Just over 1 hours flight from London and you land into Trieste, Italy. Hire a car! 1.5 hours drive through Slovenia and you arrive into Northern Croatia. Scenic views and a great playlist, you are well into holiday vibes when you arrive at your destination.
A great time to go for a refresh and break from the city is end of April, bank holiday weekend. I was out there for 4 days. The weather is great at this time of year, hot enough to catch some sun, yet cool enough to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting!
The magical Croatian kingdom of Istria. In what seemed a derelict area of the island, opens up into a community of the friendliest restaurateurs, wineries with acres of vineyards. Set in the hills of Northern Croatia, we stayed at Residence Monte, a castle like family run villa with a fully equipped wellness centre and spa. Monte accommodates 3 kitchens, 5 bedrooms, infinity pool, hot tub, sauna, steam, chill out deck and gardens, the perfect location for a quick and relaxing getaway from city life.
We’d wake up to nothing but the sound of the birds and sensational views. Dressing in my activewear I would share a cup of hot lemon and yoga flow with Phoebe, before being whisked off for a wine tasting and long lunch. Yes! This happened everyday!
EAT AND DRINK
Greeted by Marinka and welcomed it to what feels like your family dining room.
We didn’t even have to think about what to order, Marinka's service is impeccable and managed all this for us. Simply, sit back, relax and enjoy.
Only the most delicious truffle…..
Multiple bottles of yummy Merlot. (and I am not a Merlot drinker!)
With some of the best home made asparagus and truffle pasta (if not the best ever, sorry mom!) Bliss!
The wine list is extensive and the knowledge is impressive at Prelac. The food is thoughtful and even though by this time I was on my third round of truffle and asparagus pasta, the exquisite taste was welcomed with cheers. Flavours I wouldn’t necessarily use in my kitchen, were beautiful, aromatic and hit every spot. The gang I was away with were tempted to move out here just for the truffle!!!
Enjoy a tour around their vineyards and spend the afternoon back at the villa on a swinging chair with a book and well, you might as well have another glass of wine!
Tranquility at its best!
An hours drive from Residence Monte villa, a great day trip to Pula.
Head straight to Ribarska Koliba restaurant, a fine dining experience set within the hotel with views looking beyond the secluded port. Be sure to brush hands with the manager Leo who was quick to tell us about the parties that went down on the rooftop overlooking the ocean.
Truffle & prawn risotto
Their famous Seabass
Be sure not to miss the chocolate mousse and coffee too.
Spend the rest of the afternoon meandering along the port or book a room in the hotel for the night, you are guarenteed live music, great food and beautiful sights as the sun goes down. A nice way to add a little something extra to your trip.
Take about boat trip around 14 Islands, wrap up warm in April, it's windy but it is well worth it. A highlight to my trip and a must see.