Some 1.2km northeast of Podčetrtek centre, this vast spa-resort has thermal water (28°C to 35°C) full of magnesium and calcium for health. The emphasis here though is very much on recreation.

The resort's 2000-sq-metre Termalija thermal bathing complex has a range of saunas and both indoor and outdoor pools, featuring geysers, water jets and a water slide. It was undergoing a thorough and very swish upgrade when we last passed through, due to be completed by mid-2018.

In summer the outdoor Thermal Park Aqualuna, near Kamp Natura, throws open its doors for 3000 sq metres of thermal water pools dedicated solely to family-friendly days out. There are oodles of water slides, a wave pool and an aqua-jungle adventure course –tots are looked after with their own shallow pool and gentle water slide.

The complex offers accommodation in two hotels, an apartment complex and a tourist village. In addition, the resort has two wellness centres: the Spa Armonia at the Hotel Sotelia and the luxurious Orchidelia.