The benefits of the Mediterranean climate and the beautiful coastlines of the Adriatic were first discovered by the ancient Romans who built their villas and baths in the Riviera of Northwestern Istria, establishing a long tradition of wellness in Istria and indeed, in Croatia. These early wellness centres provided the Romans with endless pleasure, relaxing and invigorating their bodies and souls. The ancient customs of this region at the junction of the Adriatic and Central Europe have been translated into a long tradition of wellness services, nowadays representing a valuable addition to every true vacation and very often the main reason for a trip to the area.
Modern wellness facilities and regular events
The first Croatian wellness centre was opened in Umag, followed by others in Novigrad, Buje and Brtonigla, which, crowned with the awards of the profession, offer the latest health and beauty treatments, perfectly fitting into both relaxing and active vacations and even sports preparations, all accompanied by the exploration of the delicacies of the Istrian cuisine.
Modern infrastructure in high-category hotels by the sea or in the intimate setting of small family hotels offers everyone the possibility to experience the pleasures of wellness throughout the year.
Northwestern Istria also abounds with special wellness events in the spring and summer months which, in combination with the rich variety of top class restaurants and taverns, wine and olive oil roads, as well as sports and entertainment activities make this region an ideal destination for revitalization of the body and soul.
Choose a wellness centre in the Northwest of Istria
The new Fusion Spa centre in the luxury Umag hotel Meliá Coral will treat you to a unique Oriental experience, set apart by a rich variety of Ayurvedic and Thai massages, as well as treatments and rituals using prestigious French cosmetics.
The Body Holiday is a sports-revitalizing spa centre to be found in the Sol Garden Istra Hotel, with semi-Olympic swimming pool, fitness studio and sauna park. Open throughout the year, it offers an individual approach to guests and rapidly restores physical fitness.
The award winning Istrian Relax Village located in the Sol Umag Hotel is the largest wellness centre to be found around Umag, notable for its authentic Istrian style decor. Built over three stories with 1600 m2 of floor-space, it offers an indoor swimming pool, thematic hydro-massage tubs, saunas and massage rooms, with a plethora of beauty and wellness treatments guaranteeing relaxation and offering refuge from a stressful everyday life.
The wellness centre of the Aminess Maestral Hotel in Novigrad, an oasis for the relaxation of body and mind in keeping with the latest standards, was proclaimed the best urban wellness centre in Croatia. Its spa offer includes several types of sauna, a Jacuzzi, an indoor heated salt-water swimming pool, exclusive rituals for two, beauty parlours for facial and body treatments and a glazed gym with over 30 exercise machines.
San Rocco, proclaimed the best small hotel in Croatia on more than one occasion, successfully blends rustic and modern themes. Located in green Brtonigla, in a renovated complex of village houses, the hotel preserves the Istrian tradition and offers the very best in accommodation, enogastronomy and wellness.
Casino Hotel Mulino’s wellness complex located near the wine-growing region of Buje is the right place to re-charge your batteries. The hotel offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools, three types of sauna, a Jacuzzi and fitness centre, all of which are complemented by a first-class cuisine, nature walks and sports activities.
At the westernmost point of the Republic of Croatia, and situated on the coast, is the small family hotel Villa Rosetta which integrates wellness services with superior dining. Apart from relaxation with classic and anti-stress massages, aromatherapy, Finnish sauna and Turkish bath, the small fishing village of Savudrija also offers all the scenic delights one would expect to find in a charming local fishing village.
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