Raf, Wendy, Stijn, Wouter en Fien

Balini guest

Croatia has surprised us: beautiful area, friendly people, cozy villages. It was lovely to return after a trip to the rest in Balini. All of us have greatly enjoyed: Balini is a must !!! Croatia has surprised us: beautiful sceneries, friendly people, sympathatic villages. It was lovely to return after a trip to the quiet of Balini.

All of us have greatly enjoyed our stay: Balini is a must !!!

Roby, Sofie and Kids in Balini and Oprtalj

Oprtalj guest

I do not know how to write it down, but still: DOBRDAN Marjo and Aline. This is the only Croatian word we know after having this unforgetable holiday.
Helas, for really exploring this paradise it was too short, much too short.

Therefore, as we told you, we will come back, we have to come back. Possibly with other triathletes for a training camp, or with our families!!!

All your houses offer charme and innumerable plus points, too many to mention them all here. One thing strikes, all three have a fantastic views, which is priceless.
I am sorry for all other future investors: you already got the best pieces. :-)

To end: please take good care for the part of my hart that I have to leave behind here, both "Casa Balini" as "Casa Acqua Dolce".
Thanks for all the advice and suggestions. And most certainly see you again.

Good luck and a good health for what the future ahs still in store for you.

Roby, Sofie and the Kids xxx

A couple from the UK

Oprtalj guest

We love our stay in Casa Acqua Dolce. A week is not enough. We continue to be impressed with all the attention to the detail you've put into the house!

We hope to be back.

Greet, Bert, Marleen

Balini guest

Your house deserves a place in a designers' magazine. It is really beautiful and the view is just spectacular.
Every morning when waking up I am impressed in "my room with the view". The holdiay was just perfect and quite. I fully enjoyed the swimming pool in these temperature.


Just beauty. Every day I jump into the pool and feel fresh again, I just enjoy the view from my room. Also nice little towns in the area, as Novigrad. Very nice interior.


Thanks for being here and allowing me to discover this all. A really piece of beauty.


Annick and Dirk

Balini guest

Just after the "forest" we saw the name-board "Benvenuti a Balini" (Welcome to Balini) and 20 m further, when we gor out of the carn we already felt very welcome. The first thing we did was not to go to our apartement. But instead we just enjoyed the peace and calm and were impressed by the view and the wonderful area. And then we went into the house. Once the alarm under control and the olive green shutters opened, we again were confronted with a surprise. What a nice warm and confortable atmosphere inside.
And the bedroom with balcony just exceeded any expectation 'at night, with a glass of wine, we often toasted on this feeling). We made great tours in the region. enjoyed the house and did not miss the stress of a city. We hope to be able to return to this place.

Really MERCI for this wonderful holiday.. And yes you make dreams come true!

Piet & Sophie, Tobo & Levi, Ella, Nina and Amber

Balini guest

Really high calls interior design, beautiful house, nice area, just perfect. The pool was just great for the kids and the best thing for the adults.
The kids played for hours in and around the pool, giving us plenty of time to relax. We were never at a place so beautiful. A real paradise, even better.

Balini the nicest place on earth.

Thanks for this great holiday.

The bikers

Oprtalj guest

We all had been in Istria once or more. But now it was time to test Oprtalj. Not just the house, but also the many activities and arrangements that IstraPanorama offers.

One day we went hiking in the mountains in the Ucka range (pure nature and we saw no one else); one day we went biking starting from Oprtalj to Zrenj, the castle, Sovinjak, Vrh, Livade and back (heavy); we visited wine producers (especially the champagne in Vrh was super) and olive oil (Claudio and Irene: we did not know that olive oil could be so good); we "hunted" for truffles and found a reasonable amount of "white truffles" which the local (Dutch) excellent cook used in the meal he prepared in our own kitchen in Casa Acqua Dolce (name Joris gave to the house: many of us come from Oud-Heverlee, where we have het Zoete Water (= Acqua Dolce), our nature resort); we went sailing along the Istrian coast and did not see any dolphins this time; and went for a little walk to Balini and enjoyed the local restaurants. And all this in one week!!!

