Spa complex planned in the Tuscany of Slovenia
Dobova, 13 December - A spa complex with a tower affording views all the way to Venice may soon be nestling among the rolling hills of Brda, the wine region in the west of Slovenia.
The idea of building a spa in Brda has been around for more than a decade, but now a design brief for the 50 million euro project was presented to the Brda local council on Tuesday.
According to Mayor Franc Mužič, interest in the investment is considerable with the most serious candidate being a Slovenian-Russian company.
The project, designed by architect Aleš Prinčič, is to locate the spa in between the villages of Medana and Fojana so as to afford views in all directions.
The design combines typical elements of the local landscape such as terraces with traditional materials.
The most striking feature of the complex would be a 45-metre high glass and steel lookout tower which Mužič says would command views as far as St Mark's Square in Venice.
The complex would comprise a hotel with between 250 and 260 beds, including apartments that would be offered to private investors, as well as a section that would function as an old people's home.
Apart from pools the complex would also boast conference halls and small shops or a market where locals could sell their produce and crafts.
The water would be pumped from the ground nearby and if necessary warmed up with heat pumps.
According to Mužič, the project won the councillors' acclaim. Depending on talks with the prospective investor, the investment would be showcased at major global real estate fairs.