Grad Otočec

Novo Mesto, Slovenia


Escape reality and retreat to this fairy tale getaway in the heart of Slovenia. Surrounded by rolling vineyards, lush forests, and the meandering River Krka, the Hotel Grad Otočec stands alone on its private island, a majestic castle steeped in history and cultural heritage.

Key Features

  • A selection of 16 large rooms and suites
  • A member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux
  • Stunning setting for weddings and celebrations
  • Well-stocked wine tower offering tasting evenings and experiences
  • Large dining rooms and stunning courtyards
  • Just a stone’s throw from one of Slovenia’s longest and most beautiful golf courses
  • Free admission to the neighbouring hotel’s swimming pool and saunas
  • Huge range of excursions and activities on offer, at the hotel and in the vicinity, including hiking, cooking classes, fishing, and rafting

Restored from a Medieval manor to a Renaissance residence and now to a boutique luxury hotel, this gothic castle of red roof tiles, tall turrets, and warms stone walls are rich in history and spectacular architecture. Rooms are vast with grand beds, plush furnishings, and serene river views providing a haven of tranquillity after a day spent exploring this diverse and beautiful landscape. Rich golds, earthy tones, and polished wood add warmth to the castle’s original features, ensuring your stay is steeped in both luxury and authenticity. Spacious bathrooms feature walk-in showers, deep bathtubs, and double washbasins, while some offer the added comfort of a massage bath or jacuzzi.

Cool chambers, shady courtyards, and majestic dining rooms with crackling fires provide a multitude of romantic options from which to enjoy a refreshing drink or bite to eat. Arguably its main attraction, the Castle Restaurant offers an exquisite selection of regionally distinct dishes, carefully crafted for the utmost flavour. Fresh, healthy, and seasonal ingredients are perfectly matched to take you on a culinary journey of delight in the most idyllic of settings.


The castle's gardens supply fresh, organic produce for the restaurant's master chefs, using only homeopathic methods for grounds maintenance and adhering to biodynamic farming principles to align with the natural rhythms of the land, while maximizing the use of local produce in the kitchens.

Why we love it

For those particularly interested in the Dolenjska region’s thriving vineyards, the hotel has converted one of its castle towers into a premium, well-stocked winery, packed with wines from both Slovenia and further afield. Under the light of gothic chandeliers and flickering candles, indulge in full-bodied reds, aromatic whites, and sumptuous dessert wines in this circular tower, brimming with atmosphere. Accompanied by a delicious platter of fine cheeses, bread, and olives, this is an experience which enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

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