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Monte Mulini is the first five star hotel in Rovinj, a slice of Italy on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula on the north Adriatic coast.
Nestled in between pine trees and right on the coast, Monte Mulini has 99 rooms and 14 suites, all with private glass fronted balconies offering fantastic views over either the sea or expansive Zlatni Rt National Park. The rooms are contemporary and decorated in muted colours.
The Wine Vault restaurant at Monte Mulini has undoubtedly the best wine cellar in the region, all carefully chosen by internationally renowned sommelier Emil Perdec. The food is also fantastic and head chef Tomislav Gretic creates delicious menus that perfectly compliment the local wine. Eat in either the Wine Vault restaurant for an intimate setting, or Restaurant Mediterraneo for spectacular views over Lone Bay, and, as the name suggests, serves Mediterranean cuisine.
The recurrent theme of wine continues in the spa - why not try a vinotherapy facial? Vinophobes need not worry, there are a range of treatments on offer, as well as a swimming pool, saunas and a fitness centre.
Rovinj is just a 15 minute walk from Monte Mulini, where the Italian influence is dominant in the restaurants, and furthermore in the historic sights in nearby Pula. Wander around the cobbled streets of the Old Town, explore the open air markets and while away the hours in a café on the harbour watching the fishermen tending to their catch.
For the real deal, Venice is just a short 3 hour ferry hop across the waters.
Because this is the nearest you'll get to a chic boutique hotel in Istria.
Nick, Original Traveller