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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Slovakia

Slovakia’s countryside is the highlight of any trip. After hiking in the High Tatras mountains, exploring waterfalls in Slovensky Raj National Park, or visiting fairytale castles, the whole family will be ready to relax at one of Bratislava’s excellent luxury hotels. Slovakia is the perfect destination for an adventurous family-fun luxury holiday.

Take a dreamy trip down the Danube and arrive in riverside Bratislava in true comfort. With its easily navigable Old Town, you can pass a pleasant day strolling past pastel-coloured buildings or visiting the Castle. Challenge the kids to find the quirky statues dotted throughout the city or sample wine from nearby vineyards. A few hours drive to the east of Bratislava, you’ll find the tallest range in the Carpathian Mountains -- The High Tatras.

In summer, you can hike well-marked trails, swim in clear water lakes, or simply relax away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. When the snow falls, The High Tatras are home to some excellent skiing and snowboarding. After an active day, rest your weary limbs at one of Bratislava’s fabulous spas. Relax in a steam-filled sauna or Jacuzzi before dinner. When you’re ready, head out on the town to try some of the country’s best restaurants and cocktail bars.

Slovakia, like other Continental countries, has short hot summers and chilly winters. Temperatures in winter can be from -5 to 0 degrees Celsius in Bratislava, and from -3 to -8 degrees Celsius in the High Tatras. Snow, especially in the mountains, can last from November to mid-June.

If you’re planning on spending time outdoors, be aware that hiking trials are often closed due to snow till mid-June. Take light waterproofs for June and July while July and August are the warmest months.

As a member of the Schengen Area, visitors from EU as well as many other countries don't require visas. Some limits apply to non-EU citizens regarding the permitted length of stay. For more information, visit GOV.UK.

As a largely agricultural region, Slovak cuisine often includes locally-sourced fresh ingredients. Bratislava is home to some of the country’s best restaurants and most talented chefs. From restaurants on the banks of the Danube to sweeping city views, there’s plenty of unique dining experiences to choose from.

In Bratislava, you’ll also find plenty of fantastic cocktail bars. Some even include open fireplaces so you can snuggle into a high back chair with your favourite highball and feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

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