Hotel Balatura

Near Rijeka, Croatia

A small, friendly, family-run hotel with bohemian décor, in
a peaceful village between the sea and mountains

In the sleepy village of Tribalj, backed by the karst hills of the
Vinodol valley, and 6km inland from the seaside resort of
Crikvenica, lies Balatura. The 300-year-old traditional stone
farmhouse has belonged to the Godec family for several generations,
but it was only in June 2008 that it opened as a hotel, after 2
years of careful renovations with the help of conservation

Today, the interior exudes a cosy, arty-intellectual ambiance, with
10 rooms decorated in natural muted colours and furnished
with antiques. A leafy courtyard patio opens onto a small raised
garden planted with rosemary and lavender, and backed by woodland.
Informal, serene and wonderfully off the beaten track, the hotel is
small enough for the owners to be able to give their guests
personalised service and advice about this underrated corner of


  • Lying between the coast and the mountains, it makes an ideal
    base for hiking, paragliding, mountain biking, sailing and scuba
  • Tasteful, rustic-chic interiors create a laidback, arty
    atmosphere, with occasional yoga, sculpture and writing
  • Charming and helpful Croatian-German owners, Gordan and
    Anne-Kathrin, who give their guests individual attention
  • Superb breakfasts in the leafy courtyard, and
    delicious fixed-menu dinners too


  • The nearest beaches are in Crikvenica (6km away), and there are
    no good restaurants within walking distance, meaning you really
    need to hire a car
  • No pool, but there are plans to build one in the future
  • As there are only 10 rooms, it’s often fully booked in high
  • No twin bedded rooms, so not great for friends sharing