What began with one villa, three friends and a property owner in need of advice has developed into a business of 700-plus luxury lodgings and more than 40,000 guests a year.
But some things never change. My Istria, the company created from a simple idea, retains its personal touch and local know-how. And Istria, home of these three friends, remains as rustic and relaxing as ever. The vineyards, the hilltop villages barely altered since the Venetians, the outstanding gastronomy and the easy distances between villa, coast and destination restaurants, Croatia’s best-kept secret is as authentic and welcoming as when the three founders of My Istria sat around a dining table in 2008.
What’s different is the 50,000-plus annual holidaymakers looking for the perfect place to stay.
And in choosing a private villa over a hotel, they have opted for independence, privacy, flexibility and diversity. Couples seek intimacy. A family might need full use of the pool and a plenty of space for the dog to run around. Others revel in cooking, spending the morning picking up seasonal produce at the local market, fish fresh that day and a top-notch bottle of wine from the terroir on which it was grown, and taking the time to throw it all together while friends chat on the terrace. Open another bottle, you’re on holiday. And, at the end of the meal, there’s no need to worry about the bill.
Of course, not all of the fun on offer revolves the villa, but those seeking the thrills of an active break might take advantage of the communal jacuzzi to soak away tired muscles after a hard day’s cycling, hiking or windsurfing.
Now with more than 700 hand-picked properties, all vetted, verified and accurately presented on their website, My Istria has the villa to meet your holiday needs. And if you’re not sure, ask. After more than ten years of working directly with villa owners, the team at My Istria can deal with most requests and questions. Remember – My Istria is not a booking website but a long-term venture set up by a small group of friends whose roots lie here, whose business depends upon the satisfaction of their guests.
My Istria also offers a low-price guarantee, a property manager available 24/7 before and during your stay, and all-risk coverage with Allianz, the world’s largest insurance company, for any property damage or holiday cancellation.
That’s the details taken care of. Now what about your holiday?