I feel, this resort is simply overpriced for what it really is. We stayed in this resort for 2 weeks in August 2012. We are 5 members family.
We booked through a german travel agency. The cost per house in the high season was 412EUR/day-selfcatering. The booking we made looked as we are to get the LUX house, it was also at the front page of our booking. Unfortunatelly, we ended up in the standard villa. Therefore I would highly recommend to people who are going to book this resort to make sure the type of house is detailed specified in their booking. There is a big difference in the standard and in the Lux villas. Standard villas are 60m2 only, facing gardens and other houses. The Lux villa are 78m2 and do have a see wiev. Only few villas do have a jaccuzzi. Also the kitchen is in the standard villa not sufficient. For 5 or 6 people is the house really too small .
During our stay, this resort was facing very dry period.The showers at the beach and showers at the swimming pool were switched off. The pirates boat for kids did not work either. During the second week of our stay, the jets in the inside swimming pool did not work either. The chill out area was without watter too. There were notices with the information of dry period in front of each not working attraction. I find this way of communication not acceptaple.Not in the resort for this price. I would expect a bottle of wine and basket of fruits to the house and a written apologise/notice from the management.
The standard 2 bedrooms house with a terrace. 60m2+terrace, facing garden and other houses. Clean, modern furniture, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Placed in the forest and good shadow.For the 5 of us small. Kitchen is really small and I hated every minute in it! It has 2 cooking rounds. If you put a bigger pot on the cooking round, you will have very limited cooking possibilities, 2 bigger pots or a bigger pot and a frying pan does not fit to it. It is too small. It means, you have to cook potatos in the first round and after you can fry the meat. Not in the same time.! See my picture. I would say nothing, if the price would be 250EUR but not 412EUR/day.
Beaches and swimming pools. The beaches are rocky and the enter to the see is not suitable for small children. Very slippy. There is the laguna with pebbles suitable for children. But do not look for the crystal blue watter in the laguna. It is more like a lake. Swimming pools at Meliá were with salty watter. It was very crowded, as a lot of people from Sol Amfora were using this pools. Hard to get a sunbed.
Resort is large, nice and a good concept. Entertainment for all groups af age. Good sporting opportunities. Restaurants and bars and shop is also available. We used the restaurant at the Melia swimming pools and I have to say, that for a long time I did not eat anything so salty. We tried the resstaurant at the beach (I think the name was Mare a Monti), it was very good.
I would reccomned a trip to Umag. There is vacation train going from the resort to Umag. Umag is nice small very living town with plenty of good restaurant.
Generally large, nice resort with a good concept and good entertainment, but in my opinion overpriced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melia Istrian Villas combine traditional Istrian architecture with modern comfort in a serene and tranquil setting. Located in the Stella Maris resort, the Melia Istrian Villas are surrounded by flourishing pine trees, steps from the Adriatic Sea. The property has 180 villas, including seven "Luxury" and 23 "Superior" villas. Each offers luxury and privacy for an unforgettable Istrian vacation. ... more less
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- Melia Istrian Villas Hotel Umag