Amadria Park, previously known as Solaris Beach Resort, is a big family complex of three and four-star hotels, small villas, mobile homes, bungalows and a camping site. It is located just a few kilometers outside the city of Šibenik (Sibenik spelled in English) in the Dalmatia region in Croatia.
It is a place most suitable for families with children. Young people and couples can also enjoy it as it is so well planned and designed that there is fun and peace for everyone.
All guests’ cars and vehicles are parked close to the entrance of the complex and there is no traffic inside, which is really comfortable when you travel with children. You’ll definitely feel safe and far away from road noise. Also, you will not feel the need to leave the complex at all! Everything you need for your vacation is already there – cafes, restaurants, fast food, bars, clubs, supermarket in the camping, shops, souvenirs, etc. The hotels also provide sport activities and if you are staying at the camping or in a mobile home, you can always jog, ride a bike or surf.
Although the resort has changed its name recently, it is still referred to as Solaris by the locals. Some of the road signs leading to the place still say Solaris. It will probably take some time until the new name gets more popular.
Renovations and nature
Amadria Park is a place that gets renovated every summer. Its owners invest a lot in the infrastructure and they are doing a good job with the resort. Even if you have been there the previous year, there will be some infrastructure updates, new activities and new restaurants, so it will feel like a new place in a way.
At the same time, the beautiful nature, the islands nearby and the crystal clear sea water are here every year. So is the big aqua park Solaris Aquapark Dalmatia, which is a great treat for both children and parents.
What do locals think of Amadria Park?
Local people consider Amadria Park part of Šibenik and a beach that belongs to Šibenik. Naturally, locals are not completely happy that the resort is kind of closed and saved for the guests as it should be. One can actually park next to the resort and enter for free, enjoying the beaches and restaurants. There is also a bus line from Šibenik that stops next to the main entrance, so there is access.
However, one needs to pay for parking, which is a bit annoying for the locals. There are at least three options – paying a day card of HRK 20 or 30, paying a half-day card of HRK 10 or 20 or paying by the hour – HRK 3 per hour or HRK 48 for a day card.
After getting inside one needs to pay for umbrellas, lounge chairs, sunbeds, etc. in order to be comfortable. This is the part that locals don’t appreciate since they feel the beaches here should be free. Each lounge chair costs HRK 50, so if you bring your family with three kids for the afternoon, you’ll need to spend around HRK 300 just for staying at the beach. This is too expensive for the local residents. In addition, coffees, drinks, ice cream and any food in Amadria Park is more expensive than in Šibenik.
Where to stay in Amardia Park?
I want to note that I have not been a guest to any of the hotels in Amadria Park, because I live nearby in Šibenik and just stay for a few hours each time. Still, I’ve been going there on regular basis for the past 10 years and I know the place and its advantages pretty well. The hotels have swimming pool areas only for guests. My favorite part of the whole resort is next to hotel Ivan. There’s a lovely small beach, separated from the rest of the complex, where one feels more intimate.
The small villas and mobile homes area is next to the hotel area and right after it comes the camping. It has its own entrance, separate from the main entrance for the hotel part. If you are not a guest of the camping you will not be allowed in.
The rule is pretty strict for this entrance for the past couple of years. I have not tried entering since I found out. Still, you can reach the camping zone if you take a walk from the main entrance to the camping area. There is another beautiful and little-known camping site nearby – Zablace.
Some more villas are located after next to the camping, the so-called villas Kornati. These are bigger, two floors high and can accommodate more visitors. If you are coming by the sea or wish to rent a boat, there’s a marina next to these villas as well.
All details considered, Amadria Park is a great place for family vacations and I certainly recommend it! Especially to those of you who travel with kids.
Let me know in the comments if you need any other information on the resort or the beaches nearby.