In a very short space of time, Vodice has become one of Dalmatia’s most visited tourist destinations. Tourism in the town began to develop in a syndicate form after World War II, with locals claiming that Vodice tourism was built on the hospitable and industrious women who single-handedly created the post-war tourism industry. It is therefore not surprising to see a statue of a woman in the middle of the park by the Hotel Olympia. The hotel is situated in an Eden-like Mediterranean pine forest near the most attractive beaches, legendary pubs and the marina with views over the skyline of the island Prvič and the Kornati Archipelago. In high season Vodice is known as the Croatian party paradise and after the high season, it is a perfect incentive destination with an exceptional range and variety of activities in the three national parks in the area. The hotel operates across all seasons and right now it is just approaching an important 30 million euro investment in a new hotel building of a five-star category and a large convention centre.
The location is perfect and surprisingly favourable for congress tourism, although one that is currently simply ignored. Access via the highway is elegant and straightforward. Nearby are two sufficiently serviced airports – Split and Zadar. The town centre extends via the marina virtually to the hotel. In high season, the beach below the hotel is a centre of activity. Especially attractive is the fact that the town is located within a triangle of three exceptional national parks – the Kornati, Krka and Paklenica – and also close to the Plitvice Lakes and Northern Velebit as well as places on UNESCO’s heritage list – Šibenik, Trogir and Split.
COLD STARTER - Architecture and aesthetics
The tourism offer of Vodice has concentrated in private rooms and only a small fraction of the total number of rooms are in the two main hotels of Punta and Olympia, which stand out from Vodice’s distinctive Mediterranean cityscape. Perhaps because of this Vodice does not impress at first sight. On the other hand, the town appears clean and tidy with a number of green spaces. The architecture of the hotel resembles pyramids, creating the main hall that is spacious, airy and well organised. Following investment in the new part of the hotel, Vodice will get a brand new hotel panorama, and it is also reassuring that they are thinking about sustainable development in the management of the hotel. The interior is beautifully colour-coordinated and supplemented with details and flowers that make for a pleasant atmosphere. The hotel complex has an external setting that provides space and practicality as well as many internal and yet more external, beautifully landscaped spaces for socialising, receptions, or simply to be enjoyed.
WARM ENTRÉE - The staff and the culinary experience
I would like to see such friendly staff in many other places along the Adriatic. As a guest one immediately gets a sense of hospitality and the hotel makes you feel comfortable and welcome. The selection and quality of food in the hotel restaurant is solid, but while visiting the hotel was full and it really highlighted that there are many kinds of guests, making it is of course very difficult to satisfy all tastes, and created a sense of it feeling crowded, which was a little disturbing. The catering team is experienced and flexible and is able to take advantage of outdoor patios and the beach.
MAIN COURSE – The meetings offering at the hotel
The hotel offers spacious and modern rooms at a satisfactory level, where you will feel most comfortable. At the end of the season, rooms are already somewhat tired, but the staff is working hard on maintenance of this extremely highly occupied hotel.
The main Olympia congress hall is multi-purpose and can accommodate a maximum of 500 participants. The disadvantage is that it is a sports hall, a functioning club, when prepared, and a very nicely decorated modern congress hall. The hotel has additional space for 80 participants with the Atena Hall, and the Artemida Hall holds another 200. A great complement will be new halls after the construction of the five-star Hotel. We also must praise the free Internet, the separate reception for conference guests and the additional offer available to congress guests (business centre, kiosk with newspapers, and souvenirs).
DESSERT – The extras
The national parks close by to Vodice. Rafting on the rapids of Cetinje and Zrmanja, sailing cup in the Kornati archipelago, sailing regatta with old boats, creative incentive programmes…
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
The main problem during the high season is noise and overwhelming crowds – Vodice is swarming with masses of tourists who are packed like sardines into its famous bars. The high season should be avoided for conference guests.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
An exceptional offer for compiling various incentive and team building programmes in what is considered by many as the most beautiful parts of Croatia. For lovers of entertainment, a plus is also the very lively nightlife.
FINAL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
One rarely comes across hotels that are managed with love and heart. In this part of Dalmatia hotels that operate throughout the season are also rare. These are, besides the good access, the main competitive advantages of the Olympia Hotel. With the new 5 star hotel, the more prestigious Split and Dubrovnik will get a serious contender in Central Dalmatia. The hotel, and with it Vodice, are already definitely a good choice and in almost all respects a modern and high-quality congress provider.
FINAL GRADE: 4.42 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