Umag’s most prestigious hotel builds its offering on provincial trump cards of Istria with the diverse coastline, Karst hinterland, cultural diversity and a favourable climate. All this combined with excellent tourist attractions ranks Istria among the leading Croatian tourist destinations. The Katoro hotel complex was built in the middle of the golden tourist eighties. The exemplary tidy hotel complex is the epicentre of Croatian sports and active tourism and at the same time a great incentive destination. The completely renovated hotel offering is often unfairly overlooked and already today it ranks Umag among the new upscale tourist destinations.
Istria is distinguished by its favourable position as it reaches deep into the European continent and is well connected with the main European transport corridors. One can say that road access is fast, secure and convenient. In the case of air accessibility Umag largely depends on the traffic situation on the nearby airports in Pula, Ljubljana, Trieste and Venice, which are relatively close. Particularly commendable is the transport organisation within the resort with large parking areas and ecological public transport in the form of a Tourist train, which connects the hotel to the city centre. The paths for cyclists and pedestrians are exemplary arranged.
COLD STARTER - Architecture and aesthetics
The Hotel wants to be Zen balanced and we must admit that architects managed to renovate and upgrade the original architectural design from the eighties very well. When renovating the hotel a lot of new content was added. For example innovative fitness in a pine grove, zen garden and many tiny little things that are on the verge of prestige. The renovation was much more than just an aesthetic change of the facade. Probably to well-being greatly contribute felicitously chosen colours and fine details. What makes the whole particularly attractive is the complete horticultural arrangements which this season are further improved and upgraded. The whole appears balanced, impressive and inspiring.
WARM ENTRÉE - The staff and the culinary experience
Hotel Coral pays the most attention to the service and friendliness. From this perspective, it is the market leader in the region. At this hotel, everything is as it is usual in this class of hotels. The hotel with its culinary offer is at the top among Plava Laguna group hotels. It seems that due to this the staff is carefully chosen. Quite extensive is also the hotel’s culinary offering with well-prepared dishes, but they sometimes lack a bit of a common thread. A good choice proves to be the pension offer which is diverse and varied both at breakfast and at dinner. They are serving creative modern dishes that are partly coloured by local foods. The wine list in the hotel is varied and one can taste the best wines of Croatia. One of the advantages of the hotel is a pleasant hotel bar with excellent coffee.
MAIN COURSE – The meetings offering at the hotel
The hotel offer has been updated and upgraded to the level of five stars. In many respects, everything that is hidden under that brand turns out to be written on the skin of normal conference guests. Otherwise, the hotel is geared towards comfort and enjoyment. At the hotel and next to it, there are plenty of zen corners. Hotel rooms are very tastefully equipped, and special praise goes to beds, it does also not disappoint in terms of gadgets, such as Nespresso coffee appliances. Pamper yourself in a smaller, modern and pleasant spa centre and sweat in the fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment. The convention centre with four meeting rooms can accommodate up to 350 participants.
DESSERT – The extras
A brand new tennis centre Katoro, and many and varied sports activities on offer, offering 30 different sports.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
Due to the crowds, the high season will chase away classic conference guests.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
Personnel and their friendliness and professionalism.
FINAL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
Hotel Coral convinces guests with the quality of the offer, comfort and spaciousness. The final grade is that this is a good hotel for good money. Prices are in fact reasonable in relation to the nearby Istrian and Slovenian competition. There are numerous options for organising receptions and outdoor activities. Plava Laguna boasts a great hotel and convention product. Umag is becoming a serious and respected European incentive destination.
FINAL GRADE: 4.58 BRONZE Resort Meeting Hotel
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60