I’m up early at the Hotel Bellevue, my home for the week, in Mali Losinj, in Croatia’s Kvarner region, made up of five islands in the sparkling Adriatic sea. Yesterday was blustery and cold, as a result of bora, the north wind that’s famous in the winter for injecting a chill into early spring days.
As we landed in the hotel’s own Beech King Air plane, the furious wind blew us sideways, but we landed safely at the small airport that is being enlarged over the next few years to accommodate small jets.
For now, it’s a short runway with a small shack that serves as our customs entry point. The hotel picks up guests from airports all over Europe; it was a thrill to see Venice’s vast lagoon below us as we soared the 31 minutes over to the island!
This hotel is a gleaming white edifice–from the outside it resembles a giant office building, shaped in a square.
In 2014, two additional stories were added as more than 1000 workers spent just 7 months in a complete modernization, adding stonework from Madagascar, elegant Italian furniture, and gave the whole restaurant and lobby area a Danish sort of feeling–clean lines.