Stayed for 10 days. The hotel had the wow factor on arrival by boat, which continued throughout the stay. The hotel was maintained very well and was very clean and white. The room was spacious with modern design and a spacious balcony. All rooms have a sea view because the hotel is situated on a small island. The breakfast was amazing with such a variety of different types of food that you could not possibly be bored by the end of the stay. When only booked b/b but changed to half-board during the stay because the dinner buffet was so good and reasonably priced - it even incuded limitless wine and beer! After dinner you can take the free ferry to town and have a stroll, a drink or ice-cream. There's a food market near the ferry stop where you can buy drinks and fruit etc - it's cheaper than buying in the hotel.
The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools and a wellness area for massage and sauna etc. We mostly swam in the sea on the adjoining Maskin island which can be reached in five minutes across the man-made walkway. To swim in the sea you need sea shoes with rubber soles because the sea shore is rocky. The shoes can be bought in the hotel shop or cheaper on the stall next to the ferry stop. On Maskin island there's clothing-optional areas for the naturist or brave adventurist! In the c/o areas 95% of people are naked so there's no embarrassing first few minutes wondering if anyone's watching!
In addition to the main buffet restaurant there's an A la carte restaurant in a converted church next to the hotel. The food and service is very good. So good in fact that residents on the mainland take the trip to the island just for the restaurant. Finally (nearly) the sunsets are amazing so take your camera. And finally it was so good we have just booked to go again this year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Istra is an island of its own, a traffic free oasis of sea and sun, wonderful beaches and secluded spots, a ten minute boat ride from Rovinj. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Istra Rovinj