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November 3, 2014
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South East Europe: Top Adriatic Luxury Resort Meeting Hotels 2014


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Last year is hardly behind us before there is yet another opening or renovation of a luxury hotel on the Adriatic coast. In the editorial board of the magazine we have therefore taken it upon ourselves to refresh the list of luxury resorts that also have larger conference facilities.

In the rankings, we have taken into account the following minimum criteria:

- Conference hall for min. 200 persons

- Luxurious and characterful banquet hall

- Outdoor terraces and attractive venues for receptions overlooking the sea

- Location with outstanding architecture and natural environment

In addition, the provider must operate as a resort with a comprehensive and complex offer of restaurants, conference facilities, sports and a further additional offer.

In addition to Venice, the largest concentration of luxury hotels on the Adriatic is currently in Dubrovnik and Montenegro. There are more and more of the world famous chains, as well as the regional boutique brands. To the first wave of new luxury hotels opened in the years 2007 - 2011 a second wave followed this year. Quite a few novelties are also planned for the year ahead.

NEW THE ST. REGIS VENICE SAN CLEMENTE PALACE, Venice, Italy

The legendary hotel on the island of San Clemente with wonderful views over the Venice lagoon. The paradise garden, which extends to 6 hectares, is stunning. The hotel has been thoroughly renovated and is the flagship of the Starwood hotel offer.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

NA

Hotel rooms:

146

No. of function rooms/spaces

6

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

312

Max. seating capacity classroom:

NA

Capacity reception:

300

Capacity banquet:

250

Surface area (sq m):

NA

Year built/renovated: 2014

Mark: HISTORIC / Special: Private San Clemente Island 

HILTON MOLINO STUCKY, Venice, Italy

A restored former mill from 1895 on the island of Guidecca was converted into one of the most remarkable Hilton hotels. The spacious convention centre is among the largest in Venice.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

NA

Hotel rooms:

379

No. of function rooms/spaces

23

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

340

Max. seating capacity classroom:

200

Capacity reception:

750

Capacity banquet:

350

Surface area (sq. m):

2,500

Year built/renovated: 2007

Mark: NOBLE / Special: Kelly Spa

 

 

 

 

KEMPINSKI PALACE, Portorož, Slovenia

One of the most renowned hotels in Slovenia and one of the frontrunners of the Adriatic. With a rich heritage it strives to provide the most prestigious space for boutique congresses and meetings, as well as elite events for up to 225 participants.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.77

Hotel rooms:

181

No. of function rooms/spaces

11

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

225

Max. seating capacity classroom:

160

Capacity reception:

350

Capacity banquet:

200

Surface area (sq. m):

2,500

Year built/renovated: 1910/2008

Mark: HARMONIOUS / Special: Crystal Hall Ballroom

 

 

KEMPINSKI HOTEL ADRIATIC, Savudrija, Croatia

The first luxurious hotel in the Adriatic to incorporate a golf course. The modern and richly furbished hotel is managed and taken care of by the Kempinski chain. A smaller congress centre seats up to 230.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.32

Hotel rooms:

186

No. of function rooms/spaces

6

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

250

Max. seating capacity classroom:

200

Capacity reception:

310

Capacity banquet:

210

Surface area (sq. m):

700

Year built/renovated: 2008

Mark: RELAXED / Special: Adriatic Golf Course

 

 

HOTEL LONE, Rovinj, Croatia

The first Croatian member of the design hotels group is set within the wonderful environment of the Mediterranean forest park Zlatni rt. It is defined by its extraordinary architectural layout. Along with its neighbouring boutique hotel, Monte Mulini, and utilising other facilities it can host events for up to 750 participants.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.72

Hotel rooms:

248

No. of function rooms/spaces

6

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

650

Max. seating capacity classroom:

300

Capacity reception:

850

Capacity banquet:

400

Surface area (sq. m):

900

Year built/renovated: 2011

Mark: CREATIVE / Special: The Designer Mulini Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA IADERA, Zadar, Croatia

The hotel combines top-notch architecture, excellently laid-out wellness facilities, professional staff and superior congress capacities, all wrapped into a quality product – suitable for congress groups of up to 200 participants.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.52

Hotel rooms:

210

No. of function rooms/spaces

6

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

200

Max. seating capacity classroom:

150

Capacity reception:

200

Capacity banquet:

140

Surface area (sq. m):

600

Year built/renovated: 2011

Mark: BALANCED / Special: Signature architecture of Boris Podrecca

 

 

HOTEL LE MERIDIEN LAV, Split, Croatia

The concept of a hotel with a marina. The services and personnel are amongst the best in the Adriatic, despite tough competition. It’s no surprise that the hotel has already received eight ‘World Travel Awards’, the Oscars of tourism. Congress capacities are some of the largest of the Adriatic luxury resorts, as the centre can host up to 850 participants.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.62

Hotel rooms:

381

No. of function rooms/spaces

12

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

850

Max. seating capacity classroom:

360

Capacity reception:

800

Capacity banquet:

 

Surface area (sq. m):

1,300

Year built/renovated: 2006

Mark: AWARDED/ Special: Luxury Marina Lav

 

 

AMFORA GRAND BEACH RESORT, Hvar, Croatia

The hotel in a quiet cove features a spectacular cascading pool with views of the Pakleni islands and a comprehensive resort offer. The congress centre is the largest on the Dalmatian islands; the hotel is top of the offer at the renowned island, which for incentives is an especially excellent choice.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

NA

Hotel rooms:

324

No. of function rooms/spaces

12

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

370

Max. seating capacity classroom:

150

Capacity reception:

700

Capacity banquet:

550

Surface area (sq. m):

