Just home from a wonderful 2 weeks in Croatia with the Fortuna Island Hotel being our base. We would concur with many of the comments already posted - opt for a room at the back of the hotel as you do not hear any of the nightclub noise which I discovered really does thump out until 6am when I got up to take sun rise photos. Food is truly excellent (we were on half board as breakfasts and evening dinner have plenty of options to choose from due to it being a buffet help yourself style), drinks are a bit pricey and waiting staff are variable, especially the male staff! Martina in the animation team is truly lovely (we enjoyed her water aerobics sessions) as is the waitress in the Olivio bar who has just been nominated employee of the month. Her confidence with speaking English perhaps makes a difference but many could learn from her as she is warm and friendly and efficient and nothing seems like too much bother.
Anna who cleaned our room daily always greeted us with a warm welcome and sunny smile and our room and ensuite were very clean. Bedrooms are a HUGE disappointment - very very dated and stiflingly hot which can impact on holiday due to sleep deprivation. Fans help a bit and can be hired from reception. Balconies desperately need their railings painted and the gardens we overlooked would benefit from some of the nice landscaping as found in the rest of the hotel gardens. Outside areas like the pool and gardens and terrace bars are however lovely and have been finished to a good standard - if the rest of the hotel could be renovated in a similar way it would be excellent as the dark wood inside is oppressive and gloomy. The hotel is located on a lovely small island and there are many places to choose to sunbathe both in the hotel grounds and in the beaches about - snorkelling is also great but watch your feet on the rocky shore. We hired pedalos which was fun but could not play tennis due to the lack of rainfall drying out the courts but table tennis was fine instead.
Air conditioning and upgraded rooms would definitely lure us back as Croatia is a beautiful country and Porec is very very quaint (except for the 6am nightclub) and there are lots of lovely wee shops, the tea and coffee house was excellent and plenty nice places to stop for a drink at siesta time or in the evening. The hotel is well located for travelling to Venice (buy nothing on the hydrofoils over as guided tours and maps etc are way over priced and you can pick up maps etc in Venice), plus we also took the local bus to Pula to see the amphitheatre, hired a car to travel up to Lake Bled in Slovenia (truly beautiful and very like Switzerland). There is something lovely about taking the water taxi to and from the hotel (no charge if staying in hotel and take proof of this) over to the mainland as you have a sense of escape plus a feeling of never being too far away from anything as the crossing only takes a few minutes. The Fortuna has much to offer but also has room to improve too and the 3 star rating does seem about right.
It is great to be in a hotel that has many nationalities as guests too - we have returned back to Scotland feeling refreshed and relaxed and loved all that Croatia offered us. I do hope the improvements will take place as it will make this hotel great. Big thanks again to Martina, Anna, (lovely lady in beach bar) and Iris our Thomsons rep.
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