When it comes to finding the best place to stay with kids in Croatia, there are loads of options. But, you need to do your research.
Well, never fear we have done it for you. Early this year our family took a weekend trip to Rovinj and stayed at the flawless Family Hotel Amarin, Rovinj.
You can’t just wing it and find any old accommodation in my opinion – maybe for a night, but not for an extended Croatia family holiday – and I guarantee no member of your family will be disappointed by this Croatian family hotel.
Kids need a few extra touches so that they (and you) can be satisfied. It’s all about the right facilities, the right location, and of course, you want it to be clean and comfortable and I am sorry to say that some hotels in Croatia fall short on this for families.
In my experience, when you’re traveling with kids, picking the right hotel is critical, because if there are no facilities, or at least not the right age appropriate facilities for your little ones, the family holiday is not going to be enjoyable for anyone. Eg: Imagine no fridge if your little one needs milk or what about no play equipment for lazy days.
When holidaying in Rovinj, the best family hotel is without question the Family Hotel Amarin – it’s got ‘family’ in the name, and the family theme runs throughout the entire hotel
I would dare say that this is the best family hotel in Croatia – a big claim I know.
I can’t say for certain as we have not stayed in them all (it’s on the list of things to do though!) But seriously this place blew our expectations out of the water.
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To help you see why this is the top hotel for families in Croatia, let’s explore the hotel it in a bit more detail.
Family Hotel Amarin Location
Rovinj is one of the most visited areas in Istria. And for good reason.
Along with beautiful beaches, culture, and amazing architecture to explore, you also get to have all the fun of a summer holiday or an off season adventure.
Rovinj has enough to keep you busy (almost) all year long.
The Family Hotel Amarin is a beach-front hotel, located on a very lush and green peninsula jutting out to sea. The hotel is just under 24 miles away from Pula Airport, so no need for an extremely long transfer, and if you want to get around and explore, there is a bus stop just outside the hotel itself, plus the hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from Old Town Rovinj.
If you drive, the hotel offers free guest parking that you can come and go from with your own access key.
Hotel Facilities at Family Hotel Amarin
The Amarin Hotel has everything. Full stop. Facilities include three outdoor swimming pools and a year-round indoor pool. An array of things to keep the kids occupied, including a dedicated kid’s club, outdoor spaces to roam, an outdoor play area, and several restaurants and bars on site.
The further good news is that the WiFi is lightening, so when it’s iPad time the kids can stream Kids YouTube fast and hassle free.
Oh, and the WiFi works throughout the entire property, and not just in public spaces, which for us was perfect. We were able to drop the Little Donkey in Kid’s Club and spend a few hours working by the pool.
The restaurants on site offer a range of international meals, as well as kids menus to suit picky palates. The snack bar is also available throughout the day with yummy treats for all ages.
During dinner and lunch, the main buffet for meals has food that goes way beyond any other Croatia buffet we have experienced, and the decor is upmarket and super stylish.
As an added bonus one section of the buffet is lowered so kids can help themselves to what they to eat. The Little Donkey loved feeling all grown up getting his own meals.
Family Hotel Amarin Room Options
You have a few options to choose from, and all of them cater to both small and larger families.
Premium double or twin room: These rooms have either a double bed and two extra rollout beds, or two single beds and two extra roll out beds. These rooms, fit up to four people comfortably.
Classic double or classic twin room: This is the most basic room of them all, although still roomy, with either a double bed or two singles.
Suite: This room caters for up to four people but has more space within it, e.g. a sitting area, etc.kids, and also has a roll out bed in the living area.
Premium family room: This room is perfect for larger families, and can fit up to four adults and two children, with double beds, single beds, and roll out sofa beds.
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Bonus room facilities that not all family hotels in Croatia have thought of: Rooms are focused entirely on child safety, with child safety socket covers as standard, and high balcony walls. Plus, you can also request a cot if you require one, and the rooms all come with dedicated children’s TV channels.
All of the rooms come with robes and slippers like your regular hotel… but as a really cute touch – the kids get given robes in either blue or pink in their size. Now isn’t that adorable?
Programs For Kids at Hotel Amarin
As the name would suggest, this family hotel is really geared up for families and children of all ages.
That means keeping the kids happy and occupied so Mum and Dad can enjoy a break (…and boy did we!).
There is a comprehensive animation program throughout not only the day but also into the evening. The dedicated child entertainment staff on hand really do aim to keep everyone happy, smiling, and dancing from sunup to well past sundown.
The kids’ activities are divided into several age groups – so that kids are not bored. All of the age appropriate activities looked like fun, plenty of smiling and happy faces wherever we went.
Our Little Donkey raved about the bike riding and the ‘Blue Net Area’ as he called it. As soon as you walk into reception your kids will run off over a few meters toward the shag pile carpet, and run and up down the sloped walls and in and out of the nets. It’s the perfect way to check in – no nagging kids tugging at you.
Family Travel Tip: There is a cafe opposite this glorious blue net area, so you can leave the kids and sit and enjoy coffee or wine while they run and play (yay for getting them very tired).
The cafe is also near the front entrance so it makes the perfect place to start your Croatia vacation!
On top of this, there is an indoor climbing and play area, as well as an outdoor playground, plenty of green space to run, and a games room to boot.
The pools are all suitable for children as well as adults so it’s not only kids having all the fun at this family holiday resort.
There are pool toys and a kick-ass waterslide – we had to drag the Little Donkey off the slides each day.
The kids club will keep your kids not only occupied but mentally stimulated.
The kid’s club is a great place to make new friends as there are kids of all nationalities having fun all in one place. ,
If the kid’s club is not enough, you may want to take advantage of the 24-hour babysitting services on offer.
We stayed during a weekend where there was a party – oh boy did we have fun. Balloons. Kids Champagne. Music. Prizes, you name it – it was there!
Hotel Amarin Also Has Something For Adults
It’s not all about the kids!
There are facilities to help the adults relax, and most of them are focused inside the luxurious spa and wellness center, as well as the fitness center.
The sauna, hot tub, and jacuzzi will tick those boxes, and there is a range of massages and spa treatments you can take up for an extra cost.
As you can see, the Family Hotel Amarin really does have it all on site, and it might be that you wonder why you should even leave the four walls and grounds!
That said, please do make sure head over and enjoy Rovinj and the surrounding areas – both are worth leaving this immaculate hotel for – I promise.