My Portorož Tips
Benefit from the inside information and local tips from the individuals, who constantly aspire to make your stay perfect!
Find out what is the favorite summer activity of our General Manager, look through the scenic cycling routes with our Director of Sales and Marketing and receive inside information from the Chef himself!
Learn about the attractions and things to do from the treasure of local wisdom, our Concierge Marjan and experience Portorož to the fullest.
My Portorož tips
by Thies Bruhn, General Manager at Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož
Portorož and its surroundings offer many outdoor activities. Sports enthusiasts can play tennis, sail, hike in the surrounding mountains, swim in the sea or participate in a round of golf. The great location of Portorož has another advantage: you can play golf in three different countries – Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. You can also challenge yourself and try my personal favourite water sport activity: stand up paddling (SUP) – our concierge will be happy to give you more information on this.
All wanderlusts will love exploring the country, as everything is within an hour’s drive! I recommend visiting the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana, which is only an hour away from our hotel. The city has a metropolitan vibe, even though it is a small capital. Simultaneously, it possesses the beauty of small towns with a small city centre and all major attractions within walking distance. For nature lovers, the best idea is to prolong your day trip by going to Bled, a small town sheltered by picturesque mountains, and visit the only island in Slovenia in the middle of the Alpine Lake Bled. While in Bled, I advise you to visit the Triglav national park, which is a perfect place for exploration and relaxation. The wonders of nature there are something one cannot find anywhere else in Europe.
This region really is wonderful! Come and see it for yourself. Book your stay at Kempinski Palace Portorož here.
My Portorož tips
by Tomislav Hrala, Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož
There is nothing I love more than small seaside towns full of heritage and history. It is no surprise, then, that one of my favourite activities is cycling towards Piran, a romantic Mediterranean town with rich cultural heritage. The architecture and historical value are similar to those of Venice, but on a smaller scale and with fewer tourists. The route is really beautiful and perfect for everybody. Its difficulty is suitable for individuals with various levels of fitness, and I think there is nothing better than to cycle by the sea and look at the waves.
Another great scenic cycling route is towards 700-year-old Saltpans in Sečovlje. This route is a bit longer, but the final destination is really worth it, as once in Sečovlje, I always visit the spa Lepa Vida, where I can relax and recharge with their massages and treatments.
My Portorož tips
by Marcel Bešter, Assist. Food & Beverage Manager at Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož
Among my dearest free pleasures is the desire to indulge in the pleasures of excellent cuisine and wine tastings. This is probably the reason why I have chosen the job title of Assist. Food & Beverage Manager!
Slovenian and Istrian enogastronomy is definitely among the world’s best and, what is even better, it is not known by a mass of individuals, which is why it is the perfect way to treat yourself to a stress-free evening with friends. It truly is a hidden gem.
Apart from the Slovenian coastline and the Istrian peninsula surroundings, I love going up to the Karst district, which is only an hour’s drive away, and indulge in the tastes there. Wine cellar tours, wine degustation and foodie delights are just magnificent there.
My Portorož tips
by Marjan Glasnovic, Concierge at Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož
Portorož, known by many as “the port of roses”, is a small town on the sunny coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is well known for its mild Mediterranean climate and has been famous since the 13th century for its rich spa tradition. But do not be fooled into thinking that Portorož is only about spas. No, there is much more to it than that!
Once here, you will find that Portorož has something up its sleeve for each and every taste. The nature lovers can explore the beauty of the surroundings and the untouched nature; hiking and cycling are very popular with both locals and tourists. Water sports of all kinds can be organised and enjoyed, whether it is an educational boat trip or SUP fun – a favourite of our general manager.
For cultural enthusiasts, the town of Piran is the perfect walking-distance destination with its beautiful narrow streets.
Opting for the day tour, I recommend the beautiful Venice; my team and I will organise a day trip for you there by boat, which is guaranteed to be an excellent experience overall. Throughout the year, there are many varied events happening: concerts, dance and music festivals, cultural events, boat shows, markets, sports events and much more.
If you wish to simply relax and lie on the beach, I have that covered for you as well. Be it the five-star beach Meduza or the poolside at the hotel, I promise you that you will get the much-needed oasis of tranquillity to recharge your batteries.
My Portorož tips
by Daniel Pause, Executive Chef at Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož
First and foremost, I am a chef, and cooking is my passion and way of life. My cooking philosophy is that the work of a chef is more than just cooking food in a restaurant: it’s the combining of tastes, it’s presenting the food as the work of art it is and it is about complementing flavours in order to offer the best dining experience possible to the guest. My ultimate source of inspiration is the sea. Therefore, it is no wonder that my favourite Portorož tip includes the sea. You see, I love to spend hours fishing, and one of the fishing activities which I adore is visiting the Fonda Fish Farm. They offer a very interesting and educational fish tour, popular with both the kids and adults and the Fonda Sea bass fish, which I often use in my cooking is also grown there.
Whenever I have time, I enjoy exploring Istria, its nature and cuisine. A lot of times, I also like to take my team with me for team-building exercises. A fun activity in which we have recently participated has been truffle hunting. Once, we also tried olive harvesting at the Lisjak olive oil farm, which also resulted in the olive oil tasting and receiving new knowledge regarding various types of their oil.
I havn’t been in Portorož for long, but I can tell you that Istria and their flavours are spectacular and that visits to the countryside are a great weekend getaway destination when staying at Kempinski Palace Portorož.