My family and I have just returned from the Split region of Croatia, in particular Trogir and the city of Split. For the majority of the time we spent in the area we stayed at the Bonaria Luxury Apartments. As my review will detail, we found the whole experience, from start to finish, absolutely excellent.
I had researched for what seemed an eternity and as my family now consists of a very active, nearly two year old daughter we had a few specific needs unlike before. We travel extensively and have always enjoyed a mix of beach areas along side more cultural towns and cities and having trawled Europe for suitable areas we always came back to Croatia. We have never visited before so this appealed even more. After using TA for my usual, in-depth research, I came across the Bonaria Luxury Apartments. Within a couple of hours of emailing via TA, I had a very helpful reply from Diana the owner. After a few email exchanges I had booked via TA and was very happy with my decision. Diana is a very helpful and pleasant person who always answered my questions (and there were plenty) with enthusiasm and detail.
On our arrival we were immediately impressed with what we saw. The apartments are very fresh looking, clean and immaculately finished. We were met by Diana and her husband who welcomed us like friends. They kindly helped with our luggage and escorted us in person to our apartment. There are five apartments in total and on this occasion we decided that the Maestral Apartment suited us best. It is located on the 2nd Floor and very accessible even with our daughter and buggy. The apartment definitely had the wow factor. It is easily the best private rental I have experienced! The Maestral has two, good sized bedrooms, one of which leads directly onto the large balcony. The kitchen has all the amenities you would expect with a good sized dining table. The lounge area is again well appointed and had a very fine Smart TV that helped keep our daughter entertained. The bathroom had a very good pressured shower and stylish fittings throughout. The balcony was excellent for us as it is very safe for young children. We could sit in the living room and feel at ease in letting her run around and play without concern.
The entire apartment, and this goes for all of them, are finished to a very high standard. The décor, amenities, bedding, fixtures and fittings and all superb and obviously a considerable amount of time, effort and cost has gone into this. The views from the apartments on the higher floors are again fantastic. Very sweeping, panoramic views across to Okrug and beyond.
The pool area was again of a very high standard. The water was clean and welcoming during the heat and the area around the pool was kept meticulously clean and tidy. There were always enough sun loungers available and also a small play area for children that, as any parent will agree, is very welcomed to keep the little ones happy. Other seating areas were available with one having those panoramic views across the bay. Overall, an excellent area to relax after a day exploring the area or to simply chill out in the summer sun.
The apartment is well placed for visiting both the beach type area of Okrug Gornji and the beautiful town of Trogir. There was a convenient short cut that you can take from the apartment to Trogir that bypassed the main road which we found very useful. The main road is not paved for much of the way and as we had a buggy we felt the short cut via Stari Put very agreeable and safer. To visit both areas only took about 15 minutes walking. Access to the apartment is relatively straight forward from the main road from Trogir onto Ciovo but the only aspect we found challenging was the incline. The initial incline from the main road was ok but the later two parts were quite steep and with a buggy were sometimes quite difficult in the heat. I wouldn’t say this was a negative aspect of the apartment as if we did not have the buggy it would have been a lot easier plus a few shortcuts would have helped. But please, and as the website states, if you have mobility issues then bear this in mind.
Trogir is a lovely, UNESCO town that oozes charm and character. We visited Trogir nearly every evening as we preferred it to spending an evening in Okrug. Trogir has plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, ice cream parlours as well as having a lovely Riva to sit and people watch. Trogir during the day and evening has a lovely market selling fresh produce (fruit, veg, meats etc) and also an array of clothes, ornaments etc to name but a few. Trogir is small but we never felt that it would get repetitive. The streets are like a maze that can keep you occupied for hours.
Okrug Gronji was a pleasant beach type resort that had a nice walk along the length of it, with an array of bars and cafes that also rented sun loungers and parasols outside their establishment. We spent many daytimes on this stretch and ate in a few of the restaurants near the marina, all of which were very good standard. The beach is shingle and the sea was crystal clear but I would definitely recommend shoes that can be worn in the water.
Overall we had a wonderful holiday in Croatia and that was heavily influenced by our experience at the Bonaria and, in particular, with Diana and her family. The effort they put in to make our stay memorable was exemplary. Diana had not only been supportive throughout but I cannot thank her enough for the effort she made with my daughter. Play mats, toys, cot, highchair, small gifts etc. really was a fantastic gesture and very much appreciated. If anyone wishes to stay in this area, the Bonaria Luxury Apartments would suit every taste and coupled with the fantastic service from Diana you will not be disappointed.
To Diana and her family, we thank you very much for hosting us at your accommodation and we wish you all the best of luck for your future. Many thanks!
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