New Hotel Complex with Over 1,100 Beds Coming to Primošten in 2022

Daniela Rogulj


The coastal town of Primošten will soon be dressed up with a brand new hotel complex to the right of the abandoned and devastated hotel Marina Lučica towards Mount Gaj, with 250 hotel rooms, apartments with 100 rooms, 30 luxury villas and accompanying sports and recreational facilities. The news was announced at the beginning of this week at the presentation the project supported by the Municipality of Primošten, reports Š on April 17, 2019. 

The complex will be called ‘Prim Bay Resort’, and as discussed at the presentation on Monday, it will take up approximately 51,000 square meters. The new complex would bring 1,170 accommodation capacities to Primošten.


It was announced that the work should begin in the 4th quarter of 2020, and the first opening would follow in the summer of 2022, while the entire project would be realized in 2023.

The investor in the project is the company M.L. Bay Development d.o.o., founded by Christoph Traunig. Traunig’s projects always have different financing structures and involve various financial partners, and their names are usually not disclosed at their request.


With partners, Traunig successfully completed projects worth over a billion euro in Central and Eastern Europe. Namely, in the area of tourism and catering, especially in the Zadar and Split region, they played a decisive role in all stages of development of the Falkensteiner Punta Skala Resort and Radisson Blu hotel in Split.


Traunig is also co-owner of the Zagreb Business Park in Sveta Nedelja, the largest state-of-the-art logistics park in Croatia

“The Primošten municipality is one hundred percent behind this project, and with the help of the investor, we will also solve 25 million kuna worth of valuable sewerage in the area. I expect the first contracts and the invitation for a tender soon,” said Stipe Petrina, mayor of Primošten.

Back in January, the municipality of Primošten also announced their plans to build a submarine tunnel between the New Riva and the other side of the coast, in the Porat bay.

“We are talking about a panoramic pedestrian tunnel with transparent walls, which will be 60 meters long and 6 meters wide, that would lie at 18 meters below sea level at the deepest part of the sea floor in Porat. That’s all I can tell you about the project, for which some conceptual solutions have already been developed, and we know how it will look,” said Petrina about developing the new tourist attraction.

Primošten would like to add the panoramic underwater tunnel as yet another tourist attraction after the town successfully implemented the gigantic monument to Our Lady of Loreto on Mount Gaj, where pilgrims and tourists come en masse. Recall, in the spring of 2017, the 17-meter statue of Our Lady of Loreto was constructed on Gaj, as local authorities wanted to lead the boom of religious tourism.

Within the tunnel, they intend to build both catering and other facilities at the entrance and exit, for which a total of about one and a half million euro will be invested.

“The idea was to build a pedestrian bridge in the area of the Porat harbor, but this would make the maritime traffic underneath it more difficult. We concluded then that it is best to build a tunnel that will be deep enough under the sea so that the biggest ships can sail above it, and the price of the tunnel construction will be roughly the same as if we were to build a bridge,” said Petrina.

In parallel with the construction of the tunnel, the municipality intends to upgrade the whole area of Porat soon, where they envision even more tourism content. 

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