Luxury that transcends time
The island of Lošinj, with its temperate climate and picturesque views, has long been one of the Adriatic’s best kept secrets. In the mid-19th century Vienna and Budapest established a railroad to the coast, and an elite clientele from the power centers of Europe began discovering their love for Lošinj. Even from imperial court, guests came to Lošinj in order to enjoy the healthy benefits of the island’s salty air and tranquility.
Due to its pleasant climate, the Habsburg Archduke, Karlo Stiepan, chose Lošinj as the place for his summer residence and brought more than 200 evergreen trees to the island. Today they provide the verdant shade for Lošinj’s beautiful, sheltered and secluded bays. In Cikat Bay, the most beautiful bay on Lošinj, sits Hotel Alhambra, a place where old Mediterranean glamour comes to life. Alhambra sprang from the imagination of Alfred Keller, a renowned Austrian architect who left his trace all of the world by designing simple, elegant hotels that reconcile modernity and tradition. Alhambra, under the watchful instruction of Keller, was built on the coast for the Baroness Gabriella Kersner in 1912 and in the style of a Mediterranean villa.
From the very beginning, Hotel Alhambra was a place of sophisticated luxury, a salon for the era’s intellectual and cultural elite. Many great philosophers, musicians, and politicians stayed at Alhambra and discussed the important issues of the day late into the night of the hotel’s veranda.
Alhambra offers numerous experiences, tailor-made for the senses. Taste rare wines and superb food in the Alfred Keller restaurant. Each dish, such as Kvarner shrimp or lamb chops, is made from the finest local ingredients. The restaurant has proudly received an award from the French restaurant guide Gault Millau. In wine masterclasses, top oenologist introduce you to the flavors of fantastic wines and teach you how to appreciate the different varieties of wine. The tradition of the former salon and its discussion of important topics lives on as the opinions of global experts in the relevant fields can still be heard in the hotel, as can the operatic performance of great classical musicians. Relax in the hotel’s award-winning Spa with sophisticated and specially designed treatments and rituals that restore the balance between body and soul, using the aromas from the island. All the beauty of Lošinj and its archipelago is best seen from a bird’s eye view— Alhambra, therefore has a private plane available.
Hotel Alhambra, an elegant building that has renowned with beauty and sophistication for more than a century, is an experience that offers the true and timeless glamour of the Mediterranean.