Huge investment (of almost a billion
euros) in accommodation facilities and infrastructure in Croatia
resulted in the highest growth of bed quality to date.
The year 2008 will be remembered in Croatia
as the year with the highest increase in the number of four-star and
five-star hotels – there are presently more new ones than the past six
Between September of 2007 and September of 2008, the accommodation
capacities in four star hotels doubled, while the number of five star
hotels increased by 78 percent.
Croatia currently has 122 four-star hotels or 67 more than last year,
and 16 five-star hotels, or 7 more. In addition, 18 hotels are
undergoing the four-star procedure and 7 expect to be classified as
In late 2008, Novi SPA Hotels & Resorts (www.novi.hr) in Novi
Vinodolski opened its new five-star hotel The View, one of the largest
spa & wellness centers in this part of Europe. The entire resort
stretches over 311 thousand square meters of land situated on a mild
slope along 1.5 kilometers of coast. The offer is supplemented by a
congress hall (2,500m2) and several smaller conference halls, a
polyclinic for cosmetic surgery, dental services and physical
examinations, a 500-vehicle garage, high fashion shops, a perfumery,
animation programs for children and adults, and many other amenities.
The Šibenik region has six four-star hotels, while the City of Zagreb
has 11. Eighteen other hotels are waiting for the Tourism Ministry’s
committee to inspect them so that they could obtain the requested four
stars - the total by the year’s end should come to 140.
Hotel Antunovic (www.centar-antunovic.com) in Zagreb is being
reorganized into a congress center with 20 halls and lounges, on an
area of 2,500 square meters. The largest hall will receive 1,000
people, and there will also be a hall seating 500 within the center.
Sveti Martin na Muri (www.svetimartin.hr), proclaimed a European
Destination of Excellence, will have the four-star Golf Hotel worth
25.3 million euros. Hotel Kralj worth 5.1 million euros is being built
in Donji Kraljevec, Varaždin has new hotels, while Daruvar and Prelog
also have new hotel beds to offer.
Total direct investments in tourism in the year of 2008 amounted to one
billion euros. Investments in the private hotel sector accounted for
most of it – 5.5 billion HRK (764,000,000.00 €). A new investment cycle
in Croatian tourism worth 2 billion HRK (280,000,000.00 €) began in
2008 and will be completed in 2010. New capacities and new selective
forms of tourism are expected as early as next year.
The trend continues with construction of new hotels and thorough
reconstructions of existing ones, which are generally enriched by
wellness centers and congress halls.
Split-Dalmatia County made the largest
progress, confirmed by several awards presented to Split’s Hotel Le
Meridien Lav (www.grandhotellav.com), proclaimed the Leading European
Conference Hotel, the Leading Croatian Hotel and the Leading Croatian
The City of Split will have its first globally branded hotel – after a
thorough reconstruction that is under way, the present Hotel Split will
be named ‘Radisson Resort Split’ and will carry four+ stars. Hotel
Marjan is also being reconstructed and opened before the 2009 season.
This five stars hotel contain 320 rooms, 27 suites, a presidential
suite, restaurants, a pub, a piano bar, a wellness center, casino
pools, conference halls and other amenities.
Istria has 20 high-category facilities, Zadar County has 11, while the
Dubrovnik region has only eight four-star hotels.
With Punta Skala in Petrcane, Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences
(www.hoteliborik.hr) opened the leading hotel complex in Croatia in the
summer of 2009, right next to the sea, designed by top international
architects. The complex offers two first-class hotels: a five-star SPA
complex on eight thousand square meters and the Diadora family hotel
with four stars. The complex also contain various restaurants and
shops, exclusive apartments and a number of sporting facilities.
In the spring of 2009, Kempinski Hotel Adriatic
(www.kempinski-adriatic.com) opened the first five-star luxury seaside
resort in Croatia, situated in Savudrija on the northwest coast of
Istria, only 5 hours by car from Milan, Munich and Vienna. It is
situated right on the shore with its own private beach among luscious
greenery and offering a wonderful view of Slovenia, Italy and Austrian
Alps. This active modern hotel offers 186 luxury rooms and suites,
3,000 square meters, Corolea SPA, one indoor and two outdoor heated
pools. There are a number of indoor and outdoor bars and night clubs.
Golfing is available at the 18-hole Golf Championship course at
Kempinski Golf Adriatic. With its 25 moorings, Kempinski Marina
Adriatic provides a combination of sailing with a luxury trip to
Croatia - Visit
Croatia and you will never forget the unforgettable natural beauty of
place where the Mediterranean, the Alps and the Pannonian plain come
National Parks - Of the eight national parks,
four are in the mountain regions (Risnjak, Paklenica, Velebit and the
Plitvice Lakes) and four are in the coastal area (Kornati, Mljet,
Brijuni and Krka).
City Guide - The other dimension of Croatia is the urban culture:
towns are more numerous here than in any other part of Southeastern
Government - Croatia is a multiparty parliamentary republic.
Capital city is Zagreb,
the economic, traffic, cultural and academic centre.
Zagreb - Croatian gorgeous capital city has been a focal point of
culture and science, and now this charming
is the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting
Islands - Croatia has an impressive
number of over 1000 islands, reefs and cliffs. A vast majority of the
Adriatic sea islands are located near the northeastern,
Gastronomy & Related Info - Traditional Croatian cuisine is
represented by a full table of high quality specialties. Variety of
quality food is huge and every town, not to
mention that every region has it's own local specialties.
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