This is the second review, we stayed last year with a great experience. Normally we do not go anywhere twice, but we had such a good time last year, so we headed to the Splendid Resort once again. If you are looking for a price worthy non luxury summer holiday, The Arenaturist Splendid Resort is a great place.
The welcome at the reception was very friendly and efficient, one important point for me.
You can park anywhere you like in the area, but coming late in the evenings it can be a problem finding one close to your apartment. We had no problems this week, though.
We got a nicely renovated 2 room apartment for 5 people, one bedroom with a double and a single bed and a sofa-bed in the sitting room/kitchen. The apartment was sparkling clean (dont forget to tip the cleaning-lady for a job well done) and we had a great view over the pool and a totally awesome view of the wonderful chrystal clear sea and coastline. Please note that there is an additional fee of approx. 57 Kuna for A/C every day, but it was well worth it.
With our teenage kids we wanted to be near the pool with all music and fun games and the location of the apartment was ideal. The pool area is very active and you can rent sun loungers (30 kuna/day) and umbrellas (20 kuna/day) but you have to be up early to occupy some loungers.
There are also free loungers on one side of the pool and additional rental loungers on platforms on the rocks at the sea. The service staff was very attentive and friendly, helped us out with all sorts of comforts.
The activity team did a good job trying to make us holiday softies a litte active with lots of stuff to do and the smaller kids seem to enjoy the Hot Spot for Kids. I noticed that they had to work harder with getting people on the move this year, could it be the nordic shyness of the rather large Scandinavian portion of this years guests? The music around the pool is "salsa summer and spanish playa"-inspired which we really loved but If you prefer a more quiet holiday, ask for an apartment a bit away from the pool and relax on the golden rocks by the sea instead of the pool.
The bistro at the pool did a very good job also this year, great welcoming smiles and very friendly service. It was a genuin pleasure to return and find that you were recognized since our last stay. Such personal attention is in my view seldom found in holiday resorts and it made us feel very at home and spoiled.
The rocks at the shoreline is a really great place to put your beach towels if you like to be near the chrystal clear and warm sea. There was always a nice breeze cooling down the temperatures which were around 34 degrees during the day. Stairs everywhere makes it easy to gracefully glide into the water or to get up on the rocks again with some dignity even if you are over 50 and fit like me. And there was plenty of space...
We had a super holiday, this year too, and were all very happy during our week at the resort. The apartment was really nice, newly renovated, clean and had a big terrace with an awesome view. The resort offers a lot of holiday fun for the money and the location near the beautiful city of Pula is really good. The staff surprised us by recognizing us from last year and spoiled us with great attention and many smiles. I really recommend the Splendid Resort for anyone looking for a great holiday in lovely Istria with great value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The surrounding rocky coast is on agentle incline to the sea, and many of the apartments at the Splendid Golden Rocks Istria afford spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea, as well as over Pula's charming seafront promenade - Lungomare. The Splendid Golden Rocks resort is idyllically situated in the popular area generally known as 'Podstinje' or 'Golden Rocks' in Croatia. The Splendid Golden Rocks Croatia resort attracts families in particular, because of its child-friendly policies, and perfect seaside location. At the hilltop of the tourist complex is Fort Bourgignon, which dates back to the Austro-Hungarian period, and is a magnificent example of architecture and history which guests find fascinating. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Splendid Hotel Pula