Experience the Healing Island of Lošinj, Croatia

The Island of Lošinj, located just off the coast of Croatia’s mainland, is a hidden gem in in the Adriatic Sea. Nestled beside a glittering bay is the Island’s principle Luxury Collection ‘Lošinj Hotel’s & Villas’, offering visitors an array of hotel facilities surrounded by breath-taking surroundings with unique experiences waiting to be explored. 

Historically, Lošinj has been known for its potent healing properties, attracting people with respiratory, skin and other chronic non-communicative diseases. The Island’s uniqueness stems from its geographical positioning which results in a milder climate, compared to other places on the same latitude. Lošinj naturally offers clean air with a high balance concentration of humidity and is protected from high gusts of sudden winds or sudden change of climate, becoming an ideal health seaside resort. 

Situated on the seafront our first stay was at Hotel Bellevue. The design of this hotel effortlessly blends interior and exterior features, offering spacious and light-filled areas. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning views, while stylish seating areas invite relaxation. In the centre of the lobby, there is an exhibition showcasing local art, providing a delightful path wherever you are headed. 

The hotel offers 185 rooms and 21 suites, with each presenting an unforgettable view, whether facing Čikat Bay, the century-old forest or the hotel’s atrium. Additionally, suite terraces come equipped with Jacuzzis. I made the most of my sea-facing view relishing the privacy and tranquillity from the balcony.

Aside from offering a memorable stay, Hotel Bellevue is house to award-winning Bellevue Spa Clinic which is impressively the largest spa in the region at 2500M2. This sublime Spa Clinic offers programmes supported by sea plants and minerals, equipped with cutting edge therapies and wellness treatments focusing on detoxifying and reenergising. 

I spent an afternoon leisurely exploring the amenities including the bio sauna, heated waterbeds and the ‘Turkish Bath’. A personal highlight for me was the‘Tepidarium’ a relaxation haven featuring special heated stone lounge chairs and onyx walls. The heat of the stones fostered a much needed deep relaxation and warmth through my muscles. 

If you prefer a more active experience, I recommend taking part in the Lymphatic Shakedown which is part of the Seatox programme on offer. Guided step by step by the friendly team at Bellevue, we were led into the rich water of Lošinj. Here one submerges 20-30 minutes daily and partakes in vigorously shaking underwater which stimulates the lymphatic system through hydrostatic pressure. Also on offer is the ‘Qi Gong & Cold Water Immersion Therapy’ where one bravely sinks into a bath of ice followed by a hot sauna. Definitely one to start the day with! 

Other activities include, swim training, yoga, breathwork, forest work and cycling. One of my favourites was our guided tour around the island by sailboat. Spending a few hours sunbathing on deck, plunging into the clear waters of the Adriatic and languidly admiring the surrounding islands whilst drying off was the perfect way to spend a sunny day in Lošinj. 

For culinary delights, enjoy lunch at Bava restaurant. Led by experienced Italian Head Chef Theodor Falser, the menu celebrates both traditional flavours and reinvented classics. Choose from an array of fish, meat and vegan options. My personal favourite was the flavoursome seabass with asparagus and baby tomatoes. 

Our first night at Michelin Plate restaurant Matsunoki. Here Chef Orhan Cakiroglu provides an exceptional fusion experience featuring sublime Japanese cuisine curated from fresh, locally sourced Mediterranean ingredients.  We were fortunate to be indulged in the taster menu featuring classic sushi and sashimi all beautifully presented.

Our second stay was a truly magical experience. 5-star Boutique Hotel Alhambra is located in the secluded part of Čikat Bay. Mediterranean style it dates back to 1912 and stands beside Vila August, with a new building seamlessly integrated between them. The hotel is romantically stylish, boasting exceptional luxury and aristocratic heritage in its décor. 

With only 36 deluxe rooms and 15 suites, each named after Lošinj’s captains and notable visionaries, guests are assured a peaceful and exclusive stay surrounded by meticulously designed gardens, parks and the emerald bay.  

Boutique Hotel Alhambra invites guests to continue their wellness journey at Cube Spa Alhambra. Evolving from Lošinj’s healing heritage, the wellness program on offer embraces pine forests, therapeutic plants and fresh sea air. 

On entry Cube Spa Alhambra showcases the Kurhaus Inhalation Bar, welcoming guests to breathe in the Kur featuring mists of the sea water and medicinal aerosols. 

Cube Spa Alhambra is a wellness haven featuring a spectacular heated indoor swimming pool, a luxurious wet area, Finnish sauna, Mediterranean bath, 3 divine treatment rooms and much more. For a truly special experience ask the reception to activate the pool jacuzzi and swim under shimmering lights reflected on the ceiling and under water. It’s the perfect setting to unwind and drift into a state of total bliss. 

A short walk away is Lanterna Grill, a more secluded dining option where you can enjoy a meal overlooking the ocean. A romantic spot to watch the sunset, and the sea food in particular will not disappoint. Lanterna focuses on a charcoal grill and an open-fire cooking fresh ingredients sourced daily from local suppliers. 

The hotel’s restaurant is Michelin-starred ‘Alfred Keller’, helmed by chef Michael Gollenz. The restaurant takes on a thoughtful approach to a fine dining experience, offering a tempting array of dishes using only the freshest natural ingredients from the island and its immediate surroundings. Our menu was the ‘Signature Menu’ each plate beautifully presented with their sommelier, also pairing with a vast selection of wines to compliment these dishes. Must-try dishes are the Kvarner Scampi and the Adriatic Fish Filet.

We had an incredibly special time at both Hotel Bellevue and Boutique Hotel Alhambra. A perfect blend of comfort, ambiance, exceptional spa-facilities, activities, and exquisite culinary offerings, which makes it the ultimate summer destination for healing in luxury.