Ths was our 3rd visit to Rovinj and our 2nd to Hotel Istra. We love it here! It is a large hotel on a island (only 15 mins away from the mainland) but it feels so personal. The room was airy and always immaculately clean. So were the communual areas. We had a balcony with a sea view (this was standard booked via Thomson). The room was snug as our 10 year old was on a pull out bed/armchair but we all fitted! The a/c worked wonders and we emptied the mini bar to put our own bits in - no problems. All the staff were very polite and spoke excellent english.
It is a family hotel, although another english couple said that all the children were well behaved and were no trouble. There is no loud disco - yippee! There was nightly entertainment - singers, music (non cheesy, if you know what I mean). Drinking cocktails whilst the sun went down was my favourite. We were at the front of the hotel and if we sat on our balcony we could hear the music but it wasn't overpowering. Once the balcony doors were closed, you couldn't hear anything! The free ferry ran every hour from 6am to 1am and so you could always go to the mainland for the evening.
The Animation team made it for us. They were fantastic. THe hotel provided a free Baby Club (0-4yrs); Mini Club (5-12 years) and a Teen Club (13 years+). The teenagers all seemed to enjoy themselves with various activities laid on each day. Last year our daughter joined in with Mini Club but this year just dipped in and out. The adults could also enjoy daily activities such as Air Pistol and Air Rifle shooting; archery; water polo; pool games; aqua aerobics; painting on silk; dancing lessons. Sounds busy but it wasn't in your face!
There was an outdoors children's play area (areial runway; swings; giant chess board; an indoor ball pit;; SPA and gym.
Pools were all clean and well looked after and being on an island the beach was a hop over the wall.
Our daughter learnt to scuba dive after a free taster in the pool and then went in the sea. There was windsurfing but we didn't try it.
Food was excellent but after two weeks a little repetative. A buffet to suit all tastes - great for picky eaters and of course complimentary wine; beer & soft drinks.
We loved the place and on our recommendation, parents and in-laws have been to stay.
Looking forward to our next stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Istra is an island of its own, a traffic free oasis of sea and sun, private beaches and secluded spots, a ten minute boat ride from Rovinj. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Istra Hotel Rovinj
- Hotel Istra Rovinj