From the minute we arrived at Pula airport and were greeted by the chauffeur, to the minute we checked out, we were truly wowed by the experience at this pearl of the Adriatic. Set in a beautiful location overlooking the tranquil Lone Bay, where sailing boats bob gently in the breeze, this modern boutique hotel oozes quiet sophistication. What the hotel lacks in character, it more than makes up for in exclusivity and experience.
Our room and balcony overlooked the gardens and the sea, so we were treated to beautiful views and peace, disturbed only by the welcome breeze that drifted through our ever open patio doors. It is of course air-conditioned, if needed. The room, including bathroom is spacious and well appointed, with all of the amenities one expects from a 5 star modern hotel. Room service and housekeeping were exemplary.
Breakfast is served on the Mediterraneo restaurant balcony, overlooking the pool and Bay. The choice and the quality of the food and beverages is fantastic and includes champagne for those who really want to get their days off to a flying start. We had a daily tipple, topped off with a splash of orange of course...... so that we did not miss out on our regular vitamin C shot!! The service at breakfast and in fact throughout the hotel and our stay was second to none. All of the staff were attentive, friendly and accommodating.
Most nights we strolled into Rovinj for dinner but on the occasions we did eat in, we were not disappointed by the choice of food, presentation or quality. A comprehensive and international wine list complements the dishes to satisfy the most demanding palate.
Our only disappointment during the stay was that you had to secure your place by the pool early in the morning, otherwise the towels were out and stayed there for most of the day, even though on many occasions there was no-one occupying the loungers. This is not a fault of the hotel as they did not encourage it but I think they could have done more to police it and to remove them when loungers had not been occupied for a long period.
The hotel is located just a short walk away from the centre of Rovinj, which is a very delightful picturesque town of old buildings separated by cobbled streets and passageways, interspersed with open squares, where you can relax, dine and take in the wonderful sights. Restaurants are a plenty but you'll find that most of them are serving the same, or very similar dishes. You can however find a wider choice if you explore some of the narrow streets leading up to and around the cathedral. There are some good recommendations on Trip Advisor.
There are plenty of places to explore in and around Rovinj and I would highly recommend you rent a car so that you can enjoy the delights of Istria. The roads are excellent and well signposted. Drivers are very courteous and understanding. The furthest we travelled was a four hour journey to the lakes at Plitvice, which are definitely worth a visit (a real must). Not only because of what you will find when you arrive but also what you will see on your journey. Croatia is a truly beautiful country. We rented a car from Oryx Car Rental, which is just a short walk from the hotel. The team there are very helpful and the car we rented was well maintained with just a few thousand kilometres on the clock.
If you don't like the idea of driving, there a boat trips aplenty from Rovinj, including a free one provided by the hotel. If you fancy a day in Venice there is a regular service from Rovinj but be prepared to get up early as the boat sails at 7am. Mention to the hotel you have an early start and they'll provide you with a complimentary packed breakfast. We made the effort and of course were not disappointed. Arriving in Venice by boat was truly magical. If you go, don't forget to take your passport with you.
I hope that you gather from the forgoing that we enjoyed every minute of our 14 night stay at the Monte Mulini, and our time in Croatia. This is a beautiful country with some of the most delightful people you will ever meet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a serene view of the quiet cove from your own balcony, only 10 minutes away from Rovinj`s Old Town or put your feet up in the lush garden around the pool before exploring the refined cooking in the Wine Vault restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monte Mulini Hotel