We just got back from a week of not thinking and blissful relaxation in beautiful Croatia and the Grand Hotel Orebic exceeded our expectations. Our room was big enough, clean and had a great balcony view (we upgraded to "junior sea view suite") over the pool and the coast out to Korcula. We were therefore on the noisier side of the hotel, but we didn't find the music in the evenings intrusive, and it was always quiet by around 11pm. Anyway we were all so tired and chilled by that time in the evening that we were sound asleep, including our children aged 9 and 5. The air conditioning kept the room cool overnight and we slept really well. I agree with some other reviewers that getting up to "bag a sunbed" at 6am is a little irritating, but that's the game you have to play. The restaurant was spacious and well-served, with a range of fresh, healthy food options everyday. No chips at all - hoorah! There were some funny offerings when leftovers were re-made into other things - we avoided the sprout bake, but the refried courgettes were delicious. Our children ate really well trying different things because they were on offer. Deep fried squid was a particular favourite!
The weather was very hot and sunny - not a cloud all week, with a warm breeze blowing up most afternoons. The pool area is well designed and generally clean, though on the day after the Croatian bank holiday we noticed it was grubbier than usual. The sea with its little beach of small pebbles is literally steps away from the hotel, and the town of Orebic and a range of other facilities - restaurants, other hotels, bank, post office, ferry to Korcula - were all within a 10-15 minute walk.
The all-inclusive drinks were absolutely fine - I drank the chilled red wine they serve there as the white was too sweet, and my husband stuck to beer, and rum and coke. The all-inclusive deal offered ice-creams, soft drinks and biscuits for the children and they enjoyed the freedom of being able to roam around the relatively small complex (there is a tiny playground, a volleyball area and some small wooded spaces if you need to get out of the sun).
We had one problem with our car hire (booked completely separately) and the staff at the hotel couldn't have been more sympathetic and helpful. We are not experienced at the all-inclusive option but based on this holiday we would definitely do it again.
Most rooms did not have a balcony - upgrade to ensure you get one for drying towels and sitting out...
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