Jutarnji list: These are 10 most important tourist projects...

These are 10 most important tourist projects that worth 2 billion euros, that really propel Croatia;

Look at the unbelievable luxury buildings

Private capital from all over the world is rapidly invested along our cost before the tourist season and the effect of investments worth 13,8 billion Kuna should be bigger than of all government measures so far.


The value of investment: 120 million euro

Livka inlet is the oasis of peace and clean sea on the south-eastern side of the Island of Šolta. On the elevated part of the beautiful inlet future luxurious tourist settlement Livka will be placed. Villas will be built in a traditional Dalmatian style, stone built with traditional roofing tiles, like the fisherman settlements from the past but with supreme quality and equipment in a five star category. The settlement is in an inlet which is isolated from other villages on the island, 5 kilometres away from the village Nova Sela.

Tourist settlement Livka will spread over 38 ha, but there will be no “dense” buildings in order to preserve as much vegetation as possible to camouflage the buildings into environment. The project consists of two stages. 50.000 square meters will be built in the first stage. The value of investment in the first stage is 75 million euros including the land value. A hotel with 120 rooms and a commercial building, spa centre, beach and two beach facilities, 30 villas and 30 bungalows with commercial facilities will be built. Hotel will be in a five star category.

In the second stage, marina with 120 berths is planned and a tourist settlement. The value of investment in the second stage is additional 45 million euro.

The plan is to employ 250 permanent employees and 100 seasonal workers in the first stage. It will be a rear new investment created in this area and not created on existing tourist complexes – says Miljenko Bijedić, the director of the company Azurna uvala.

The investor is the company Azurna uvala, which represents the company Dolphin Capital Investors Limited which owns many attractive tourist settlements on various famous locations on different sides of the world. Dolphin CP is quoted on the London Stock Exchange market (AIM) and they own several other projects in Dominican Republic, Panama, Cyprus and Greece.

Dolphin CP wants to be the leader on the Mediterranean in the realization of luxury tourist resort – they said from the London headquarters.

We were exclusively given their attractive renders which represent how everything should look like when the project is realized on the beautiful island of Šolta.

Company Azurna uvala bought 633.500 square meters of land in 2005 and they enrolled 615.000 square meters in the land register – says Miljenko Bijedić.

For the start of the construction, 27 permits have been gathered. They passed the process of County spatial plan adoption, then the Municipality Šolta spatial plan adoption, they made the Urban plan of tourist zone Livka, Environmental Impact Study-first stage, then the Environmental Impact Study-stage two-for complete tourist zone and they obtained several decisions of the Ministry of the Environmental Protection. They have the support of the Municipality Šolta who see the big opportunity for the development of their area regarding the big increase of the municipal contribution. The Municipality publicly stated that the realization of this project is in their best interest.

Even though the project Livka had several holdbacks, things have recently shifted for the better after the meeting of the operational group for the preparation and the implementation of the project of Tourist settlement Livka Inlet at the Ministry of Construction which was held late last year and since the project entered the list of strategic investment projects in Croatia. Everything is solved through the Agency for investments. It is hard to estimate when the construction will start.

Project of the architecture of the Livka settlement was done by company WATG. Miljenko Bijedić is the son of the high ranking Yugoslav politician who died in 1977. When he started to represent Dolphin Capital Investors Limited he was working in Italy as an architect. He proposed Šolta to the Dolphin Capital Investors because of extraordinary beauty of the island that he personally knows so well.


Maximum building capacity is not used in the project, the wish of the investors is that the project is as “green” as possible. Also, Livka will not be a closed type resort. Marina, which will be built in stage two will not have maximum of 160 berths, but it will offer 120 exclusive berths-concludes Miljenko Bijedić. 


The value of investment: over 100 million euro 


First tourist resort of the hotel brand “Four Seasons” in Europe with the five-star hotel and 60 luxury villas should be in function in 2019 in the inlet Briženica near Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Investment of the new tourist resort will be led by “Arquaam Capital”. The project includes facilities for luxury holiday and parts of them are designed as villas with three and five bedrooms. Within the resort, many opened, closed and private swimming pools, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, additional features for entertainment, activities, make up as well as congress halls and meeting rooms are planned. 



