Slovenia is by far one of the greenest, most sustainable destinations in the world. The country’s excellent Green Scheme certification program encourages businesses to pursue the sustainable development of tourism and Slovenia hotels.
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Not only does the Green Scheme reward those that are doing great work at supporting the sustainability agenda, but it also makes it easy for travelers like us to discover Green Destinations, Green Activities, and Green Hotels in Slovenia.
It was through Slovenia’s Green Scheme and its list of Green Hotels that we discovered where to stay in Slovenia.
We absolutely loved our time at each one of these properties and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for excellent eco-conscious accommodation in Slovenia.
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Trnulja Estate, Ljubljana
Trnulja Estate is located in the small village of Crna Vas, just outside of Slovenia’s dynamic capital city- Ljubljana. Aside from providing one of the best hotels in Slovenia, Trnulja Estate is also a working organic farm committed to operating in the most sustainable and ecological way. The owners, Urša and Miha, are committed to living an eco-conscious lifestyle, so everything they have done at the Trnuljia Estate follows their passion for sustainable living, and it really shows!
Trnulja’s accommodation options consist of five apartments, all of which were created with recycled materials, like hemp, and come complete with their own kitchens and outdoor areas. The apartments are very cozy, especially the beds, and offer a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing in Ljubljana.
The other fabulous addition to our lovely stay at Trnulja Estate was their onsite dining experience. The delicious Slovenian dishes that we got a chance to sample during our breakfast were made with 100% homegrown organic ingredients cultivated on their farm!
Trnulja Estate was the first eco-hotel we stayed in while in Slovenia, and it set a high precedent for all other accommodation in Slovenia.
A.M.S Beagle, Lake Bled
A.M.S Beagle is located in the picturesque town of Podom, just outside of Lake Bled, and offers a perfect getaway for those looking for a quiet place to stay in the area.
The owners of A.M.S. Beagle put a significant amount of focus on the sustainable building of the A.M.S. Beagle and took measures to reduce the hotel’s energy and water consumption, put in place renewable energy sources, lowering waste, and improve the surrounding environment. As such, A.M.S. Beagle boasts numerous sustainability certificates and awards.
A.M.S Beagle is one of the best boutique hotels in Slovenia, offering only four King Suites, each one with exceptional views of the surrounding mountain range. The rooms in this modern hotel are spacious and come with private spa baths, a desk, a flat-screen TV, and high-speed internet.
Every stay includes a wholesome breakfast made with fresh and delicious local organic ingredients.
What made A.M.S Beagle stand out for us was the utmost care and hospitality from the staff. They truly went over and about all of our expectations, helping us plan out our day trips and giving us the best advice for experiencing the area. They even drove all the way to Ljubljana to return our passports when we realized that we had forgotten at the hotel. (Did you think full-time travelers don’t make silly travel mistakes? Turns out we do!)
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Kamp Koren, Kobarid, Soča Valley
Kamp Koren is not your typical hotel, in fact, it was the first eco-friendly campsite in Slovenia. Camp Koren is located in the scenic Soca Valley and offers a host of sites for tents and caravans, along with some glamping options and eco-chalet accommodation in Slovenia.
During our visit, we stayed in one of the 6 eco-chalets located just steps away from the main reception. Each of the chalets has two stories and includes all the features of a traditional home, such as a living room and kitchen.
Renewable energy is utilized throughout the property, as are environmentally friendly products, which makes it easy to enjoy the facilities that Kamp Koren has to offer.
Given all the activities available on-site at Kamp Koren and everything there is to do in the town of Kobarid, we recommend spending at least 3-4 days enjoying the area.
Hotel St. Daniel, Stanjel, Karst Region
Located in Štanjel, a small town in the west Slovenian countryside, Hotel St. Daniel is based on a holistic approach to hospitality. Surrounded by a beautiful karst landscape, this eco hotel is less than an hour from the Italian coast and is an oasis for sustainable living, respect for the natural environment, and the enjoyment of organic, healthy food.
This boutique hotel offers five rooms, three suites, and two apartments. Its accommodations are named after the Solfeggio Frequencies and are all uniquely decorated. All rooms, suites, and apartments have private bathrooms, wifi, organic toiletries, and balconies with views of the hotel’s garden, vineyard, and the surrounding karst landscape. The apartments include a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.
Aside from comfortable rooms and a relaxing atmosphere, Hotel St. Daniel operates a fantastic restaurant that in and of itself is worth a visit to this incredible spot in the Karst Region of Slovenia. The owners, Nina and Miran, put a strong focus on organically grown and naturally ripened local foods, which makes the food served at their restaurant taste absolutely phenomenal!
Nina is a nutritionist, and all meals are prepared using seasonal, organic ingredients and local products. Vegan meals are a specialty at Hotel St. Daniel, but the chef offers a diverse menu with a wide range of meal choices to include vegetarian, meat, gluten-free, and lactose-free dishes. You can expect homemade, regional pastries and bread baked daily and local organic wines at dinner.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, including hiking or biking the nearby trails, exploring the karst caves, and horseback riding through the countryside. Biohotel St. Daniel has partnered with several other ecotourism destinations to create packages that include visits to eco farms, wineries, and guided tours through nearby historical sites. If you’re looking for a sustainable way to get around town and see more of the countryside, e-bikes are available to rent at the hotel.
A stay at Hotel St Daniel is often a truly holistic approach that allows guests to have a naturopathic consultation and a unique diet included in their stay, making it, in our opinion, one of the best hotels in Slovenia.
