Need a fall getaway? Look to Istria.

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Croatia’s gorgeous Istrian Coast, with its Roman ruins, picturesque hill towns, and laid-back Italian-influenced culture, is clogged with tourists at the height of the summer. But in autumn it clears out, offering a chance to explore its uncluttered wonders at off-season rates but before the chill of winter sets in. Among Istria’s fragrant Mediterranean forests and wave-lapped coves, Hotel Lone is a minimalist haven in the lovely seafront port town of Rovinj. Like a luxury cruise liner nestled on the hillside, the seductive, minimalist curves of the hotel’s design are influenced by the area’s unique natural landscape. 

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Lone’s 236 rooms and 12 suites gracefully bend away from the coastline, with many offering views of the island-speckled coast. Delicate strains of locally grown rosemary, lavender, and olive oil tempt guests into the spa, while the open-plan lobby—bedecked in mirrors and cool white stones—allows the outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding area to flood the interiors.

In addition to its Mediterranean-inspired spa, Lone offers biking and hiking opportunities in the nearby Punta Corrente park-forest, a range of fitness activities, children’s programming, Croatian language classes, and evening entertainment from live music to theme nights. As a newly added feature, Hotel Lone’s ResoLution Signature Restaurant also offers RevoLution cooking classes and a demo kitchen, both aimed at promoting healthy cuisine.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017