Croatia has been marked as the place to go for a few years now and Istria has become increasingly popular with jet-setters looking for sun and sea in an unspoilt landscape.
The region covers the northern peninsula just south of Trieste in Italy. Its rustic, coastal villages feel Tuscan like with their terracota topped roofs and cobbled streets and with olive trees and vineyards in abundance, the local produce rivals that of its Italian neighbour.
In 2009, Hotel Monte Mulini, the only five-star resort in Istria, opened up next to the fishing town of Rovinj. The impressive building boasts two gourmet restaurants, an infinity pool, spa and breathtakingly beautiful sea views from all angles of the hotel making it the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful Istrian coastline. Find out more about the hotel in our guide to Istria below, along with tips on what to do, eat, drink and see.