Lala Vineyard Glamping Resort – the first of its kind in Serbia
Overlooking the Danube, amongst vineyards and orchards and minutes away from Fruska Gora National Park, the first-ever Glamping Resort in Serbia opened its doors this year to its first guests. Located in Sremski Karlovci, Lala Vineyard Glamping Resort is just 45 minutes from Serbia’s Nikola Tesla International Airport, 50 minutes from Belgrade and only 20 minutes away from Novi Sad. Nestled between vines and fruit trees, four beautifully designed safari tents provide a unique retreat experience. Their architecture and earthy tones blend gently with the surrounding colours leaving a minimal impact on the environment. Each tent is equipped with central heating and air conditioning, a king size bed, a private bathroom with a shower, biodegradable cosmetics, a kettle and a Nespresso coffee-machine, a fridge and a mini bar. The private covered terraces extend the guests’ living space outside, providing a connection with nature and an opportunity to de-stress while enjoying the breath-taking view that changes throughout the seasons.
Once upon a time the Romans planted the vineyard
Set in its own vineyard and overlooking the famous neighbouring vineyards of Sremski Karlovci, Lala Vineyard’s guests can experience and enjoy the 18 centuries old traditions of winemaking at the nearby wineries. A favourite site of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Probus in the third century, Alma Mons (nowadays Fruška Gora) became one of the first regions in the world where Roman soldiers planted vineyards outside of Italy and started the foundations of viticulture. Its tradition was preserved by monks under the Ottoman Empire and continues through to the modern day. Today, some of the most famous wine labels in Serbia come from this region, such as Trianon, Misterija, Rosa Nostra and Probus, and these have all earned a place on Lala’s exceptional wine list.
The heated, saltwater infinity pool overlooking the River Danube is, as one guest described it, “unlike anything I’ve ever seen in Serbia.” Niklas from Germany said “A truly amazing and unique place in the middle of Serbia’s beautiful landscape with probably the best view from a pool Serbia has to offer!”
Scott from Australia shared his experience: “This place is just Heaven. The glamping tents are incredible with everything you could need for a luxury stay and an amazing night’s sleep. They are hyper comfortable and clean with a beautiful view across the vineyard and into the valley. Waking up in the morning and sitting in bed looking out over the view was amazing … and then a leisurely move to the balcony to have a delicious locally inspired breakfast. And then there’s the Infinity pool … what a pool! We spent most of the day poolside enjoying the peace and quiet with a glass of local wine. We will be back!’
Designed as one of the few adults-only resorts in the country, Lala Vineyard operates as a Bed and Breakfast, with a pool bar offering snacks and a variety of carefully selected local wines from the Fruska Gora wine region.
Lala’s breakfasts awakens all of your senses with its selection of local, high-quality cold cuts and cheese, accompanied by locally sourced butter and jam and granola with fresh fruit from Lala’s own orchard. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Located in multicultural Vojvodina, famous for its blend of cuisines and local delicacies, there are plenty of restaurants for guests to choose from within 10-15 minutes of the resort. Purposely not designed to be ‘all-inclusive’, Lala Vineyard is the perfect location for further exploration. It is located on EuroVelo Route 6 with plenty of routes for cyclists of all categories; Fruska Gora National Park has numerous signposted hiking trails and picnic locations perfect for a calm and relaxing day out; or, for the more adventurous, hack out in the saddle on a variety of horse rides.
Being so close to the Danube opens up the opportunity for water sports in the summer months – a boat trip, kayaking, swimming or just lazing on the beach. Only 15 minutes drive from the resort, take time to explore Petrovaradin Fortress and visit the museums, bars, restaurants and shops in the city of Novi Sad, before returning to the tranquillity of Lala to relax, recharge your batteries, dream under a million stars and wake up to the most beautiful sunrise in the morning.
Lala Vineyard through the seasons
When is it best to visit? From March 2022, Lala will be open all year round with the pool operating between April and October; there are a few annual events not to be missed:
February – The vine pruning rendezvous occurs every February. Only the sunniest and warmest days are chosen for this activity, make sure to follow Lala’s updates on social media so as not to miss your introduction to vine husbandry. Put on gloves, pick up your red clippers and learn how to prune. Having mastered this new skill, you will have earned the chance to relax and sample some wines around the fire with your new best friends.
April – Cherry blossom season. Experience the magic of Lala’s 60 cherry trees in blossom; don’t miss this unique photo opportunity or why not enjoy a picnic in the orchard.
Between June and October – The orchard in Lala Vineyard is home to over a 100 fruit trees ripening from mid-June to the end of October. The fruit is organically grown and available for guests to pick and eat straight from the trees. Each month, Lala’s fruit basket changes from cherries in May, through apricots, peaches, plums and figs throughout the summer to apples and grapes in September.
End of September – The grape harvest is the happiest time at Lala! The chance to pick grapes, drink the local wines and celebrate with a traditional feast while the sun sets over Lala.
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