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“A resort for active families with children”

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Valamar Club Tamaris
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Most impressive was the food: fabulous tastes, huge variety - definitely not for those who wish to loose weight : ) Be aware that all inclusive light rather means full board than real all inclusive, since there is absolutely no snacks or anything, neither any beverage between the main meals, only for extra charge. Using sunbeds, parasols and towels are free of charge at the pools, but except towels highly charged at the beach. For adults the beach is fine comparing to other Croatian sites that we saw till now: plenty of shadow and sunbeds, staircase leading to deep water directly and concrete bridge over the rocky area as well, leading to water up to the hips. Lot of options to have fun, from UFO ride to pedal boat. The hotel provides many animation programs and sport facilities as well. The standard room is tight and also low, especially at the antechamber where its not more than 210 cm according to our estimation. No luxury, but professional mass tourism for an active vacation with children.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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dkinkela, General Manager at Valamar Club Tamaris, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Fadi,
on behalf of Valamar Hotels and Resorts, and me personally, I would like to thank you very much for staying in our hotel. We are grateful that you have shared with us impressions from that period.
Your comments are of tremendous importance to us, because in this way we acquire complete picture of the quality level of our services.
This was really a nice letter; very motivating to our crew. It made us happy and proud to hear that we’ve met your expectations. We were pleased, because we share the happiness of our patrons; and we were proud because your satisfaction with our service is a validation of our mission and goal fulfilment.
I can assure you that quality and courteous service is our ongoing task and that we will continue to make your stay in our premises special.
Sincerely yours
Dario Kinkela
General Manager
Valamar Club Tamaris
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I was at the company (sports games) two days.
Thematic dinner was a big hit - Istrian cuisine - they even had a donkey ( yes, living donkey) at the entrance to the restaurant - for photographing. The staff is helpfully and friendly, nothing to them is not difficult. Rooms are clean, neat and spacious (we were placed in Casa Palma Grand Family Suites for 4 preson and with 2 bathroom) . The beach was nice and clean, and there were always available beach chairs.
Thanks to the organizers and staff for a wonderful experience. Even though I live only 70 miles from the hotel, will definitely be back, this time with the family.
Hvala na gostoprimstvu...

Room Tip: Casa Palma Grand is the best choice, is situated at the end, in the quietest part of the complex
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Dario D
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dkinkela, General Manager at Valamar Club Tamaris, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Dear Mr. Dario,
On behalf of Valamar Hotels and Resorts, and me personally, I would like to thank you very much for staying in our hotel. We are grateful that you have shared with us impressions from that period.
This was really a nice letter; very motivating to our crew. It made us happy that you enjoyed our Istiran dinner and we are proud to hear that we’ve met your expectations. We were pleased, because we share the happiness of our patrons; and we were proud because your satisfaction with our service is a validation of our mission and goal fulfilment.
Looking forward to meet you again.
Sincerely yours,
Dario Kinkela
General Manager
Valamar Club Tamaris
Hotel and Residence

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I booked this hotel some time ago but noticed that I was charged in Kuna (the local currency in Croatia) and as a result had to pay more than the Euro amount shown on their website. As a result of the foreign currency, I also had to pay a commission fee to my credit card company. The Valamar website does not indicate the value in Kuna and does not mention that you will be charged in Kuna. Even the booking confirmation mentions everything in Euro. So be careful about this!

Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank Bart K
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dkinkela, General Manager at Valamar Club Tamaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

Dear Bart K,
I would like to thank you for choosing our resort as your holiday destination and for taking the time to write a review.
According to your comment, our dear guests are informed about the possible exchange differences on each Valamar booking confirmation. On each confirmation, the following is written:
Payment upon arrival is possible:
1. by cash in HRK (Croatian currency)
2. by cash in EUR as stated on your booking confirmation
3. by cash in any other currency or by credit card or Maestro card based on the current exchange rate.
The current exchange rate is stated on the invoice.
Please note that your credit card will be charged in HRK (Croatian currency). Your bank hereinafter converts this amount to the currency of your domestic account. Due to your bank's exchange rate this may result in a slightly different (higher) total charge than the amount stated in HRK on our hotel invoice.

Looking forward to meet you again.

