Opening this summer is Arena One 99 – the first major dedicated glamping site in Croatia. Formerly known as Arena Pomer, the site was a traditional campsite before it received an extensive redesign.
Arena One 99 is situated a short drive from the 3,000-year-old city of Pula on the sweeping Istrian peninsula, in the picturesque former fishing village of Pomer. A few steps from the aquamarine Adriatic, the site comprises 196 fully equipped luxury tents for couples and families, with a plethora of facilities to satisfy the most demanding customers: there’s an outdoor wellness area with hot tubs and sauna, massage services and Pilates, spacious relaxation areas and even a deck dedicated to yoga enthusiasts.
The accommodation is designed to suit a variety of guest numbers and pockets, ranging from mini lodges for a couple to two-bedroom tents and safari lodges for up to six, moving up to premium three-bedroom safari lodge tents. Those who remember rainy camping trips in their youth, forced to play draughts with grimly enthusiastic parents, will find these memories comfortingly erased by air conditioning, wifi, kitchenettes with Illy coffee machines, opulent shower units, LCD flatscreen TVs and Bose sound docking systems.
Children can be kept happily occupied with a kids’ club, cinema and animation activities, while those in search of outdoor thrills will find plenty to occupy them. Pomer Bay has beautiful stretches of beach and, like much of the peninsula, is a perfect environment for messing around in boats. The site includes a windsurfing school with swimming instruction, there’s kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, and a bike and jogging trail.
The site is well served by beach bars, shops and restaurants, with healthy options for the wellness brigade.
With the city splendours of Split and Dubrovnik, ancient walled towns,1,246 islands and more than 1,000 miles of dramatic coastline to explore, Croatia has taken off as a holiday destination over the past couple of decades. The unspoilt environment also makes it a magnet for campers of all persuasions – particularly those keen to mix a life of nature with a touch of luxury. As Croatia heads up the list of European holiday destinations, this type of holiday is a great new way to get introduced to an ancient yet still pristine country.