Croatia continues to inspire wanderlust the world over. Its pristine beaches and jewel-like water with more than 1,000 idyllic islands to see and explore, it has remained one of Europe’s hottest tourist spots.

Located on the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia, Rovinj has remained relatively under-the-radar in comparison to other renowned destinations like Dubrovnik and Hvar, meaning it has retained much of its charm and offers an authentic Croatian getaway. The old town is mostly Venetian and built with stunning pale limestone that glows iridescent in the sun.

One of its newest additions – and will no doubt encourage more visitors to the region – is The Melegran, an independent hotel and former townhouse that has been lovingly transformed into a boutique-style hotel in the heart of the old town. They just launched their new rooms featuring a bombastic colour palette with plenty of modern comforts and luxury gadgets like Krups coffee machines and Marshall speakers.

The hotel has been a labour of love for its Croatian/Australian owners – they were married in Rovinj and generations of family have lived and continue to live there. Avid travellers and admirers of authentic, stylish experiences whilst abroad, this fusion of internationalism and local family heritage affords The Melegran’s guests the very best ‘insider-access’ to the town and its surroundings. Notably, it offers an eclectic mix of room categories, making it the perfect choice for couples and families alike. For example, the hotel’s new Duplex Suite, Studio and popular Combo Suite.

Tucked down a quiet cobblestone lane, it’s perfectly situated for guests to experience the special atmosphere of Rovinj’s historical town but also offers some respite for those looking for a quiet nights sleep. It also sits a stone’s throw away from the bustling port, markets, cafés and restaurants of this Italian inspired town, and some of the region’s most popular sites such as the coastal town of Porec, the UNESCO-listed 6th- century EuphrasiusBasilica, and the medieval hill-towns of Motovun and Groznjan are also nearby.

Transport links are close by: it’s less than 10 minutes on foot to the bus station or ferry terminal for boats to Venice.

For now, Rovinj with its crystal blue waters and luscious pine forests, remains an undiscovered gem in the Adriatic. Its hidden cliff-top bars, secret coves and charming architecture await, and the Melegran’s doors are wide open and #TeamCoco can’t wait to explore.

Standard room rates start from €90 per night. For more information, please visit

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