Dario Kinkela
General Manager
Valamar Club Tamaris
Hotel and Villas

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Resort: I’ll start by stating that this is a family orientated resort, so if you have kids then this is the place for you. There are various sporting activities available, such as tennis, trampolines or even bicycle riding. Swimming as mentioned by other reviewers consists of the main pool, a relax pool and a kiddy pool – decent choice that’s accompanied by various beach spots (sand, peddle and some rocky cliff sections too). The resort is surrounded by trees - which is great if you have small children and looking for shade, also gives it that magical/cosy feeling. There’s free sectioned car-parking as well.
Rooms: We counted at least three main sections, the main hotel with your general rooms (singles/doubles etc), the suites and also bungalows. We booked last minute, ended up with a basic twin room which had a balcony & “garden” view – which really is a view of the forest and was nicer than expected. The size of the room is purpose built, it’s small so don’t expect to run laps around your bed. It was just enough but after a week I was looking forward to more space – so if you can, get the family room or a suite etc. Beds were okay, room was clean, towels were good but the shower could do with a few more inches of space. Internet access is available in your room via LAN, Wifi (free) is available in the lobby area (plenty of tables to sit at and do your bits).
Food: This resort has some very nice food, it’s as good as you can probably expect from a buffet style setup and given the size of the place. Some details – Meats: Pork (bacon, pork steaks, pig roast), Beef (roast beef, burgers), Chicken (breast grilled steaks), Fish (various – cod, sword fish, tuna steak and even shrimp). Fruit and veg was always fresh and of good variety. Deserts were limited but some really nice pastries (eg. apple strudel with vanilla sauce) and ice cream for kids. Drinks – soft drinks available from a dispenser but quite sweet – we had to water them down (home label, not real coke or sprite etc). Good strong beer, can’t comment on the wine (don’t drink it). Also you get real coffee, ground fresh coffee – it’s from a self-serving machine but it’s surprisingly good. There’s bre-brewed coffee available if you don’t want to wait in line and it too was quite drinkable. It can get very busy but you’ll get served (usually) very quickly – unless you’re waiting in line for Shrimp 
Summary: Would we go back? Sure, but I’d want a bigger room. It’s a large resort but has vast amount of space to roam about – though as you’d expect the pools do get crowded. Friendly staff and lots of parking if you’re traveling by car. Had a great time overall…

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Snorkeler76
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dkinkela, General Manager at Valamar Club Tamaris, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Dear Snorkeler76,

Thank you for taking time and for sharing such a nice impressions about our resort with the world.

We are glad that we meet your expectations and that you had a nice time here, enjoying our various gastronomic offer and surroundings.

Regarding the room, the next time you’ll come, you can take in consideration to book our Valamar Tamaris Residence (villas) which are spacious like our two depandances (Casa Agava and the new one, Casa Palma) where you can stay and enjoy all the possibilities as like you are in the hotel.

Thank you again to be our dear guest and see you soon!

Best regards,

Dario Kinkela
General Manager
Valamar Club Tamaris
Hotel and Residence

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

After testing Tunisia, Crete and Majorque the years before, we decided to go to Croatia and were very pleased of our choice. This hotel-club was certainly the best of all four locations. It offers plenty of everything. Plenty of space in the room: we had a very large family room divided in three parts: 2 bedrooms and a living room, which was very convenient as we were traveling with a teenager. Plenty of room in the restaurant as well. It was never a problem to find a table. There was plenty of good food at each meal, with specialty food (Istrian, Italian, ...) from time to time and a gala dinner on Thursdays. There are 2 smaller restaurants where you can have dinner with a simple reservation, one with a grill and the second one for seafood. Plenty of animation, with a show every evening after dinner and a special on Thursdays closed with high-level fireworks. Even though we didn’t try it, the kids seemed to love their Maro club where they were offered plenty of activities. We rather used the facilities offered in the hotel (ping pong, tennis, ...), nautical sports such as wind surfing or simply the beach. The offer was so large we could not test everything and never got bored. On the beach, it is always possible to get a place to stay, even if you arrive at 2:00pm after lunch. Same at the swimming pools. They have 3: one shallow for younger kids away from the others, which is certainly safer, a big one where all sorts of activities and games are organized and a third one more quiet for those who simply want to sleep or read. Istria offers a good deal of nice visit possibilities in addition with small cities such as Porec, Rovinj or further away, Pula. Last but not least, there are plenty of very nice and caring staff to take care of everything: reception, animation, sports, Maro club, restaurant, cleaning and maintenance. You feel their first objective is to have you relax and enjoy your holidays, then make money out of it. Something we appreciated as well, the whole property is perfectly maintained and cleaned, whether in the bedroom or in common grounds such as the restaurant, the pool or even the gardens. The general manager looks quite involved in his job and very successful. In summary, we had the best holiday ever and I will try to go back there sometime in the future. 100% final mark!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank mioule06
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dkinkela, General Manager at Valamar Club Tamaris, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2012

Dear mioule06,

Thank you for being our dear guest, for your fabulous words and for choosing our Valamar Club Tamaris for your vacation.

