Hotel & Spa Iadera Zadar
Situated by the sea in Punta Skala, only 15 minutes drive out of Zadar’s exquisitely age-old city center, on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian coast. Punta Skala commands sweeping views of the islands and sea, as well as also the Velebit mountains. The sunsets are amazing — Alfred Hitchcock explained the sunsets in Zadar since the very spectacular he had seen anywhere on the planet. It’s within easy access of numerous national parks — Paklenica (excellent trekking), Krka (thundering waterfalls), and also the Unesco-listed Plitvice lakes could all be visited as day trips.
Style & personality
The strikingly asymmetrical, glass-panelled construction is set amid beautifully manicured grounds planted with trees and olive trees, obtained by concrete avenues lined with sun loungers. Cases of tinted-blue glass panels operate across the balconies, representing the sunsets. In the spacious reception place long, sinuous corridors lead off together every wing. The main doors to the pool area and grounds are preceded by a sizable light-flooded atrium with exhibitions by local artists, along with a pool with freshwater fish swimming round the bottom of the stairs.
Service & amenities
Service was impeccable on our trip, the staff friendly, efficient and useful. There is a huge infinity pool along with a private pebble beach. The Aquapura Spa is huge, with indoor pools, steam and sauna rooms, unwind areas, spa rituals and beauty treatments. It is split into two zones — that the more exclusive ‘Black Zone’ carries a massage area for couples (full with king-size waterbed), and also its own independent naturist area. There is a cigar room with bottles of single malts ordered alluringly in markets, various trips are available, and you can also rent a boat for half a day and mosey off to the islands at your own pace.
Each one of the stylish rooms and suites have balconies. The white and blue palette brings a maritime feel, complemented by timber panelling, and there is lots of natural lighting. Beds are very comfortable. The baths (some form component of the sleeping place, a few could be curtained off) include walk-in closets and separate tub, elegant double-sink basins, blue and turquoise blue tiling. The mature suites are enormous, in the conclusion of the south wing that comes to a stage such as the prow of a boat, and include a huge bathtub in the middle of the living room and another bath with shower. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto a massive terrace — running across either side of the space, equipped with sun loungers and overlooking the ocean and islands and these renowned sunsets — and, any other patio is nearly sure to feel completely underwhelming.
Food & beverage
The Iadera has many restaurants, including the buffet-style Jadran along with also the smaller à la carte Veranda, whereas the Spa Bistro and Vital Bar serves light meals and freshly-squeezed juices. Breakfasts are exceptional. However, the one to really go to get is Bracera — a beautiful small restaurant, which despite its upmarket environment manages to keep the atmosphere of an unstuffy, conventional Dalmatian konoba (tavern), serving fantastic wine and superb broiled fish, together with tables set among the trees, just over the sea. Dine on exquisitely new fish, overlooking the Adriatic, as dolphins swim past against a background of the Zadar archipelago.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $130 (#119) in low season; and out of $270 (#247) at large, breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes. Ramps and lifts, walk-in showers.
Yes. Pools, private beach, family rooms.
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