We arrived in Zadar with Ryanair and it was just a short trip by taxi to the hotel located directly on the sea in Puntamika. The owners (husband and wife) are incredibly helpful and friendly and gave us all the directions before we left London. Once at the airport they advised us to use the tourist taxi LULIĆ (the price is cca. 140 HRK/20 Euros from the airport to the Villa - cca. 15 km, 20 min - and 20 HRK from the city center - cca 3 km, 7 min by car) as other taxis charge up to 200 HRK. Otherwise if you are in the town already you could decide to get bus number 5 to Puntamika (the Villa is a 3 min walk from the last stop).
We decided to book a studio with terrace and sea view at a very reasonable price which included a large continental breakfast, sojourn tax and free wi-fi (although the connection is not very strong and reliable!). We could not have chosen a better room! What a view!!! You can see the old town just in front of you and the Uglijan island. And the summer breeze was a relief from the very hot weather! The studio is spacious, clean and comfortable and can be booked for up to 3-4 people (preferably 2 adults and 1 or 2 kids) - it has a kitchenette, bathroom with hairdryer, a sofabed, tv, telephone, minibar and (very important) air conditioning. The owner also went as far as let us choose the studio we preferred as they are quite different.
For the beach (which is just across the road) they provided two sunbeds and a parasol, included in the price. Beach towels however are not provided but you can use the sunbed cushions. The Villa is on a pebble beach and it's not crowded this time of the year so there's plenty of space.
The hospitality we received at Villa Ivana does not compare to any other place we have been to! On the day we arrived they gave us a map of the city, useful tips on where to go, how to reach it and restaurants suggestions for the area and the old city. They also managed to put an extra decoder in our room so that we could watch the world cup match as our team was playing the next day!!!
On the day we were due to leave they called us a taxi and let us leave our luggage there while we enjoyed our last day in the old city.
All in all a very friendly, happy and relaxed atmosphere which I would recommend to all the people I know! Will definitely go back again and again and again.
I would only recommend you avoid the period of the moto festival (apparenly one of the biggest in Europe from what I have been told) which takes place at Puntamika once a year normally in June. But if you like this kind of thing, then join in!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Ivana is situated in Zadar, in the tourist area named Puntamika. The villa is placed near the very seashore, where is also to be found a large beach.Villa Ivana disposes of accommodation capacity consisting of 4 studios, 2 rooms and 1 suite, and therefore covers the capacity up to 20 persons.Beside above-mentioned, the villa's offer also includes the reception, coffee bar placed on the terrace viewing the sea, spacious garden, and the hall for breakfast-service (included in the price of staying for the night). ... more less
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