We chose Villa Ivana after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and it certainly exceeded our expectations.
The apartments are situated about 3kms from the centre of Zadar which is easily reached by the local number 5 or 8 bus and costs 8 kuna. You can pay on the bus or buy tickets at a cheaper rate from the kiosks adjacent to the bus stops.
There is also a local tourist train that runs every 30 mintues at a cost of 10 kuna or if you decide to walk it is a pleasant 40 minute stroll.
Our apartment was spotlessly clean, very spacious and well maintained. We were on the top floor and the view from the balcony over the sea was to "die for".
Directly opposite there is a shingle beach with crystal clear water and Ivana provided sunbeds and parasols free of charge.
The breakfast was served in a beautiful dining area and consisted of juice, coffee, rolls, croissants,meats, cheese, fresh fruit and also eggs cooked to order. All absolutely delicious.
Ivana and her husband are lovely people,kind,very friendly and perfect hosts. They greeted us every morning at breakfast and were keen to offer help and advice on places of interest and what to see and do in the area.
We decided to visit the island of Pag (famous for it's cheese) and Ivana rang the bus station to check the times of the local buses. She also gave us maps and guidebooks all about the island to ensure we got the most out of our visit. (We went to Pag on a Sunday but would recommend to go another day as quite a lot of the shops close on a Sunday and Konoba Bile that is supposed to be excellent also only opens at 6pm on a Sunday)
Another day we went to the island of Uglijan that can be seen across the water from Zadar. This is a gorgeous place, we got the ferry to Preko and hired bikes and cycled to the top of the hill to St Michaels where we enjoyed great views back across to Zadar.
We also visited Krka Waterfalls (chose these over Plitvic Lakes due to the shorter journey time,1 hour compared to 2+). Again Ivana came up trumps as due to an early start we would miss breakfast so the night before she brought us a tray of breads, meats and cheese to take with us on our trip.
We enjoyed our stay here so much and would not hesiate to recommend Villa Ivana, it is a really special place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Ivana is situated in Zadar, in the tourist area named Puntamika. The villa is placed near the very seashore, where is also to be found a large beach.Villa Ivana disposes of accommodation capacity consisting of 4 studios, 2 rooms and 1 suite, and therefore covers the capacity up to 20 persons.Beside above-mentioned, the villa's offer also includes the reception, coffee bar placed on the terrace viewing the sea, spacious garden, and the hall for breakfast-service (included in the price of staying for the night). ... more less
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