Five-Star Family Vacation

Istria is a prime spot for family holidays, as it boasts water and adrenaline parks, submarine rides and some of the best family hotels and camping resorts in Croatia.

We all have fond memories of fun family holidays. Children adore vacation time with parents. They’ll cherish great fun on the beach and at amusement parks but what kids remember most of all is how happy and relaxed their parents are while on holiday. But just like their parents, children can be picky and they also want unique experiences. They can easily get bored with the usual, run-of-the-mill activities. So let them explore. Give them the sense of place. Pique their interest in the history and culture of where they are. Root them in the moment.

At Valamar hotels and camping resorts, the moment you spot the Maro the Crab sign, you’ll know you have entered a children’s dreamland. The “Maro Holiday” label guarantees surefire fun and entertainment for kids. You can expect playgrounds, playrooms and creative children’s programmes run by professional entertainers, such as dancers and magicians. As for picky teenagers, there are teen hangout zones and gaming tournaments.

Fun for kids is best on the beaches and from this season there is a new brand named Val beaches. They are situated at top Valamar locations and have high-quality equipment and standards. The best family beaches are branded as “Val Family” and they promise amazing family vacations filled with action at outdoor pools and tons of fun for children. Discover the best Val Family beaches in Poreč, Rabac and on the island of Krk. Four of them are located at Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort on Sveti Nikola island, one is in Valamar Zagreb Hotel and one in Lanterna Premium Camping Resort by Valamar in Poreč. Three of them are at Valamar Collection Girandella Resort in Rabac and one at Krk Premium Camping Resort by Valamar on the island of Krk.


Children can be picky and they also want unique experiences

Val Maro Family Beach, Valamar Collection Girandella Resort, Rabac

The most fun family beach, it has white pebbles and lots of sea activities, such as the Witbit inflatable water park (35x20m). Parents can relax under a sun umbrella with a glass of their favourite drink.

Valeta, Valamar Tamaris Resort, Lanterna, Poreč

This paved beach with a pebbly sea bottom has a number of children’s attractions such as a sandbox, children’s playground, trampoline and water walking balls, all supervised by lifeguards.

Rajska plaža (Paradise Beach), Rab Island

Spanning 1.5 kilometres, this sandy beach is perfect for carefree play for even the youngest of children. It has cafés, restaurants, parasailing, pedal boat rentals and lifeguards.

Koralj (Coral), Krk

This pebbly and paved island beach with its sandy seabed is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and sea. Guests can use the small asphalt path that leads from the hotel and winds through a pine forest and down to the beach.

Šunj, Lopud Island

Šunj, a white-sand stretch on the island of Lopud is among the best Dubrovnik beaches for little ones. It’s so shallow that it takes 100 meters to start swimming.

Copacabana, Dubrovnik

Relax over stunning views of Daksa island across the way, or try your hand at one of the many water sports available at this family-friendly beach on the Babin kuk.


Istria is a prime spot for family holidays, as it boasts water and adrenaline parks, submarine rides and some of the best family hotels and camps in Croatia, such as the Girandella Family and the new 5-smiley Girandella Maro Suites, part of the prestigious Kinderhotels Europa premium family hotel chain, both located in the Valamar Collection Girandella Resort in Rabac on Istria’s east coast. In the Maro open play zone, which features a children’s playground, adrenaline track and a recreational and eco-corner spanning 1900 m2, the Maro Garden is a great spot for the littles to get their hands dirty, water tomatoes and have a gardening lesson. Popular Maro activities include movie screenings and theatre beneath the starry sky. Teenagers are in for loads of fun at sports and gaming tournaments, beach parties and outdoor movie screenings. Parents are also taken care of, with a wide range of services to choose from, such as babysitting, swimming lessons and the Maro concierge offering free family vacation planning. At Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort on the island of Sveti Nikola, you’ll spend a first-class family holiday. The Istrian Fantasy Forest located in the centre of the island is a place full of adventurous stories for all ages, accompanied by actors and fabulous Istrian creatures. The Maro multifunctional playground showcases a polygon, football and basketball.


Dubrovnik is a globally popular vacation destination regularly featured in the must-see destination lists. The Valamar Club Dubrovnik Hotel is the only family hotel in Dubrovnik six kilometers away from the old town. Valamar’s hotels are great for families, especially Valamar Crystal Hotel, COOEE Pinia Hotel by Valamar, Valamar Zagreb Hotel, Valamar Diamant Hotel & Residence, Valamar Collection Isabella Island Resort and Valamar Tamaris Resort in Poreč and Valamar Collection Girandella Resort and Valamar Sanfior Hotel & Casa in Rabac, Valamar Club Dubrovnik Hotel in Dubrovnik.


But camping is also an excellent choice for a family vacation, especially when it offers premium accommodations and amenities, like Valamar’s family- friendly camping resorts in Poreč and on Krk and Rab islands, with their beautiful beaches and stunning nature for little explorers. The Krk Premium Camping Resort is the first eco-friendly, five-star family camping resort that provides wastewater treatment, waste sorting, eco-irrigation and solar collectors. Teach your children to protect nature while treating them to a memorable family vacation jam-packed with tons of fun all day long. Lanterna Premium Camping Resort is set in breathtaking nature halfway between Novigrad and Poreč. Have a great time in the family water park Aquamar Lanterna. The sandy beach is ideal for games such as burying yourself in the sand. Try the 18-hole adventure mini golf or sand volleyball. It offers a Maro Club and entertainment facilities for children of all ages covering a total area of 4000 square meters. Professional childcare and babysitting services are available, as well as activities such as swimming lessons or open-air cinema once a week.

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