Family Hotel Amarin: THE BEST PLACE FOR FAMILY ADVENTURES AND RELAXATION ON THE COAST OF ISTRIA
TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: FAMILY HOTEL AMARIN
Croatia has become one of the most popular holiday destinations for people from Germany: with its pebble beaches, clear-blue ocean water and stunning nature, it is an ideal place for your next summer holiday. The best hotel for families with children – according to the Trip Advisor Traveller Choice Award 2019 – is the Maistra’s Family Hotel Amarin in Rovinj, on the west coast of Istria.
Small alleyways lead from the towering church in the old city centre towards the seaside promenade that stretches all the way to the beaches on the southeast of Rovinj. The historic town on the Istrian peninsula is one of the most romantic locations on the Adriatic coast and a great destination for family seaside holidays, too. Here, the Maistra Hospitality Group has one of its Maistra Select brand flagship hotels, the Family Hotel Amarin. For more than 50 years, Maistra has been providing high-quality tourism experiences in Croatia’s most beautiful regions.
Situated at the end of the Rovinj seaside promenade, the Family Hotel Amarin is sheltered under pine trees on a green peninsula and most of the rooms have a magnificent view over either the old city of Rovinj or the sea. The Croatian Studio Up originally designed the hotel with 280 elegant rooms and suites over four floors. The double beds have a clever design that allows guests to pull out a child’s bed at each side in the evening and store it away when it is not used during the day. Children and families were the focus right from the beginning, after all: normally, check-ins can be very boring for kids, but at Hotel Amarin, children are greeted with the so-called blu net installation, where they can jump about after being stuck in a car or plane for hours. While doing so, they will also get a first glance at the indoors and the garden pool.
A safe space for little adventurers
The beautiful outdoors is dominated by a magnificent Mediterranean garden with new-generation playgrounds, which have been awarded multiple times at a European and world level. Children can explore various slides or climb ropes and, since the whole ground is car free, it is very safe to do so, while parents can relax at the nearby pool. The Amarin Kids Club has a varied programme for children, accurately developed for four different age groups. The variety of schools and classes makes sure that the holiday will never get boring: children can enjoy sporty activities like swimming, dancing or sailing, or learn how to play the guitar or fly a drone. There are even S.T.E.A.M workshops: the educational approach includes arts, as well as going into the well-known STEM model of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The restaurants also cater especially to families with children: the hotel has excellent food available via a buffet, with a healthy selection of food, where parents of babies and small children can get fresh meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Close to the hotel are two additional restaurants: the Istrien Beach House, for example, is an a la carte restaurant with a stunning seaside location and some excellent Mediterranean dishes on offer. The second option, the Marsea Restaurant, is an ideal location for a light lunchtime snack or a refreshing cocktail in the shade of pine trees with a view that looks towards Rovinj’s old town centre. Additionally, there is the Pool & Chill snack bar, located directly next to the pool.
Explorations in nature and a spa for the whole family
Hiking and cycling trails start right at the hotel. The Western Istrian coast and its hinterland have a great network of marked cycling routes, ranging from recreational tours for the whole family to some more difficult mountain rides. The area offers ideal conditions for recreational cyclists and professionals searching for new challenges alike. Istria has a beautiful landscape and varied history, which guests can explore while cycling along the coast. Of course, Mediterranean summers are hot, but thankfully, beaches are also never far away. There are two new modern pebble beaches close to the Hotel Amarin, inviting guests for a swim or some snorkelling in the clean water. Lucky explorers will even be able to find fish, and perhaps also some shells hiding between the rocks.
While adventuring in the outdoors, swimming in the Adriatic Sea or exploring Croatia’s history and culture is, for many guests, the highlight of their stay, most of them also come away to relax from a busy work life at home. Family Hotel Amarin caters to that need with an exclusive Wellness & Spa area. Again, the hotel puts great emphasis on family holidays and provides a kids spa with treatments specially developed for children, so that the whole family can relax, daydream and unwind, before returning back to work or school – with stories about great adventures and some fond memories, too.
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