Book 6 nights or longer by 30 June 2014 and save 15%, plus €100 credit*
19 May 2014 – Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin, the latest opening of Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in Pula, Croatia due to open in June is now taking bookings online www.parkplaza.com/croatia. The hotel will be welcoming its first guests with a celebratory 15% discount off bookings and an additional €100 credit which can be used per room/ per booking when staying for over 6 nights from 21 June to 18 October 2014, when booked before 30 June 2014.
Croatia will also be celebrating its 12 month anniversary within the Eurozone and Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts has unveiled 12 Hidden Gems and reasons why you should visit Istria and most specifically Pula this summer:
Largest peninsula of the Adriatic sea - Pula is located on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula - the largest of the Adriatic Sea and the most western located region of Croatia. It is an ideal starting point for your sailing trip around the Dalmatian Coast with over 1,000 islands to discover
6 months of sunshine - warm and sunny weather from April to October with 2,350 hours of sunshine
Blue Flag beaches - Istria’s coastline is 537km long with crystal azure-blue sea with secluded bays and blue flag awarded beaches
Largest surviving Roman arena – The Arena of Pula is amongst the 6th largest surviving Roman arenas in the world; a fully preserved 1st century Roman amphitheatre it is still used for international renowned artists and performances today including Elton John, Jamiroquai, Anastacia, Pavarotti, Sting, Seal, Tom Jones. Most recently as a film location for Emmy-winning TV show “The Borgias” as well as performances by top international artists including Joe Cocker and Leonard Cohen that took place last year.
In addition to the Arena, Pula is home to the Temple of Augustus, Triumphal Arch of the Sergi- Golden Gate, the Gate of Hercules, Roman theatres and showcases a mixture of ancient and modern architectural styles. With the ‘Pula Card’ you can visit most of the monuments, museums and galleries from Pula’s 3,000 year old history
Award-winning nature - 7 Unesco World Heritage sites and Brijuni national park (collection of 14 islands) which was the summer residence of Josip Broz Tito and visited by numerous world leaders and film stars including Sophia Loren, Elisabeth Taylor, Richard Burton amongst others.
Active Holidays for Mind & Body - Pula plays host to the historic ITF Futures tennis tournament every year which attracts tennis players from the world over as well as the International Bridge Festival (6-17 September). The Istrian coast is one of the most prized diving locations in Europe with the nature lending itself to a range of activities including biking, hiking, riding, windsurfing, sailing etc
Foodies’ Paradise- Istria is the most northern region in Europe and a region home to growing olives - if you go just a step further north outside of Istria you won’t be able to find any olive trees at all! The local produce includes world class Olive Oil, Malvasia and Teran wines, hams and white truffles. There is a fresh local market every day
Festival goers heaven - Istria is home to two of Europe’s biggest summer music festivals – Outlook – drum & bass and dance festival (3-7 September) and Dimensions – underground electronic festival (27-31 September)
Couples Getaway - Pula’s serene environment and secluded bays is great for a relaxing getaway for two, as well as ideally based for a daytrip to Venice
Istria is home to the smallest city in the world, Hum
Direct Flights from most UK cities to Pula with under 3 hour flight
Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin will have 427 rooms, a 1200 square metre spa, with both an indoor and outdoor pool, innovative restaurant and bar concepts with the creation of a lobby bar, a revamp of Lungomare Beach restaurant and a show-cooking concept on-site. The hotel will be a key attraction and destination for sports fans with the creation of football fields for year-round sports use, offering a total outdoor leisure space covering 40,000 square metres.
Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin joins Park Plaza Histria Pula, Park Plaza Verudula, Pula and Park Plaza Medulin, which were launched in 2012. Park Plaza Histria Pula offers the ultimate in resort sophistication and relaxation. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, International restaurant Taverna, a brand new stylish champagne bar offering guided Istrian sparkling wine-tastings as well as a luxury spa. Park Plaza Verudela Pula provides luxurious self-catering apartments overlooking the sea, with three swimming pools and a wide range of restaurants and other on-site facilities including dedicated kids zone. Park Plaza Medulin is an all-inclusive couples-only hotel, targeting those who are seekingg a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a prime beachside location.
PPHE Hotel Group Limited is a Guernsey registered company and through its subsidiaries, jointly controlled entities and associates, owns, leases, develops, operates and franchises full service upscale and lifestyle hotels in major gateway cities and regional centres, predominantly in Europe.
The majority of the Group's hotels operate under two distinct brands, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and art'otel®. The Group has an exclusive licence from Carlson, a global privately held hospitality and travel company, to develop and operate Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The art'otel brand is fully owned by PPHE Hotel Group. The Group has a minority ownership interest in the Arenaturist group, one of Croatia's leading hospitality companies.
The portfolio of owned, leased, managed and franchised hotels comprises 38 hotels in operation offering a total of more than 8,300 rooms. The development pipeline includes four new hotels, which together are expected to add more than 1,100 rooms to the portfolio by the end of 2016.