byNina Fedrizzi| May 10, 2017
Horse showing is more than just a hobby for many of us, but as any rider can tell you, it’s not the easiest sport to share with your non-riding family and friends. Competition venues tend to be far-flung and not always located near vacation-friendly destinations. Once you’re there, finding suitable hotel accommodations can be challenging—not to mention the difficulty of providing activities for your traveling companions while you’re spending long hours at the horse show.
Fortunately, the X-Bionic Summer Tour (July 20-23 and July 27-30, 2017) is helping to make the prospect of horse showing in Europe this July a uniquely family friendly affair. This year, Event Director Denis Monticolo and Course Designer Uliano Vezzani have planned two weeks of exciting, international show jumping competition in Šamorín, Slovakia at one of the continent’s most premier equestrian venues. For those traveling to the show with their families, the X-Bionic Sphere offers not just a luxurious hotel experience, but a range of fun and relaxing activities for adults and children, alike.
Here are five reasons why the X-Bionic Summer Tour is the perfect summer getaway for the entire family.
1. You can choose the right accommodations for you.
Whether traveling with kids or with friends on a girlfriend getaway, X-Bionic Hotel’s 282 spacious guestrooms provide a sense of comfort and serenity, with tasteful, modern furnishings and an in-room TV information technology system to help you stay connected to goings-on within the resort. For those looking for more exclusive or long-term accommodations, the resort also houses 12 deluxe rooftop suites, complete with a private VIP entrance.
2. You can get fit—and have fun at the same time!
X-Bionic Sphere offers one of the most extensive fitness centers in all of Slovakia, with three floors and more than 10,700-square-feet of space housing Technogym and Cybex equipment, Eleiko powerlifting bars, and separate stretching and cardio zones. Plus, personal training and group fitness sessions are also available, with everything from circuit training and yoga to ‘Bounce Chicks’ dance classes. Outside, athletes can take advantage of the 8-lane training oval, or go for a bike ride on portions of the scenic, 260-mile Danube River Trail, located just steps from the complex.
3. You can kick back at the cinema.
Who doesn’t love a day at the movies? With its state-of-the-art technology and audio systems, X-Bionic’s rainbow-hued Tuli Cinema offers top-of-the-line entertainment, with regular showings of the summer’s hottest films as well as animated features for kids. Movies are regularly scheduled from Thursday to Sunday, with private screenings and projections available by request.
4. You can enjoy a spa day for no reason at all.
Maybe you’re celebrating an intensive day of competition, or maybe you just want to kick back with your partner at a couple’s massage in the lap of luxury. Either way, the resort spa has plenty of options for restoring your physical and mental wellbeing. Enjoy a hot lava stone massage or a dip in the Kneipp bath or the outdoor plunge pool. If you’re traveling with children, treat them to a ‘chocolate massage’, a swim in one of the Aquatic Center pools, or a ride down one of the complex’s multiple indoor and outdoor water tube slides.
5. You don’t have to travel far to dine out around the world.
With four different dining options, X-Bionic Sphere offers a range of international, fine dining and casual restaurants to suit every palate. At Apani, chef Alexander Illeš prepares traditional Japanese dishes such as tempura shrimp and salmon tataki alongside a selection of curries and noodle salads. Or, head to Farrier’s Steak House, which features Prime-class Simmental steaks—one of the oldest breed of beef cows in the world—prepared over a custom-designed Tuscan stove. After dinner, pay a visit to Legends’ Bar, where you can sip a classic cocktail while enjoying live piano and jazz music and even a game of bowling or billiards.