Nebesa

near Kobarid, Soca Valley, Slovenia Book from Book from £188 per night

10/10 for staggering views, this mountain retreat offers 4 chic chalets to cosy up in with your partner
Given its location - perched high on a mountain, above the clouds and overlooking everyone else - Nebesa (meaning 'Heaven') is the perfect name for this hotel. You really feel like God of all you survey - and the weather plays itself out in extremes: glorious sunshine one day, magnificent storms the next. To the east are snow-capped mountains; to the west, endless valleys trailing down to the Adriatic Sea. The nearest neighbours are 1km down a steep winding road, and the silence is absolute.

Owners Katja and Bojan stumbled across the flat plateau whilst out for a hike one day; within hours they’d decided to build their home there. This then expanded into an idea for a simple retreat - they didn’t want anything high maintenance; the USP was to be the glorious landscape and relaxed ambiance. The result was 4 wooden ski-style chalets, each sleeping 2 guests, and a L-shaped main building housing a dining room and wellness centre. Glass-walled fronts mean the views are ever present and wild red deer wander through the surrounding meadows. It’s heady stuff.

Highs

  • A perfect place to hole up with a partner and escape the world for a bit. With so few guests, during our 2015 revisit we often had communal areas to ourselves
  • The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets (see Rates)
  • The help-yourself attitude: wine, beers, cheeses, fruit, juices - and it’s all included in your B&B price
  • Owners Katja and Bojan are lovely: welcoming, funny and genuinely concerned that you have the best time possible
  • You’re a short drive from Hisa Franko - arguably the best restaurant in Slovenia

Lows

  • The isolation - you'll need a car to get around and the local town is pretty desolate
  • No restaurant: breakfast and snacks are supplied but dinner will involve you getting in supplies or driving/taxiing 15 minutes to a restaurant
  • You’re at the mercy of the weather; if it rains for days you may feel cooped up and frustrated
  • The chalets are slightly spartan and lack homely warmth, although this is deliberate to keep your focus on the simple pleasures of the great outdoors

Best time to go

The climate is continental with warm summers (75-80F) and cold winters - some of Slovenia's alpine resorts are ski destinations in winter. The heaviest rainfall is in June and September/October, though sudden rainstorms can occur throughout the year, especially up here.

Our top tips

Stay at least 2 nights in order to really unwind and fully appreciate the glorious setting. The longer you stay, the cheaper the rates become, and the Soca Valley offers a whole host of watersports and hiking to keep you amused.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Chalets
  • 4 chalets
  • Breakfast only (+ drive to restaurants)
  • Not suitable
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

Four identical chalets line the mountain, their entirely glass fronts maximising the epic views. Better still, each has a private terrace (with wooden table and chairs) perfect for gazing at the scenery over a cup of tea or, as we did, huddling down to admire a magnificent storm.

Inside, the large open-plan living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor (along with the bathroom). Wander upstairs and you’re in the mezzanine attic bedroom. A low double bed maximises the space beneath the eaved ceilings, and a firm mattress holds 2 single duvets - great if you’re always arguing about who steals the bedclothes. Bathrooms are small but perfectly formed: shiny chrome finishes, toiletries, a big heated towel rail and a spacious shower.

Overall, the décor is quite stark, but the feel is clean and minimalist. Contemporary chrome lamps and a small copper bowl provide the only homely touches; we felt it would be nice to add a couple of pictures or the odd piece of decorative art. However, we give it full marks for welcoming extras: waffle bathrobes and full-length mohair robes for winter, bright-red Crocs to wander about in, chocolates to snaffle, and a bowl of dried apple slices (delicious).

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dvd player
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Unusually, Nebesa has no restaurant; instead Katja and Bojan provide a variety of food for you to help yourselves to at any time.

In the main building, the communal kitchen adjoins a sociable dining area and terrace. Below this is a cold room filled with treats. Locally cured salamis and prosciutto, traditional hard cheeses and crackers are nice for lunch. There are big urns of local wines to wash it down (we preferred the whites); if you’d like something more upmarket, a selection of excellent wines are available on an honesty-bar basis (sold at cost price).

In your chalet, a breakfast of yoghurt, juice, UHT milk, processed cheese and fresh cherries waits in your fridge - perfect for lazy mornings. Muesli, teas and coffees are in the cupboard; wander over to the main building for bread and jams, too.

In the evenings, you’re on your own. Self-cater in your well-equipped chalet (pots, pans, knives, sieves, a grater, a hob, etc) using produce bought from the supermarket in Kobarid (15 minutes’ drive) or dine out. We had an unbelievably good meal at the famous Hiša Franko, run by Katja and Bojan's daughter; local produce cooked in a theatrical way - think dry ice swirling around a martini glass filled with tomato jelly and fresh octopus, or wild herb and flower salad with blueberries and an egg yolk.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hike up the mountain and along the path at the top for fab views of Slovenia on one side and Italy on the other. For something easier, drive to Kobarid and try the loop walk that winds above the Soca river

  • Unwind in the wellness centre: bliss out in the classic Finnish sauna, the bio sauna with aromatherapy or the infra sauna with chromotherapy. There's also a small gym for yoga, pilates, and aerobics.

  • Nebesa has mountain bikes to borrow, hope on an explore the surrounding area - if your lungs can handle the hills!

  • Take advantage of the Soca's activities (Katja and Bojan will happily advise): take a pony trek through the mountains, go white-water rafting or canoeing along the turquoise Soca river, try your hand at fly fishing, or paraglide over it all

  • In winter, the mountains offer excellent skiing and in rainy weather there’s a dairy farm (30 minutes away), where you can see cows being milked and cheese being made; educational stuff (although sensitive stomachs should avoid the tasting session!)

