The Valamar Isabella Island Resort offers just the right balance between laidback and lively. It’s set on a secluded island, while being just a whizz across the water from the mainland.
This resort is set on a tiny traffic-free island, just off Porec’s mainland. The island’s carpeted with trees, so there’s a real castaway feel about the place. That said, there's a boat that runs regularly to and from the mainland.
Everything’s really modern – think contemporary furniture in typical Mediterranean shades of the earth and the ocean. You'll have your pick of the main building rooms and the garden studios, which come with a modern minimalist style.
The island has plenty of spots for sunbathing, including sandy sweeps looking across to the terracotta-topped town, as well as a few private stretches. Read more ››
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Outdoor activity pool
The main pool is where all the activities happen throughout the day, to keep you and your family entertained. On the sun terrace there are sunbeds, parasols and pool towels for your use.
Hotel animation team programme
The team here organises a range of daytime activities and sports, plus evening entertainment, including live music.
Open for breakfast and dinner with live cooking stations.
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main building superior double room with sea view and balcony
These superior double rooms come with a balcony overlooking the sea. You’ll also have air-conditioning from May to October and Wi-Fi access.
main building superior twin room with sea view and balcony
These superior twin rooms come with a balcony overlooking the sea. You’ll also find a double sofa-bed suitable for an adult or 2 children up to 13 years old in the bedroom. Plus, you’ll have air-conditioning from May to October and Wi-Fi* access.
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Perfect location for a relaxing holiday
A stunning location and beautiful hotel make this a great location for a Croatian experience. Set on a small island that overlooks the harbour of Porec, the Valamar Isabella has the best of both worlds; a five minute ride on a private ferry means that you can visit and experience the mainland and the quaint and ancient town centre of Porec but you then have the luxury of sitting in one of the many island's many vantage points under an umbrella whilst you watch the world go by in the harbour and along the seafront from the other side. The Island boasts both a 4* and a 5* star hotel. Whichever you choose, the rooms are comfortable, well-appointed and extremely well maintained. From checking in at reception, you get the impression of being welcomed and looked after, and during our 11night stay, every single member of staff that we met was friendly, helpful and courteous. There's a real feel of exclusivity in this hotel, but not in a snobbish way; but in a special way. The restaurants and beach bars are well-staffed and the food is plentiful and of really good quality. If you don't fancy the buffet style dinner every evening, then there is the opportunity to upgrade to the A La Carte in the 5* resort. Alternatively, the little hotel ferry runs every 15 minutes or so until Midnight and there are lots of places to eat and drink in Porec. Porec is a lovely old town, it has the obligatory gift shops and restaurants but it is in the main, largely unspoiled. The locals take great pride in their town and as a result, it is spotlessly clean. You would be hard pressed to find a piece of litter anywhere! If you are a Party Animal, then I would suggest that this is not the place for you, as evenings are more sedate and low key; but if rest and relaxation in a beautiful location is what you are after, then I suggest that you give it a try. We visited in late September 16 and we have just booked to go back again in September this year. 226 days and counting!More
40th break with husband
We stayed at the valamar island resort back in September and had a wonderful time. It was quite a novelty having to get the boat to and from the island Rooms: These were modern and clean, comfortable beds and plentiful amenities - thin walls meant we had to call reception one evening to ask they asked our neighbour to turn down the TV but this was dealt with immediately, we had a view over the sea and it was a stunning view to say the least. Pool areas: Again the pool areas were amazingly clean , and spacious, plenty of sunbeds although we were there the last week of the season so not sure how the sunbed situation in peak season would be. The view from the posh pool (name escapes me) is breath taking, we watched the sunset from here every evening and even saw dolphins swimming in the sea here. Food: This was the only let down for is and why I'm rating it 4/5, although there was plenty to eat and the food was of a good quality - there wasn't much variation - it was either fish or a form of pig, I'm glad we were only there 3 nights otherwise I'd have been finding other places to eat. We ate lunch in town a couple of times and found the menus in the restaraunts to be very repetitive. We have booked to return to croatia but are taking kids this time so trying a different family focused hotel. However this hotel is well geared up for kids with kid clubs, playgrounds and slides The resort of porec is also great for families - we saw little playgrounds on literally every corner we turned around. More
This is s gem of a place. Just a short ride over the bay 5 minutes from Porec town. Very peaceful setting in woods on a island. Lots of nice walks . Man made beach other than that it is bathing from the rocks. Food excellent lovely friendly staff. Rooms good size although balconies not huge. Porec is wonderful lovely town and plenty of places to take boat trips to. This is a perfect hideaway but easily to get to town and surrounding areas.More
Absolutely loved this place, cannot say anything bad about it. We travelled in June 2016 in a group including my parents, two siblings, my husband and our three year old daughter. We absolutely loved everything about it, from being dropped off at the little port to get the hotel's boat over to the hotel until we left. The pictures from the travel agent we booked through do not do the place justice, it is fantastic. The resort is meticulous, facilities lovely and staff could not do enough for us. The food was always delicious and the drinks were reasonable, although we bought the drinks packages whilst we were there. Everything seems to have been thought about too - I note another review mentioned the little step for children to reach the bathroom sink. Definitely pay the few extra pennies and get a sea view room; you can't beat having a coffee first thing or a night cap looking out back to Porec (pronounced 'Porech') - the views back are stunning. The beach barbecue is also brilliant, if for nothing more than watching the sun set over the sea. It's a nice little spot and we enjoyed the food, a mix of fish, meat and salads. Porec itself is a fabulous place to visit, as is Rovinj which is a little way down the coast. We chartered a boat for the day which was a great experience (Lola III - also highly recommended) and a different way to see the coast. I never knew Croatia had a wine region, but I now know the local wine is fantastic!! This is the only part of Croatia that we have visited but I can honestly say it is one of the nicest, cleanest and most friendly places I have been. We have travelled extensively and stayed in some truly excellent and luxurious places but this has just about made it to the top of our 'Best Places' list. I noted another review which comments about a poor man's Italy and personally I think this is a little out of order - we've been around Italy (and got married in Sorrento) and much prefer Porec; but if you're after a holiday with "status" then maybe that's a matter for you. Cannot recommend highly enough and my husband, daughter and I have booked to go again Summer 2017 - we have a philosophy that there's so many nice places to visit in the world that we'd keep trying different places. Although we've been places where we've said we'll return we've never booked anywhere for a second holiday before.More
Going back again in 2017 (5th visit)
We stayed for the 4th time at this hotel in Sept. We love the hotel and the island, the staff and the food. Porec is such a picturesque place and seeing it lit up at night from the hotel, or if your luck even your room makes the whole are seem magic. As Ive booked today for the 12th sept next year i wont try and put you off booking, like i did with my review last year as i wanted to make sure i had booked first !!! Give it a try and dont be afraid to join the kids on the water slides into the pool. Why should they be the only ones to have all the fun.More
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