Meneghetti Wine Hotel, Istria, Croatia

The review:

Meneghetti Wine Hotel

Set back from Croatia’s Adriatic coastline, peaceful Meneghetti Wine Hotel is enclosed by lush vineyards and pristine nature.

With an on-site winery, pampering spa and spacious villas with private pools yet just a few miles from the beach club, Pula’s Roman amphitheatre and lost-in-time medieval villages, Meneghetti makes a great base in this supremely beautiful part of Croatia.

“Down the end of a rural track lies Meneghetti, a peaceful yet utterly stylish retreat where nature flourishes, birds and butterflies dart and excellent service awaits. Relax in your spacious villa with private pool, enjoy fine wine or cycle down to the beach. Here, slow life reigns.”

Things to do

Incredibly well set up for lazy days, the hotel is immersed in untamed nature, originally tended by Mr Meneghetti the farmer who grew vines and olive trees from his 18th century farmhouse. Today the olives and vines still thrive, and the on-site winery is a great place to sample the hotel’s wines. Guests are also encouraged to grab bikes and cycle down to the private beach club to swim in the Adriatic’s clear-as-glass waters. Back at the hotel, head to the spa for soothing massages and time in the sauna or indoor pool. In less than half an hour you can explore Pula and Rovinj, both gorgeous examples of Istrian coastal towns. Pula has a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre whereas romantic Rovinj has a network of cobbled streets.

Sleeping

The nice thing about this hotel is that there is quite a variety of rooms to suit the needs of each traveller. If you’re an active type who will be out and about every day exploring Istria, then you might like to choose one of the rooms or suites in the main hotel. However, the luxurious villas and residences are hard to resist and are ideal for groups or families and can even be interconnecting for larger groups. With a great deal of space and privacy, the villas have their own dining room, bar and two bedrooms. Outside in the garden is a private pool, the perfect spot for a glass of the hotel’s wine.

Food & Drink

Just a mile from the coast and immersed in vines, orchards and olive groves, it’s unsurprising that the menu features heavily from the locale and in fact Meneghetti like to showcase the region’s many delicacies, exceptionally presented, such as their ‘liquid gold’ olive oil, seafood, fish and freshly found Istrian truffles. You might also find yourself dining in unusual locations like under the 200-year-old oak tree, below a dark night sky dotted with stars. As the hotel produce their own wine, as you might expect, wine has a strong focus here whether that’s in the cool winery that resembles a slick wine bar or discussing your requirements with the knowledgeable staff.

What Stands Out

In our experience it’s unusual to find a hotel this secluded with all the trappings of rural life yet so close to the coast. With just one mile to the beach, it’s possible to enjoy both country and coast at Meneghetti. It’s also rare to find a hotel that lets you explore so much of its local culture without having to tour the country. This is the perfect standalone break where you could stay easily for a week and never tire of the peaceful atmosphere, romantic towns, picturesque beaches and island escapades around the nearby archipelago.

Best For

Are you an oenophile, ornithologist, peace-seeker, naturalist, beach lover or a history buff? Or do you simply appreciate a chic and stylish stay with uncompromising service? If the answer is yes to any or all of these, then Meneghetti Wine Hotel is for you. It’s also to be noted that although much is made of the tranquil atmosphere, the hotel is also very welcoming to families and the competent staff do whatever they can to make life as easy as possible for you.

The Verdict

This hidden hotel is our insider tip of the moment, it’s not fantastically well-known in the UK, so it feels like Meneghetti is a new discovery. We are often planning itineraries around Croatia so it’s nice to have well-situated hotel that can be a luxe base for explorations in the area. That said, it would also make an excellent second half of a holiday – the finale to a week’s sailing around Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. It could also be fitted nicely into an itinerary with Venice and the Slovenian Lakes.

Meneghetti Wine Hotel, Istria, Croatia
Meneghetti Wine Hotel, Istria, Croatia
Meneghetti Wine Hotel, Istria, Croatia

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