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Unveiling the Healing Power of Lošinj Island, Croatia

by Lily Niu

Croatia’s coastline is full of hidden gems but Lošinj Island stands out as a sanctuary for the mind, body, and soul. This verdant island, boasting the world’s healthiest air, offers a potent blend of natural wonders and transformative wellness experiences. 

My recent four-night escape to Lošinj unveiled a haven dedicated to holistic rejuvenation, leaving me feeling revitalised and utterly serene.

A breath of fresh air: The allure of Lošinj’s healing climate

Lošinj’s reputation as a health resort dates back to the 19th century when Habsburg nobility flocked to the island to escape the throes of central European winters. The island’s unique microclimate is a key element in its appeal.

Island breezes carry a symphony of scents – pine needles mingle with salty air, and the heady fragrance of wild herbs adds another layer of aromatic intrigue. More than just pleasant, Lošinj’s air is said to be remarkably low in allergens and pollutants, making it a healing haven for those suffering from respiratory ailments.

The island’s lush vegetation, including an abundance of Austrian pine trees, is believed to contribute to the air’s exceptional quality.

Spa bliss at Hotel Bellevue Losinj

My island sojourn was divided between two beautiful properties managed by Lošinj Hotels & Villas: Hotel Bellevue Losinj and Boutique Hotel Alhambra. Each offered a distinct spa experience, catering to different wellness desires.

Hotel Bellevue Losinj’s spa is a haven of serenity, its calming interiors echoing the island’s natural beauty. Here, I surrendered to the unique magic of “The Floating Massage”. Cradled on a specially designed healing aqua cushion, I drifted into profound relaxation as the therapist’s expert touch soothed away tension exacerbated by city life and all that comes with it.

The gentle rocking motion of my body on what felt like a warm, embracing cloud, mimicking the rhythm of waves, further deepened the sense of peace. This experience is perfect for those seeking to release deep-seated tension without having to lie face-down on a typical massage bed.

For those interested in a more immersive wellness journey, Hotel Bellevue Losinj offers a transformative “Sea-tox” programme. This invigorating program – available for 3, 7, or better yet, 14 days – incorporates a variety of treatments including lymphatic drainage exercises performed in the sea itself!

Cold water immersion therapy (an ice bath!) is also available; with the warmth and comfort of a private sauna right next door to bring your body temperature back to normal.

Boutique Hotel Alhambra’s spa treatments

Boutique Hotel Alhambra’s spa is a more intimate sanctuary, its decor echoing the island’s rich heritage. Here, I enjoyed their signature pine massage.

Warm pine massage oil, infused with the essence of the island’s Aleppo pine trees, melted away stress, while the inhalers loaded with the same invigorating aroma in the spa welcome area further enhanced the therapeutic experience. The rhythmic strokes, coupled with the potent pine scent, transported me to a state of deep relaxation.

Beyond massages, Boutique Hotel Alhambra offers a unique experience – a guided forest bathing session. Imagine immersing yourself in the dappled sunlight filtering through a canopy of ancient trees, inhaling the distinct scent of pine needles and earthy forest floor. This deeply grounding experience allows you to reconnect with nature and rediscover a sense of inner peace.

Nature’s Apothecary

Lošinj’s curative powers extend far beyond its exceptional air. This Croatian island boasts an abundance of natural wonders that contribute to its overall sense of well-being. Hiking and cycling trails weave through fragrant pine forests, offering opportunities to commune with nature and soak up the island’s invigorating atmosphere. 

Crystal-clear waters lap at secluded coves, inviting refreshing dips in the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Imagine plunging into the cool water, the sun warming your skin as you emerge feeling utterly invigorated.

Lošinj’s embrace extends beyond its terrestrial offerings. The island’s surrounding waters are a haven for marine life, making it a snorkelling and diving paradise. Exploring the underwater world unveils a kaleidoscope of colourful fish and fascinating marine flora. This immersive experience allows you to reconnect with the natural world in a truly awe-inspiring way.

Lošinj’s enduring appeal

Lošinj Island is more than just a beautiful destination; it’s a place of transformative healing.  From the moment I arrived, I felt a sense of calm wash over me.  The island’s natural wonders, combined with the exceptional spa experiences offered by Lošinj Hotels & Villas, conspired to create a truly restorative retreat. 

Whether you seek to melt away stress with a transformative massage or reconnect with nature through forest bathing or diving adventures, Lošinj Island offers a potent blend of experiences designed to nurture your well-being.

Lošinj Hotels & Villas
Čikat ul. 9, 51550
Mali Lošinj


  • Lily Niu

    Lily's background in editorial and digital media has seen her do plenty; including crafting celebrity style content for tech-first fashion startups and doing social media takeovers for fashion weeks at home and abroad. Her adventures have taken her on road trips through Morocco and allowed her to witness the sunrise over the sand dunes in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her lively poodle puppy and studio hopping across London to do her favourite barre and pilates classes.

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