Holiday 2003: Monsena
Blunt from the UK
As of 2005 Monsena is no longer naturist resort!
Yesterday evening I returned form Monsena, so thought
I'd write a bit about it before I forget the details.
This was a Peng booking.
The flight out (from Gatwick) was notworthy in
that it was actually 5 minutes early! It was about
2 hours, starting at 21:30 and then another hour
travelling by coach to Monsena itself so it was
the wee hours of the morning by the time we got
to our rooms.
Monsenna is half 'bungalows' and half caravan/camping.
The accomodation is pretty basic and mostly actually
two story, but clean and adequate. In the camping
section there are several large well fitted wash/shower
blocks. I stayed in a 2 bed 'bungalow'. This consisted
of one room with the beds end-to-end and an attached
shower and toilet. I was right in the middle of
the complex and on the upper floor. There was a
small sun patio area that only got partial sun,
but then I was hardly ever thare so it wasn't an
The resort is C/O everywhere (even reception) except
the shop and the two on-site resturants. However
at the beach resturant you only have to be clothed
inside, not if you are out under the awnings and
umbrellas. There is a band or singer there most
evenings from about 8:30 to midnight.
There is also a bar type resturant well along the
beach to the west. This seems to be fully c/o and
the food is cheaper! There is yet another bar to
the extreme west just outsite the resorts grounds.
I kept well away from there though having gone there
once and been propositioned, something I found quite
The 'main' resturant and games hall is right at
the top of the site - literally - but this was closed
the first week, and breakfast and dinner were at
the smaller beach one.
Alongside the beach resturant there is a sizeable
double swiming pool, with a short waterfall/slide
between them, and a flume into the top one. The
flume was not operating the first week.
The beach area is long, very long! It's a rock beach
with some patches of shingle, and quite a long strip
of it has a paved footpath at the back with shower
stands at intervals.
There is a short concrete jetty with steps and a
ladder that were both well used by swimmers. At
the east end of the resort, near the resturant there
is also a breakwater with more ladders for swimmers.
This also forms a sort of harbour for speedboats
and canoes etc. that are for hire. From this breakwater
there is a white floating boom that streteches back
along the beach past the jetty and about half way
along the resorts beach area defining a safe area
At my sedate pace it took 6-7 minutes to swim (breast
stroke) from the end of the jetty to the boom, and
about 20 minutes to swim from the jetty to the breakwater.
Monsena has its own security people. These are
*very* discrete, and you would be hard pressed to
spot them unless you are close enough to read their
name badges. They just look like rather smartly
There is a 'no cameras' policy but I did see one
or two people taking what were obviously family
pictures and nobody seemed to mind.
One thing about Monsena is that there is plenty
of shade from trees over the entire site right down
to the beach. Indeed, I think Croatia is the greenest
hot country I've ever seen.
The local rep standing for Peng can point you to
a number of excursions if you want, including an
excellent fully naturist Fish Picnic that sets off
from the resort. This was an all day event as the
ship meandered along the coast, round an island
or two and stopping at a bay for anyone to have
a dip in the sea. Food was laid on almost continuously,
as was drink, and all included in the price. The
ship had a large area of awning so you could get
under cover if you found the sun a bit too fierce.
My holiday was for just one week at the begining
of June. This seems to be the ideal time for me.
The resort had only just opened so numbers were
low and it was fairly quiet. It was also sunny but
not too hot.
When I first arrived there was a sprinking of families,
but mostly couples and older singles. The weekend
marking the second week of opening there was a major
influx and the site opened fully. There were lots
more families, but I found the kids were happy-squeaky-noisy
rather than rowdy.
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