We stayed here for 3 nights. From the arrival to departure, we had the most amazing time. The staff did EVERYTHING and more to make our stay joyful and memorable.
We booked a 2 bedroom apartment, which was furnished with great, modern style and had a jacuzzi in the living room! Of course, the water in the whole hotel was thermal water (they have their own pipe directly from the ground), and thus, the water for the jacuzzi was thermal. The master bedroom had a large double/king bed, and the second room, 2 single beds. They were very comfortable. Bathroom was modern, and had a great shower; rain shower with 8 jets. The living room had a nice table, sofa, kitchenette (even with a kettle, where, by being British, with a love of tea, was welcome, and not many countries have electric kettles!), and large flat screen TV. We also had a balcony with table, chairs and lounger.
Throughout the hotel, there were some great paintings, abstract/Jackson Pollock style. We mentioned that we loved them,and is there a place where we could purchase them. The artist a (?retired) Doctor at the hospital lived locally, and the hotel called him, we went to his house, and we comissioned him to paint us some paintings! The hotel arranged this all, and is indicative of their customer service. Nothing is too much for them, and they bent over backwards to make our stay fabulous.
We chose half board, which was brilliant value. Breakfast had many options, juices, cereals, cheese and cold cuts of ham etc, fruit, hot items and they make fresh omlets, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs to order. The villa Magdalena omlet was memorable, so yummy! With smoked ham and chestnuts. The dinner is 5 courses, and the food was the most innovative we have ever had. There is huge emphasis on local produce, and they bake their own bread, make their own cheese etc too. We really loved the pumpkin seed oil used in many of the dishes, so much so that we asked where we could purchase some to take home. Again, nothing is too much for them, and they rang the producer down the road, and next morning he deliverd right to the hotel! We have ate at many good restaurants around the world, and can safely say, the food here is as good as any of them, definitely haute cuisine. Everything was made with love and the chef, whom introduced himself that first evening clearly has huge passion for making great food. Also, anything you don't like, would like something different, or would like more of, they would cater for this, by making something different, or second helpings! All the food was freshly prepared, and the presentation was lovely.
Brankica, our waitress was excellent, efficient, extremely friendly, and a joy to see every evening. She also rang the oil producer, and helped arrange us to meet and go to the artist's house. Above and beyond.
Mariana was also brilliant, and helped with our contact, and translate between us and the artist.
Brankica and Mariana are a CREDIT to the hotel. ALL the staff we met were incredible.
Upstairs is the wellness centre, with a large jacuzzi with many jets that you can change the settings of, a sauna, and an infrared sauna. They also have some comfortable loungers.
There are a few 'Termes' in the area, all having various sized, and different temperature swimming pools, with bubble beds, jets, jacuzzis, and loungers. They also have separate areas (with additional charge) that include many different saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, and relax areas. The 2 we went to were Terme Jezercica and Terme Tuhelj. Both were great, howeved We preferred Terme Tuhelj. The sauna world at Tuhelj was incredible. Huge. Around 18 different saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, 4 relax areas/rooms including waterbeds, and loungers attached with ropes to the ceiling, kind of like a hammock, which rock, very relaxing. Very 'zen' like, quiet and great place to recharge your batteries. Depending on how many hours you want to go for, swimming at the pools can be anything from 4-8 euros and the sauna areas, 10-14 euros.
So in conclusion, Villa Magdelena, is an AMAZING hotel. Thanks to ALL the staff for making our stay absolutely brilliant!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- First 4-stars small exclusive wellness hotel with most suites located in famous thermal and spa city Krapinske Toplice, only 45 km distanced from capital Zagreb.The hotel was awared as best boutique hotel of the continential part of Croatia in 2012. Hotel restaurant recieved many domesting and international awards, including GaultMillau. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, TripOnline SA, HostelWorld, Agoda, Hotels.com, Evoline ltd and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your Villa Magdalena reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.