  • Visit the excellent Kobarid Museum, which presents the events of WWI that took place on the surrounding Isonzo Front

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife

Kids

This is an adults-only hotel, with the focus on the tranquility of the natural surroundings. However if you choose to hire out the whole of Nebesa, children can be accommodated.

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 10 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Rooms
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Such a lovely stay. We can't wait to go back.

10/10, , August 2016

What a gem Nebesa is. A beautiful location in the Soca Valley. The view from the terrace of the chalets is just stunning, and the facilities were great too. We loved the exclusive feel here, as there are only 4 chalets, so we really felt we were getting a treat staying here. The wine cellar included wine, prosciutto, cheese and salami, and there was plentiful supplies of bread, beer, juice and snacks too. Maya and Bojan were both so friendly, telling us to help ourselves to the food and drink, and advising us where to visit nearby and telling us about the history of the area. We loved our stay here and would definitely recommend. We would definitely recommend having your own car as Nebesa is quite remote.

10/10, , August 2016

Our stay at Nebesa was magical. The apartments are simple, modern with a minimalist design but this is perfect for focusing on the incredible landscapes and scenery. Katya and Bojan are fantastic hosts - very welcoming, knowledgeable and accommodating. We cannot recommend Nebesa highly enough, the perfect base for lots of outdoor adventures and reconnecting with the outdoors

10/10, , July 2016

We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. The owners made some excellent suggestions of local activities and then left us to enjoy the chalet retreat. We had a lovely peaceful time admiring the mountains in the company of the friendly cat.

9/10, , July 2016

The place is exceptional. The location and the views are unlike anything we have experienced before. Just incredible. Lovely, cosy quite simple chalets with a lot of privacy. Great saunas with mountain views. Very helpful owners!

9/10, , March 2016

This was the most lovely place to stay - the chalets were lovely, the food amazing, guidance on walking and local area invaluable. Only down side is that you have to drive to restaurants or cook your own dinner. One of the most amazing places I've ever stayed.

10/10, , July 2013

I debated whether to put my review up as part of me wants to keep this place a secret. We had an amazing week staying at Nebesa. It is in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt spots in the world and we are already planning our return visit. If you want pure relaxation, peace and quiet in stunning scenery then this is it. Waking up to the view across the mountains is priceless - as well as from the glass-fronted sauna. The wellness spa was very indulgent and the help-yourself kitchen and cellar was a brilliant idea. <br> <br>The owners, Katja and Bojan, could not have been more helpful in recommending walks and booking wonderful restaurants on the Italian border. The absolute high-point was their daughter Anna, who runs Hisa Franko, coming to cook for us. One of the best meals I've ever had. Can't wait to go back.

10/10, , March 2015

The view is indeed breathtaking. Just watching the clouds pass by our window was a real treat. The Soca area itself is gorgeous and we can see ourselves coming back. We liked Katja & Bojan's approach to food with the stocked fridge & larder of various provisions, however some sort of vegetables would have completed the picture. We also really liked the wellness centre - taking a sauna after a day of white water rafting was proper luxury. Katja and Bojan were great in recommending trips and making bookings. <br>There's no other way of saying this but we felt that the chalets themselves were poorly designed and furnished: as i-escape noted, the furnishings are sparse and a bit clinical (giving the feel of a business hotel). Adding a few homely touches would do wonders. The eaved ceilings of the bedroom were quite steep such that one could bang their head on it while getting up in the middle of the night to go downstairs for the bathroom. The sitting room had only a small couch. <br>A meal at Hisa Franko was well worth it (and not that much more than a dinner in London would cost). We did the Tolmin & Kobarid gorges and a day trip to Bohinj & Bled. Bled gets all of the ink but Lake Bohinj is the region's little secret - large, unspoilt and absolutely stunning. Well worth a day trip. There's a moto-rail train leaving from Most na Soci that you can take your car on for the 30 - 45 minute trip, which saves one from traversing the mountains in between. Be warned that you must arrive at least 10 minutes before the trip to load your car onto the train.

8/10, , July 2014

I am going to mirror what everyone else here has said already. Nebesa is an absolute gem. My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon & we couldn't have chosen a better place. It has everything. If you want to relax, just sit on your balcony & look at the captivating view. If you are interested in activities the owners, Bojan and Katja are a wealth of information & will make whatever bookings you need. While there my husband and I spent two days relaxing in the surrounding area and for the remainder of our trip we went horse riding, paragliding & rafting in the nearby town of Kobarid. Staying here was a truly unique experience, and a wonderful break from the fast paced, noisy world! I can't recommend this place highly enough.

10/10, , June 2014

If you are a regular reader of Trip Advisor, you must know how unusual it is to find an establishment with only excellent reviews. Although we prefer the sense of discovery and adventure and tend not to return to even the most extraordinary spots, Nebesa is the exception and this was our second trip to this very special hilltop retreat. We spent 4 nights there in late June. <br>When describing the Nebesa experience, it is difficult to avoid the excessive use of superlatives and to find things that haven't been said in previous reviews. Suffice it to say that thus far in our travels it is like no other place we have found. It uniquely combines a stunning location amidst truly unspoilt nature with a more than adequate (high) level of creature comfort. It is run by a couple who are at once both present when you might want them to be and totally absent when you simply want to enjoy the silence and tranquility of your surroundings. <br>Awaken all of your senses here: inhale the fresh mountain air, take in the magnificent views of mount Krn and the Soca valley, taste the wines and home-made salamis, cheeses and jams on offer, listen to the birds, the wind, and other sounds of nature, and feel refreshed and at peace. Thanks you and kind regards to the entire i-escape team.

10/10, , June 2014

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