There’s no doubt that I am a fan of Mt. Rtanj. I can still remember the first time I went there and seeing the mountain from afar. I can literally say that I was enchanted by it’s beauty. It is on the eastern part of the country and not very far from Belgrade. It has this perfect pyramid shape which draws attention from tourists from time to time. I honestly have no idea how many people have heard about it. I will write more about the mountain and the stories that comes with it in a separate post.
Anyway, for years I’ve been visiting Rtanj regularly and it has always been quiet there. A few locals from nearby towns having a picnic during the weekends, but that’s mostly it. When you get to the center of the village or the town proper, there are a few hotels which seems to be not in operation for quite sometime already. There are a few B&Bs and apartments for rent within the area for tourists and mountain climbers. But if you are looking for something a bit upscale, I’m afraid the town is still not ready for you.
So… a few months ago, in one of my visits to the mountain, I saw a signage that a new hotel was in construction. Back then, the road to the hotel was still closed and there was no way to see the object from the main road. Nevertheless, I was so delighted to see that someone finally decided to invest in the area. Rtanj is place where there is so much potential that it’s almost a shame not to share it to the world. And now, fast forward to the 1st of July this year, the hotel opened it’s doors to the public.***
I wasn’t able to come to the opening day thinking that there will be a big crowd and that I will not be able to enjoy the beauty of the place. So finally, the time arrived to visit the newly opened Ramonda Hotel Rtanj.
Ramonda Hotel is a luxury hotel in the middle of nature. I haven’t seen the rooms in person yet but hopefully I can share that experience soon. For now, let me tell you our experience with the hotel’s restaurant. The restaurant has a well-designed modern industrial interior, with a spacious terrace where you can dine with a view. Unfortunately, the view isn’t facing the mountain but on the opposite side. On the other hand, the fresh air isn’t affected on where the hotel is facing so it offsets the lack of view of the mountain. From the restaurant, you can see the pool, which according to one of the staff is a naturally treated pool with some special kind of algae and not with chemicals. The staff were very warm and friendly. We ordered coffee and the staff recommended their signature Rtanj iced tea. There is a variety of plant that people say grow only in the mountain and a famous herbal tea here in Serbia. Their menu is also offering a few authentic dishes like deer meat and pork knuckles but there are also pizza and pasta for the less adventurous ones. For lunch, we ordered a grilled meat platter for two (2) people, shopska salad and a basket of bread. As one would expect, the prices are above average but not ridiculously high. For the view, service and peace and solace, you sure are getting much than what you paid for.
*** This is not a sponsored post. I am just writing an honest experience and again please don’t think that this is sponsored.