Swimming holiday on the southern tip of Istria

After successful editions in previous years, we will again organize three one-week swimming holidays in 2024 in the same wonderful 4-star hotel, directly on the Adriatic Sea, in Istria. Are you coming?


  • Swim in Balance® swimming courses of your choice
  • a wonderful boat trip/snorkel/open water swimming excursion in the middle of the week
  • 7 nights stay in a 4-star hotel based on half board (breakfast and dinner)

Introduction course Alexander Technique (3 x 1 hour), Private Alexander Technique lessons, Open water swimming workshop, extra back crawl course, private swimming lessons, wellness, excursions, bike rental, tennis, etc.

Are you interested? Let us know.

During this holiday you will receive two hours of Swim in Balance® swimming lessons per day for a week, with a rest day in the middle of the week. You can choose two courses from: crawl level 1crawl level 2breast stroke of butterfly. In a 25 meter indoor pool filled with filtered seawater, right by the sea!

Where is it?

The swimming holiday takes place in the Park Plaza hotel 'Belvedere' in Medulin, near the city of Pula, in the extreme southern tip of Istria. The hotel is 200 meters from the sea (snorkeling!) and has two outdoor pools in addition to the indoor pool. Please note that in the preseason the outdoor pools are still very fresh. We bring wetsuits for the sea. In the high and late season this is not necessary, then the sea is well warmed up. From Pula airport it is a 15 minute taxi ride. There are direct flights from Amsterdam-Pula and Rotterdam-Pula. You can also fly to Venice and take the ferry to Pula in 3 hours, a beautiful trip.

How intensive is the program?

Depending on your own wishes, you can make your program as intensive as you want, or enjoy snorkeling and lazing on the beach. The holiday is very suitable for people who participate individually. You can also bring family or friends. They don't necessarily have to participate in the swimming activities: there are many other fun things to do. You can book their stay (including half board and use of the swimming pools) through us at a discount and enjoy a holiday together.


  • Preseason: Sunday May 26 – June 2, 2024
  • High season: Saturday 6 – 13 July 2024
  • Late season: Sunday 15 – 22 September 2024

Prices and booking

'Exclusive swimming holiday through Swim in Balance®! Sounds good! But I still have a few questions.'

What else can I participate in besides the 2 courses?

  • joint boat trip (included)
  • introductory course Alexander Technique (3 x 1 hour) 199,- euro
  • private Alexander Technique lessons (1 hour) 85,- euro
  • extra swimming course in the mornings (breaststroke, butterfly stroke, etc.) 195 euros
  • open water swimming course (2 x 1 hour) 69 euros
  • individual swimming lessons, from 59 euros
  • Back crawl workshop (2 hours) 149 euros

What's there to do?

  • snorkelling in the sea, 2 outdoor pools
  • walking, cycling (nature reserve)
  • yoga in the morning (free)
  • running (beautiful promenade along the coast)
  • tennis (courts for rent)
  • boat trip to Ceja
  • diving or surfing course (at neighboring hotel)
  • make bike rides (for rent) to beautiful nature reserve
  • wine tasting (15 euros, 6 wines)
  • View Pula (Beautiful Roman Amphitheater)
  • Istrian music evening
  • Istrian cuisine tasting

What other facilities are there?

  • extensive wellness facilities, many types of massages, sauna, etc
  • bathrobe service
  • babysitting service and children's entertainment
  • fitness facilities

Sign up now and experience your ultimate swimming holiday!

To register for this holiday, click on the button above or write an email to: info@swiminbalance.nl.  

Then you can receive more information about, for example, the rates for family members and get answers to other questions. Because the hotel is very popular, we recommend that you register as early as possible, then we have the best chance that we can still reserve your room. Last minute bookings are a gamble, but possible. We expect between 15 – 20 participants.

Prices passive participants: pre-season 1000 euros, high season 1200 euros, late season 1100 euros based on a double room and half board, and including a shared boat trip.

Alexander Technique introductory course

During these swimming holidays it is possible to follow an introductory course of 3 x 1 hour given by the founder of Swim in Balance, Esther Visser. She is an Alexander Technique teacher and professional violinist. In this course (on dry land!) you will learn more about efficient and healthy exercise in daily life: walking, sitting, getting up from a chair, picking up something from the floor, sitting behind a computer, etc. What happens with the balance on your feet? How does the balance of your head affect the use of your joints? How can you reduce tension in your shoulders, etc. In short: More efficient and healthier living. If you find this interesting then this course is definitely recommended!

A warm welcome!

General Terms and Conditions for Swimming Holiday Croatia


A wonderful holiday, during which I learned to swim in a whole new way. Nice location, quiet pool and on the sea, so all possibilities to practice in between. Nice lessons with a lot of personal attention. I thought I would find two hours of swimming hard, but learning this technique is wonderful.

- Floortje (swimming holiday)

Very nice week in a beautiful environment to learn the Shaw method.

- Martin (swimming holiday May 2022)

If like me you thought you could never learn how to crawl, and if you want to learn how to get more effect (not just in the pool) with less power, this is a course to do. Accessible, nice people, interesting method, wonderful location and real results.

- Cilia (swimming holiday May 2022)

I wholeheartedly recommend the swimming holidays of Swim in Balance. Learning a new stroke really well, with all the individual guidance that every participant needs, is guaranteed to succeed here. Moreover, I learned a lot about the Alexander Technique, on which Swim in Balance bases its swimming method - also super valuable for other sports, making music and life in general. Although we worked hard, it really felt like a holiday – great to dive into the sauna after swimming! I wish Swim in Balance many more happy participants!

- Alix (swimming holiday May 2022)

A memorable adventure, where to my amazement I really learned to front crawl, unbelievable!

- Nicolien (swimming holiday May 2022)

Taking a vacation and learning something has never been so much fun!

- Esther (swimming holiday)

This special journey has brought me a lot, through the Alexander swimming technique and the relaxing way of teaching I have become friends with water again. In addition to this “reunited friendship”, other wonderful people and experiences have also crossed my path. Thanks for this special week.

- Sylvia (swimming holiday)

The swimming holiday to Croatia was wonderful! Good weather, beautiful people, learning new things every day in the salt water pool, fun optional activities and plenty of free time to go your own way. Perfect!

- Lydia (swimming holiday)

A wonderful mix of sporting effort and relaxation. Exactly what I needed! Sun, sea, salt water and inspiring swimmers!

- Annelies (swimming holiday)

If you thought you could swim you should give this a try. You will learn relaxing techniques from expert teachers in a beautiful swimming pool on the coast of Croatia.

- Nora (swimming holiday)