Three-night olive odyssey features foraging, farm tours and fine dining in the former Apsyrtides islands
London, 16 May 2019: Croatia’s five-star Boutique Hotel Alhambra & Villa Augusta, located on little known Lošinj, has launched a new gourmet food break showcasing the extraordinary culinary traditions and ancient Illyrian heritage of this relatively undiscovered island gem. From tracing the island’s culture of olive cultivation back to antiquity and visiting one of the world’s best-preserved Greek statues, to a contemporary celebration of fresh local produce and traditional delicacies at the hotel’s renowned Restaurant Alfred Keller, the gourmet tour promises to take guests on an olive-oriented odyssey spanning the millennia.
Known in ancient Greek times as the Apsyrtides, the northern Croatian islands of Lošinj and neighbouring Cres are famed for their mild Mediterranean climate, long sunshine hours and the impeccable purity of the Adriatic Sea, as well as a natural abundance of plant species – including an estimated 1200 varieties of aromatic and therapeutic herbs. As part of the new gourmet package, guests will be treated to tours of the ancient town of Osor and the Kučić farm in Martinšćica, historic centres of olive cultivation; sample traditional delicacies such as olive pâtés and sheep’s cheese in olive oil; experience authentic Dalmatian specialties such as Peka, meat or octopus cooked under an iron bell covered in embers, and Brodetto, a classic tomato based seafood stew; forage wild herbs before making them into revitalizing juices; and pay a visit to one of the world’s best preserved ancient Greek statues, the treasured bronze of Apoxymenos which was found on the seabed off the shore of Lošinj.
Part of the renowned Lošinj Hotels & Villas portfolio, Boutique Hotel Alhambra is housed in a centenarian Austro-Hungarian Art Nouveau villa on the beautiful Čikat Bay, enveloped in the intoxicating scent of the surrounding ancient pine forest. A member of Virtuoso and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Boutique Hotel Alhambra is famed for its world-class Alfred Keller Restaurant, whose dining room overlooks Čikat Bay. To celebrate the islands’ extraordinarily rich culinary heritage, the restaurant’s chefs have created a symphony of flavours, aromas and colours that put exceptional local ingredients centre stage and concludes the gourmet experience in contemporary style. Diners can expect Adriatic fish and seafood, Cres’ famed ‘pre-seasoned’ lamb, Istrian boškarin beef and even donkey, exquisitely dressed with fragrant island herbs and olive oil and prepared using a blend of modern and traditional techniques.
Lošinj Hotels & Villas is renowned for its exceptional gourmet credentials, with an extensive portfolio of 11 restaurants and bars, including Restaurant Alfred Keller, awarded a two chef’s hat rating by Gault & Millau; and Matsunoki, the only Japanese restaurant in the Croatian islands. All share a commitment to using top quality, fresh local ingredients sourced via an unprecedented network of local producers in Lošinj and Cres, as well as over 60 suppliers throughout Croatia. All are family farms that use eco-certified production methods, ensuring Lošinj Hotels & Villas’ restaurants benefit from an unrivalled supply of the freshest, highest quality natural ingredients, while providing support to small Croatian entrepreneurs.
Wine lovers can also savour Boutique Hotel Alhambra’s premium wine list of over 400 exquisite labels, including Croatian rarities, orange wines and the finest quality international reds and whites; and participate in regular oenological masterclasses hosted in partnership with leading international winemakers. Croatia’s renowned Iločki Podrumi Winery is a regular partner and Chateau Lafite Rothschild is set to present its renowned wines and Champagnes at Boutique Hotel Alhambra in the coming months.
Boutique Hotel Alhambra’s Gourmet Break starts from €687 (approx. GBP594) per person, including the Luxury Getaway package: three nights’ accommodation based on two adults sharing Deluxe Room Park Side; daily breakfast and dinner featuring local eco ingredients and specialties; welcome drink; five-course tasting menu in the fine dining Restaurant Alfred Keller; use of the wellness area at the Cube Spa Alhambra and hotel beach with deckchairs, parasols and towel service; and includes the Olive – from Ancient to Modern Times tour (booked as an add-on). Available for stays until 01.08.2019 and from 07.09.2019 until 20.10.2019.
For reservations and further information visit www.losinj-hotels.com/en/hotels-and-villas/hotel-alhambra-and-villa-augusta/offers/luxury-getaway/, email: email@example.com or call tel: +385 51 661 101.
Lošinj Hotels & Villas’ luxury portfolio also includes the five-star Hotel Bellevue and three five-star villas, Villa Augusta, Villa Mirasol and Villa Hortensia. All are ideal for indulgent getaways, active breaks and family holidays.
A relatively undiscovered jewel to the north of Croatia, the intimate Adriatic island Lošinj – ‘island of vitality’ – is famed for its rich nature; counting more than 1200 aromatic and healing herbs, more than 2600 hours of sunshine every year and the cleanest seas. At the end of 19th century, Lošinj was recognized as a ‘healing location’ due to its unique microclimate. Set in the idyllic Čikat Bay and dotted amongst the pine forests, Lošinj Hotels & Villas boasts two five star hotels (Hotel Bellevue and Boutique Hotel Alhambra) and three five star villas (Villa Augusta, Villa Mirasol and Villa Hortensia) – ideal for luxurious getaways, active breaks, family holidays and more. Passing through a comprehensive renovation in 2014 and an upgrade of Bellevue Spa Clinic in 2018, the group’s wellness resort Hotel Bellevue offers fully integrated health programmes, extensive spa facilities and beauty treatments by world-famous French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez, 45 Degrees, Forlle’d Japan, Pharmos Natur and Valmont facials.
Lošinj is reached by private plane or luxury car transfer from all many European airports (namely Ljubljana, Pula, and Zagreb). Silver Air offer direct scheduled flights to Lošinj, from Venice, Zagreb and Lugano. www.silverairtravels.com