This boutique 10 room hideaway over 2000m above sea level, is set to open its doors for the 2011/2012 season on 25th December. Nestled within the Fagaras Mountains, deep in the heart of Transylvania on the frozen shores of the glacial Balea Lake, Ice Hotel Romania offers a unique holiday experience and great value. Each year in December, tonnes of pristine ice are harvested from Balea Lake by local workers to create a shimmering organic structure that subtly shifts in design with each re-incarnation before gradually melting away in May.
The hotel offers just 10 rooms, an ice bar and a chapel. Each of the rooms is themed using sculpture and lighting to create a unique style and ambience. Outside temperatures may plummet to down to –20˚C on occasions but, inside the hotel, temperatures remain a steady -2˚C, with reindeer skins, woollen blankets and arctic sleeping bags providing cosy comfort. Adorning the hotel’s super-cool ice bar are hand-carved ice sculptures inspired by leading Romanian artist, Constantin Brancusi. Guests can enjoy warming, colourful vodka cocktails in ice cube glasses before sitting down on ice blocks (covered in reindeer skins) to experience a gourmet dinner prepared in the nearby cabana and served on specially carved ice plates.
The Ice Hotel Romania is reached by transfer from Bucharest along part of Romania’s “Best road in the World” as featured by the BBC’s Top Gear team in November 2009, and then by cable car up to the Fagaras Mountains and above the clouds.
Untravelled Paths, provide a variety of great value packages to the Ice Hotel Romania and skiing trips to Romania’s premier ski resort, Poiana Brasov, without sacrificing style or quality. Book before the 6th November and receive a “Cool” 15% discount on 3 & 4 night packages