Zornitza Family Estate
Zornitza Family Estate, Bulgaria
Nestled off the beaten track among the vineyards of southern Bulgaria, Zornitza Family Estate presents a luxury wellness hideaway for discerning travellers.
Private and intimate, the charming oasis boasts 15 luxury rooms and villas, surrounded by sweeping vineyards, organic farmland and orchards bearing cherries, apples and citrus fruit. The volcanic soil of the Melnik region has endowed the rolling hills with juicy grapes, producing over 300 wine varieties to sample during your stay. Mineral-rich mud is blended into healing treatments showcased at the luxury spa, as well as honey, terroir, lavender and olive oil from the gardens.
As a member of Relais & Chateaux, gastronomy is a feast for the senses with fresh ingredients and playful dishes. Get out and explore with refreshing mountain hikes and cycle between the 13 neighbouring vineyards and wineries. Grape harvest season is a special time to visit when you can get involved whilst learning the art of winemaking with the local sommeliers.
Distance to Airport:
Sofia (120 km – 2 hours)
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Sustainability sits at the heart of the eco-friendly estate, with extensive organic farming and an impressive tree planting project taking place in the grounds. Natural produce in abundance, so everything prepared in the kitchen and spa treatments is as local as can be.
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The 15 luxury rooms, suites and villas boast contemporary designs and earthy tones, with nods to traditions of Northern Trace and Ancient Greece. Exposed craggy stone walls are framed with wooden beams and large French doors open directly onto private terraces overlooking gardens and sun-kissed vineyards. By night, the cosy fireplace takes centre stage, creating a calming spot to unwind.
Relaxation is top of the agenda at the estate, pairing wine with wellness through calming treatments and wine tasting experiences in the cellar with the resident sommelier. Outside of the estate, eco-trails are in abundance as well as opportunities to fish, horse ride and cycle along the Melnishka river. Soar to the skies at sunrise in a hot air balloon for unforgettable aerial views and take a dip in the outdoor geothermal pool whilst soaking up the scenery.
With ambient sounds, gentle aromas and breathtaking views across the vineyards and Melnick sandy rocks, Zornitza Family Estate’s spa provides an intimate sanctuary for the soul. Panoramic views of the mountains can be enjoyed from the high-tech gym and pool areas. The produce grown on the land is infused into the healing therapies, with terroir as the secret ingredient. Drift into deep relaxation within the salty mineral pool, fragrant steam baths, sauna and warm jet pool before lounging by the fireplace with a good book and herbal tea.
Zornitza Family Estate is well-worth the two-hour journey from Sofia International Airport. The hotel sits just a stone’s throw from the border of Greece, making it an idyllic combination trip with a drive to Halkidiki for some beach time. There’s plenty to discover, from the culture and vineyards of Melnik, the natural wonders of the Slavyanka mountains, Belasitza’s ancient forests and the cascading waterfalls dotted just outside of the luxury hotel.
Fresh and hyper-local, eggs are straight from the hen-house, cheese is produced onsite and homemade jam uses fruit from the orchards. Bursting with flavour, the fresh produce guides the seasonal menus at aEstivum restaurant with delicious fine dining experiences, artistically composed. Spices from the gardens, hearty artichokes and sweet organic honey are just a few of the ingredients harvested on the estate. Bistro 55 presents a more relaxed culinary experience without compromising on taste. A place to sit back with good company whilst tucking into a fusion of Bulgarian, Asian and American dishes, washed down with a glass of Zornitza Estate’s delicious wine.
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