Experience the unexpected
...entwined since the days of the Romans. Emperor Marcus Aurelius introduced grapes to Croatia and the passionate affair between man and vine not only continues but grows stronger. From the superbly balanced Istrians and the potent Dalmatians to the resurging varieties of the Kvarner islands, Croatia’s vineyards invite you to discover if the gossip is true.
Olive oil philosophy
The efforts invested into this multi-millennial tradition have not gone unnoticed. It is not enough to say that Istria has been declared the best olive oil region in the world. It has been so declared for the fourth time in a row. Picturesque olive groves span the eastern Adriatic and whether for cosmetic or culinary use, they gift you with a product of divine quality.
Land of truffels
Now introducing His Majesty…The Truffle of Istria. Too delicate to cultivate, this underground dweller found its perfect hideout in the Istrian forests. And from there it found its way to our meals and our hearts. So much so that entire months are dedicated to its celebration. Nicknamed the diamond of the kitchen, to look for it is to go on a treasure hunt. A unique gastronomic experience that combines nature and culture.
The gastronomic heritage
The Kvarner and Istria region offer a one of a kind cultural, historical and gastronomic experience. An olive oil region without compare and a thriving community of wine makers offer products of worldwide recognition. Whether it be the famed Kvarner bay shrimps that have been enjoyed since the days of the Austrian Empire by aristocracy and fisherman alike, or Boškarin, a type of bovine native to Istria that offers unique sensations to the palate. To sweeten the whole meal perhaps some Lovran maroons, a particularly sweet type of chestnut that is used for dessert and honey production on the slopes of the Opatija Riviera. Local cheeses, honeys, figcakes, grappas - the palette is diverse as the regions themselves!
The region has always been famed for its many establishments, scattered across the Kvarner and Istria, creating a region of infinite culinary possibilities. Cared for by generations of families in small local “konobas” or housed in boutique hotels and villas, these true hedonists’ retreats attract gourmets from afar and offer skilfully prepared meals always matching the growing expectations of the world’s gourmet community. Cooking mastery and meticulous preparation will leave no palate untouched. Drift from the Michelin star restaurants to fine dining sanctuaries, from small bistros to “konobas”, to simple street food. You will discover that you simply can't go wrong!
DISCOVERING THE UNCOMMON
Just an hour’s drive away from the coast of the Opatija Riviera lays the mountainous inland of Učka, Gorski Kotar and Risnjak. Sparsely populated, it is a true sanctuary for wildlife and untouched nature. For all those who long for lush greenery and cooler climate this area offers a wonderful escape from the bustle of the coast and the summer heat. Nature parks, walking trails, natural lakes, cool mountain springs and even cooler caves. The mountain area unveils the extraordinary diversity of the region’s nature. The stunning views extending from the mountain tops offer time for reflection and meditation, and those curvy paths and cliffs will tempt any adventure seeking visitor!
The Opatija Riviera
The Rivera has been a long-time favourite of the Habsburgs, and their influence unveils itself in the many villas dating from the turn of the 20th century. Their architecture still conveys the spirit of the times that made Opatija the first health resort for European aristocracy. This unique heritage is equally shared by the royal Opatija as well as the picturesque Volosko, Lovran and Mošćenička Draga.
Kvarner hilltops & hinterland
Discover the surrounding medieval towns Moscenice, Veprinac, Kastav, Trsat and many more. Explore the town squares, the narrow streets and the walls holding these forts for centuries on end. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Opatija Riviera and the entire Kvarner gulf.
Kvarner bay islands
The dream of a thousand islands starts here, at the Kvarner bay. This unique neckless of pearls adorns the entire Croatian coast. From Opatija to Dubrovnik, it writes an uninterrupted story of Mediterranean lifestyle. The two biggest islands of this area, Krk and Cres, are not only visible from the rooms and suites of Ikador, but they can be easily reached with our Riva Aquariva speedboat or our wooden boat. Walled medieval communities, and stony villages, trending wines and authentic food can all be found at these stunning examples of nature, bathed by the crystalline sea. Discover the islands embarking on your Riva Experience or take an overnight tour with our own wooden boat! The choice is yours!
Terra magica - Istria
An olive oil region without compare, a home to more than a hundred wine producers, its forests teeming with truffles and its cities rich with history. Istria rightfully bears the name Terra Magica. Vineyards and olive groves extend into the horizon while artisans, farmers, winemakers and artists invite you into their homes to taste the seductive Istrian lifestyle.
EASE & UNWIND
Riva Lounge Summer nights
Take a step back to enjoy what inspires us the most. Navigate with us the harmonious sound waves that elevate the soul and move the body. Music has been a source of inspiration for Hotel Ikador and what better way to enjoy it than amidst our exclusive Riva design lounge. Experience an unforgettable evening’s terrace with our signature cocktails and good music.
Edgar cigar bar
Sporting a superb selection of top brand cigars and spirits, this elegant space is equally welcoming to experienced aficionados as well as those who wish to have a taste of the highest quality tobacco for the first time. It is a true ritual of self-indulgence cherished mainly indeed by smokers. Our staff will gladly recommend a brand and pair it with a nice glass of red cuvée or aged brandy. Comfortable armchairs, a lit fireplace and a view of the sea makes the Edgar cigar bar a remarkable experience.
Experience the destination in the fullness of artistic, cultural and historical events. From Opatija-Imperial Town, celebrating the aristocratic heritage in a costumed street event, to Retropatija, paying homage to recent decades in music and lifestyle. From Rijeka Summer nights to Cultural summers in Kastav, or the Blues festival - there are many local events attracting visitors from all over the world! Our Maestro will gladly guide you through your event calendar!
THE ART OF WELBEEING
Ikalia - A spa like no other
An entire floor dedicated to your beauty and health, from which the view extends across the whole of Kvarner bay to render your relaxation even more memorable. A true temple of well-being imbued with the mystery of Ika, a goddess from the times of the ancient amber trading route.Find more
Along the Lungomare
The most famous, 12 km long seaside promenade in the country, the Lungomare was built at the turn of the 20th century. It is not only a walk down the Riviera’s heritage lane offering breathtaking sights, but also the most beautiful scenery for a casual walk or a morning jogging session. Along this coastal promenade you will find lots of small beaches and rock plateaus, perfect for a good body stretching, private yoga sessions or morning swim!
The active traveller
The surroundings of Opatija offer great opportunity for staying fit or exploring the countryside. The mountain Učka, rising just behind Opatija has many walking and hiking trails, as well as horse rides across its slopes. And what better way to stay active than to fully explore the Adriatic sea? Hop on to our stand up paddles, take diving lessons or feel the adrenalin in a paragliding session!