My wife and I have just returned from 5 days in June, 2012. This was the first time we have stayed in such a huge naturist resort. The weather was perfect blue sky and 30-32c. I absolutely loved it, total naturism and relaxation, you only covered up in the two shops, supermarket, reception and at the night restaurants and bars. The resort is ENORMOUS and would take at least 45 mins. to walk around the water frontage. The catering is terrific with at least 6 big and good restaurants, they vary in opening times. Also the food quality varies ( be ready for a German focus, as they are the biggest visitors) but is generally quite good. The supermarket is very big and there is a fresh fruit and vegie stall, so self catering is easy.
The atmosphere is completely relaxed and whereas my wife was not totally sold on the idea, by our first afternoon she was 200% relaxed. It is 99% couples/families and everyone is naked, in fact you would feel uncomfortable being clothed! The nights were quite the opposite with a good band usually playing in one of the restaurants and everyone dressing up! There are heaps of water activities, a big water slide, tennis, volley ball etc. The two shops have all the beach/water gear you would need and prices are cheap. There is a huge swimming pool area, although probably best suited for younger families.
They even have their own large brewery with great beer! There are four bars around the complex and prices are very reasonable, certainly cheaper than in Australia!
It is about 6 km out of Rovinj and a car is nearly a must have. We would normally drive into Rovinj for dinner, it is a fabulous town and one of the nicest we saw in Croatia.
So what was average? Basically there is no beach, most is sharp shingle and you must have water shoes ( cheap in the 2 stores) or it is off the rocks, also OK as there are plenty of ladders.
We were told that there were 4000 people in mid-June and we felt it was quite crowded. July-August increases to 7000! We had quite a bit of trouble finding a free sun lounge ( very necessary unless you lie on the grassy area or dirty sand near the harbour). You are not supposed to hold the lounges over-night but they still do, alternatively get up early or bring your own.
To keep the bride happy we went for more "up-market" apartment style accomodation, however it would still rate 2-3 star at best. It was hot at night and no air-conditioning made sleeping difficult ( I know tough life etc.!). There were renovated apartments but we did not know and missed out. Most accomodation is camping in vans and motor homes.
Overall I thought it was just perfect and can't wait until we return, but I just wanted to warn people not to expect too much of the "beach" and accomodation.
I hope this helps first time visitors, we went via Dubrovnik ( BIG drive), next time we will come from Venice. Would love to know if anyone has been here and knows of a better naturist resort??
- Also Known As:
- Valalta Naturist Camp Hotel Rovinj