The resort is located in the Monsena area some miles outside Rovinj. It comprises the Amarin standard and superior apartments and a large camping site. The location is very nice as the resort is built into a steep slope surrounded by pine trees.
The standard apartments look more mediterranean style whereas the superior apartments are more modern. Note that for the standard apartments, two people are expected to share a sleeping sofa; 4-persons = 1 bedroom, 6 persons = 2 bedrooms. You cannot book your favourite house in advance, at least they give you no guarantees about the exact house you get, only about the type -- although you can of course try to get a nicer apartment when checking in.
The kitchen is well-equipped but you will have to buy all basic stuff like dish soap and bring dis towels. Toilet paper and bath towels are provided and can be exchanged on request. Our rooms were clean and their appearance was OK. The air condition worked like a charm without being too loud. Don't expect it to be four stars with marble sinks but it's no ruin either.
You can buy all you need from the supermarket on the spot or from the shop (bathong shoes, snorqel equipment, kites, etc.). There is also a kiosk for international newspapers and a vegetables stand which are OK. If you need to buy more excotic things or simply want to do the shopping for a whole week, there is a shopping area at Rovinj about 10 minutes by car. You can find there grocery stores (Konzum, Lidl) and a dm market selling cosmetics, healthcare and household products.
The restaurant is good and the view from the terrace to Rovinij is beatiful. In pre-season the resort was not too crowded and entertainment events only started in the last days we were there. As an alternative there is at least one restaurant nearby just a few minutes walk from the exit at the reception on the left.
If you want to go to Rovinj you can either rent a bike, go by your own car or take the taxi boat, which runs every hour until late. At the beach you can also take sailing and wind surfing lessons, rent a boat or book a tennis court or a volleyball place. Standard massage services are also available at the pool or a separate house. You can also book boat trips with pickup service at the resort's pier. The resort cooperates with Atlas tours (book at the reception). You can also book a tour with a private carrier near the pool area. We did the fish pick-nick with the private carrier, which was a nice experience.
The beach chairs and the sun umbrellas have to be rented on a per day basis for about 5 HRK each. The pools are filled with sea water and are rather small when the pool area is crowded. It's better to get into the sea in that case.
The beaches are rocky at most places. It is highly advisable to wear sandals or bathing shoes even for swimming -- like at most beaches of Croatia.
One area of the beach up North (right side as seen from above) is dog friendly. The farther you walk North the more likely you will meet nudists at the beach; the next nudist camp, Valalta, is located some kilometres to the north. Both resorts are actually separated by a small wall and you don't meet people from there unless you deliberately take a rather long walk to the North.
The staff at the reception provided gave us a mixed experience. As long as there are no issues everything is working OK, but they seem to be stressed when having to handle excetional requests. They really don't mean to be impolite but their reaction may seem a bit harsh sometimes. Yet, they will always give you a big smile in the end. When many people come or leave, checkin/checkout may last longer than usual. It can hence be better to pay already the night before you intend to leave.
In summary, a good place for some relaxed days in pre-season with probably more entertainment and action during high-season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Resort Amarin Hotel Rovinj
- Tourist Settlement Amarin Rovinj
- Amarin Rovinj