As it was a special occasion we upgraded our room to a Junior Suite with a sea view and it didn’t disappoint. The hotel was completely refurbished in 2015 so everything still feels shiny and new. Upon entering our suite there was a spacious hallway with huge double wardrobe (with loads a hangers and a mini safe) and to the left a sliding door into a big bathroom with waterfall shower.
The Dalmatino is the buffet style restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on your All Inclusive package. Now when I say buffet, think buffet on speed. Loads of the food is cooked/served to you at live cooking stations. For example at breakfast they will cook you fresh omelettes and eggs or pop to the other side and grab a crepe straight off the hot plate or create your own bespoke smoothie. At lunchtime the selection is vast with salad stations, freshly cooked pizzas made in front of your eyes and cooked in the pizza oven. Salad stations combining just your favourites and a variety of dishes from Croatia and beyond. When evening comes everything turns up a notch. Create your own pasta sauces at the pasta station, enjoy freshly cooked fish and meats from the grill and at every meal the variety of puddings is obscene. I challenge you not to enjoy the food at this restaurant!
This is a big restaurant so there are a lot of tables. You can sit inside or outside on the balcony. We tended to sit inside during the day and outside for dinner in the evenings when it was a little cooler. Plus you get the most amazing sunsets on the balcony. Standard drinks (house wines and local spirits) are also included with table service. And despite the size of this restaurant the service is unreal. There are so many staff you only have to out down your empty glass and someone is by your side asking if you need a refill.
Situated a stones throw from the beach the ambiance is really romantic and the service exemplary. After a basket of home baked bread with pumpkin oil made locally our first course was a beautiful salad with cured meats, fruit and nuts. Then onto a white wine soup which we thought was very unusual but turned out to be delicious. The main course you could choose from steak cooked on an open BBQ grill, a chicken dish, a pasta dish and a veggie dish. We both went for the steak seeing as we were at a grill restaurant which tasted unbelievable. For dessert I went for the chocolate fondant and Husband the sorbet.
We noticed another table of 6 eating off a main menu.I could see some lovely things coming out and it would have been really interesting to see what other dishes were on offer but as we were dining from the supplement menu we didn't see the full menu. With 2 rounds of gin and tonic each our bill was about £80 including service which I thought was excellent for the quality of the food and the location.
The hotel has 2 main bar areas, the Lobby Bar open pretty much all day for hot and cold drinks and cocktails and the Mojito Bar which opens from 6pm until midnight and serves, well Mojitos! and other cocktails. I should point out here that all 3 bars (the Pool, Lobby and Mojitio) all have different cocktail lists. So pretty much every cocktail you can imagine under the sun is served at some point during the day! The Lobby Bar has great views of the sea out the full height/width windows and the Mojito bar has a terrace which is the perfect to relax and unwind in the evenings.
In the evenings there was entertainment on the Mojito bar terrace every evening. This ranged from a illusionist act to a jazz band. We popped down each night after dinner to see what was going on but we only stayed a little while as it was OK but not amazing. The music quiz was our favorite night but generally we retired early for a cocktail (or two) on the beach or our balcony.