At the turn of the 19th century, at the peak of their reign as one of the most influential and distinguished royal houses of Europe, the Habsburgs transformed a sleepy fishing village nestled along the Istrian peninsula into one of the most sought after luxury destinations in the world. Surrounded by fragrant and evergreen forests of bay laurel, with its dazzling vistas and agreeable year round climate Opatija became the place where royalty took their holidays alongside cultural elites. Today this seaside paradise is hotter than ever and a preeminent destination for yachters who will be enthralled with the dreamy 1950’s French Riviera feel of the relatively unspoiled coastline. Known for its ultra lux wellness spas and resorts as well as world class gourmet eateries, Opatija also offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Just outside the town center, situated above one of the Northern Adriatics most beautiful beaches, Villa Appeal offers an elegant and modern private retreat from which you can enjoy unobstructed views of the picturesque bay.

Opatija attracts travels the world over with it’s renowned wellness spas. Enjoy many of those same luxurious amenities with a view that can’t be beat from Villa Appeal’s sensational clifftop perch.. The property includes a sauna, a gym, two cabanas and a heated massage swimming pool that overlooks the sea.

Once inside the villa’s main level, floor to ceiling windows create an expansive space, tastefully appointed with warm earth tones that seamlessly harmonize with the clean modern lines for a pared down modern aesthetic that emphasizes the stunning panoramic view.

Multiple living areas mean you can sink into the cozy ultra plush sofa to enjoy a light summer read by the fire while elsewhere guests can kick back for a movie or a game night.

The gorgeous wood slab dining table makes both a bold design statement and a worthy stage for a succulent spread of local delicacies. Should the mood to dine alfresco strike you, enjoy the spacious outdoor dining area and ample lounge seating on the  sundrenched terrace.

But why should you have to decide? Erase the line between indoor and outdoor living by sliding open the enormous terrace doors to enjoy the warm sea breeze and expansive vistas wherever you choose to relax.

The bright and sunny kitchen is a sleek ultra stylish dream for the inspired home chef. Touches of rich wood add texture and warmth without compromising the clean lines and modern feel of the space. Fully equipped and designed for convenience, the open concept kitchen makes preparing food both pleasurable and social.

Dramatic floor to ceiling windows are carried throughout the house ensuring the sea view is enjoyed from virtually every room, including the sun soaked bedrooms. Each of the five bedrooms are designed with a soothing minimalist aesthetic complete with ensuites and balcony access.

In the master bath the organic shapes of the basin sink and freestanding bathtub evoke a sense of calm serenity, inviting a relaxing soak while basking in the captivating seaview.


Sitting on .4 acres with 7,427 sqft of refined living space featuring 5 bedrooms and 7 baths,  Villa Appeal  is being offered for $3,985,037  through Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty. Should you merely be cruising the Aegean for a holiday it is also currently available for rent for $4,375.00.