INCENTIVE IN THE SPIRIT OF THE GODDESS SENTONE
Rabac is not exactly top of the list for the most well-known and frequent convention destinations in Istria. It is known more as a distinct family leisure destination on the southeast coast of Istria, opposite the island of Cres. Until recently it was known primarily for its clean sea, beautiful beaches and rich sports offer. With the renovation of the hotel Valamar, though, the full offer is also available for a variety of incentive programmes, in the extremely diverse landscape of the medieval town of Labin, which controls the region.
Arrivals to Rabac are mainly on the well-kept roads through one of the branches of the Istrian ipsilon (Y). Both international airports are relatively close – Pula is just 47 km away and from Rijeka airport on the island Krk it’s just 95 km. Unfortunately both airports are poorly connected with the main transport hubs. The hotel is right next to the sea, with well-marked trails leading to it. Nearby there is ample parking in the shade of a pine forest.
COLD APPETIZER – Architecture and Aesthetics
Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior was extensively renovated in 2013 and was formed by the merger of the Valamar Sanfior and renovation of Lanterna apartments. The pavilion design of the basic hotel building with a central atrium fits nicely into the pine forest. Even the refurbished apartment element follows this logic with a refined and modern look. The main architectural focus is on the new outdoor pool complex in the middle of the pine forest, which, due to the large glass surfaces and broken outdoor patio, works very nicely. Pleasant trails and a walking promenade along the sea are combined to create a serene and stimulating Mediterranean ambience.
WARM APPETIZER – staff and food
With the staff one can always find room for improvement, even though we were at the hotel at the exact time when crowds were at their peak. The food offer is pension-style, with a well-stocked buffet on the model of “we offer everything”. The solid ambience and friendly staff are trademarks of the hotel. Particularly commendable is the quality house wine of the Valamar company. The quality of the food and the staff are unquestionable, on Rabac you will not find a comparable offer. Guests are impressed by open cooking with a varied offer. Guests are also impressed by a fully stocked buffet breakfast with freshly baked warm bread.
MAIN COURSE – Congress hotel offer
After renovation the rooms are spacious and equipped with modern furniture. More than just in the hotel, the spacious apartments in the Casa Valamar also thrill with a fit-out to an enviable level. The materials are high quality and guests in the new hotel are well taken care of. For congresses there are two conference halls for max 110 participants. While this is not their major offer, we estimate a very large potential for the organisation of incentive programmes, as the location is full of sports facilities, and we must especially highlight the medieval Labin that is simply calling out for the organisation of a treasure hunt and other teambuilding activities.
DESSERT – Additional offer
Medieval Labin, formerly known as Albona, was first mentioned in 285 BC. Today it is a cultural and administrative centre, which merges the rich architecture and cultural-historical monuments with many art studios.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
The hotel is open only from March until November.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
For a positive surprise the friendly staff are very caring, which deserves a big plus point.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
The renovated hotel has unexpectedly placed Rabac on the map of new, fresh incentive destinations. The hotel with its renovation became more useful and adaptable to the needs of convention guests. In modern parlance, we could say that it is a multitasking hotel. Whilst it is not a real convention hotel, it will easily perform well for the needs of a pleasant meeting or an event.