi, while Venice Marco Polo Airport is 118 mi away. Secure private parking is provided on site at a surcharge.