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article imageCroatian tourism: 1st 5-star boutique hotel opens in Pula, Istria Special

By Paul Bradbury     May 4, 2014 in Travel
Pula - Croatia's luxury tourism market is growing and will soon be added to with the first 5-star small boutique hotel in Istria.
After the interruption to Croatian tourism caused by the regional conflict 20 years ago, tourism is once more booming on the Adriatic coast, and the latest addition to the luxury scene is set to open in Pula on the Istrian Peninsula, and Digital Journal took a tour of Villa Vilun on May 4, 2014, of what will be the first 5-star private small boutique hotel in Istria.
The restaurant at Villa Vilun
The restaurant at Villa Vilun
Villa Vilun
The hotel's six gorgeous suites are a blend of Istrian tradition and modern convenience, and are the culmination of a 30-year project by owner Vaso Vulin.
The delightful wine cellar  where one can try wines from all over the world  including many Istrian ...
The delightful wine cellar, where one can try wines from all over the world, including many Istrian delights.
"I was more than surprised when the inspectors came and awarded me five stars," he told Digital Journal over a glass of wine in his immaculate wine cellar. "They were here for eight hours going through pages of documentation. They made a few observations, then returned once more and awarded Villa Vilun 5 stars."
Owner Vaso Vulin slicing some prsut for this Digital Journalist to accompany a glass of excellent re...
Owner Vaso Vulin slicing some prsut for this Digital Journalist to accompany a glass of excellent red.
The Croatian categorisation system is complex and filled with regulations, and to achieve five stars is quite an achievement. Many foreign holiday home owners are left bemused by the requirements, which include such gems as fire-resistant ash trays.
The kitchens are modern  spacious and immaculate.
The kitchens are modern, spacious and immaculate.
The rise in boutique hotels is a welcome addition to the luxury end of the tourism market in Croatia. As the country develops its tourism, it is no secret that more quality hotels are required, and the opening of Villa Vulin will be one more step in the right direction.
Each of the six suites come with its own living room. More photos of the rooms are unfortunately not...
Each of the six suites come with its own living room. More photos of the rooms are unfortunately not available for this report.
Elsewhere in Croatia, there has been a growing trend of quality boutique hotels in historic location, of which perhaps the best example is Hotel Vestibul in the heart of Diocletian's Palace in Split, which was last year named in Fodor's Top 100 Hotels.
The Istrian olive theme accompanies the toiletries in the en-suite bathrooms.
The Istrian olive theme accompanies the toiletries in the en-suite bathrooms.
While the hotel aspect of Villa Vilun is new, a successful restaurant and wine cellar has operated on the premises for several years, serving traditional Istrian specialities.
Villa Vilun outside restaurant  adaptable to weather conditions.
Villa Vilun outside restaurant, adaptable to weather conditions.
Villa Vilun
This Digital Journalist was treated to a tour of the cellar, where a rather impressive Istrian prsut was waiting for tasting with a glass of wine, as Vaso Vulin sliced the ham himself.
Tastings at the wine clellar at Villa Vilun are very popular.
Tastings at the wine clellar at Villa Vilun are very popular.
Chateau Palmer 1996  a typical example of the quality in the wine cellar.
Chateau Palmer 1996, a typical example of the quality in the wine cellar.
The details of the cellar were certainly impressive, a blend of top international quality wines, such as Chateau Palmer 2006 from Bordeaux and a range of the finest Champagnes, to some real local specialities and rakijas.
An Istrian bukaleta  used to serve Istrian soup - a delicious but unusual mix of Teran red wine  sug...
An Istrian bukaleta, used to serve Istrian soup - a delicious but unusual mix of Teran red wine, sugar, olive oil and toasted bread.
Among them was the bukaleta, an ornamental and indigenous soup bowl which was designed for a particular dish — Istrian soup. A rather unusual dish, comprising local red Teran wine, sugar, olive oil and toasted bread.
A majestic chair while waiting to use the facilities.
A majestic chair while waiting to use the facilities.
With a swimming pool and fitness centre, Villa Vilun appears to be the complete package for those looking for a little luxury hideaway on the Istrian coast, and the hotel plans to open next month.
Istrian rakija in ornamental serving bottle.
Istrian rakija in ornamental serving bottle.
Its opening is the latest piece of good tourism news for the city of Pula, which is slowly transforming its image of an industrial and military city into one of the most innovative tourism destinations in Croatia. A key part of that strategy is blending heritage with new technologies, as Pula Mayor Boris Miletic explained to Digital Journal yesterday.
Above the wine cellar is a small bar where guest can relax.
Above the wine cellar is a small bar where guest can relax.
These include hosting ice hockey and concerts in Pula Arena, the sixth largest Roman amphitheatre in the worlds, music festivals in historic fortresses, and the latest event this evening called Lighting Giants, when the famous cranes of Uljanik shipyard will be transformed by a magical light show by internationally acclaimed light designer, Dean Skira, an event which will be covered by Digital Journal.
Jacuzzi and hydro-massage.
Jacuzzi and hydro-massage.
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