Hotel Rikli Balance

  • Slovenia, Lake Bled

  • 4.5

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Life at Hotel Rikli Balance follows the ways of the Swiss healer Arnold Rikli, promoting the beneficial effects of fresh water, sunshine, and nature. This family-friendly hotel focuses on well-being and sustainability, and is just a few minutes walk, uphill from the town centre and the lake shore.

Fantastic views over Lake Bled

Using local materials and products such as traditional Gorenjska embroideries, honey-dough hearts, and Norwegian Spruce wood from the nearby Pokljuka plain, the hotel perfectly combines nature, culture, and luxury.

The modern bedrooms and spacious public areas use sustainable natural materials, and you'll find several lush-green 'living walls'. All bedrooms have a balcony, and you can upgrade for a lake view.

The restaurant serves delicious traditional dishes created using local ingredients, and enjoys fantastic views over Lake Bled.

Thermal pools, water slides, and an excellent spa

The Živa Wellness Centre has the largest swimming pool complex in Bled with thermal pools indoors and outdoors, a waterslide and children's pool. There are also extensive sauna facilities (payable locally - hotel guests receive a discount) plus comfortable relaxation areas. A range of beauty and massage treatments are bookable locally.

Added value

Exclusive to Inghams: Join up to two included walks with a professional, local guide (limited availability, pre-booking is essential, available from 27 May - 13 Sep)

Julian Alps Bled Guest Card included on stays of 3+ nights (from 1 Jun)

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

Lake Bled

Lake Bled is the star of Slovenia in the summer – an alpine lake with a church-topped island that is the darling of guidebooks and social media feeds the world over. A day trip to Bled barely scratches the surface of this beautiful lake and town. Walking holidays in Lake Bled, however, give you the time to meander along the water’s edge, exploring forested footpaths, diving into lidos, wandering between cafés (make sure you try Bled's famous Kremšnita cake) and clambering up to Bled Castle. Holidays to Lake Bled are also a great for doing nothing but settling down on a terrace, watching the pletna boats glide by and enjoying the sunshine.

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Explore Lake Bled on a summer holiday

Walking a lap of Lake Bled is one of the loveliest wanders in Europe. It takes about 1.5 hours at a brisk pace, and less on a bike, but we recommend stretching it out over at least half a day – and packing swimwear for the swim spots en route. The water peaks at an irresistible 25˚C in summer.

From Bled town, you’ll pass a lido, water sports centre and intriguing walking trails that snake up into the forested foothills, as you draw ever closer to the famous island at the end of the lake. Returning to Bled, the Medieval Bled Castle dominates the view - the promise of lake and mountain panoramas should give you the boost needed to make it to the top of the hill.

Summer activities in Lake Bled: visit Bled Island by pletna boat

Ferrymen in wooden “pletna” boats have been rowing pilgrims and summer holiday makers between shore and island since the 12th century. Once on dry land, visitors can admire the towering Assumption of Mary Church, which stands on the foundations of an even older Slavic temple. If you get a chance, have a chat with the boat captain on the way back. The pletna are mostly steered by people whose families have rowed these waters for generations and they often have some great stories to share.

Family holidays to Lake Bled: toboggans, lake lidos and honey bees

Lake Bled offers a choice of family-friendly activities and walks and is perfect for a family summer holiday. Walk or take the lift up to Straža, where kids (and big kids) can rocket down the mountain on the summer toboggan. The lakeside pools and slides of the lido welcome families too. Paddleboards and rowing boats stock the water sports centre – an excellent chance to test your pletna paddling technique and up at Bled Castle there's hands-on activities for children in summer, including papermaking workshops and honey tastings at the resident beehives.

Walking in Julian Alps and sightseeing in Ljubljana

Many summer holiday-makers come to Bled to relax and enjoy the sights, but there's a lot to discover on foot, too. The eastern arm of the Julian Alps reaches towards Lake Bled making for a great walking holiday. The Vintgar Gorge is a must-visit, where wooden walkways and bridges hang above the turquoise Radovna River. The Pokljuka Plateau, on the edge of neighbouring Triglav National Park, is dotted with old shepherd's huts and great for walks through green mountain pastures.

Bled has a couple of train stations for more distant explorations, too. Direct buses to the leafy Slovenian capital of Ljubljana will have you amongst its riverside cafés in about an hour.

Why book a summer holiday to Lake Bled with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Bled’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

Plus, we've included two optional guided walks every week in nearby Bohinj which you can join whilst on holiday in Bled. Join a professional walking guide and really get to know the area (see more details in the ‘walking’ tab below).

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Bled include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 150
  • Official rating: 4.5


Park View Double/Twin Rooms are around 22-26m² and sleep two people. These rooms are also available for sole occupancy.

Lake View Double/Twin Rooms are around 22-26m² and sleep two people. These rooms are also available for sole occupancy.

Lake View Suites are around 50m² and sleep two to four people (extra bed is a double sofa bed). These rooms have a living room and dining table. They are available on request, please call to book.

All rooms have:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Minibar
  • TV
  • Bath or shower
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer

General information

  • Check-in: 2pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. €3.13 per adult per night is payable locally. Children aged 7-17 years pay a discounted rate of approx. €1.57 per night, and children aged 6 and under are exempt. A registration fee of €2.50 per person per stay incl. children from 2 years is payable locally.


  • Steps into property: Yes (access ramp available)
  • Adapted rooms: Yes
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

There is no wheelchair access to the lake.

Longitude: 14.1069009
Latitude: 46.3656929

  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hour from Ljubljana airport or 3 - 4 hours (traffic dependant, including a stop) from Salzburg airport
  • 250 metres from the lake
  • 100 metres from the town centre
  • 450 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 250 metres to the nearest supermarket

Spa & wellness facilities

Hotel guests enjoy free admission to the Živa Wellness Centre's pools, and a discount on saunas.

  • Pool facilities include four indoor thermal pools, a children’s thermal pool, an outdoor thermal pool, an indoor waterslide, and a massage pool.
  • Sauna facilities include three Turkish saunas, three Finnish saunas, two cold pools, and an experience shower.
  • Relaxation area
  • Spa & beauty treatments (payable locally)
  • Pool towels (payable locally)

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Parking (local charge may apply)

Family facilities

  • Cots & linen available (€10 per day)
  • Highchairs in restaurant
  • Early meals available (from 6.30pm) on request

The excellent daily buffet breakfast offers a range of hot and cold items.

The Half Board package also includes a buffet-style evening meal. Experience authentic dishes created from local ingredients using traditional methods. The hotel places great importance on using local and fresh ingredients, from vegetables and dairy products to prime trout from the local fish farmer.

  • No of restaurants: 1
  • Dress code for restaurants:


Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Dairy Free

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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05/07/2024 - 3 nights
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