Looking for a unique, authentic outdoors but still luxurious vacation. Than BIG BERRY is exactly what you need.
We visited BIG BERRY’s first resort that is located in south of Slovenia in the Bela Krajia region.
To make it a bit easier, check out the map below. As you can see Slovenia has the shape of a chicken. The BIG BERRY staff told me that Slovenians explain locations based on the shape of the chicken. So we can say BIG BERRY is based in the first leg of the chicken.
BIG BERRY is also located alongside the Kolpa river which is the natural border between Slovenia and Croatia. Croatia is just a short swim away. And this makes BIG BERRY the perfect base to discover both countries.
I can’t describe BIG BERRY better than they already do.
‘BIG BERRY is a genuine living experience entirely integrated into an authentic local environment.’
The concept is to offer sustainable, healthy and local experiences to travellers through food, culture and outdoor activities and to put this less known area of Slovenia on the map. This all makes BIG BERRY so much more than just an overnight stay during your travels.
BIG BERRY partnered up with neighbourhood producers of typical and local products, businesses and others.
In collaboration with these partners BIG BERRY organizes unique and unforgettable experiences for their guests to get to know this area of Slovenia better. These activities are based on 3 important pillars: feel, join and create.
Our BIG BERRY activities
We joined an oil tasting, a guided tour in a berry farm where products based on berries were produced and off course the tasting of these berry products, a photo tour with the most beautiful spots of the region and we even got a demonstration how a local woman makes her own linen from plant to product. We also learned to decorate the traditional Bela Krajina Easter egg in a workshop. In this way you really get to know the local culture in the original context.
oljarna pečarič, oil producer
kmetija pavlovič, berry farm
There is a large variety in the activities. They range from guided tours, tastings to workshops where you really learn to manufacture the products yourself.
The best thing about these activities is that you can interact with the locals and learn something about their traditions and heritage. Also connections with the other guests are created during these activities what makes it even more fun!
kmetija pavlovič, berry farm
During the week activities are planned on a schedule in the main building. Guests can sign up to participate when they want to. When guests are curious about other partners that aren’t scheduled during their stay. They can ask the BIG BERRY staff to make an appointment. TIP: When you don’t want to cook ask them for local restaurant partners. We tried some and these were delicious!
The domain of BIG BERRY is a green area along the Kolpa river. It consists of a main building and 7 vacation mobile homes for 6, 4 or 2 persons.
The mobile homes all have a minimalist, modern touch. They are equipped with living area, kitchen, bedroom(s) and bathroom. But also have a spectacular outdoor terrace with hot tub and a breath taking view over the Kolpa river. Each house even has its own entrance to the river.
The houses are positioned so that you have enough privacy, but still experience the contact with your neighbours.
Every morning you can enjoy a breakfast basket with local products from BIG BERRY’s partners. The day before you just fill in the list with what you need. You can also make special requests from partners’ products.
On the domain there is also a zen section where you can relax in one of the summerhouses or egg swings.
There is also a large BBQ house where you can organize a barbeque with other guests. You can request this at the BIG BERRY helpdesk and they will help you with everything you need for an unforgettable meal.
On the BIG BERRY domain itself you can also use various facilities such as the beach volleyball field, canoes, bicycles, the outdoor fitness area and a playground for kids, and much more…
More info about BIG BERRY in Slovenia and all what it has to offer you can find right here.
In BIG BERRY we really experienced luxury of freedom. You can choose to relax and enjoy everything that is offered on the domain, but you can also go out to explore the region and all that it has to offer by participating in the BIG BERRY activities.
This is a perfect vacation for outdoorsy people who also enjoy a bit of luxury but above all are open for local, authentic experiences.
If you are traveling to Slovenia, also check out the blog post ‘the best kept secret of Slovenia‘.
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