10 of the best hotels in Croatia

10 of the best hotels in Croatia

    (Valamar Isabella Miramare)

(Valamar Isabella Miramare)

Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast, Venetian architecture and elegant Habsburg towns are just a hint of what makes this corner of the Mediterranean so attractive.

There’s no shortage of chic and majestic island getaways great lady resorts that grace its glorious coastline. Here are some of the best places to soak up the Croatian sun.

Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik

You get the most fabulous views of Dubrovnik’s walled old town from the Hotel Excelsior, but you’re comfortably away from the crowds. This five-star hotel fuses an elegant 1913 villa with a stylish modern addition, with a sleek contemporary look in its 158 rooms. When you’re not lounging on the bathing platform and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, you’re in the huge wellness center with indoor pool and spa. All three restaurants serve idyllic views to accompany their top-notch Mediterranean cuisine.

Price: rooms from €260 in low season to €800 in high season, including breakfast; adriaticluxuryhotels. with

Hotel Excelsior (Hotel Excelsior)

Hotel Excelsior (Hotel Excelsior)

Palace of Lešić Dimitri, KorÄula

Deep within KorÄula’s city walls is one of Croatia’s dreamiest hotels, certainly living up to its “luxury boutique” label. Spread over several medieval houses and an 18ºThere are five exquisite residences with chic decor inspired by Marco Polo’s travels on the Silk Road. They have one to three bedrooms, and all have a kitchen and plenty of rest areas. After a spa treatment, book a table at the beachfront LD Restaurant for Michelin-starred superlative dishes that combine Mediterranean and Asian flavors.

Price: rooms from €365 in low season to €1,382 in high season, including breakfast; ldpalace. with

Lešić Dimitri Palace (Dmitri Palace)

Lešić Dimitri Palace (Dmitri Palace)

Hotel Bellevue, Losinj

The gleaming Hotel Bellevue occupies a privileged spot on one of the most beautiful bays in Lošinj, ÄŒikat, whose blue-green waters are protected by pine-covered paths. Floor-length windows flood 185 contemporary rooms with light. Grab a lounge chair on the private bathing platform or take a lazy dip in the vast outdoor and indoor seawater pools when you’re not relaxing in the impressive spa. Experience superb Japanese fusion at Matsunoki and enjoy the option of dining at local restaurants if you opt for half-board.

Price: rooms from €250 in low season and €380 in July and August, including breakfast; losinj-hotels. with

Hotel Bellevue (Hotel Bellevue)

Hotel Bellevue (Hotel Bellevue)

Radisson Blu, Split

If you want to be close to Split but away from the crowds, the Radisson Blu offers space to breathe in the salty Adriatic air from its seaside position outside the Old Town. Its 252 stylish, modern rooms have balconies that open to those glorious sea views, shared by the palm-shaded gardens and outdoor pool. Make time for the massive spa with its oceanfront indoor pool, plunge pools and saunas. Indulge in these views at Fig Leaf restaurant and grilled dishes at Caper Grill. On the pebble beach, relax with a cocktail at the summer beach club.

Price: from €219 in low season to €412 in high season, including breakfast; radissonhotels. with

Radisson Blu (Radisson Blu)

Radisson Blu (Radisson Blu)

Palmižana Hotel

This boho retreat on Sveti Klement’s car-free island takes you into another world: one of tropical gardens, quiet pebble coves and the most laid-back atmosphere. However, it is just a short boat ride from the town of Hvar. Situated in the Pakleni archipelago, the Palmižana Hotel is a collection of six rustic, art-filled villas, six bungalows and rooms within a garden house, with an excellent restaurant serving fresh Croatian seafood.

Price: rooms from €120 in low season to €160 in high season; palm tree. with

Valamar Isabella Miramare (Valamar Collection)

Valamar Isabella Miramare (Valamar Collection)

Valamar Isabella Miramare, PoreÄ

There’s something romantic about being at an island resort, and Valamar Isabella Miramare is no exception. Situated on the small island of Sveti Nikola, a short drive from PoreÄ on the Istrian peninsula, the complex offers four and five star options, with 36-room Miramare and its wonderful sea views being the best choice. You’ll have your own beach to go to with the oceanfront infinity pool, and all accommodations offer access to five restaurants and multiple bars.

Price: rooms from €343 for the Miramare and €275 for the four-star Isabella Hotel, including breakfast; waddle with

Resort Maslina, Hvar

Skipping the trendy town of Hvar in favor of discreet Stari Grad, Relais & Chateaux member Maslina Resort is nestled amidst olive groves and pine trees gently sloping towards the sea, with 50 serene rooms spread across six connected pavilions and three villas. by the sea. Its outdoor pools, beachfront spa, and beach bar add to the overall feeling of relaxation, and its own organic produce ends up on the acclaimed restaurant’s plate.

Price: from €360 in low season to €660 in high season, including breakfast; maslinaresort.com/resort

Maslina Resort (Maslina Resort)

Maslina Resort (Maslina Resort)

PineTree Boutique Apartments, Mljet

Facing the sheltered Saplunara Bay and its neighboring beach, PineTree Boutique Apartments is the most elegant place to stay on the verdant island of Mljet. Its 12 apartments have modern and elegant furniture, plus balconies or terraces to enjoy the fabulous view of the sea – which is so fabulous from the infinity pool. Its restaurant is one of the best on the island, with homemade Dalmatian cuisine served by the friendly couple who run the place.

Price: apartments from €178, including breakfast; pinetreemljet. with

    (PineTree Boutique Apartments)

(PineTree Boutique Apartments)

Brown Beach House, Trogir

Trogir’s charming UNESCO-listed Old Town is just a 10-minute walk from this elegant hotel set in a converted tobacco warehouse. Brown Beach House is on the waterfront, overlooking the city and mountains across the canal. Its 43 light-filled rooms combine contemporary and traditional decor, and the loft rooms feature private outdoor hot tubs. The black-tiled outdoor pool is a lovely place to swim if you want a change from the small pebbly beach in front.

Price: rooms from €122 in low season to €343 in high season; brown hotels. with/

    (Brown Beach House)

(Brown Beach House)

Villa Nai 3.3, Dugi Otok

There’s more than a hint of James Bond in this beautifully designed hotel, carved into a hillside overlooking the Adriatic. Surrounded by ancient olive groves, Villa Nai 3.3 has eight luxurious suites and rooms that use local stone to match understated Italian furniture. It’s hard to get away from infinity when you have such mesmerizing views of the Adriatic, but the spa, gourmet restaurant, and patio grill should do the trick. Only children 12 years and older are allowed.

Price: rooms from €721 in low season to €1,213 in high season; villanai. with/

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