Little Luxuries

SERENITY IN BLUE: The spa at Valsabbion

It's easy to see why Valsabbion, a boutique hotel just outside the Croatian port city of Pula, has become a favorite of visiting VIPs — Sting, for one, held a party here after performing in Pula's amphitheater. Discreet, quirky and filled with friendly staff, the hotel, wellness center and restaurant started life back in 1993 as a humble B&B. Then along came siblings Sonja and Sandra Peric, accidental hoteliers who were once a psychologist and a dermatologist. Now three of Valsabbion's 10 rooms are romantic suites with sea views and king-sized beds. The sisters' magpie instincts mean fixtures — like a...

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