Illustrious Istria: Introducing San Canzian Village and Hotel

05 Dec 2019
3 min read
An authentic heritage property nestled in the heart of Istria’s truffle-rich hinterland, San Canzian Village and Hotel has opened its doors, inviting guest to enjoy a new, luxury hotel where tradition meets modernity.

San Canzian Village and Hotel has officially opened its doors, immersing guests in the local Istria charms while providing highly-personalized service and deluxe accommodation. Surrounded by distinctive architecture, custom art and native design, and serving the best of regional food and wine, the luxurious hotel enables guests to truly savour in the Croatian way of life. With only 25 rooms and suites, the exclusive hotel is both sumptuous and serene. Situated in the medieval village of Mužolini Donji, near Buje and Grožnjan, a 14th century venetian fortress, the surrounding area is steeped in culture, which guests are encouraged to explore.

After an adventure-filled day, San Canzian provides guests with a comfortable base to retire to. Inspired by the lush Istrian countryside, the rooms and suites have have been individually styled with a modern twist – think luxury farmhouse with a sleek yet rustic design and soft finishes. Stone-washed walls are combined with a neural palette, perfectly complimenting the deep emerald countryside hues and rolling views. The interiors feature king-sized beds, homely furnishings and extensive amenities. The hotel’s premier suite is the 60sqm San Canzian Villa, and features a cosy living room, fireplace, spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, private pool and terrace area, along with unobstructed views over the forest, olive gardens and vineyards.

The hotel’s design is aimed to maximize the beauty of its surrounds, and thus, no matter where in the hotel you are, you will be greeted with sweeping views of the verdant landscape, whether you’re lying on the bed in your suite or lounging on one of the pool’s plush sunbeds. The aesthetic is texture-rich, from worn leathers to cast iron and exposed stonework to polished mahogany, the eyes can feast on an array of alluring accents that add to the property’s chic, bucolic ambiance.

When guests aren’t gazing at the panorama, they can feast on Istrian delicacies at the hotel’s culinary hub, Noel Restaurant and Bar. Using seasonal ingredients grown in the hotel gardens, Noel Restaurant and Bar serves up the finest fare from the region, including the world’s best olive oils, top wines, fresh Adriatic seafood, truffles and many other dishes finessed by the Head Chef.

The hotel is home to the second Noel Restaurant, following on the success of the original Zagreb establishment. The Zagreb venue has cemented itself as a favorite for locals and travelers alike over the last three years, and has just been awarded its first Michelin star, and San Canzian’s outpost aims to do the same. The hotel’s head sommelier, Ivan Jug, certified by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers has created a fantastic wine list to accompany the gourmet cuisine, with an emphasis on splendid Istrian grapes and top wines.

The hotel’s bar is helmed by Croatia’s Best Barman of 2018, Karlo Ferenčak. Noel Bar will play host to Karlo’s signature cocktail creations that highlight his impressive mixology techniques and showcase the tantalizing flavors of his high quality, handmade, homemade syrups, liqueurs and bitters.

The hotel’s prime location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the enticing surrounds. Famous for its trio of culinary jewels, wine, olive oil and truffles, guests can effortlessly wine taste to their heart’s content, or go on a bucket-list truffle-hunting adventure with a local  family and their  sharp-nosed hounds. Many of the nearby wineries produce world-class vintages using bio-dynamic harvesting methods. Top-quality olive oil is also produced in the region, so why not stop off at a olive farm before venturing into the countryside on one of the hotel’s classic car excursions. Speedboat trips and guided hikes can also be arranged through the hotel.

For a tranquil day in, relax at San Canzian Village and Hotel’s outdoor pool or unwind in the sauna. Boasting breath-taking views of the San Canzian olive gardens and vineyards from all angles, there is no better place to take a dip, soak up some sun and sip on a cocktail than at the pool, which also has its own bar. This spot is also the picture-perfect place to admire the sublime Istrian sunsets across the cascading horizon.

Take a break from the city and discover the unparalleled Istrian countryside at this heavenly hotel, which exudes the magic and majesty of a dream home.

Rates start from 170 EUR per night, visit to find out more and book.