And than the house: a living room with a fantastic view; a kitchen to enjoy food and friends; bedrooms with a view, some with a complex beam-structure in the roof and a bathroom where wellness is already an overall feeling; and finally the WELLNESS: just perfect, certainly after a day outside with lots of sport and exercise. The whole restaurantion was clearly done with so much feeling for details, where history can be seen from the walls and decoration adds to the feeling of being taken care of.

We can certainly recommend this house to everybody.

A group of Orthopedagogues

Oprtalj guest

We came for a long WE, but never expected this. The house is just perfect, the region so beautiful, Istria has so much to offer and the people so friendly. And the weather: we had snow in the beginning and blue skies most of the time. Just perfect.

The plan was to have long WE with the staff. We traveled from Belgium with RyanAir to Treviso (near Venice) where we rented two cars. A three hour drive got us in Oprtalj where we immediately were taken by the impressive hallway and living, with super kitchen and cozy sitting room. After having been led around the rest of the house we went to bed (or had a final drink. The next morning we had breakfast while overlooking the logia in terracota colour, the olive- and wine plantations and the snow on the trees. Bright colours in spite of winter.

We did some walking, enjoyed the restaurant next door, visited Rovinj, prepared great meals in the super-kitchen and above all just dreamed away in the wellness. We also had a work-visit to a local organisation taking care of abandoned children.

This is truly paradise.

Hans and Lisette

Oprtalj guest

While enjoying a "Pivo and Vino" on the terrace of the excellent Konoba Oprtalj we look back at a wonderful two weeks in Istria.

We were overwhelmed by the hospitality that we received. We really would like to thank you for that!!!

After having stayed in the country in your house in Balini, we moved the village life of Oprtalj!

Here the luxury of Casa Acqua Dolce was waiting for us. What a great feeling to be in the midst of the Istrian life. Enjoying of the fantastic views, meeting nice people, drinking coffee in the Volta next door, having a wonderful meal in the different Taverna's one can find in the area, making beautiful hiking tours and passing "abandoned" villages and breathtaking fields of floors full of butterflies.

Casa Acqua Dolce exceeded our expectations. How much more luxury can you possibly want? As soon as we entered the door, you feel the warmth of the house that absorbs you completely. What a delicious accents and details can be found in the house. In our opinion all has been made with a lot of love and good taste.

We spend many hours in the spa. Body and soul have found peace and quite here. This wellness is certainly no less than any "so-called" official spa.
Luxurious finishing of a high level!

We certainly hope to be able to come back, not in least thanks to the central location of both houses, but especially thanks to your warm hospitality.

Guido and 5 sailors

Balini guest

After a great week sailing the Adriatic on a luxury boat (Bavaria 47) with Marjo as captain, from Trogir to Vrsar, we thought that it could not be better: the gastronomy of Marleen; the expertise of Marjo when docking; the way we rationed water; and much more.

And still in Balini we enjoyed life even more: even more gastronomy, more wind, more docking, more rest, more water, ... . And all this in the mitts of a breathtaking panorama.
We found it hardly necessary to visit the rest of the environment, further as Motovun, Groznjan and Oprtalj.

Thanks for the ultimate holiday.

Nico en Annemie

Oprtalj guest

Today we are leaving from beautiful Istria, we have to leave from beautiful Casa Acqua Dolce. What a great place in a stunning setting. We were so glad to be able to your "house mates" for this week. We will certainly remember the great stories of Marjo that he could bring with such passion. For the hints you gave us, thanks. In part because of that, we have the feeling that we really saw a lot in such a short time.

Our own spa is also a great place to be. Nothing better as to relax in the spa after a 'hard' beach day. Just relax in the Jacuzzi and the warm swimming pool!!! We certainly hope to be able to come back one day. For the time being for us no France, Spain or Italy. Croatië is the place to be!

A lot of success with your magnificent CASA ACQUA DOLCE and with the other house + piece of building land!! We will certainly continue to follow you via the website.
Thanks again for the hospitality. We are about to leave for rainy Holland