We arrived at the hotel on a bright, hot and frankly glorious Saturday afternoon to be greeted by a much needed and very refreshing glass of apple juice...oh and a friendly ,helpful, well presented and polite team of reception staff. First impressions of the hotel were excellent (3 star hotels in our past experience can be very hit and miss) as the lobby area was calm, well laid out and was generally nice.
However, we were then told by the guy behind reception that we would be in the annex. Having read other reviews about the annex, we became slightly disappointed, but nether the less, went down to lunch and was pleasantly surprised by the EXCELLENT quality of the food, both in range and taste. Neither me or my wife eat meat, but there was still plenty of vegetarian and fish dishes for us to choose from. So, after we ate, we headed back to the reception area to get our bags...and were helped across to the annex by one of the reception workers (the staff at this hotel are superb).
Our first impressions of the annex buildings were that they looked very basic and needed a face lift. But these were the only negative impressions that we got. The shower was very powerful and the bathroom was of a good standard. The beds were very comfortable, there was enough wardrobe space and the TV had a range of channels...Okay, so the decor was lacking in modern touches, but again the only negative we could draw from the room was a superficial one, which can also be applied to other areas of the hotel, the pool bar area could do with a face lift as could the restaurant. But these are merely superficial things.
The pool area was great with plenty of room to get a sun lounger (you don't have to put your towels out the night before even in August) and if you don't fancy the pool area - the beach (which is beautiful) is only 20 metres away. The Dalmatian Coast is simply stunning!.
The atmosphere in the hotel is great and laid back, with mainly Italian and German guests, though the hotel doesn't in anyway target these nationalities with a higher sense of importance, there were only a handful of English guests...so....if you want to escape the type of English tourists...that give English tourists a bad name - then from ou experience Croatia is definitely a place to visit.
The bars in Tucepi don't target a binge drinking culture - though they're happy to serve you all day! But you won't find any offers of, '10 free shots, with every pint' nor will you be hassled to come in to bars or restaurants by their patrons, something that seems to be inescapable in other countries. The Croatian locals were brilliant!
Moving back to the hotel itself, while the food is excellent, the drinks are about average. mainly because around the pool area you get 'party cups' to drink any alcoholic or soft drinks from, while I understand that you can't have glass around the pool, this is something that I think the hotel should look in to by providing a separate drinking area, by creating a definite bar - as the current bar is more like a point where you just get drinks from. But again, a superficial negative.
Last, but by no means least, the entertainment staff were great, encouraging - but not pressuring you to get involved in activities during the day (adults - not just kids!). As somebody who visits the gym regularly I was itching to do something, but couldn't face playing football in the hot weather...so I did aqua aerobics, not once, but twice a day. It was brilliant, seriously there are a lot of activities to do at the Neptun during the day, whilst the children at the hotel also seemed to be kept busy by the hotel staff.
We'd definitely stay at the Neptun again, and will most probably be visiting Dubrovnik next year, as we've absolutely been sold by Croatia, it's simply a beautiful country. Get yourselves there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- smartline Bluesun Neptun is located next to the beautiful sea, near the village Tucepi and is a perfect choice for the whole family. Here you can spend your holiday surrounded by olive tree gardens and stay activated with the large activity and sport program for both kids' and adults, offered by the hotel. Since All Inclusive is included in the price, you will have a comfortable holiday at smartline Bluesun Neptun. Enjoy rich buffet meals and snacks with locally sourced ingredients. The hotel offers a large pool area with a wonderful sun terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bluesun Hotel Tucepi