Zadar Just Got Even Better: Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera Review
Keep reading if you love luxury and opulence. Turn your head away if you dislike 5-star extravagance. And, if you’re not someone who enjoys the rich dark-blue waters of the Adriatic Sea or a shimmering plunge pool, I’d suggest you close your browser now.
Still with me? Great, you won’t be disappointed. I know I wasn’t.
The Zadar region got a whole lot sexier with the addition of the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera a few years ago when it opened on the private peninsula of Punta Skala in Petrčane.
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900 years ago Petrčane was a simple fishing village and now just 10km northwest of the ancient town of Zadar you’ll find a hotel in Zadar that is listed as one of the Leading Hotels of The World – impressive right?
With dramatic views of Islands across the sea and the grand Velebit mountain range standing tall from behind, the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera is perfectly situated between two of Croatia’s best features.
Once checked in, we followed our host to our room. I was trying to keep my cool – you know to make out like this hotel is just like my house – I skipped a little along the plush blue carpet that led us from the reception to the Junior Suite. Yes, Junior Suite – ohhh-la-la.
Once inside the room, our sweet blonde-haired host showed us all of the features of the suite. Mini bar, king-size bed, giant couch, complimentary gift for the Little Donkey, ensuite toilet, a vanity full of complimentary products (I know I am not the only one who loves those little bottles) and the enormous shower. But, as she spoke in her darling accent, all I could do was keep my head from turning toward the biggest hotel balcony I have ever seen, and stare out at the dreamy view.
I am sure at one point she heard me whimper a little as she slid open the glass sliding doors. As we stepped out, I remarked far too enthusiastically about the breathtaking view. Damn, my cover was blown.
As the hotel room door closed behind her, I spun around and jumped onto the blue and white striped bed, I just had to snap this photo as I thought to myself, hello luscious weekend at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera, you shall be grand.
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera facilities
- 160 rooms with 50 suites. We suggest a Junior Sea Side Suite: you won’t regret the extra expense.
- 6000m2 Acquapura Spa complex
- Several swimming pools
- A number of restaurants, including The Jadran and Brachera restaurants offering excellent Adriatic cuisine compromising of best Dalmatian specialties
- Private beach access
- Fitness centre
Falkensteiner Iadera Acquapura Spa
One of the many reasons guests flock to this Falkensteiner Hotel is the spa.
As soon as I walked into the spa, I was swept away by the enormity of the spa, yet how intimate it feels. The treatment rooms are dotted about the meditation spaces, sauna and pools. The Acquapura spa is certainly big enough to find a quiet space to relax on your own, or with your travelling companions.
We each were gifted 30 minutes of spa treatments, Mr. Chasing the Donkey took an upper back massage and I received a mini 30 min facial and let me tell you it was very hard to leave.
We flipped through the extensive Acquapura Spa brochure which you can download here and sat about planning our return to the hotel (without the Little Donkey) and our preferred spa treatments, our top choice being the Hamam treatments. The Arabic word Hamam means to warm and to bathe and it stands for relaxation, well-being and purity. The treatment is a mix of soothing heat, water & foam.
Activities at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
After a day (or two) at the spa, you can either take your pick of the many poolside deckchairs to read a great book or sleep in the sunshine. The hotel can also arrange local excursions if you want to explore the greater Zadar area – be sure not to miss the Kraljevski Vinogradi which is just 5 minutes up the road. The Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera also has calendar of activities such as the yoga, art exhibitions, and every second Sunday they hold a jazz brunch.
Travelling With Your Family?
Of all of the luxury hotels we have stayed in over the years, this was the quietest, and so if you are travelling with your kids – you may want to reconsider and stay in Iadera’s sister hotel next door – Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora, trust me it’s a kids paradise (more on that another time).
Sunsets and Food are Key
We enjoyed sitting in the wide open outdoor spaces of a late afternoon-evening drinking wine and waiting for the sun to set. Overlooking us from above were many guests perched on their sea-side facing balconies with cameras in hand waiting for the famous Zadar Sunset. One evening we even saw a photographer racing down to the shore with his photography equipment in hand. I snapped a little pic from my seat with a glass of Pošip in hand.
Who is hungry? We enjoyed a wonderful meal at @falkensteineriadera in #PuntaSkala. Can’t recommended it highly enough. If you’re coming to #Zadar this #leadinghotelsoftheworld is a winner!! #chasingthedonkey in #Croatia #foodporn #dalmatia A photo posted by SJ in Croatia (@chasingthedonkeycroatia) on
The food at Iadera Hotel is above and beyond other Zadar hotels – other than spending the 3-course meal containing a rambunctious 2-year-old Little Donkey it was an absolute highlight of our stay. Well priced for the fine cuisine and first-class table service we enjoyed.
Things To Do In Zadar
The plush green surroundings of the Falkensteiner Hotel gives you the sense of being in a far and away place, yet you’re so close to Zadar. The ancient city of Zadar was once known as Iadera – from which the hotel drew inspiration for its name. Zadar is a small city, yet one not to be missed.
- National Parks. Zadar is the perfect base to explore several of Croatai’s national parks, including the Kornati Islands..
- Gold and Silver Museum. A collection of sacral art and relics collected and preserved for hundreds of years curated by the convent’s nuns of Zadar.
- Roman ruins. These are all over Zadar, my suggestion to you enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking Roman ruins near St. Donatus Church.
- Watch the music and lights. Two modern light and music installations sit side-by-side one another, the Greeting to the Sun and the sea organ, spend an afternoon and evening enjoying them.
- Eat & Drink. Our top two faves are Restaurant Foša and Pet Bunara, both serve a great mix of Dalmatian food served in a modern way. From there meander the cobblestone streets to the Garden Bar. This has the great views and an even better cocktail list.
How To Get To The Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
Your romantic hideaway, girls weekend or couples vacation is just 25kms away from Zadar airport or you could get there from Split which is 150kms south of Zadar.
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We want you to know: Our stay at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera was part of a collaboration. We paid for meals & drinks, while the room rate was waived. All thoughts and opinions are given honestly and without bias.
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