4,000

Year built/renovated: 1971/2008

Mark: FLASH / Special: Spectacular pool area for parties

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADISSON BLU RESORT, Dubrovnik, Croatia

This top-end resort 10km from the centre of Dubrovnik surprises with its incredibly functional congress centre able to host up to 900 participants. The offer is rounded off by spa and recreation facilities, ideal for incentive programmes.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.38

Hotel rooms:

408

No. of function rooms/spaces

8

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

900

Max. seating capacity classroom:

540

Capacity reception:

1,000

Capacity banquet:

540

Surface area (sq. m):

1,100

Year built/renovated: 2009

Mark: HARMONIOUS / Special: Creative incentive spaces

 

 

RIXOS LIBERTAS, Dubrovnik, Croatia  

A modern hotel in the ownership of the Turkish corporation Rixos has the largest congress hall in Dubrovnik. It is the only hotel in town with a Halal certificate and the first hotel of this Turkish chain in Europe, which brings to Dubrovnik the essence of Turkish hospitality.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

NA

Hotel rooms:

254

No. of function rooms/spaces

9

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

1,000

Max. seating capacity classroom:

650

Capacity reception:

1,200

Capacity banquet:

600

Surface area (sq. m):

1,800

Year built/renovated: 1968/ 2008

Mark: DIVERSE  / Special: Golden Sun Casino

 

NEW  VALAMAR DUBROVNIK PRESIDENT, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel is an ideal venue for smaller business meetings and events. With a cool contemporary decor, each of the 181 rooms provides a luxurious personal retreat. Gorgeous terraces with a stunning Adriatic backdrop make a perfect setting for banquets and receptions.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

NA

Hotel rooms:

181

No. of function rooms/spaces

3

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

200

Max. seating capacity classroom:

150

Capacity reception:

220

Capacity banquet:

150

Surface area (sq. m):

400

Year built/renovated: 1976/2014

Mark: SUPREME / Special: Additional convention facilities in the nearby Valamar Lacroma Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUBROVNIK PALACE, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace was named the best hotel resort in Europe last year, before which it had already received a number of prestigious awards for its spa facilities. The congress centre can seat up to 750 participants. Recently they fully renovated 308 contemporary rooms and suites.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.41

Hotel rooms:

308

No. of function rooms/spaces

10

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

750

Max. seating capacity classroom:

400

Capacity reception:

700

Capacity banquet:

400

Surface area (sq. m):

1,100

Year built/renovated: 2004/2014

Mark: IRRESISTIBLE / Special: Sunset Lounge and Hotel terraces

 

 

NEW: REGENT PORTO MONTENEGRO, Tivat, Montenegro

The recently opened hotel is the second of this chain in Europe. In the middle of a luxury marina it pampers its guests in 51 rooms and 35 suites, luxury restaurants and shops. Its congress offer is through its banquet/conference hall Teodo, which can accommodate up to 200 guests. The hotel is a new lifestyle acquisition that places Montenegro among the luxury convention destinations.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

NA

Hotel rooms:

86

No. of function rooms/spaces

3

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

200

Max. seating capacity classroom:

150

Capacity reception:

200

Capacity banquet:

120

Surface area (sq. m):

NA

Year built/renovated: 2014

Mark: IMPRESSIVE / Special: Luxurious Super Yacht Marina

 

HOTEL SPLENDID, Bečići. Montenegro

The star Montenegro hotel is defined by luxurious furniture, a lot of hotel glamour, an excellent spa and a spectacular congress hall. The hotel is the centre of social life in Montenegro. The largest congress hall can seat up to 780 participants.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.50

Hotel rooms:

322

No. of function rooms/spaces

9

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

782

Max. seating capacity classroom:

462

Capacity reception:

1,500

Capacity banquet:

216

Surface area (sq. m):

2,000

Year built/renovated: 2006

Mark: PLAYFUL / Special: Pool area for parties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVALA RESORT & VILLAS, Budva, Montenegro

The hotel is located just 50 metres from Budva Old Town and directly on the beach.  It is a design, 5-star luxury resort that has a long tradition in the MICE industry. The congress area consists of the main congress hall, with the capacity up to 236 pax, and 10 breakout rooms.

 

Hidden congress guest mark:

4.34

Hotel rooms:

303

No. of function rooms/spaces

11

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

236

Max. seating capacity classroom:

150

Capacity reception:

300

Capacity banquet:

250

Surface area (sq. m):

500

Year built/renovated: 1937/2008

Mark: ICONIC / Special: Bruno Lounge Bar

 

 

New openings in 2015

 

MARCH 2015

JW MARRIOT, Venice, Italy

The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa experience properly reflects its surroundings, imparting a sense of harmony and wellness and beautifully delivering lasting memories, with guests able to indulge in ultimate luxury.

 

Hotel rooms:

266

No. of function rooms/spaces

12

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

380

Max. seating capacity classroom:

230

Capacity reception:

270

Capacity banquet:

380

Surface area (sq. m):

1,100

 

SPRING 2015

FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA JESOLO, Jesolo, Italy

The building was designed by the renowned American architect Richard Meier, while ‘starchitect’ Matteo Thun is in charge of interior design. This high-profile duo has created a peerless mix of distinct shapes, luxurious materials, fresh colours and pop art design elements. The hotel will be a real highlight of Jesolo and a new hotspot for fans of the Adriatic with a penchant for chic design and lifestyle.

 

Hotel rooms:

108+19

No. of function rooms/spaces

3

Max. seating capacity  theatre:

126

Max. seating capacity classroom:

70

Capacity reception:

200

Capacity banquet:

90

Surface area (sq. m):

 

 


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