Nearly 30 yrs ago I visited Croatia (then Yugoslavia) with my parents and had a fabulous holiday staying in Umag. With my own daughter, I wanted to return and saw Jet2Holidays flew from Newcastle so booked for our family to go to Porec as Umag didn't seem to be as popular as it was back then.
Drive to the hotel MUCH quicker due to new toll road! Reception staff efficient and quick which was great as our daughter (aged 3) was tired from travelling all day. We had a room on the ground floor facing towards the road but did have a balcony. Room was large enough for 2.5 cases (trunki plus two normal sized bags). Shower rather than a bath which my daughter didn't like much but it was spotless clean. Most of the TV channels in German / Italian etc - though Dora the Explorer pretty much works in any language ;)
Restaurant had a good selection which meant my daughter could try different things in small portions. Yes, it's a bit of a free for all at times but arriving early or late and it was usually quiet and all the food was piping hot. There is a fish theme night one night a week with white linen, candles etc which was lovely.
The kiddy pool is FREEZING...like truly BALTIC COLD (and that was the end of August / start of September). After 10 minutes, my daughters lips were going blue...yes, THAT COLD. It's salt water which is fine but please, please, PLEASE can it be heated?!
The hotel is surrounded by cedar trees and the walk to Porec takes about 20 minutes though there is a little "train" that stops at most of the hotels and is every 20 minutes or so. Directly outside the back of the hotel is a small play park (big hit with daughter).
Porec is a pretty town but the shops are hit and miss - too many have cheap Chinese products rather than local produce which is a real shame. There are a few gems (leather bag shop with hand made bags - expensive yes but good quality...but there are also other "bag shops" that have pleather at the same price as leather in the UK!).
Ice cream is to die for!! One word - YUMMY!
Lipica and Postonja Caves. Had visited as a child and wanted to see again. Caves stunning but disappointed by Lipica. Tour was rushed and missed half of it having to be back at the bus for a specified time. Lunch is included as full day tour
Best of Istria - all day tour that takes in Pula and some of the countryside. Lunch is included and is at a farm. Gives a good overview of the area and history.
Very pretty town (we travelled by boat from Porec) but again, suffers from the Chinese buying issue.
Croatia had just joined the EU and there seems to be a lot of development going on (no McDonalds...yet!) with an Aqua Park due to open in 2014. A large shopping mall was also meant to open in 2013 but was still a hole in the ground and I'm not holding my breath for it being open in 2014 either.
With Slovenia just a stones throw away, would be nice if the buses were a bit more reliable / frequent as getting about not as easy (difficult to get to Portoroz and Piran as a day trip and NOT offered as part of the Jet2 tours - this would be a nice option).
If you're looking for a quieter family holiday with small children (without the lager louts) then this is perfect. We're going back again this year (same hotel as well) and already looking forward to it...perhaps one day my daughter will take her own family there with fond memories of when she was a child....
[we visited August 2013 flying Jet2Holidays for Newcastle. They now also fly from Scotland and offer Free kids places for selected dates]
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Laguna Mediteran is only an easy 15 minute walk away from Porec. It is surrounded by a natural forest of cedar and oak trees, and the newly renovated hotel rooms provide a comfortable shelter after days and nights filled with numerous activities. A vacation your family deserves - Hotel Laguna Mediteran. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mediteran Hotel Porec