Hotel Navis Volosko
Situated on the shore between Opatija and Rijeka in Croatia’s Kvarner area (at Preluk Bay) that the Navis is built into the steep rocky mountain just above the sea, on the website of a classic disco. A slip road offers access, and it is only a 10-minute walk in the Navis into the bijou fishing village of Volosko.
Style & personality
The Navis is a uber-stylish contemporary design hotel with breathtaking design and luxury rooms, in which black, polished concrete is adorned with lavish fabrics and contemporary artwork. The private beach and secluded location add a distinctive texture, however the atmosphere is welcoming and unstuffy.
Service & amenities
The Navis includes a spa and health area, secure underground parking, and a little lobby bar, a stunning waterside area and a totally outstanding restaurant. There is a tiny pebble shore down a flight of steps in the garage. The spa includes an indoor pool at a light-flooded region with ocean views, top out on its own large patio, and provides Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, and massage. Measures into the garage supply direct access to shore without needing to traipse through the resort. A jetty supplying immediate access to the resort by ship is intended for 2018. Service is impeccable, both in reception and at the restaurant.
The Navis’ 40 bedrooms and four suites all have balconies with an wonderful sea view. Corridors using a nautical motif result in stunningly stylish rooms. The walls comprising slabs of industrial-looking dark gray concrete are offset by hot tones of mauve and purple, with large comfortable beds, chunky black metallic designer lamps, specially commissioned contemporary artworks by local artists on the walls, along with enormous floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors opening onto the balcony and overlooking the ocean. Bathrooms have marble slab walls, big walk-in closets and Spa Ritual closets.
Food & beverage
The restaurant in Hotel Navis has quickly established itself as an outstanding dining experience that is fine. The restaurant includes dark walls adorned with contemporary artworks, fishermans’ lamps (used to draw fish into the vessel during nocturnal fishing excursions) hanging from the ceiling, along with floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking the ocean, opening on a patio just above the water’s edge.
Fish float hypnotically in big tank into a soundtrack of sleek laid-back jazz. Homemade bread is complemented with the best Istrian olive oils out of multicolored award-winning Klaudio Ipša. Proceed to your four course degustation menu in 340 Croatian Kuna (#38) and delight in a series of dishes that showcase the top of Kvarner and Istrian cuisine. It is all equisitely ready with a contemporary twist, and superbly presented — out of melt-in-your-mouth Adriatic lettuce and scampi carpaccio, to heavenly homemade pasta with scampi and beautifully aromatic Istrian truffles, or seared tuna coated in sesame and served with grilled Mediterranean vegetables. There’s a really great selection of good wines, with approximately 50 wines avaibale from the glass that may be paired with individual dishes.
Breakfast is excellent, using mouthwatering spicy dishes ready to order such as delicious poached egg using Istrian black truffles, shrimp, mushroom and tomato omelette, or dark bread bruschetta with courgettes, mushrooms and berries.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $144 (#122) in low season; and out of $300 (#255) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Lifts to all levels provide access for wheelchair users. Walk-in showers feature in a few baths.
Families will feel welcome — but keep in mind that the restaurant is also called a quiet place for fine diningroom, and the swimming pool is part of the spa region.
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