We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in July. Having never been to Croatia, I chose this hotel based on the location (we just wanted to relax), and other traveller reviews and was not disappointed - the hotel is exactly as it looks on their website. Approximately 1 hours drive from the airport, we arrived earlier than check in time, however we were accomodated with our room straight away with no extra charge. The hotel is very modern and spotlesses clean. It's a very picturesque setting with mountains on the entrance side of the hotel and sea view to the rear. Just outside of the hotel there is a small supermarket, a newsagents, tourist info and a very handy bus stop. One evening we took a stroll around the bay to find a couple of nice family resturants and bars, ideal if you fancy a change from eating in the hotel. We felt very safe walking after dark and locals are friendly.
We stayed half board and the food was fine. Meals are buffet style but there is plenty of choice at both breakfast and dinner (I am a vegetarian and this was not an issue). You simply choose your table, inside or out and then the waiter will brink your drinks. For those who like to eat late (we would go down at 9pm) the food was cleared away around 10pm however we didnt feel particularly rushed. I would say drinks are priced reasonably for a 4/5 * european resort, and for lunch we ate most days at the poolside pizzeria. The food was lovely and seemed very reasonably priced. All of the staff were extremely polite and most spoke english.
The rooms are very modern and stylish. There is lots of wardrobe space and storage and a large balcony where you can sit. There is also a mini bar and free safe in the room, the beds were very comfortable and we had a large sofa. We also had a tv so were able to watch some of the coverage of the olympics in our own room, however this was also available on a large screen in a conference room downstairs for those who wanted, which meant you could avoid watching tv if you so wished. Bathrooms are spacious with lots of towels and toiletries. The rooms are operated by key card which needs to be inserted in the wall unit so you can operate your lights and air con. Air con can not be left on whilst you are out of the room. There are no hot drinks facilities in the room, but this is made clear from their website.
The pools are saltwater, stunning and very clean, if slightly chilly. There are lots of loungers around the beach and pool and each set of 2 loungers has umbrellas. You help yourself to towels from either of 2 points and there are pool staff available if you need any help. The beach is shingle and fine to walk on but is larger rocks as you walk into the sea. Its better to wear your flip flops as you walk in, but we actually bough cheap beach shoes to swim in. There is also a ladder to access the sea from the deck. You can use the indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym, however note there is a cost to use the sauna and steam room which we felt was excessive. The only sight irritation was the huge number of empty beds with towels on them when we saw no one go near them all day, however every day we were able to find beds regardless of the time of day.
There are lots of places to sit in the evening, and indoor bar, the outside pool bar and several large sofa areas outside. Most evenings there was entertainment around the pool bar but this finished by 11pm and it was lights out shortly afterwards so several evenings we finished our drinks in the dark ;o) We also tried the disco on the Saturday night but were not suprised to find we were the only people in there. Considering the hotel was full when we went, we did not see many people at all in the evenings.
All staff at the hotel were extremely helpful, arranging transfers, checking the bill, changing money and helping us with our bus journey planning into town however there were a couple of staff members we felt we looked after us - our waiter at the pool for lunches and evenings, and a waitress from the evening bar. Whilst the location is quite far down the coast, we were still able to take the bus outside the hotel and spend a half day in old town doing some sightseeing.
All in all this was of a very high standard of hotel in all areas and if you are looking for a relaxing/ sunbathing break, I would thoroughly recommend this hotel.
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