There is only one world. In this world we can only find a small number of places that provide a truly magnificent experience. Since the early 19th century, a certain hidden rural estate in southern Istria has been predestined to take the title of one of the most beautiful mansions in the Mediterrannean.
The place is called Stancija Meneghetti. For almost a century, it was a well-known refuge for Austro-Hungarian army officers, serving in several military forts located in the southern part of the peninsula.
Abandoned by all the former armies, owners and accidental passers-by, overgrown in Mediterranean underbrush and weeds, it was re-discovered in the early 2000s by Miroslav Plišo and his wife, Romana Kajfež, who were in search of a perfect estate for their own enjoyment; there was only one condition - the place had to be located in Istria. In their quest, they stumbled upon an abandoned yet beautiful house, surrounded by spacious meadows and forests - an ideal place for growing grapevines and olives. An ideal place for those who admire a true peace.
Nowadays, Meneghetti is a delightful luxurious hotel with an outstanding restaurant and its own premium, world renowned award-winning wines and olive oils.
Miroslav Plišo and Romana Kajfež turned this abandoned treasure into the highest category hotel in only a few years’ time. Stancija Meneghetti is now a true beauty made of stone, with a restaurant that represents a unique gastronomic experience and service provided by top professionals. The mansion is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, providing the production of finest wines and olive oils in the estate’s winery. During the redesign, highest attention was given to every detail. The final result are the utmost quality and pleasurable aesthetics, both in the flawless interior and magical external environment.
Today, Meneghetti is a delightful luxury hotel, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, with an outstanding restaurant, and its own premium, world renowned and award winning wines and olive oils. Like any real Paradise on Earth, this place is hard to find. Magic only happens off the beaten path. One does not come to Stancija Meneghetti by sticking to main roads; in order to find it, you need to explore the paths, turn your journey into an adventure, worth every effort. Once you get to the magical place, you need to reveal its beauty slowly, step by step.
The Meneghetti restaurant, recommended by the Michelin guide, is among the best in Croatia and in the wider region. It was awarded 15 points and three chef’s hats in the Guide Gault & Millau 2019 and listed among the world’s top 1,000 restaurants according to La Liste. Meneghetti olive oil is repeatedly year after year included in the list of 50 best olive oils in the world. World’s leading olive oil guide “L’extravergine” in 2007 declared Meneghetti’s ‘Izbor’ as the world’s best olive oil in one of of the most challenging olive oil categories – "intensely fruity" aroma.