Reaffirming Croatian Countryside Estate Retreat

Istria, Croatia



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Tranquil and Natural Settings to Pause and Reflect, National Park Bike Excursions, Residence With Private Garden, Organic Wine and Olive Oil Tasting


5 day programme


Rescheduled for 2022


No. of Guests: Enjoyable for 2 or more guests


Relax the body and reset the mind in a quiet and quaint countryside corner of Istria, on the Reaffirming Croatian Countryside Estate Retreat. Standing gently amongst 385,000sqm of unspoiled magnificence, shaded by olive groves, vineyards and emerald forestry with direct access to a private beach. Step outside the everyday to unite with nature, letting the hushed surrounds arouse self-exploration.

Stretch and lengthen the body in daily Hatha Yoga with our expert Hana Dervović. Held each morning besides the pastoral settings, look up towards the sky and out into the horizon, freeing your thoughts and emotions. In this programme, afternoons will invite you on adventure and discovery in the natural outdoors. Coursing across two iconic national parks, Kamenjak National Park and Brijuni National Park, followed with a beachside picnic. Take the opportunity to embrace the medley of colours and textures to challenge existing mindsets and unleash new contexts. A complimentary massage is also included allowing guests to experience an extra touch of relaxation on this retreat.

Classified as one of fifty highest quality producers of olive oils in the world every year, according to the Italian Flos Olei report. A locally produced wine and olive oil tasting is an outstanding feature of this programme. Also included is a visit to the old town, Rovinj and a traditional Croatian dinner. Away from the frenzied energy of modern life, utilise free time to stroll through cobblestone passages or find a discrete corner to focus on you, the present and the wistfully beautiful situation all around.

Delightfully circled by fertile pastures and far-reaching sea views, slow down and unwind in the intimate spaces of Meneghetti. After serving as a well-known refuge for the Austro-Hungarian army in the 19th Century, this humble property was rediscovered and restored from its derelict ruins in the early 2000s. Seizing opportunity firstly of the location, followed by spacious fields, dense forestry and great splendour, today, the estate is a prime destination for tucking away from structure and modern society in place of undisrupted rest and respite. Across the summer months, witness the Mediterranean blooms tinge the meadows with ochre-hues and fields flourish in thick foliage, some of which are the original grapevines and olive trees grown by Mr Meneghetti.

*To learn more about how a typical day on a retreat looks like, please see sample here and for more information about food and cuisine, please see here.

What's included

  • Morning Hatha Yoga
  • Bike ride in Kamenjak National Park
  • Bike ride in Brijuni Islands National Park
  • Beachside Picnic
  • Visit to Rovinj
  • Traditional Croatian Dinner
  • Tasting of Property Produced Wines and Olive Oils
  • One Complimentary Massage
  • Field-to-Fork Gourmet Meals
  • Accommodation and Toiletries

The Expert

Hana Dervović

After discovering yoga in her high school years, Hana Dervović is now a qualified Yoga teacher, focused on Hatha Yoga, Kriya and Kundalini. She is also a Reiki Master teacher and endeavours to help each of her students to explore and discover their potential. She believes that we are the masters of our own destiny yet, in a world where self-judgement and comparison is rife, paths can blur and progress hindered. Through each of her classes, she will be teaching students to listen to their bodies, follow their own pace and realise the joy of each moment. At the end, the takeaway will be a mind thrumming with renewed determination and a shifted perspective towards a bright and beautiful tomorrow.


Rustic charm emanates into the interior of each residence, speaking of a forgone era, consistent with the philosophy of the estate. Hardwood flooring and cantilevered beams, earth-hued furniture paired with modern facilities and contemporary details. Sophistication and elegance adds a new dimension to the experience. Unbolt your heart and mind and delve deep to discover the ritual of self-care in these private, airy spaces.

Room Types

One-Bedroom Residence

Experience both comfort and countryside easiness throughout your stay in the One-Bedroom Residence at Meneghetti. After recent restoration works, the compositions of the rooms are kept clean, pure and neutral to add a passé flair without interference to the luxuries of contemporary living. Equipped with a King-sized bed, the One-Bedroom Residence measures approximately 75sqm with access to a private terrace and garden, overlooking the vineyards and olive groves. Other amenities include air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, complimentary Wi-Fi, TV, telephone and essential toiletries.

Food and Cuisine

Being leading experts in hospitality means an outstanding gastronomic offering cannot be forgotten. Defined through their team who are not only hard working and enthusiastic for top quality food, cooking in this corner of Croatia is not just about preparing food. It is about delivering plates of creativity, tradition, culture and above all, passion and refinement. Mastering culinary expertise with international experience, the head chef of the kitchens will work to deliver fresh and tasteful dishes. Prepared using high quality, seasonal ingredients sourced locally and olive oils produced onsite. A modern interpretation of exemplary Istrian cuisine.

Health, Safety and Hygiene

Your health and safety has and will continue to take central priority in everything we do. For this retreat, Balance Holidays and Meneghetti have worked together to introduce and adopt heightened levels of health and safety vigilance and measures guided by local health authorities, WHO (World Health Organisation) and CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) above their existing stringent standards. The objective is to provide a safe, comfortable and high-quality experience as expected from us. We also have an individual Reaffirming Croatian Countryside Estate Retreat determined Health & Safety protocol in place. If you wish to learn more, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, please refer to our Terms and Conditions or Covid-19 Update.


Host to rural, bucolic settings, Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, shared between Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Attested as a hidden gem of Croatia by travellers near and far, Istria inhabits emerald forests and fertile pastures to olive groves, vineyards, truffles and herbs. Secluded spots to soak in the splendid stretches of scenery are aplenty as well as tangled bike trails and forest paths for the keen explorer. Besides the airport in Pula, sits an amphitheatre. Which is among the six final surviving Roman arenas in the world and one of ten most beautiful ruins existing today. The historic city carrying prime examples of Venetian architecture, Rovinj, is a short drive away. The feudal town, Bale, which held an important role, as a Roman fort, is also close by. Without forgetting the proximity of the Adriatic Sea’s crystalline waters. Admire an unbroken stretch of stunning coastline, the perfect spot to pause and relish in the refreshing, clean air.

Practical Info

A Typical Day



7:30am – 9:00am: Physical Activity Upon Choice

9:00am – 10:00am: Breakfast

10:00am – 1:00pm: Guided Activity in Nature



1:00pm: Lunch

Rest and Free Time

Spa Treatment



7:00pm – 8:00pm: Dinner

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Restorative Workshop



*As each Private Retreat is fully flexible and personalised, moulded to the demands of your wellbeing needs, the activities and timings listed in this itinerary are indicative only. The final programme schedule will be emailed to you prior to the beginning of this experience and may vary depending on factors such as local weather conditions.


Check-in and Checkout


This programme will commence at 5:00pm on the day of arrival. You will be allowed to check into your suite from 3pm onwards. We therefore suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport to the estate.

The closest airport is Pula Airport. You may book a taxi from outside the airport, quoting the below address to bring you directly to the estate. Alternatively, the estate will be happy to organise a transfer for you. Please email quoting “Transfer” in the subject line. This transfer service will entail a separate fee, not included as part of the cost of this programme. Total journey time if local traffic conditions permit will be approximately 25 minutes.


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