Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa

Ika, Istria & Kvarner, Croatia Book from Book from £229 per night

Brand new! Swish waterside hotel with spacious rooms, a lavish spa, and a private speedboat for exploring the nearby Kvarner islands
Croatian tourism first began in this sunny corner of the Kvarner Gulf in the late 19th century, when Opatija became a fashionable seaside resort with grand hotels and elegant Secession villas patronised by artists and intellectuals. Over a century later, this long-established reputation for glamour still stands, and flying the flag is the Ikador hotel (or 'hotel of gold').

Set in gardens with lawns, palms and pink-flowering lagerstroemia (crape-myrtle) trees, it affords a wide vista across the shimmering gulf. You enter into a lobby of travertine stone with gold inlay, furnished with blue velvet armchairs. There are 16 spacious rooms and suites with grey marble bathrooms, an extensive spa (with sauna, steam and flotation rooms), and a fine-dining restaurant featuring a pretty terrace with sea views.

The Ikador is all about one thing: indulgence. Relax at the classy Riva Lounge, which serves drinks by the infinity pool; recline on a sunbed on the raised wooden deck built into the rocks, or take the steps down to the Adriatic for a refreshing dip. If you're feeling more active, a scenic coastal promenade walk (12km) runs right past the hotel and ends up in Volosko, taking in some beautiful sights along the way. Or, if you prefer to travel by sea, the Riva speedboat can zip you off on private trips to the nearby islands - James Bond style.

Highs

  • The waterside location, with sweeping views over the Kvarner Gulf, and Cres and Krk islands
  • The sophisticated Riva Lounge, showcasing Italian Riva design, with a heated saltwater infinity pool, a jazuzzi and a bar
  • Nobilion, a gourmet a la carte restaurant with a sea-view terrace, and chef's table in a private dining space
  • Riva Aquariva speedboat available for private tours
  • Bespoke service: a concierge arranges transfers, trips and excursions, with specialist local insight

Lows

  • Only the Royal and Presidential Suites have bathtubs – other rooms have shower-only bathrooms
  • The garden is newly landscaped, so the planting still needs time to become established
  • This is a new purpose-built hotel, so it's slightly lacking a sense of history, and it isn't the prettiest structure

Best time to go

In peak season (July-August), the Croatian coast can get rather hot and crowded, though it is great fun if you're looking for vibrant nightlife with lots of people watching. Many visitors prefer shoulder season (May-June and September-October), when the weather is still sunny, the sea (just) warm enough to swim in, and all local sports facilities are up and running, without being madly busy.

Our top tips

The nearby village of Lovran hosts various food festivals, including the Festival Sparoga (wild asparagus festival) in April, the Dani Cresanja (cherry festival) in June, and the Marunada (sweet chestnut festival) in October, when local restaurants and street stalls offer traditional dishes prepared from these seasonal specialities.

Great for...

Beach
Foodie
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 16
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 21 Jan 2020 - 2 Apr 2020...
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
  • Mini golf
Room:

Rooms

There are nine double rooms and seven suites. Walls are painted in neutral greys, while velvety upholstery comes in luscious petrol blue, moss green or mustard yellow. Glass doors open onto spacious loggias or balconies, most of which have dazzling sea views (only the Executive Suite looks onto parkland).

Expect big comfy beds with Egyptian cotton linens and a pillow menu, floors of smoked oak wood and grey marble, a desk area with an espresso coffee machine, kettle (herbal teas provided), tablet, and complimentary minibar (soft drinks).

Spacious grey marble bathrooms come with superb walk-in rain-showers, enormous white porcelain wash-basins and big round mirrors, Hermes toiletries, plus thoughtful extras such as Marvis toothpaste and mouthwash.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

A la carte breakfasts are served at Nobilion Restaurant, on a lovely terrace with grey marble-top tables, overlooking the garden and the bay below. Themed menus include "English" (Istrian smoked bacon, sausage, and free-range eggs) and "Wellness" (fruit, yoghurt and homemade granola), plus proper Italian coffee.

At dinner, expect delights such as tuna tataki, Kvarner shrimp risotto, oven-baked sea bass with potatoes and courgettes, dry-aged steaks with pumpkin cream, and sublime chocolate mousse. Waiter service is excellent and the sommelier will suggest Croatian quality wines to accompany each dish.

In the garden, the Riva Lounge features yacht-inspired Italian Riva furnishing, and does fabulous cocktails (try the AquaRiva, combining gin, elderflower syrup, lemon, tonic, tropical blue syrup and fresh mint) and tasty snacks (such as swordfish club sandwich) on a wooden deck by the infinity pool. There's also the Edgar Cigar Bar, with a big fireplace and quality cigars.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Chill out at blissful Ikalia Spa, which offers a sauna, experience showers, massages with stones (hot and cold), beauty treatments, and a gravity-free (water) bed you "float" on. There's also a gym and a sea-view terrace for yoga classes.
  • Play a round of minigolf - there's a nine-hole course in the garden.
  • Take a private sailing trip aboard the hotel's magnificent Riva speedboat, crossing the Kvarner Gulf to the blissful islands of Cres and Losinj.
  • Spend the day by the heated seawater infinity pool and jacuzzi at the Riva Lounge, with wooden sunbeds and waiter service, or take a recliner on the seaside deck, where you can swim directly into the sparkling Adriatic.
  • Borrow a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and paddle along the indented coast, to discover secluded pebble coves backed by the dramatic pine-wooded heights of Mount Ucka.
  • Walk along the lovely late-19th-century tree-lined "lungomare" (seaside promenade), running 12km from Lovran to Volosko, passing through Opatija, a sailing marina and several pretty fishing harbours along the way.
  • Spend a day exploring the port city of Rijeka, European Capital of Culture 2020.

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Nightlife
  • Paddleboarding
  • Private guided tours
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are welcome, though the general mood here is sophisticated and restful. Activities that would appeal to kids include the pool, stand-up paddleboarding and mini-golf in the garden. Extra beds are available in the suites, and babysitting can be arranged on request.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The suites are recommended for families as they are more spacious and can take extra beds.

Baby equipment:

  • High chair
  • Baby cots

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Minigolf
  • Paddleboarding
  • Boat trips

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes
  • Hospital: 30 minutes
  • Shops: Five minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa overlooks the seafront promenade in the village of Ika, in the Kvarner district. It is close to Lovran (2km) and Opatija (5km).

By Air:
Fly into Rijeka (47km), Pula (100km), Ljubljana (135km) or Zagreb (192km).

From the airport:
Airport transfers can be arranged on request, or you can hire a car from the airport and drive to Ikador.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Rijeka 47.0 km RYK
  • Pula 100.0 km PUY

Other:

  • Beach 0.3 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
8/10
Value
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