pool at sunset

San Canzian

Istria, Croatia


A traditional-style stone building situated in one of the most picturesque spots in Croatia, with beautiful views of olive groves and just a few moments from the crystal-clear sea, this hotel takes a rustic approach to contemporary elegance.

Key Features

  • 24 rooms and suites
  • Swimming pool and sauna
  • Activities include olive oil tasting, wine tasting, truffle hunting, hiking, guided bike tour, golf lessons, and private yoga classes
  • Restaurant and bar
path through the hotel's garden

Nestled within Istria's pretty medieval village of Mužolini Donji, this hillside property offers beautiful views over lush valleys and rolling hills with the brilliant blue sea in the distance. The red roof and stone facade are a nod to San Canzian's authentic rural heritage while inside, expect a harmonious marriage of traditional and modern.



The interior design is contemporary in appearance, yet slightly rustic having been inspired by indigenous ways of building, but with modern solutions. Woven reed rugs and soft throws add a sense of luxury to rooms, whilst crisp sheets and cushions adorn large beds. A sense of tranquility and calm is created inside the hotel through its use of neutral tones, soft greys and natural materials such as sanded wooden floors. Sleek modern bathrooms are made from brushed concrete and stone, a simple yet elegant design.


Olive trees litter the grounds of the hotel, often accompanied by lavender lines pathways. Covered balconies attached to each suite offer wonderful views and the perfect place to sit and enjoy a morning coffee ahead of the day’s adventures. Whilst the large infinity pool not only provides a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the olive gardens and vineyards of San Canzian but is an ideal location to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while sipping cocktails and watching the sunset. Treat yourself to culinary pleasure at the on-site restaurant or dine poolside in the warm summer months.

aerial view of the property on the hillside
dinner party set up outside under fairy lights
outside table and chairs on the hillside
wine and grape platter on a balcony
wine cellar

Why we love it

Spend your days here soaking up the sunshine and scenic beauty of the area whilst trying some of the spectacular produce that is produced here (think world-class truffles and excellent wine). Istrian wine production dates back to ancient times, so discover the best wine cellars in Croatia and over 600 labels with an expert sommelier. Not just famed for its grapes, Istria has also been referred to as the best place in the world for olive oil, so head out into the olive groves and learn how this golden nectar is made.

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