Villa AnnetteRabac | Croatia

  • added: May 01 2010
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Truffles from the nearby Čepić fields, scampi from the Kvarner bay, homemade olive oil and an amazing view are only some of the reasons that make Hotel/Restaurant Villa Annette in Rabac a unique experience ...

Opened in 2004, the small family-run Hotel Villa Annette soon becomes the very first 4 star luxury hotel in the Istrian region of Croatia. It offers 12 suites fully equipped with small kitchens, modern bathrooms, spacey living rooms and breathtaking views from every suite's balcony.  Sitting on the balcony, having a glass of prosecco, a light summer breeze in the air and the sound of the cicadas... 

Villa Annette is located high up on a hill above the 1000 heads fisherman's village Rabac; overlooking pine forests, a small harbour and parts of the Kvarner bay. On clear mornings you can spot an island, called Unije, sticking out of the sea at the horizon line; the island is actually more than 50km away!

The hotel, pool area and the restaurant gardens are surrounded by olive trees which belong to the hotel. The owners of the hotel - familiy Persić - produce olive oil themselves from 3 different kinds of olives: moraiolo, frantoio and leccino. Each oil has a particular taste, colour and smell and is being used in their restaurant. My personal favourite is frantoio as this one is more on the rough and bittery side and goes well on caprese - especially in combination with sweet aged balsamic vinegar. Don't forget to take some oil home - this is something you won't be able to get anywhere else!

The restaurant at Villa Anette is an absolute must. Don't leave without trying their homemade tagliatelle with Kvarner scampi and truffles or freshly caught fish of the day or one of their amazing deserts. The restaurant also offers a special menu called “slow food”. This is a several course dinner, prepared from seasonal products and served with different wines. If you want to try it out, be sure to mention this when you make a reservation. This menu is not openly advertised; or for some reason is well-hidden. The regular dinner menu is also very interesting. It almost never repeats itself from day to day & you have a chance to try different chef’ masterpieces. Some of our discoveries were fresh scampi marinated in olive oil and lemon served on the fresh ricotta (a truly delicate combination); local octopus served in 4 different ways – with pine nuts and mint; with smoked branzino; with local black truffles and with Istrian cured ham. Another seasonal delicacy was cream soup of wild asparagus served with grilled scampi. It was not too creamy, nor too liquidy; the taste of asparagus had a slight spicy twist as it was wild asparagus and in combination with fresh grilled scampi it created a beautiful spring flavour. The wine list is extensive and covers more than 100 local and international wines. The only drawback – all wines are sold by the bottle and the one available by the glass is the house wine. We are hoping that the owner may reconsider such setup and would soon introduce more wines by the glass. In summer you can enjoy your meal outside in the Mediterranean garden; during lunchtime salads and small seafood dishes are being served directly at the poolside tables.

We recommend to visit Villa Annette either prior or after the main holidays season as you have the surrounding beaches with crystal-clear water almost all for yourself. Best times for a visit are May, June or September as July and August can really be hot.


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