We booked a last minute Jet2 package holiday and had low expectations for a 2 star hotel, however we were pleasantly surprised. The resort is made up of 2 sections, Splendid (from what I understand the older properties) and Horizont (the nicer properties). The coach dropped us at the small reception and check in was busy but reasonably quick. We then had to walk to our room dragging our suitcases which was about a 15 minute walk, right at the furthest end of the resort which in the 37 degree heat and humidity was quite a challenge. We paid for the aircon at 53 kuna per day as in the current heat wave we couldn't have managed without it.
The room was basic but very clean. There was a double bed in one room and a double sofa bed in the lounge. Only 2 toilet rolls are included and after that you need to buy them which isn't a lot for a week. You also need to bring sponges, washing up liquid, salt, sugar etc as there is nothing extra in the rooms. The towels were only changed once during our week long stay and the room was not cleaned. The beds were hard but there was enough bedding. There was a large balcony but sadly our room backed straight onto another block so there was no view. The aircon was powerful and the fridge was large enough to store everything.
The rocks near the sea were extremely sharp so bring water shoes. You can buy them on the resort for a higher price than elsewhere. Beach towels aren't provided so you must bring your own. You can rent a bed at the pool for 30 kuna and an umbrella for 20 kuna which is quite expensive for a large family considering you're in a private resort. There are 3 restaurants, the food is nice but is over priced compared to the rest of Pula where you get a lot more for your money. There is a supermarket on site selling everything you need. There is an old fort just outside the complex, you can't go in but it's nice to look around, and there's a park for children, mini golf and tennis courts but apart from that there's not a lot to do around the resort. It's within walking distance to the restaurants and attractions in Verudella and there is a bus stop just outside of the main entrance to go into Pula (if you're at the far end of the complex like we were this is about a 25 minute walk from your room). We didn't watch any of the entertainment as from what we saw it was aimed at young children, but the entertainment team did try to keep people busy at the pool with aqua aerobics and games. There were a lot of wasps all around the complex and although this may not bother most people I have a horrendous phobia of them so I spent most of the week running away terrified. The staff did not appear to do anything to overcome this problem in the restaurants which made eating difficult pool and my young cousin was stung on our final day.
Overall, the complex was better than we expected for the price we paid and the 2 star rating, but I probably wouldn't stay there again due to the extra costs for almost everything in the complex. Most guests had driven there from other parts of mainland Europe and I could see the attraction in that, but flying from England I'd choose to stay elsewhere next time.
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