I was apprehensive about booking Amarin, purely because there wasnt alot of reviews about the place and it seemed that not many Irish travelled and stayed there. But we booked (family 2 adults, 2 teenagers and baby) for 1 week, premium apartment which sleeps 6 adults. The apartment was very nice, perfect for our group but I wouldnt fancy 6 staying there, as 2 have to sleep on a pull out couch in the sitting room. 2 bed upstairs, lots of storage and bathroom with bath/shower. Small kitchen open plan living downstairs with small loo, adequete for what we needed. Very small area outside, just enough for sitting to eat. It was shaded most of the day so you couldnt sit in the sun there. There was no garden area as such, just some shrubs, small tree but no grass. Overall the apartment was fine, towels were changes regularly also. Kids playground was good, near apartments which was handy.
Amarin itself is a huge campsite, with apartments next door. Beside the pool area is a 2 floor restaurant, we ate in the downstairs place twice and food was very poor, staff were very unfriendly, almost like it was a big deal or hassle serving you, not friendly at all. Pools were so so busy every day (early June) that we never bothered swimming there but because we were beside the beach it didnt bother us. The beach however is stony/ shingly, actually not as bad as I was expecting, theres a lot to be said for not having sandy towels! Tip: buy a padded mat which folds up, can be bought in any of the shops around, makes lying out easier! The sea was FANTASTIC! best snorkelling ever, we spent best part of the week in the water! It was like swimming in a fish tank with all the different type of of fish, brilliant!
Almost every night we went into town to eat. Rovinj is beautiful, just loved wandering the streets, beautiful crafts, art, etc. Peppled streets not great for buggy but you just have to get on with it! The restaurants along the marina are expensive but the more you go into the town, down side streets the nicer they got and less expensive. Couple of niggles: they dont do highchairs! very few restaurants have them and I found this very frustrating, they are not equipped for babies and not very child friendly. They wont do half portions (only 2 did all week) and charge you adult portion for a baby dinner, ridiculous! Food slightly less expensive than Ireland and drinks more or less the same. Local beer and wine were very nice.
We got the water taxi a few nights, this was really nice, fab view of Rovinj as you approach, well worth it. Parking was fine for us at night June time so maybe different in peak summer, and you can walk easily from car park.
We hired a car and travelled along the coast for a day taking in different beaches but i have to say beach at amarin was the best. Lots of nuddies on beaches in quieter areas, the done thing seemingly over there!
Staff at amarin were not very friendly, there was no 'your welcome' when we arrived, just check in and heres your key, they could make more of an effort greeting people. its clear you are just another number staying there. they have onsite facilities, supermarket (very expensive) lovely fresh fruit stall, fresh bakery (5 min walk outside amarin), basketball/tennis which you pay for and bike hire. If i was going back i would like to find somewhere quieter, amarin was too big, somewhere with a more personal touch would be nicer. There is a nice restaurant next door, small & quaint, but no english menu so very hard to understand what was on it, we ended up having steak , which was really good but were hoping to try something more croatian but didnt understand the menu! Overall, Amarin is expensive for what you get, you do need a car, beach is brilliant, pool too busy, not the place if looking for peace and quiet, but weather was great, we had a lovely time in Croatia and we will be back!
p.s. if renting a car, rent from sixt at pula airport, guy there (bald/glasses) was so friendly and helpful, nicest person we met all week!
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- Cascading gently towards the rocky beaches and the turquoise sea, the Amarin Resort offers the privacy of your own home with a great view of the Old Town in lush nature just minutes away from the sea. ... more less
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- Amarin Studio And Apartments Hotel Rovinj