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Veli Iž – A hotel for lovers of the alternative

Veli Iž – A hotel for lovers of the alternative
Hotel Korinjak, on the island Veli Iž in Zadar archipelago is the first hotel on the Adriatic which specialises in programs of ecological, health and holistic nature, offering excusively healthy vegetarian food, based on traditional Mediterranean domestic cuisine with fresh ingredients without additives and preservatives. For ten years `Korinjak` has aimed its offer towards guests who prefer the healthier way of life and this year it has introduced a whole line of oil-protein vegetarian cuisine.

The hotel is located at the entrance to the port of Veli Iž, in a picturesque point, in the middle of a pine forest, surrounded by beaches. It was named after the hill in its vicinity. Located in a peacefull, green oasis with a view of the sea, the hotel aims to satisfy a man’s need for peace, relaxation and simplicity, without the burdens of luxury and glamour. The hotel has 80 rooms, in other words 160 beds, most of them with a balcony and a view of the sea or the park.

In the vicinity of the hotel there is a camp whose guests can enjoy the beautiful pine woods close to the sea. As part of the hotel there are three seminar or workshop halls as well as a smaller hall for individual sessions. Next to the restaurant, in which balanced, vegetarian dishes are served, the hotel has a small diner on the beach itself.

The hotel advertises itself with the slogan `a rest for the soul` and along with an ideal healthy vacation, guests are offered the participation in everyday workshops where they can learn classic yoga, basic meditation skills, find out about various techniques of self healing, learn about reflex foot massages, take Thai massage classes and tantric yoga. Also on offer is a basic seminar of shiatsu treatments. All this is taught by around 30 experts and teachers.

A rest for the soul in Veli Iž is completed by the nearby islet Rutnjak and the hill after which the hotel was named. Rutnjak got its name from the medicinal plant `ruta` which grows there in aboundance. This is an island whose beautiful beaches are ideal for a carefree nudist experience. The hill Korinjak is the highest point on the island Iž, form which stretches an unforgettable view of the surrounding islands.

The village Veli Iž lies in the tame valley on the north side of the island. The village has an authentic and traditional rhythm of island life; olive oil production, fishing, and sailing are the main lines of work of its few inhabitants.

Veli Iž has a preserved old core and in its centre stands the renovated church of St. Petar and Pavao. The ethnographic collection of Veli Iž holds numerous exhibits of authentic ceramics and tools used in the traditional potter`s trade. The key cultural event of the summer on the island of Iž is the famous Iž feast. The locals then dress up in traditional costumes and perform old island dances and songs and domestic food is prepared for numerous visitors. The highlight of the event is the choosing of the `local king` with a one year mandate. This is a tradition which dates back to ancient times.

The Tourist Board of Zadar County
www.zadar.hr

The Tourist Board of Zadar
www.tzzadar.hr
 
 

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