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Set in a commanding position overlooking the marina and old town of Rovinj, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is a state-of-the-art deluxe resort that opened in April this year.

The €93m (£83.5m) project, designed by renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni and architects 3LHD, has totally transformed the picturesque tourist spot on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. The six-storey building now boasts 193 luxury rooms and 16 suites, six restaurants and bars, a shopping promenade and pool terraces with incredible views of the Adriatic Sea.

The flagship of the Maistra Collection, which is part of the Adris Group, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj raises the bar for luxury hotels in the region and has consolidated its owner’s position as a leading wellness operator in Croatia. Maistra has a well-established presence in the country, where it operates 10 hotels, eight tourist villages and six campsites with a total accommodation capacity exceeding 35,000 beds, representing more than 4% of total overnight stays in the country.

“We are both an owner and an operator with over 30 properties in Croatia, and we are the most dominant in the five-star market,” explains Peter Lösch, managing director of the Maistra Collection. “We bought the Hilton Imperial Hotel in Dubrovnik, which is operated by Hilton, and we work with Westin and Sheraton in Zagreb and Dubrovnik.”

The development of Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is part of a 15-year multi-million-euro regeneration plan for Maistra, which has renovated its portfolio of properties with the aim of raising the quality and standard of tourism in Croatia.

“In the last 10 years we have doubled our revenue and profit without increasing capacity, all by adding more quality, and higher rates – we didn’t increase the number of beds and rooms,” states Lösch. In this context, the group has placed spa and wellness as central to the success of its new investments. At Rovinj, Lösch says: “The hotel will open all year, and without quality spa hardware and a good wellness offering for guests, you cannot fill a hotel in the Mediterranean from November to March, so we feel that wellness is a must.”

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj’s Albaro Wellness & Spa has created a unique proposition in the Croatian spa market. “Albaro is the name for the mast of the quintessential fishing boat from Rovinj, the batana,” confirms Gregory Ugrin Wellness project consultant, Maistra, and co-founder, Illyria Wellness. “It’s iconic here and a central focus for our spa concept. It’s also a powerful metaphor: the mast of the ship is like the spine of the body, providing strength, yet flexibility.”

This level of attention to detail is reflected throughout the menu where local traditions are brought to life through the use of healing herbs, tinctures and unique protocols developed specifically for the spa. Ugrin’s research led him back as far as the Bronze Age, through the Romans and Venetians, and more recently to Georg Hütterott, a German entrepreneur who planned to build a health resort in Rovinj in the early 20th century.

Built over two floors of the hotel, the 3,800sqm space offers three outdoor pools and a fully equipped gym located on top of the hotel. Below, a thermal suite from Starpool includes three saunas, two steam rooms with aroma programmes, two cold plunge pools and an experience shower.

This floor also features the spa reception area, five treatment rooms, including a VIP double spa suite with sauna, and a wellness consultation room. As well as an outdoor spa garden, two large indoor relaxation areas offer forest views and are designed in travertine with shallow pools surrounding the loungers.

This beautifully built spa is the perfect setting for a wellness menu that takes inspiration from local healing traditions, sailing and the sea; an innovative mix of old and new, storytelling takes centre stage and authentic experiences are at the core of every treatment.

“You can express yourself best when it comes to wellness because you have the products and local ingredients right here. This was always our goal and Istria really is blessed with a natural bounty, so why not use it?”

Peter Lösch, Managing director, Maistra Collection

 

Albaro Wellness & Spa, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Croatia

Owner Collection: Maistra Collection

Managing director: Peter Lösch

Wellness project consultant: Gregory Ugrin

Spa manager: Dijana Oletić

Spa size: 3,800sqm

Spa team: 13

Treatment rooms: Five

Architect: 3LHD

Interior design: Lissoni Associati

Products: Omorovicza, Voya, Helios Gea. Esensa Mediterana, Solana Pag

Suppliers: SportsArt, Bruketa & Žinić & Grey, Technogym, Spa2O, Starpool, Nilo, Gharieni, EME, Rigenera, Frette, Les Alizee, GraphX, Rio-Rijeka, Muse

 

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Set in a commanding position overlooking the marina and old town of Rovinj, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is a state-of-the-art deluxe resort that opened in April this year.

The €93m (£83.5m) project, designed by renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni and architects 3LHD, has totally transformed the picturesque tourist spot on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. The six-storey building now boasts 193 luxury rooms and 16 suites, six restaurants and bars, a shopping promenade and pool terraces with incredible views of the Adriatic Sea.

The flagship of the Maistra Collection, which is part of the Adris Group, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj raises the bar for luxury hotels in the region and has consolidated its owner’s position as a leading wellness operator in Croatia. Maistra has a well-established presence in the country, where it operates 10 hotels, eight tourist villages and six campsites with a total accommodation capacity exceeding 35,000 beds, representing more than 4% of total overnight stays in the country.

“We are both an owner and an operator with over 30 properties in Croatia, and we are the most dominant in the five-star market,” explains Peter Lösch, managing director of the Maistra Collection. “We bought the Hilton Imperial Hotel in Dubrovnik, which is operated by Hilton, and we work with Westin and Sheraton in Zagreb and Dubrovnik.”

The development of Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is part of a 15-year multi-million-euro regeneration plan for Maistra, which has renovated its portfolio of properties with the aim of raising the quality and standard of tourism in Croatia.

“In the last 10 years we have doubled our revenue and profit without increasing capacity, all by adding more quality, and higher rates – we didn’t increase the number of beds and rooms,” states Lösch. In this context, the group has placed spa and wellness as central to the success of its new investments. At Rovinj, Lösch says: “The hotel will open all year, and without quality spa hardware and a good wellness offering for guests, you cannot fill a hotel in the Mediterranean from November to March, so we feel that wellness is a must.”

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj’s Albaro Wellness & Spa has created a unique proposition in the Croatian spa market.

“Albaro is the name for the mast of the quintessential fishing boat from Rovinj, the batana,” confirms Gregory Ugrin Wellness project consultant, Maistra, and co-founder, Illyria Wellness. “It’s iconic here and a central focus for our spa concept. It’s also a powerful metaphor: the mast of the ship is like the spine of the body, providing strength, yet flexibility.”

This level of attention to detail is reflected throughout the menu where local traditions are brought to life through the use of healing herbs, tinctures and unique protocols developed specifically for the spa. Ugrin’s research led him back as far as the Bronze Age, through the Romans and Venetians, and more recently to Georg Hütterott, a German entrepreneur who planned to build a health resort in Rovinj in the early 20th century.

Built over two floors of the hotel, the 3,800sqm space offers three outdoor pools and a fully equipped gym located on top of the hotel. Below, a thermal suite from Starpool includes three saunas, two steam rooms with aroma programmes, two cold plunge pools and an experience shower.

This floor also features the spa reception area, five treatment rooms, including a VIP double spa suite with sauna, and a wellness consultation room. As well as an outdoor spa garden, two large indoor relaxation areas offer forest views and are designed in travertine with shallow pools surrounding the loungers.

This beautifully built spa is the perfect setting for a wellness menu that takes inspiration from local healing traditions, sailing and the sea; an innovative mix of old and new, storytelling takes centre stage and authentic experiences are at the core of every treatment.

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