Fabulous holiday last week in August. Had a couple of rain storms, but they passed quickly enough, and back to sunshine. 24c to 26c was perfect. Area is similar to Italy, so beautiful.
The hotel is well placed in Rabac and probably is the best of the area, having been in Mediterranean, and Marina. Small-ish rooms, but perfectly adequate, stylish and comfortable beds. (Mostly 2 singles in all rooms). Small wardrobe space, but ok. TV nice, 2 GB channels, 2 Russian, 1 Italian and about 15 German and the rest Croatian. My Russian wife enjoyed the Russian TV!
The Hotel is clean, contemporary and stylish. Good Wi-fi in the Bar and lounge areas, and we could even pick it up by the pool and on our balcony, so the kids were happy. Restaurant was busy, but as expected, we ate later so no issues for us. Great evening food for 3 star and plenty of it, lots of variations and nice pizza. Breakfast pretty much the same each day, but lots of variations. I agree, would be nice to have grilled tomatoes, or plum tomatoes or Mushrooms in future with breakfast. Lots of eggs, Omelet sausage and really nice bacon. Lots of continental style breakfast too, so the wife and kids were very happy, super pancakes. We didn't stay to lunch, but its a 70 Kuna option. 8.50 to the pound when we went.
I have stayed in many hotels in europe, for 3 star this was fine. Not every night, which actually was good, as it meant you could go out without worrying that you were missing something. The outside acts were quite good, usually singing acts. There are 4 or 5 hotels next to each other and they are all run by Valamar so you can visit others for things. There was a spectacular dance show one night and the Hotel Marina (cost a few Kuna, but reasonable). However we were all entranced by this Latin American show. Really worth the money. We didnt need the kids club as our girls are 14 and 15, but it looked good and the kids seemed to enjoy themselves, especially the Mini disco.
Drinks & coffee
The drinks and coffee were excellent, though I felt a little pricey. 12 Kuna for a cappuccino and about 21 for a coke or sprite. 24 for beer/wine (I think). They are of course hotel prices, however if they had been a little lower, we would have been encouraged to have more. eg in town, depending on size, the Cappuccino start at 6 Kuna and are usually 8 or 9. I know its small, but when you are 4 people, you have to watch the pennies.
The pools are small, but adequate, but very nice, the terrace is lovely and not crowded as the beach and town are so nice. The water in the pools is salt water. Showers and toilets by the pool are clean and nice. Lots of choice on sunbeds, umbrellas, never had a problem.
Staff & Service
The staff are the real gem of this hotel, they work really hard to ensure you have a good stay, both in the restaurant, at the desk and in the Bars. They are not pushy, but pop up just when you need them. Well done. The Hotel has a friendly family atmosphere. Maid service was very good. The guests were a full mix, with few English, but that was a bonus for us. There we a couple of french, some Italians, and quite a few Germans and even a few Russians which my wife made a few friends with.
Rabac (pronounced Rabas)
Istra is a beautiful place and a cross between Italy and other close areas of infulence, though the architecture seems mostly Italian. The Old town of Labin, is beautiful and worth a bus trip, 12 Kuna each (single). The town of Rabac is a beautiful harbour, not spoilt and just the right amount of restaurants and cafe bars. Great to walk at night, very safe. The beaches are pebbly, and not too big, but fine. The sea is something else. I have never seen so clean, even in turkey. It is amazing. Do take goggles and a snorkle, you will swim with the fish! A must is the rubber shoes to swim in as the rocks can be slippery, we did not see any sea urchins where we were. There are various showers right on the rocky outcrops on the beach, free for anyone to use. In the bigger beach sections, you can hire beds and parasols, for about 30 Kuna a day each, though we didn't bother. Remember your beach towels though.
Sooooo cheap. The restaurant Slovija, at the end of the road by the coast, turn right and you are there. All the food was fantastic and very reasonable. 10" italian style pizza, super tasty only 45 Kuna, about £5. Elsewhere, Meatballs Chips and salad, 52 Kuna. And the ice creams are to die for, 6 Kuna (about 70p for bigger than we get in the UK, and about 35 Kuna for a massive sundae. about £4 but i mean really really big, fine for two people.
There are naturist beaches much further along the cost. Walking distance, but about 1.5 miles. Very pleasant and interesting experiance! Very european.
In the harbour there are lots of trips to be had on boats, to to rent a boat yourself, as well as the usual para sailing, or banana boats jet skis etc. We walked to the end of the harbour and booked with a nice lady whose husband is the skipper of the Red Dolphin glass bottom boat. I have had several boat trips and I have to say, this was the best ever. The trip was a full day, 9:00am to 17:30pm. Food and drink inclusive. Wine was like half a bottle each, massive lunch and I mean massive, steak sandwich with salad, half a 10" pizza and a whole fish. All was delishious and then they came aound with seconds. Would you like another pizza sir, another fish sir? and I am not joking. We visited the Islands and one of the prettiest villages going before lunch, then to another part where the blue caves were. My god you have to swim there amazing. Finally back to watch the dolphins, and then home again. £200 each adult and heavily discounted for children. A real bargin. We allocated about 600 Kuna a day for lunch, drinks with evening meakl and in the day, and didnt get through even that.
All in all a fabulous holiday. Well done Miramar. Thank you.
Sea side rooms, seem to be small, but Balcony and sea view more than makes up.
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