Hotel Lone: Hotel Lone is the first Croatian Design Hotel. The 248-room property, located in Rovinj, Istra, was built to resemble a sleek, white ocean liner floating on the hillside. The hotel features three restaurants, three bars, a night club and a Mediterranean-style wellness center as well as a 600-seat auditorium and nine additional meeting and conference spaces.
Fans of the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” will want to take advantage of the similarly named package at the property, which offers 10 percent off the best available rate and a buffet breakfast. Rates vary, and a two-night stay is required. Packages are available through October.www.lonehotel.com
Hotel Villa Kapetanovic: Hotel Villa Kapetanovic is a four-star hotel with 21 rooms and three apartments. The property, located near Opatija in the picturesque town of Voloski, features an outdoor swimming pool, a convention center, a spa and the restaurant, Laurus.
Guests looking to add some romance to their Croatian vacation can book the Romance Package, which includes a one-night stay in a room with a view, breakfast, a romantic dinner, a massage and use of the Aqua Zone — with a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a Turkish bath — for two hours as well as a bottle of champagne. Prices are $170 and $190 per person, per night. www.villa-kapetanovic.hr
Truffles in Livade: October and November are the high season for Istrian Truffles, and where else is there to go for a taste of this delicacy that is better than the town of Livade in Istria? Livade is known as the truffle capital of Croatia, and clients can wander into any local konoba, or small inn, for a taste of these fresh delicacies.www.istria-gourmet.com
Sweet Tooth: For clients who have a sweet tooth, tell them to visit Cukarin, a small sweet shop on the island of Korcula, for traditional local sweets, especially cukarins, klasuns and amaretas. The cookies will practically melt in their mouths and leave them wishing for more.www.cukarin.hr/da_mi_je_en.html
Culinary Tradition: Stari Fijaker restaurant in Zagreb was one of the first to receive the special Croatian Authentic Cuisine designation. Stari Fijaker offers a full menu of authentic, traditional culinary delicacies representing the Zagreb-Zagorje region of the country. Try punjeka paprika (stuffed peppers), sarma (cabbage rolls) or stukli (cooked cheese-filled pastry).www.starifijaker.hr/en/about-us.htm
Vintage Sailings: Cruising with vintage sailing ships along the magnificent Kvarner coastline and islands is an unforgettable opportunity. For this itinerary, just about all clients need to pack are a few T-shirts and a swimsuit to spend seven memorable days sailing on the northern Adriatic Sea, stopping at various islands along the way. Onboard, clients will relax and let the captain and his crew — especially the cook — take care of them. During the day, activities include swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and more. In the evenings, passengers have free time to explore local restaurants on shore, discover old churches or other historical monuments and more.www.katarina-line.com
Adriatic Cruise: Onboard the Royal Clipper, clients can see some of the best places in the Adriatic with a new tour offered by the Kompas Holidays International. The eight-day tour takes guests to Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Korcula, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Mali Losinj. Additional tours are available and can be combined to create a longer itinerary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included daily as well as onboard entertainment.www.kompas.net
Forgotten Recipes of Old Zagreb: This three-day tour will acquaint your clients’ palates with the tastes of continental Croatian cuisine and wine. Similar to a weekend-long cooking class, the tour offers guests the opportunity to sightsee in the city of Zagreb and learn how to make traditional Croatian recipes. One of the highlights of the tour is the open-air market of Dolac where a chef shows clients how to choose the best ingredients to pair with local dishes and wines.www.kompas-travel.com
New and Noteworthy
Croatian Authentic Cuisine Project: The Croatian tourism minister, Damir Bajs, has launched a special project to help visitors identify local, indigenous cuisine offered by restaurants in Croatia. The program, Croatian Authentic Cuisine, entails a list and description of approximately 500 names of meals and recipes recognized as native to Croatia. Restaurants will be able to apply for a badge, which will identify them as carrying these local items on their menus. A special authority will be created to inspect and decide which restaurants will be able to carry the badge.
Stara Skula: A multifunctional gallery, Stara Skula has recently opened on the island of Mljet, in the picturesque village of Govedari. The exhibition space dates back to the last century, when it housed a school and then became a local post office. Now, this exhibition space will hold various exhibitions, film projections, concerts, video installations, guest speaker presentations, literary events and more throughout the year. The gallery, built in Dalmatian stone, is located inside an architecturally unusual house in the center of the village. The owners of the gallery also offer boutique accommodations.www.mljet.hr
The Romberg Music Evenings: Sigmund Romberg, an influential 20th-century composer, spent a part of his childhood in Belisce, and the locals gladly remember their most famous fellow citizen. Visitors can experience some of the composer’s most famous works and more by visiting the Romberg Music Evenings dedicated to the promotion of amateur theatre. Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3.www.belisce.net/
Advent in the Heart of Zagreb: Advent in the heart of Zagreb is a traditional pre-holiday event held in the central city square offering visitors a rich musical and arts program. Locals, guests and passers-by can enjoy numerous performances by cultural-artistic societies, children’s choirs, drama ensembles, dance groups, magicians and more. Nov. 27-Dec. 18.www.adventzagreb.com
The Christmas Story in Cazma: The Salaj family in Grabovnica on the island of Mljet brings Christmas to life when they transform their garden with thousands of multicolored lights, offering all who come a magical sight and an idyllic atmosphere. The Christmas stable, the manger and the decorations all over the garden give visitors an unforgettable picture of a true Croatian Christmas. Dec. 19-Jan. 15. www.tzbbz.hr; www.salaj.net
New Year Spear Fishing Championship: The best confirmation of how highly the people of Losinj regard their spear-fishing skills is The New Year Spear Fishing Championship, comprised of two cups: New Year Cities Cup and European Nations Cup. Both cups are equally important and offer visitors an opportunity to celebrate the New Year in the company of the brave fisherman in a sportsmanlike environment. Dec. 29-Dec. 30. www.udica.hr
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Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Hvar Tourist Board
Korcula Tourist Board