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I did visit this place with a family by the end of August and I can tell you it is not worth the money they ask for. Let me summarise: Staff: except the restaurant ( I will provide comments later) it was nice and friendly, so for me positive Accommodation: nice but too old, needs refurbishment. the equipment is damaged and they do not seem to care about repairing. for the price you pay, I would expect they care about the quality. Unfortunately this is the last they care about Area and location: despite it is quite large resort it is quite nice. Unfortunately, again the children attractions are damaged and sometimes dangerous. Restaurant: this was the worst experience I ever had. Food quality was very low. The overall organisation of dinner was so bad that you could have easily spend 40 minutes in the queue. They do not offer even a water and when I brought mine they were extremely rude. We decided to cancel dinners after two tries. Visiting restaurants was the best decision we could have made. Summary: I believe for the money you pay you can get significantly better services and quality. Last year we were in Plava Laguna in Porec, and it was like heaven and hell. Despite the resort has a similar name the quality differs tremendously.

TheVillas were fantastic the sea and amenities were great for the kids .The main restaurant was disgraceful but there are plenty of restaurants on the complex to use that are excellent good value for money

This was our second time here after 6 years. Yes, the place looks a bit older and it would be nice that they do many small repairs and refreshments. But simply the setup and the concept of this complex is perfect for me. First of all I would like to underline that management was very nice by giving me the exact villa that I have asked for during the booking process. They don't guaranty that you will get it, but in this case we got the one on a perfect location for us. It was a two bedroom villa. We thought we need it because boys are bigger now, but to be honest, one bedroom villa is also quite OK for 2 adults and 2 kids. We had 2 bathrooms which I liked a lot. And locations of bigger villas are better. Resort is closed and your kids can play everywhere. There are two open pools and one indoor pool that we used during the hottest hours when you should not be exposed to sun. A lot of entertainment for kids is all around: mini clubs, evening shows, water park, different sports, adventure park just across the street... Restaurant for breakfast and dinner is perfect: great fresh food with many selections. It was absolutely good decision to pay for half board. Yes, Istria has many good restaurants but they are also very expensive. And this was good food for decent money. We will come here again. I just hope that the change of management (it's not Melia anymore) will not influence the quality in the negative way. The only remark that I have is actually the price. This is great place, but prices are simply too high. It's not new place any more. It's comfortable but it's not a luxury. So, 20% lower prices would be more realistic.

The “hotel” or “resort”, or a “camping site” not to sure to which category exactly this belongs to yet is not bad. Its definitely a family place and not really recommend for couples, as it is very loud and children running around everywhere. The villa it self is not bad, clean and has a nice terrace. The staff is friendly and does answer questions and offer assistance. Now, things to keep in mind: The beaches do not offer any towels, please make sure you bring your own. No coffee machines available in the regular villas, not too sure about the other ones. The room and the bathroom is clean; however, does need updating and refurbishing. The villa does not have a television in the bedroom, only in the living room. The furniture is old and does needs updating as well. The safe deposit box is very small and will not fit a standard size laptop. The two air conditioning units are very loud. Please try to avoid getting the half board as then you will be limited to only one restaurant (there are a total of four? restaurants on the property which you have to pay for if you would like to use) The buffet restaurant is only open from 0700-1000 for breakfast and from 1900-2100 for dinner. You can imagine how many people try to squeeze in within this short timeframe. The food offered in the buffet is not the best and waiting in line to get to the food does take a little time. The nice thing is that you have three or four beaches that do belong to the property, so finding a quiet corner is manageable. Would I recommend this resort? If you are traveling with kids, absolutely so. If you are traveling as a couple, probably not. For 270 Euros a night, we would expect something a little different, beach towels and a coffee machine in the villa for sure. For some reason this resort reminds me of a camping site (which is not necessarily a bad thing)

Very nice place. Good location. A wonderful fitness trainer Vanya Goikovich, a very inspiring lady - always different, but prepared), a lot of joy from her training! We will come again! Highly recommended!

We came here with a nice website! -Untruth! The website photos are not real !!!!!!! Read TripadVisor here!!!!!!! REALITY: Rooms and house are old,cleaning is terrible dirty!!!! :-( Not well equipped kitchen! Room and house with many ants and insects!!!!!! Also was a lot of ants around and insects inside..... Towels old,worn, bathroom, kitchen not clean! Loud music, can not relax at night! During the evenings/nights the music from the bars was very loud and lasting. It was impossible to sleep with open windows. Not worth it very expensive for that! Do not here!!!

The are of the resort, sea and villas are ok, but you will find out the accomodation is not worth the money! For 450 eur/night the kitchen contains no freezer in the already small fridge, no dishwasher, old and insufficient kitchen equipment, old towels in the bathroom, a small wardrobe, poor daily cleaning service... But the worst were the ugly centipede-like insects each evening in our bedrooms. On windows there were no anti-insect nets and generally no visible measures taken to account for insects in the rooms.

This is honestly one of the worst places we’ve ever stayed. We left after 1 night even though we’d booked for 7 nights- we had to get out of there. We stayed there during the tennis tournament, which we weren’t advised of in advance, so the resort was heaving. Even without this, I don’t think the experience would have been much better. The main lagoon area was packed full of 20 year olds having a great time listening to banging house music pumped out of the speakers on all the cafes, which is lovely if you’re 20, but not if you’re a family with 2 young kids looking for a nice time away. The staff around the entire resort were rude and unhelpful, from reception through to the restaurant staff. It felt like even asking for a bottle of water or ordering food was an annoyance to them. The same applies to the reception staff- Although check-in was 14.00, we were made to wait until 15.30, with no apologies, given this is a supposed 4*, you’d expected more humility with the situation. The accommodation was very tired, the air con didn’t work, the rooms/bathrooms were pretty grim, the towels were old and worn, not a nice experience. The final straw for us was young kids smoking weed right next the the family lagoon, even when we complained to reception they tried to deny/argue back with us. All in all, a horrid experience which we would never recommend to another family. Good luck to this resort if they think they can keep charging for this poor accommodation and service.

The sports classes were great!The exercises were effective.I was happy to attend to these classes!You could choose to which classes you wanted to go .There are different classes in one day.I really recommend!

We loved our stay in one of the Villas which was located right next to the sea coming with a big garden incl.hangmat sun chairs, terrasse and airconditioning. We very much appreciated the sport opportunities and facilities. Especially the morning Pilates, Zumba and Body Work out sessions for free in the well equipped gym pavillion were lots of fun. Thanks to Vanja the Fitness coach who did an awesome job. We will definitively come back.

Stella Maris 8A Umag

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Marina
  • Private beach

Within a short walk of ATP Stella Maris Stadium, Melia Istrian Villas For Plava Laguna is within a mile (2 km) of ACI Marina Umag. This 180-room, 4-star hotel has a private beach, a marina, and 2 restaurants.


This hotel is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. At the end of the day, relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


The 180 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchenettes and patios, and there's space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Sofa beds, private yards, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Melia Istrian Villas For Plava Laguna have access to a private beach, a marina, and a nightclub. Self parking is available for EUR 1 per day. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with luggage storage, securing valuables, and tours or tickets. Other amenities at this beach hotel include an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool.

Room options

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Terrace

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Villa, 1 Bedroom, Terrace

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 356 reviews

Melia Istrian Villas For Plava Laguna

Stella Maris 8A, Umag, 52470
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