Of Monsters and Mermaid Schools: Innovative Family Tourism at Falkensteiner Punta Skala

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June 19, 2019 – A busy summer of family fun awaits at Falkensteiner Punta Skala, where this year’s attractions include monsters and mermaid schools.  

How do hotel resorts stand out from the rest in an increasingly competitive industry? And what additional attractions are on offer apart from the classic sun and beach combination. 

One resort which always seems to offer something a little different each year is Falkensteiner Punta Skala in Petrcane, just north of Zadar, a luxury resort which is actually the largest successful foreign tourism investment on the Croatian coast. 


Apart from providing an oasis of luxury and calm on an increasingly busy coastline, the Falkensteiner team are constantly looking to provide that little bit extra for their guests, as I found out during a visit last weekend. And this year’s summer will be groundbreaking indeed for two new attractions which will keep 


Time Out London called it ‘the number one thing to do in London this summer” in 2018, and the place to be for the summer of 2019 is Falkensteiner Punta Skala, as the luxury resort will have rather large and fun addition for much of the summer – the largest bouncy castle in the world. Come and try The Monster in Croatia!    

A staggering 300 metres in length, with a challenging array of obstacles along the route, The Monster has been an unqualified hit in the UK, embarking on a UK tour last year. This is the first time that The Monster has left the UK, and it will be taking up residence at Falkensteiner Punta Skala from June 24 until August 4.


As the official promo material states:

“The world’s craziest inflatable obstacle course is a phenomenal 300 meters long and will be accessible for kids from 7 years + and all adults! You can jump, skate and cross various thrilling obstacles and just for the brave, the pinnacle of the track is a huge 18-metre-long slide. Unforgettable fun that no one can miss!” 

The Monster is open to the public as well as resort guests and is sure to be a big hit, as well as a memorable family day out for those looking for something a little different than the standard day on the beach. Tickets can be purchased via Eventim.


And just as I had never heard of The Monster, so too I had never come across a rather intriguing sport which will be available at Punta Skala – and free for guests – from August 6 to August 25 – a Mermaiding school, where you can learn to swim like a mermaid or merman.

A quick Google search told me that this is becoming a global ‘thing’ but I think – like The Monster – Punta Skala is the first to bring it to Croatia. 

Professional instructors from Austrian Mermaids will be conducting training sessions throughout the August period mentioned above, with morning sessions for little mermaids and afternoon sessions for teenage and adult mermaids. As you can see from the video above, it looks a lot of fun. And if you want to capture the moment, there is enough a specialised Austrian Mermaid Underwater Photographer, Harald Slauschek, who can record the experience for posterity. Mermaid Month will take place at Falkensteiner Hotel Diadora. 

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And while you are there, it would be a pity not to check out some of the other facilities in the resort after a day of action-packed fun. Among the new additions to the resort for 2019 is the new Hideout lounge bar. It is difficult to get a closer place to chill by the sea…


And after a cocktail or two, what better way than to enjoy the famous Zadar sunsets than at Bracera, the waterfront restaurant surrounded by nature whose top tables are on a terrace jutting out into the sea. A truly divine spot. 

Learn more about the tourism treats that await at this outstanding resort on the official website

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