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Ugljan Island Welcomes New Hilton Hotel Investment

Ugljan Island is on the verge of a thrilling transformation as it welcomes a significant new Hilton hotel investment. It is soon getting its second luxury hotel in just two years, and this one will be part of the Hilton hotel chain. Although Hilton hasn’t officially presented the project yet, there’s exciting news. A company called Preko d.o.o., owned by the HOK insurance group, is investing 12 million euros in a new hotel.

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This new hotel will be built on a 3,600 square meter plot where the old Preko hotel used to stand. It has been demolished to make way for this exciting project. The investors plan to get some financial support from the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience. That is possible because the project was approved by the Ministry of Tourism earlier this summer. 

Ugljan Island's Second Luxury Hilton Hotel: A Game-Changer for Tourism

The Preko company is behind this, and it includes the Nauta Lamjana overhaul shipyard and the Preko Marina. The director, Željko Dilber, has confirmed that the project has been approved. They’ve got the building permit, and work should start soon as they’re currently looking for a contractor. By the way, this will be the second luxury hotel in Preko, with the 4-star family heritage hotel Dunatovi dvori opening last spring.

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The new Hilton will feature 65 beautifully designed rooms, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and all the other amenities you’d expect. 

What’s even more exciting is that this future hotel will be part of the Hilton franchise and the HOK insurance portfolio, just like the other three Hilton-branded hotels. Last week, the investors met with the municipality and marina representatives to discuss this upcoming project. 

The mayor of Preko municipality, Jure Brižić, emphasized the significance of this project for the entire island of Ugljan. He sees it as a major step towards a brighter future for tourism on the island, something that’s been missing for a while. Hotels play a crucial role in boosting tourism and the island’s development. This new Hilton hotel is set to do just that.  

Discover the Charming Ugljan Island: Croatia's Hidden Gem

Ugljan Island, situated between the Zadar coast and the island of Iž, is a hidden Croatian gem. It’s the 14th largest island in Croatia. Iti s also the 4th among Zadar’s islands, trailing behind Pag, Dugi Otok, and Pašman. The island’s towns face the vibrant city of Zadar, a historic seaport.

Preko, the island’s hub and ferry port, sits directly across from Zadar. From there, you can explore the town center or venture to other charming places on the island like: 

  • Kali,
  • Kukljica,
  • Poljana,
  • Sutomišćica,
  • Lukoran,
  • and Ugljan itself.
Enjoy the Perfect Vacation at the Seaside
Enjoy the Perfect Vacation at the Seaside

In 2016, Ugljan Island was named a hidden treasure on the Best European Destination portal.

Known as the “suburb” and garden of Zadar, Ugljan earned this title because of its lush greenery and proximity to the city. As you step onto the island, the delightful scents of Mediterranean plants fill the air, and the island’s natural beauty and ambiance will captivate everyone who visits. 

Your Transportation Options – Zadar to Ugljan

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  • Explore Ugljan by Bike (No Guide Needed)

Embark on a delightful bike adventure around Ugljan Island – a perfect day trip from Zadar. You can easily reach the island via a short ferry ride. The excursion package covers bicycle rental, equipment, a ferry ticket, and a map with recommended routes. 

  • Bike or Scooter Rentals

Discover Zadar’s best deals on motorbike and scooter rentals. Choose from a variety of bicycles, including city bikes, trekking bikes, or e-bikes, available for single-day or multi-day rentals. 

  • Travel on Foot: Zadar to Preko by Boat

For a direct route to Ugljan Island, consider taking a boat from Zadar’s city port to Preko on Ugljan. 

  • Drive to Ugljan: Gaženica to Preko Ferry

If you prefer traveling to Ugljan with your car, you can board a ferry at Gaženica Port in Zadar, heading to Preko on Ugljan. 

New Hilton Hotel: Where Luxury Meets Natural Beauty

When the splendid new Hilton hotel opens its doors on Ugljan Island, luxury travelers are in for an unforgettable experience. Here’s why you won’t want to miss it:

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  • The Hilton is synonymous with luxury, and this new addition promises 65 beautifully designed rooms, a serene swimming pool, and a top-notch restaurant. Expect nothing less than opulent comfort.
  • Ugljan Island itself is a well-kept secret, known for its lush Mediterranean beauty. You’ll have the privilege of enjoying this pristine paradise.
  • The island’s natural allure, from fragrant Mediterranean flora to pristine beaches, will enchant your senses. Every corner is a photo opportunity.
  • Explore charming towns like Preko and Kali, steeped in history, and delight in local culture and cuisine.
  • From watersports to cycling, Ugljan offers a plethora of activities to make your stay dynamic and engaging.
  • Despite the luxury, the island retains its peaceful ambiance. You’ll unwind in an idyllic setting.
  • The island is just a short ferry ride from Zadar, a city with a rich history and vibrant culture, offering you the best of both worlds. 
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So, whether you seek luxury, natural beauty, or a blend of both, Ugljan Island’s new Hilton hotel is your gateway to an unforgettable vacation. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this hidden gem! 

Your CTC Team

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