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Looking to keep your spending under control but can’t bear to cramp your style? Consider renting a luxury home instead of staying at a hotel. You get a whole house and all its amenities for less than the price of a hotel room when all is said and done, and in addition you get all the privacy in the world. If you have no idea what to expect in terms of luxury rentals in Croatia, we’re here to help. With the help of our friends at Novasol, we bring you six  top luxury villas in Istria to give you an idea of what’s out there.

1. Villa Paolina

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This beautiful villa is located in the small village of Rapavel, which is about 15 kilometers from Porec and near Visnjan. It covers about 225 square meters and has four bedrooms with bathrooms–plenty of space for a whole family or group of friends! The villa property also offers a barbecue with a covered dining area, an indoor fireplace, swimming pool and internet so you can relax and enjoy your time off and still stay connected to the rest of the world if that’s what you desire. What’s unique about this villa is that it was built at the turn of the 20th century and recently went through a complete renovation. Its old-fashioned atmosphere gives it a special charm that’s hard to find elsewhere.

Price: averages 1,400 to 2,900 EUR / 10,648 to 22,055 HRK per week (all inclusive)

Sights to see nearby: Porec old town, Euphrasius Basilica of Porec, hilltop walled city of Motovun, Motovun Church of the Virgin Mary

2. Villa Lucija

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Another highly acclaimed villa near Porec is Villa Stella in the quaint village of Fabci. It sits right on the outskirts of Fabci so you’ll have complete privacy and hear only the hum and buzz of the nature surrounding you. The villa spans 290 square maters and is suitable for 10 people with its five bedrooms and private bathrooms. Villa Stella is a perfect choice for both summer and winter. During the summer, you can make use of the 10 bikes available, enjoy a fenced furnished garden, swim in the heated outdoor pool and grill up a storm with the house barbecue. During the winter, get cozy in a sauna and next to an indoor fireplace. Feel free to bring your four-legged friend along too!

Price: Depends on the season, averages 1,600 to 3,400 EUR / 12,169 to 25,857 HRK per week (all inclusive)

Sights to see nearby: Porec old town, Euphrasius Basilica, Baredine Cave, Porec Aquarium

3.  Villa Stella

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Looking for luxury relaxation mixed with a hint of tradition? Then Villa Lucija in Rovinjsko Selo will definitely do the trick. The villa is just six kilometers away from romantic Rovinj. Covering 105 square meters, Villa Lucija was originally built in 1886 and features three bedrooms that can sleep up to seven people. When you’re not enjoying Rovinj’s beautiful beaches and Old Town, you can relax the day away next to (or in) the villa’s private swimming pool and fill up on some  grilled meats and vegetables if you care to use the house barbecue.

Price: averages 1,000 to 2,200 EUR / 7,606 to  16,732 HRK per week (all inclusive)

Sights to see nearby: St. Euphemia Church, Punta Corrente park, Balbi arch, Dvigrad, Rovinj archipelago

4. Zminj-Vadediji Holiday Home

Nestled on the edge of the small and peaceful village of Vadediji near Rovinj and Zminj, this villa embodies both exceptional design and quality. The villa is modern inside and out and has enough room to fit eight people comfortably with four bedrooms and five bathrooms. You’ll also find spacious living and dining areas inside as well as a mini spa with a sauna, a wine cellar and a fitness studio in the basement. Get your swim on in the outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, too. This holiday home definitely has the ideal trifecta–it’s a great place for socializing, relaxing and getting active!

Price: Depends on the season, averages 1,360 EUR / 10,339 HRK per week

Sights to see nearby: St. Euphemia ChurchDvigrad, Kingdom of Festini cave, Zminj Holy Trinity Church, Glagolitic graffiti

5. Labin-Morcaki Holiday Home

If you seek to experience laid back rural life in style, then this holiday home in Labin is a wonderful choice. The  villa originally served as a family farm home but has been completely renovated to bring you all the comfort you desire. The home is ideal for big groups as it consists of four buildings that can fit 18 people total with seven bedrooms and bathrooms. The main building offers an impressive wellness center that features a whirlpool, steam bath and Finnish sauna. In another building, a large living room houses a piano and wine-bar–perfect for entertaining. Outside the houses, you can take a dip in the big swimming pool to cool off or play soccer, volleyball and badminton with the provided sports equipment.

Price: Depends on the season, averages  2370 EUR / 18,019 HRK per week

Sights to see nearby: Miner’s Republic of Labin, Labin Town Museum, Fortica fortress

6. Pula-Pjescana Uvala Holiday Home

For ultramodern accommodation, we suggest this brand new and high-tech holiday home in the village of Verudela near Pula. It has a perfect location, just 20 meters away from the beach. Every floor of the villa has an open terrace, ensuring you’ll receive the ultimate panoramic view of the sea. Pets are allowed here and the villa can comfortably accommodate 10 people with six bedrooms and four bathrooms. While you relax the day away, enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool, ease away stress in the sauna or play a game of foosball, table tennis or darts with your family or friend.

Price: Depends on the season, averages 3,378 EUR / 25,690 HRK per week

Sights to see nearby: Pula Arena, Pula Aquarium, Temple of Augustus, Arch of Sergius, Porta Gemina, Pula Town Hall, Cathedral of St. Mary’s Assumption

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our post on how to choose the right vacation rental and consider taking the next step. Don’t forget that fall is one of the best times to find a deal on homes and villas in Croatia, and Istria’s one of the loveliest places to spend September and October. For other posts we have on accommodations, check herehere and here. Also be sure to read our post on fabulous Zagreb vacation rentals.

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