Welcome to Mećavnik!
Mećavnik developed as testimony to the idea that anyone who once had his own home – can always have one.
As one of the many people who didn’t return home after the war of the 1990s, whether because everything they had had been stolen and their house burnt to the ground, as was the case with my family, or because they disagreed with the politics of the time, the decision was made and a new home was built right here. Life was started afresh here on Mećavnik. Standing strangely like an island surrounded and defended by its older brothers from winds and storms, this hill became the place where, first in our dreams during a break in filming on Life is a Miracle, and then later in reality, a little town made of pine clapboards.
The main inspiration was the ancient town of Ephesus, one of the first to have an urban core, something the towns of today lost sight of long ago as they continue to sprawl unplanned and orderless with no-one knowing how or where they will end. And it was for this very reason that Mećavnik was built, a medieval fortress defending itself from all the forms of poison that attack society. Its defences lie in cultural pursuits and the production of organic food! At Mećavnik, there is a juicery, but also a barn with thirty cows, while vegetables come from Barakovac, not far from Mećavnik, from the very gates to the Beli Rzav Canyon. On Iver, one of the peaks of Mt Tara, below Zborište, which stands guard over Mećavnik, the first ski resort in Serbia to have an artificial snow-making system was also built, and there, in the summer, two hundred sheep graze on the resort’s lush grass.
Mećavnik is a town of dreams, a town which has turned an image of utopia into reality. Its cultural scene is like no other, with one festival after another, just like the seasons. The first of these was ‘Kustendorf’, a film and music festival, where young filmmakers compete and the most eminent actors from the film world visit. No less important is the ‘Bolshoi’ Music Festival, where young performers of classical music from Serbia and Russia are given the chance to make their mark and develop along with other musicians from all over the world. The cultural life of Mećavnik is enriched yet further with the Autumn Theatre Festival and the Writers’ Festival in May.
‘Whoever has never had a home will never have one,’ said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and I believe that he who had a home, but lost it, will find it once again. Mećavnik bears the best witness to such thinking, and its openness, hotel services, conference facilities, and schools for the young and old make this little town a unique haven for all those who love nature and culture!
Mećavnik is already enough of an attraction in itself thanks to its name, its visual identity, its architecture and the people who built it, using skills and knowledge of traditional building methods that time long forgot. And thanks, too, to its staff, who, for the most part, have never been trained in the hospitality industry, but who, after ten years of working here with guests, would be welcome members of any hotel team.
ALL ROOMS HAVE A BATHROOM…
…all hoteliers are keen to tell us, as if it’s the 19th century and not the 21st, when an en-suite bathroom should be taken as read. In terms of other facilities, all our rooms have a telephone in the bedroom and in the bathroom, an LED TV, IPTV, Wi-Fi, a minibar, a hairdryer, a wardrobe, somewhere to sit, a desk and a chair, bathmats and rugs in the rooms, bedspreads, decorative cushions, and curtains.
There are smoking and non-smoking rooms, and all rooms have central heating and air-conditioning. We also have a laundry and ironing service available to all our guests.
In all our restaurants, in addition to our standard menus, we can arrange a special menu for groups, al fresco dining, and celebration lunches or dinners. The restaurants can be booked for private dining, closed to other guests, and we can organise decorations for celebrations (weddings, anniversaries, etc.) and arrange music and dance programmes or folk shows, showcasing our heritage.
Mećavnik stands at 700m a.s.l., the perfect altitude for a healthy life or so the doctors say. One of the rare ‘scattered hotels’ in Serbia, it has a 37x14m sports hall situated right next to a gym with state-of-the-art exercise equipment. Spread over an area of two hectares, there’s also a fitness trail-cum-footpath which wends its way around the hill through an oak forest and is a true haven for professional runners or those just wanting the most leisurely of walks! And those very same hills which hug Mećavnik provide the perfect opportunity for cyclists, with their numerous forest tracks and even wider macadam roads making it ideal for this sport.
Mećavnik has hosted dozens of congresses, conferences, promotions and seminars. We are particularly proud of the fact that we were chosen to host the ‘World Biodiversity Congress’ (October, 2015), organized by the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency, fighting off competition from Hong Kong!
There are five specialised locations available for such events (the large hall at the ‘Damned Yard’ Sports Centre, the Noam Chomsky Amphitheatre, the auditorium of the Stanley Kubrick Cinema, the Kapor Bar Library, and the classroom at the Mokra Gora School of Management) with room for 550 people in total.
These premises are situated on Mećavnik and if the number of participants is greater than the capacity of the accommodation at Mećavnik allows, attendees can be put up in the Mladost Guest House and the Visitors Centre of the ’Šargan – Mokra Gora’ Nature Park, as well as in the other hotels and apartments that Mokra Gora has to offer.
A rarity in the world of skiing, the Iver Ski Resort has perfect conditions for novice skiers on its western side, but with an unbelievable altitude drop of 250 metres, there are also four other runs turning and twisting alongside each other over an average distance of one kilometre, offering fantastic conditions for FIS skiing competitions. Every year, competitions are held here attracting large numbers of young skiers from all across the world.
Apart from standard hotel and catering services, Mecavnik offers gallery exhibitions of the greatest Serbian painters and sculptors to its guests – but also permanent exhibitions of valuable artworks in every corner. Less art, and more “folk creativity” is placed on stands of handicrafts market, and more sophisticated handicrafts are in the souvenir shop. There are also hairdressing services available – correction of an old hairstyle or completely new haircut in a hairdressing salon, massage…
Good, but what about the children? A kindergarten. On Mećavnik!
A hotel with its own barn with 30 cows that are not fed with industrial food, a dairy farm with a production of cream, cheese and sour milk in a traditional mountain style, a flock of sheep on the mountain pastures, organic vegetables from its own greenhouses, organic raspberry plantations and orchards whose fruits are processed in its own juice factory?
It’s hard to imagine.
To experience and try?