New Marriott International Hotel Coming to Cres Island

Lauren Simmonds

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March the 24th, 2024 – A brand new Marriott International hotel is set to open its doors on gorgeous Cres island in June this year.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, in the middle of June this year, Croatia is set to get its very first hotel from the Autograph Collection brand, which is part of the prestigious Marriott International. This well known and respected brand manages more than 280 hotels across 50 different countries.

The new Marriott International hotel will be located on Cres island in an impressive marine and forest environment. Behind the investment itself, worth more than 15 million euros, is the company Valdarke d.o.o., at the helm of which is Nikola Avram. Avram himself is from Cres island and has more than twenty years of international experience in the hotel industry, as well as in management positions of some of the most reputable tourist companies.

Avram is also the founder of the successful regional company Alpha Hotel Management, which is licensed by Marriott International for brand development in Southeastern Europe.

“This is for all of Croatia”

“The very arrival of the Autograph Collection hotel, which is categorised with five stars and belongs to the premium distinctive group of Marriott hotels, is news in itself. This is especially the case given that this brand is making its debut on the Croatian market. In addition to promoting a micro-destination in terms of tourism, we are doing this for the whole of Croatia. We’re aware of the exceptional demand for quality hotel facilities and proven brands”, revealed Avram.

“We can’t and do not want to just stop at just the mere brand. The fact that we’re a big global brand doesn’t mean much if we don’t manage it superbly. It’s precisely for this reason that we’re trying to hire as many local workers as possible, even though we’re familiar with the trends in the movement of the labour force in Croatia. In this sense, we’ve provided truly respectable working conditions in all positions, as befits such a hotel chain,” Avram stated.

The anticipated start of work is at the beginning of May, with the official opening of the hotel having been announced for the middle of June this year. All waiters will be provided with accommodation, food and a salary of up to 1,500 euros. The hotel will only not be open during January and February, and future waiters are guaranteed six months of work with the possibility of permanent employment.

The advantage of Cres island as a destination, Autograph Collection points out, is that it is fantastically connected to important airports and cities. The secret is that sailing from Krk to Cres island takes only about twenty minutes, and Krk is connected to the mainland by a bridge, so that, for example, people can get from Zagreb to Cres in about two hours.

The Autograph Collection resort soon set to grave Cres island will boast 49 rooms, two outdoor pools, a beach area with a bar, an exceptional gastronomic offer and a wellness centre.

The exterior of the hotel has been carefully designed in a modern manner, while the interior is inspired by the relaxed atmosphere of the stone villages and colourful houses on the waterfront of Cres island. These charming buildings have retained the influence of Venetian architecture throughout the centuries. Energy-efficient design, the significant use of stone, wood and other natural materials throughout the hotel will create a beautiful ambience, a soothing atmosphere and an authentic touch that will convey the local message of Cres, one of the most beautiful Croatian islands of all.


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