Slovenian Istria Houses (Hiške Slovenske Istre)
You’ll feel right at home staying at Hiske Slovenske Istre, a family-run hotel offering cozy rooms, apartments, and three individual cabins with wonderful views of the surrounding vineyards. The hotel is located just a 5-minute drive from the sea and the center of Koper, and is an ideal spot to enjoy the taste and true beauty of Slovenia’s Istria region.
This boutique hotel offers six rooms, two apartments, and three cabins. All rooms have private bathrooms, terraces, and either shared or private kitchens. Apartments all have private kitchens and large terraces with barbecue facilities, and cabins have wonderful outdoor living spaces.
What sets this hotel apart from the rest is the unique set up of their cabins, which allow guests to appreciate local traditions and cultural quirks specific to Slovenian Istria region. You can choose to stay in a cabin honoring the milk lady, the bread lady, or the egg lady. It was these unique cabin designs that won this property a number of Sustainability and Innovation Awards.
Hiške Slovenske Istre offers to arrange special experiences for guests, including wine and oil tastings, salt harvesting, and bike rentals to explore the Savrine hills. The hotel features plenty of amenities, and conveniences are also offered, including free private parking, free wifi, and a great breakfast.
Another highlight of our stay was a chance to sample some local produce and a delightful Istrian Breakfast Experience, with a variety of local produce sourced from providers that morning.
Hotel Kempinski Palace, Portorož
Nestled in a heritage-protected park in the Portorož city center, Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož is one of the region’s best luxury hotels, featuring a state-of-the-art spa and wellness centre, a private beach, excellent restaurants, and spacious rooms with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.
This luxury hotel has established policies to promote sustainable living, including the elimination of single-use plastics and the installation of an electric vehicle charging station at the hotel. Hotel Kempinski Palace also supports traditional events for the community, hosting the Christmas Market and Sparkling Wine Festival in the onsite historic park.
With 198 units, Hotel Kempinski Palace offers a wide variety of rooms and suites with different options. All units have balconies, and guests can choose from a courtyard or sea view.
Guests have free access to Palace Beach and its luxurious amenities, plus there are several beaches within walking distance from the hotel. For a lovely self-care session, visit the Kempinski Rose Spa for their signature treatments that use products made with marine extracts and organic olive oil. If you want to get out and explore, there is plenty to do and see in the area, with the historic town of Piran just a 3 km drive away.
There are two stylish restaurants onsite that offer refined Mediterranean cuisine as well as traditional, local specialties. Both restaurants focus on sourcing locally grown, seasonal ingredients and the chef team works closely with local farmers and fishermen. A buffet breakfast is served in the glamorous historic ballroom every day, and the hotel has a cafe nestled in the historic park, and drinks are offered at two bars onsite. Vegan options are offered at all restaurants onsite.
Hotel Piran, Piran
Situated on the edge of Old Town Piran and just steps away from the Adriatic Sea, Hotel Piran is a romantic hotel in a wonderful central location. Guests are within a short walking distance to Tartini Square, several beautiful beaches, and countless historic sites that Piran is famous for.
Guests have free access to the beach that is just steps from the hotel’s doors, and sun lounges and umbrellas are available for rent. Hotel Piran also offers bike and scooter rentals to get around town. Free parking is reserved for the residents of the city, but the hotel offers a discount on garage parking.
The hotel offers 103 rooms and suites with different options that include sea-facing balconies and private terraces. All rooms have private bathrooms, free wifi, and free toiletries.
An onsite concierge service can arrange watersport excursions, guided tours, and recommendations of hidden gems to visit in this historic city. To unwind after an active day, book a service at the hotel spa that offers massage, reflexology, and aromatherapy treatments. End the day with a glass of wine on the rooftop bar, taking in the sunset and views of the historic city center below.
The hotel restaurant offers brunch and an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, focusing on regional specialties prepared with fresh seafood, locally sourced produce, artisanal cheeses, and handmade pasta. The onsite guest shop offers local olive oil, salts, truffles, and several wines to try.
Eco Camp Supot, Koštabona
Eco Camp Supot is a small family-run camp located on an organic farm in the village of Koštabona. The camp and farm are in the woods of the lovely Istrian countryside, about 20 km east of Portorož and 20 minutes from the Slovenian coast. This spot is perfect for visitors who need a break from the tourist crowds, plus it’s more beautiful and economical than any cheap hotel you can find!
You can bring a tent of your own, or the campsite offers different-sized tents and cabins fully equipped with a bed, linens, chairs, and a dining table. All campsites have a fire ring, water and electricity hook-ups, and shared bathrooms with eco-friendly toiletries.
Eco Camp Supot has a large, fully-equipped kitchen for guests to share and an onsite camp store that offers fresh vegetables from the farm, homemade dishes, and organic wine.
While remote, this area offers plenty to do and see. There is wonderful scenery to hike along the nearby Dragonja River, the beaches are a short drive away, or you can simply relax in a hammock and take a dip in the onsite pool. If you do get the itch for adventure, the camp has bikes for rent, and the owners will give you advice on what to explore.
Each one of the hotels above was unique in its own special way, which helped us experience the best that Slovenia had to offer on our short Slovenian holiday.
All of these properties are doing wonderful work to care for the environment and support the communities they belong to, and thus, they get our highest stamp of approval. We loved our stay at each one of these eco hotels in Slovenia and hope that you, too, will choose to stay here during your visit to Slovenia!
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Disclaimer: We traveled to Slovenia as guests of the Slovenia Tourism Board, but all opinions expressed in this article are our own.