The value of investment: 100 million euro

It is a complex of company Aqua Relaxio ,owned by Russian investor Aleksej Frolov, who bought 64,000 sqm of land in the tourist zone Prisliga- Jazina from the Municipality of Tisno in December 2014, for  30 million Kuna, where should be build the exclusive detoxifying hotel complex in which, according to previous announcements, would work about 400 people. According to the original plan, the complex should include a hotel of the highest category with more than 600 beds, and also it is planned to build an extra 25 villas in Tisno, where should be 150 beds.


The value of investment: 80 million euro

Hotel Park owned by hotel company Maistra from Rovinj, will soon get a new look. It was announced that for the construction of the Hotel Park the old hotel building will be completely demolished, which will have their last guests in October, and then will be demolished to the ground. The new facility will have 209 rooms, six restaurants and bars, and pool bars with an open kitchen. In addition, it will also include a shopping promenade with 13 shops, a garage with 168 parking spaces for guests, and 178 public parking spaces, four charging stations for electric cars, as well as special stations for limousine.


The value of investment: 67 million euro

Valamar Riviera started the construction of two luxury resorts in Rabac, Family Life Bellevue Resort and Valamar Girandella Resort, which they are planning to open at the beginning of the season. The Resorts will have four stars, and it will look for 300 workers. At the Valamar Girandella Resort the one pavilion will be renovated into the concept of ‘adults only', the second one will have a 'family concept' (for the family), and the third pavilion will be renovated in 2018 ’’and completely reconstructed into hotel with pools and it will be branded with the international concept specialized for families’’.


The value of investment:  billion euros

The construction of the facilities is divided into four phases. In the first phase is planned to build a recreational park on an area of 60 hectares, sports hall and other sports facilities, a nine golf course, a golf academy, equestrian center, 39 villas, a small hotel with 90 rooms and to do the reconstruction of the fortress Imperial. Ivan Kusalić reveals that the assessment of the realization of the first phase will last apex three years and will cost about 170 million euros. Each villa would be luxury stilled and would have between 700 and 1500 square meters. It is planned that each villa has a wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness room, high smart house technology...


The value of investment:  150 million euro

The plan was to reconstruct the hotel into six stars category and to become a new luxury area for vacation. At the tender for the new conceptual design, the Croatian studio 3LHD won, whose solution evokes the atmosphere of old Dubrovnik's residence combined with the latest technology and architecture that will incorporate into the nature environment of the location. The new hotel will consist of suites, residences, villas, restaurants and a spa, and as studio 3LHD is showing on its official website, part of the concept of the project will be Restaurant 360 ° that is in Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

8. HOTEL PLAT, Župa dubrovačka

The value of investment: 57 million euro

The project provides the complete renovation of existing accommodation, and the reconstruction of the hotel complex in the resort hotel with four and five stars, with a capacity of about 550 units, with the opening of over 400 jobs. Project completion is scheduled for the tourist season in 2019. The project is funded by private capital, and the goal is the reconstruction of the entire hotel complex Hotel Plat in the Župa dubrovačka into Hotel Resort of four and five stars category.


The value of investment: 100 million euro

Hotel and all planed facilities will be open in spring 2019, and the hotel name will be Hyatt Regency Zadar Maraska, which will also be the first Hyatt hotel in Croatia and on the Adriatic coast, where it enters with its strongest brand (Regency). The hotel will have 130 rooms and suites, a spa and wellness center, conference center, restaurants and bars, and next to the hotel will be a residential part with 115 apartments that will be on sale and the commercial part in which will be restaurants, bars, shops, children's club, yacht club and that part will be open to the citizens.


The value of investment: 67 million euro

The first Marriott hotel in Croatia will open in Split. In the tower B of Westgate Tower, 26 floors high building, will be a hotel.Details are not known, but it will be a standard hotel of the Marriott group. This is a hotel group that has become the largest hotel chain in the world and it offers to theirs guests the luxurious suites, including the presidential suites, several restaurants, conference rooms, concert halls, swimming pools...


Source: Jutarnji list, 06.03.2017. by Zrinka Korljan and Korana Sutlić