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What We Love

  • Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Amazing views all round with the sea and islands to the southwest, and Velebit mountains on the mainland to the northeast. Don’t miss the sunsets here
  • Bathrooms are huge and sensuous
  • Excellent eats – from the rich buffet breakfast, to the delectable fresh Adriatic seafood served in the a la carte restaurant
  • The vast, 64,500-square-foot Aquapura Spa, with world class amenities
  • Friendly, helpful and impeccably professional staff
  • Green-friendly approach – the resort has a desalination plant and a water purification system

What To Know

  • First impressions can be a little unnerving – seen from behind, the modern buildings make the complex look rather like an industrial estate
  • The open-plan bathrooms in all the rooms won’t be to everyone’s taste
  • Punta Skala, on the edge of the village of Petr?ane, lies seven miles outside Zadar’s magnificent historic center, so visits to town need some planning
  • The neighboring 4-star Diadora caters specifically for families with kids, though you’re unlikely to see much of them
  • Beaches in Croatia are of pebble and rock, not sand


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

Located in Zadar (Petrcane), Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera is close to Petrcane Beach and Parish Church. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Church of St. Nicholas and Stone Bridge.

Make yourself at home in one of the 210 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Partially open bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and an indoor pool. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon.

Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 4 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included.

Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Zadar? This hotel has facilities measuring 6400 square feet (595 square meters), including a conference center.

How to Get There

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
Punta Skala BB
Zadar, 23231 Hrvatska Croatia


4.5 Very Good 683 Reviews
Excellent in low season
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stayed four nights in March and our stay left us with very mixed feelings.
Among the positive aspects I should mention the staff. All of them were simply amazing, especially staff at the reception.
The hotel is entirely brand new and the grounds provide the bare minimum in terms of greenery, that is shade. In March it was not a problem, but in summer it must be scorching hot and extremely uncomfortable outside of the room. The outdoor swimming pool is smallish for the total capacity and very awkwardly positioned.
The rooms are bright, homely and have a touch of style, however, indeed, the idea of the open plan rooms have long ago proved to be fundamentally flawed and unpractical. Also, because of the poor planning, the bathroom facilities occupy too much of the total space of the room.
Who needs two sinks, when they completely forgot about a drying rack or a towel dryer???
The cleanliness of the room was highly satisfactory.
As to the earthly pleasures, the food at the buffet was always excellent. When eating from the a la carte menu, the food had a somewhat less positive impact.
What really puzzled me was the absence of the beach. When you go through the gates leading towards the sea, you are faced with some wild shrubbery and a rough rocky shore, all of which is public. There was a small patch giving access to the sea, but it is really small and located at some distance from those hotel gates. So, this place is out of the question, if you are anticipating holidays on the beach.
On the other hand, in low season this hotel is ideal for winding down, exploring Zadar, walking along the sea, swimming in the heated outdoor pool and visiting spa treatments.
To get around, even to buy some water, you will need a car.

Excellent hotel all round
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this hotel on business and was very impressed all round. Direct flights from London Luton to Zadar take only 2.5 hrs which makes it very accessible.

The food was excellent, the accommodation of high standard, pools and outdoor facilities stunning and views to die for. They also have a sister hotel and residences close by which are set up for families which means that if you want a quieter hotel this is likely to be your best choice.

It is on the coastline north of Zadar but only a 30 minute trip into the city which, in itself, is lovely with a great choice of restaurants and a walk to the Sea Organ is a must - a masterpiece of human engineering combined with the power of the sea.

Would certainly recommend for both business and pleasure.

Disappointing and NOT a 5* hotel quality standard
Reviewed 1 week ago

As worldwide travellers, we are used to 5* hotels and their quality and standards. This hotel is a 3* or max 4* at best. The rooms were just bizarre - the open plan rooms meant the bathroom was the feature of the room, with only a curtain separating the bath/sinks from the bed, and the WC was in a cubicle with no light. So no privacy at all! Brightly painted walls, 2 single duvets rather than sheets over a double bed, and no sound insulation between rooms. The proximity of the rooms meant you could see into the rooms opposite the courtyard so again no privacy. The cleanliness was questionable (our bathroom was not cleaned thoroughly the entire week we were there), the corridor carpets looked like they had suffered water damage, the stairs weren't swept and the toilets in the public bar area smelled bad.
Customer service varied across the different departments, the least efficient being the front desk (requests not followed up on several occasions and never an apology on each occasion!), the restaurant staff were friendly but slow in serving. The buffets were very good, and the daily menus were varied although we noticed they consisted of leftovers from the night before in some other form. Some nights, the main dishes were just inedible (under-cooked and over-salted).
The spa, however, was very efficiently run - friendly and very competent staff, a good range of treatments and excellently executed.
Overall, very disappointing and we would not stay at a supposedly reputable Falkensteiner Hotel again.

Family hotel in Falkenstiener chain
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel is quite big and room is spacious as it is family hotel. Buffet dinner is really good. Restaurants offered variety of foods and drinks (alcohol and beverages are included). Highly recommended for vacation.

It just gets better each year!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having not long returned from my 4th trip in a row to this fabulous placeI want to...yet again...sing it's praises!
We arrived very late...after 01.00am ...owing to yet another Ryanair delay.
My annoyance vanished when I saw my room...I had been upgraded to a Suite, and as we missed our dinner, a tray of cooked meats,bread and cheese was waiting,along with a platter of home made macarons!!
All of the staff that had been there before remembered us...what a welcome!!
Carlos greeted me with his usual big hug and smile, and of course a cocktail!!
Miroslav greeted us for dinner...as always, tbe food was superbly cooked and presented....with the option of enjoying anything from the wonderful buffet as well as the menu.
I want to thank the wonderful and friendly cleaners who folded my pjs into butterflies each night, with a chocolate on top.
Aqua aerobics and time in the Gym and pools helped to work off the enormous breakfast,and my massage in the spa was sublime!!
The Black Spa retains it's mystery and deep sense of peace as well
It was great to see Goran as Manager...doing such a great job of continuing to ensure that this Hotel is still moving forward from strength to strength!
I can't wait to come back next year ....my Fly and Flop heaven!!