What is Glamping?
If you’ve never heard of glamping it’s quite literally “glamorous camping.”
According to https://www.survival-cooking.com/, you’re still surrounded by nature like you would be camping but you’re in a lot more luxury than standard camping in a tent. On this occasion we stayed in a luxurious cabin with a comfy bed and relaxing jacuzzi.
We spent 5 days glamping at Big Berry Lifestyle Resort located in the South-East part of Slovenia, near a small town called Primostek. We were right on the River Kolpa that is the border between Slovenia and Croatia so we could literally swim to Croatia from our cabin, without a passport! 😉
There are 7 luxurious mobile homes at Big Berry, designed by Slovenian producer Hosekra – the smallest sleeping two and the largest up to seven people. We were lucky enough to have a modern family cabin all to ourselves.
Each home has a fully equiped kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living area and a terrace with a jacuzzi so we really felt like we finally got the space we were looking for after months of living in hostels.
What we loved most about staying here was being completely surrounded by nature…waking up to cows mooing outside our window on one side, and eating breakfast with a view of the Kolpa River on the other.
Besides sleeping in luxury there are a range of outdoor activities you can do at Big Berry resort such as working out on the playground, beach volleyball or swimming in the river, to name a few.
We also took a Big Berry kayak for a journey along the Kolpa River, which is actually the cleanest river in Slovenia!
On Sundays the Big Berry team do a free for all BBQ, and when we were there the American interns also did an American potato salad for us all to try. If you’re the social type, the Sunday BBQ is a great way to mingle with everyone who’s staying at the resort.
If not, just sit back and relax on the butterfly chairs or beds…
Big Berry is the perfect place to just chill out, and some nights they even do a group gong meditation, which we were lucky enough to experience and felt very relaxed afterwards.
On arrival we were greeted with a welcome basket with the tastiest apple juice made in the area, local ghee butter (so yum!), local honey, beryshka chocolates, beryshka shots, hemp shots and a bottle of chardonnay from the local winery to enjoy in the jacuzzi on our first night.
Every morning we’d hear a knock on the door at 8am to let us know our breakfast hamper had arrived. It contained a bunch of different locally sourced goodies each time and always included apple juice, typical Slovenian pogača bread, local milk/yogurts and fresh fruits.
Tip: You can drink tap water in Slovenia as their water is very clean.
For dinner we would generally get a take away at our favourite restaurant Pri Starem Pildu.
Tip: The creamy salmon gnocchi and vegetarian lasagne at Pri Starem Pildu are mouth watering!
Activities in the Bela Krajina Region
Big berry partners with many local businesses in the Bela Krajina region so there are many day trips that can be taken from the resort. There are so many things to see and do, here are a few…
Try the many different heart healthy oils at Oljarna Perčarič. The hazelnut and walnut oils are made with nuts grown in the area.
If you’re into visiting churches check out the ‘Tri Fare’ – 3 churches in one spot.
Visiting the Spring of River Krupa is a must. You can’t swim here because it’s really cold and you can’t drink the water because it’s polluted, but it is such a stunning picturesque place to see.
Try all the local beers at Brewery Vizir.
Check out Mojca’s cake art at the Domače Dobrote Mojca Bakery. She literally creates art out of cake and makes it look like a piece of cake 😉
Do the Bistra Buča School experience where you literally get to rewind back to 1957 and experience a class as a second grader back in those times. The teacher, who’s obviously acting, is hilarious.
Take an evening wine tour at the Malnarič-Nampel winery and get merry trying all the local wines. Sandy was so excited to finally have found somewhere in Europe that sells her favourite sweet wine, Moscato.
Visit the capital of Bela Krajina, Metlika. This town has a population of 3,000 and is known for having Slovenia’s first ever fire brigade. While you’re there check out the museum and learn about the history of Slovenia.
Learn how to make typical Slovenian belokranjska pogača bread at the Gostišče Vešelič restaurant and don’t forget to put the egg, salt and cumin on top. Will’s bread turned out pretty good!
Attend the Archery Workshop organised by Big Berry Resort. It was Sandy’s first (and last) time at archery – it’s harder than it looks!
Have a picnic at Kozice viewpoint on tanča gora.
Tip: Bears live here so make enough noise when passing through to keep them away.
At 640m high it’s the best viewpoint in Bela Krajina. You can see Slovenia on the left side of the Kolpa River and Croatia on the right.
We are so grateful to have been invited to experience glamping at Big Berry Lifestyle Resort before the it officially opens to the public in 2017. A big thanks to the Big Berry Team for taking us out on day trips to explore the area and making our first glamping experience (and first time in Slovenia) memorable!
Our opinions are our own, and from our experience Big Berry Lifestyle Resort really does represent the ‘luxury of freedom.‘
Have been glamping before? Tell us about your experience in a comment below…
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