We are pleased that you enjoy our rich buffet, our beaches and swimming pools, our animation and rooms. It is nice to see such a kind words for all our departments and crew, which is the true and very motivating for us: „You feel their first objective is to have you relax and enjoy your holidays“. Also, your final words: „In summary, we had the best holiday ever and I will try to go back there sometime in the future. 100% final mark!“, made us happy and proud to hear that we’ve met your expectations.

With the hope to see you soon, kind regards.

Dario Kinkela
General Manager
Valamar Club Tamaris
Hotel and Residence

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We decided to visit Tamaris in 2012 due to nice memory of staying within 2009. Unfortunately after entering room the brightness picture has been changed to total disappoint:
- it was terrible smell;
- it required renovation of walls;
- gardine had a terrible color and material;
- bathroom...;(((... It could be more clean and also require fresh update;
- in addition the room was on 1st floor over hotel service room, so it was noise from early morning and within a day

Food: definetly you have variety of choices but again if we were not in 2009 I would not recognize that it became more simple; and fruits and vegetables were like a "week fresh".

However still positive:
- location is one of the best from perspective forest-beach-walking-relaxing;
- staff: they are with smile and supportive;
- swimming pool and sauna;
- beach by own and nearby territory

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NataliaN6726
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dkinkela, General Manager at Valamar Club Tamaris, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2012

Dear NataliaN6726,

Thank you for being our dear guest again and for sharing your impressions. Your comments are important to us, because in this way we acquire complete picture of the quality level of our services.

I feel sorry we didn’t completely meet your expectations in the matter you comment to us. We took this really seriously in order to have a pleasure that your next stay here will be beautiful.

Looking forward to meet you again.

Sincerely yours,

Dario Kinkela
General Manager
Valamar Club Tamaris
Hotel & residence

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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We are at our end of our nice holiday in Croatia. First time at the Valamar Club Tamaris and it will not be the last. Service is perfect, food is abundant and of good quality, location is ideal nearby Novirad and Porec and exceptional friendly staff always prompt and with a smile. Thanks to Marin, Teresa and Sanja who shown us their friendliness in their service even with our baby.
Choice of swimming in one of the pools or in the sea, and plenty of activities for everyone. Nice idea to have the football corner during the European cup 2012. Valamar Tamaris hotel is an example of how a touristic resort should be. Well done!

Room Tip: Would go for a sea front! You can sit down in the balcony and enjoy the view.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Sierra_Foxtrod
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dkinkela, General Manager at Valamar Club Tamaris, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2012

Dear Sierra_Foxtrod,

It is a pleasure reading such a great words for the staff and especially the two last sentences: “Valamar Tamaris hotel is an example of how a touristic resort should be. Well done!.„

Our food and our football corner, our pools and sea, our staff and lots of activities are here to provide you a memorable stay.
Thank you for being our dear guest and for sharing your impressions. Hope to see as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Dario Kinkela
General manager
Valamar Club Tamaris hotel & residence

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Address: Lanterna 6, Tar 52465, Croatia
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Location: Croatia > Istria > Tar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tar
Price Range: $122 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Valamar Club Tamaris 4*
Number of rooms: 313
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The leading resort in Croatia for families, active holidays and entertainment The award winning Valamar Tamaris Resort is located within the beautiful and green Lanterna peninsula, featuring a well maintained park with mature oak and fir trees together with Mediterranean shrubs that line the meandering pedestrian walkways and well kept beaches. The whole resort has a local character and a family friendly feel, with fantastic entertainment programs for children within the Maro Club and a great choice of activities for adults. It is ideal not just for families with children, but also for adults who enjoy sports and active holidays. Accommodation choice within the Valamar Tamaris Resort is varied: Club Hotel Tamaris, Casa Palma exclusive apartments, family rooms in Casa Agava, villas and luxury villas, including a unique and recently renovated villa within an old lighthouse. All guests, regardless of their chosen accommodation can use the wealth of facilities and services of the resort - excellent restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts, other sport facilities, as well as any of the entertainment programs for children or adults. The resort is especially proud of its enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and highly praised staff who are dedicated to helping each and every resort guest. ... more   less 
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