Mrežnica River Tourism: Hotel, Apartments, Sauna and Swimming Pool Planned

Lauren Simmonds

The plan is to build a facility along the beautiful Mrežnica river with eight rooms and two suites, a total of 22 beds, and an outdoor sauna and even a swimming pool. The idea will surely draw at least some of the tourism attention away from the busy Croatian coast and into the country’s green, continental heart.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes on the 12th of September, 2019, the entrepreneurial Vukmanić family from Zvečaj, who have been developing tourism along the Mrežnica river in continental Croatia, far from the coast, for almost three decades, are set to build a new brand accommodation facility next to the old mill in Belavići, alongside the DP Restaurant and Mrežnica house (Mrežnička kuća).

Dalibor Vukmanić, co-owner of the VAJ hospitality company, plans to build an eight-room and two-suite facility with a total of 22 four-star beds, with an outdoor sauna and a pool overlooking the Mrežnica river, as well as the revitalisation of an old mill that will function for presentations of old crafts. VAJ plans to invest around seven million kuna in the project.

“This is the reconstruction of existing facilities with an upgrade, the site houses an old mill, a miller’s apartment, a warehouse and a barn. Parts of it will be demolished, and some parts will be renovated and upgraded in accordance with the building permit that we just received,” he explaind.

The idea is to categorise the facility, together with the DP restaurant and Mrežnica house, as an integral hotel so that it can be marketed in the best way possible.

Namely, in order to preserve the peace of the guests, the new accommodation facility will not have an open restaurant and therefore cannot be independently registered as a hotel, but there will be a reception desk for all the facilities.

It’s likely that the Mrežnica river’s brand new guest facility will open in 2021, but before the summer, which will of course also depend on the project’s future contractors. In addition to contractors’ bidding, in the coming period, investors will consider what options are available for realising grants to facilitate investment, and construction should begin next summer or in the autumn of 2020 at the latest.

In the long run, the plan is for this new facility, as well as the DP restaurant, to remain open all year-round, as it will have facilities not only related to swimming in the Mrežnica river.

Although this year’s swimming season only started at the end of July due to adverse weather conditions, Vukmanić reveals the encouraging fact that their facilities had a ten percent increase in overnight stays and about fifteen percent more traffic in total than last year.

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