First 5-Star Campsite in Istria Set to Open in June

By 10 April 2018

A 5-star campsite equipped with glamping tents and luxurious cabins is opening near the village of Vabriga in June

A luxurious facility will soon become part of the attractive tourist offer in Istria: the first auto-camp in the region boasting 5 stars, set to open mid-June this year. Named Santa Marina, the boutique camp is located next to a bay of the same name, near Vabriga village.

Spanning over 4,5 hectares of land, the camp will have a capacity of 500 guests and will employ 30 workers, reports Glas Istre on April 10, 2018. Santa Marina is the latest project of Đusto, a construction company from Poreč which has invested 45 million kuna into the outstanding site. According to the company owner Boris Đusti, it has taken them ten years to get the camp up and running:

"Building a small camp in the wider Poreč area has been a wish of mine for a very long time. I've been looking for a seaside location, but failed to obtain one. Ten years ago, we came across this location in Vabriga and started to purchase land from private owners", said Đusti, adding it had taken them years to obtain all required permits and complete the master plan.

Why a 5-star camp? According to Đusti, campsites make for a type of destination more special than hotels. Considering the leading hotel groups in Croatia have been making significant efforts in recent years to increase the standard and the overall quality of their facilities, the investors from Poreč thought it pointless to settle on a 3 or 4-star category. They decided to built a 5-star facility that would make them stand out and help them get their share of the market.

Santa Marina will offer 80 lots, each camping unit having a surface of some 110 square metres. The guests will be checking in at the reception desk at the entrance to the site, located in an object that will also house a restaurant, a small bakery and a grocery store. All lots will be equipped with power units, their own water supply and sewage systems, and satellite TV.

The camp will also have a glamping zone with eight glamping tents; another area will dispose of 54 luxury caravans, purposely built for Santa Marina by a local manufacturer from the Istrian city of Labin. Nine exclusive caravans will have their own private hot tubs in front, with that specific area of the campsite equipped with two swimming pools and a children's playground.

A relaxation zone with lounge chairs and canopies, a family fun & BBQ zone, bike corners, playgrounds, a beach volleyball court and an animation zone... the list of attractive features goes on and on.

Tourists will only be allowed to enter the site with their vehicles if they booked a camping lot for private caravans. Those who are planning to stay in glamping tents and luxury caravans will be taken to their units by the staff - in electric cars, as the camp will also house an EV charging station.

A top-notch facility providing its guests with peace, privacy and comfort, away from the crowds. Seeing that the camp has a maximum capacity of 500, each visitor can expect a personalised approach from the hospitable staff. The management is also planning to keep the facility open all year round, along with the restaurant that will offer traditional Istrian dishes prepared with locally grown food. A nice addition to Istria's tourism offer!