Warm turquoise waters, centuries-old towns and villages, a coastline dotted with more than 1,000 islands and islets, dramatic landscapes and some of the best and freshest home-grown food; it’s no wonder that Croatia has become Europe’s hotspot for travellers and holidaymakers. With cities Zagreb, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik full of history and culture, an unspoilt coast along the Adriatic and islands offering old-school Mediterranean glamour (Hvar) and unspoilt, get-away-from-it-all nature (Korčula and Mljet), Croatia is a country that has a bit of everything – and the best way to enjoy it is to see as much as you can; make one of our five best luxury hotels in Croatia your base and then go an explore the country.
Hotel Lone, Rovinj
Just ten minutes’ walk from the centre of the old, picturesque fishing port of Rovinj, Hotel Lone is a minimalist design hotel nestled in the hillside. Large glass panes cover the curved ocean liner-inspired exterior, offering views to the surrounding woodlands and sea at every point. Inside, the interior is inspired by mid-century design with neutral shades interspersed by bold colours, and the wellness spa is not to be missed. For more information, visit the Hotel Lone website.
Villa Orsula, Dubrovnik
A UNESCO World Heritage Site with an Old Town dating back to pre-16th century, Dubrovnik is a must-visit city in Croatia. Villa Orsula occupies an Art Deco white stone villa built in 1939 10 minutes down the coast from the Old Town. This is a hotel that’s chic and full of old-school elegance (Elizabeth Taylor has been a guest), while its just 13 rooms give the hotel an intimate and peaceful feel. Visit Villa Orsula’s website to find out more.
Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik
Further along the coast between the Old Town and Lapad Peninsular is Hotel Bellevue, resting on a cliff overlooking Miramare Bay and the hotel’s private beach. This is a hotel that’s all about modern luxury; its glassed exterior looks out right across the bay, while inside strikes the right balance between luxurious and relaxing. For more information, visit Hotel Bellevue’s website.
Hotel Osam, Brač
The largest island in central Dalmatia, Brač is renowned for its white pebble beach – Zlatni Rat – pine forests and dramatic cliffs. Hotel Osam in the port of Supetar is an adult-only boutique getaway in a peaceful location. The style is a blend of traditional and contemporary, while the terraces and rooftop bar provide the perfect place to while away an evening. Visit Hotel Osam’s website to see more.
Boutique Hotel Alhambra, Lošinj
Officially named a health resort in 1892 thanks to its hours of sunshine, sea breezes and clean water, Lošinj is a small island that specialises in spas, therapy and all things wellness – as well as being full of pine trees, baroque villages and excellent seafood. Boutique Hotel Alhambra encapsulates everything Lošinj has to offer, with an Art Deco-meets-modern interior, spa area, private beach and one of the best menus on the island. Go to Boutique Hotel Alhambra’s website for more information.
Words by Angharad Jones