Review: Kempinski Hotel Adriatic Istria Croatia

17 March 2019

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After a couple of long days travelling by motorcyle from London to Croatia, we wanted somewhere to stay where we could relax and unwind before continuing on our journey. The prestigious Croatian five-star luxury seaside golf-and-spa resort, Kempinski Hotel Adriatic, looked like the perfect place for this so I booked us in for two-nights.

The hotel is located in the Istria region of Croatia - the triangular peninsula in the northern Adriatic, close to the Italian border. It’s quite a secluded area, with the nearest town, Umag, being a 15 minute drive away.


We booked a Deluxe room, with a king size bed, working desk, flat-screen TV and a balcony with a view of the sea.

The bedside table draw allowed you to control the thermostat in the room, as well as the lights, curtains and the ‘do not disturb’ indicator.

The bathroom was incredibly spacious with a separate bath and shower and twin sinks.


One of the main things that attracted me to this hotel was the private beach. The beach is a short walk from the hotel and is equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas, towels and a beach bar. There are also eight cabanas which can be rented daily.

Unfortunately it is a pebble beach but the water was crystal clear. We were there in early June and the water felt a little cold. I alternated between reading a book on the sunbed and going for quick swims. We were visiting in the shoulder season but the beach never got crowded and there were plenty of sunbeds to choose from.

Back at the hotel there are two outdoor pools, two heated outdoor whirlpools and one heated indoor pool. Unfortunately during our stay the heated pools were all being serviced so we were unable to use them. One of the main outdoor pools is meant to be heated but it still felt pretty cold so we didn’t swim in it. It had been raining on the day of our arrival so this may have affected the temperature.

The hotel also has a gym, spa, an 18-hole golf course and four tennis courts.

Restaurants and bars

There are two restaurants in the hotel, the main Dijana Restaurant which serves Mediterranean cuisine, or beachside Kanova Restaurant which is a modern twist on a traditional Istrian konoba restaurant. You can book a table at either restaurant using the TV in your hotel room. Since we were staying two nights at the hotel we dined once at each restaurant. The food was delicous and the setting was beautiful. You do pay hotel prices though, so these meals were much more expensive than others we had elsewhere in Croatia. Given the hotels remote location, there are not many alternatives close by for eating out.

Breakfast was included in our room rate and was served at the Dijana Restaurant. There was a huge buffet selection on offer including fresh fruit, yoghurt, pastries, breads, and an omlette station.

The pool bar and beach bar are open during the day and offer service to the sunbeds. The Adriatic Bar is open until late.


The Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is a beautiful hotel and we had a nice, relaxing stay. The room was super comfortable, the meals were excellent and we always experienced great service from the staff. We spent quite a bit more on this hotel than any other accommodation during this trip, so it was a little disappointing that the whirlpools were not available for use, and the fact that you have to pay an additional fee for parking is a little ridiculous. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend this hotel if you’re looking to splurge on a quiet and restful holiday.



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