Located along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. It has over a thousand alluring islands, of which 48 of are inhabited, providing a wealth of options to choose from when it comes to a Croatian island vacation. Whether you’re looking for a stay on the densely forested island of Korcula, a glamorous gem like glitzy Hvar or a tranquil, less-visited isle like Mljet, these hotels are sure to help complete the ultimate getaway.
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Vitality Hotel Punta is a modern four-star resort in Croatia’s top-rated Korcula region. It enjoys a gorgeous seaside location, overlooking the Adriatic from the picturesque waterfront promenade, partly shaded by pine trees. There’s an infinity pool with a view of the sea and a rocky beach with sun loungers, an ideal place to be for swimming, peaceful strolls, sunbathing and unwinding. Guests can take their relaxation up a notch at the on-site spa which includes a Finnish and bio sauna, massage rooms and more, and there’s also a gym, outdoor climbing wall and tennis courts.
A former bishop’s palace, Lesic Dimitri Palace sits within the medieval city walls of Korcula Town. The cluster of historic stone buildings was beautifully renovated and transformed into an elegant boutique hotel themed around the voyages of intrepid explorer Marco Polo who’s alleged to have been born on the island. There are just five luxurious suites, all distinctly designed, varying in size and style though all come with a kitchenette. On-site dining features Croatian cuisine using fresh local ingredients like seafood, while the spa offers a variety of decadent treatments and Thai massage.
Hotel Liburna enjoys spectacular views of fortified Old Town Korcula just across the bay. It’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, enjoying a backdrop of lush hills while fronted by magnificent beaches that edge the crystal-clear blue sea. The rooms and suites are lavishly furnished with large windows providing lots of light, and some come with large balconies for a sea view. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities on the beach, a saltwater swimming pool with shaded loungers and an outstanding restaurant that serves international fare featuring local ingredients.
A spectacular 19th-century villa hotel, Heritage Villa Apolon on Hvar Island overlooks a glistening bay, harmoniously blending into Stari Grad’s laid-back surroundings. The seaside terrace is a wonderful place to relax beneath the shade of palm trees, gazing at the boats that sail in and out of the bay. An a la carte breakfast is served daily on the terrace, including cooked-to-order omelettes, while lunch and dinner draw both guests and non-guests alike to dine on mouthwatering dishes with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. The rooms and suites are individually decorated and include large bathrooms with heated floors – most come with beautiful views overlooking the water.
A boutique spa hotel, Adriana Hvar boasts a prime location overlooking the azure bay, featuring chic rooms and suites with balconies only steps from Hvar’s main square. Its expansive spa is spread out over six indoor and outdoor levels and features saunas, yoga classes, a fitness studio, indoor pool and a host of treatment options, including Thai massage, facials and wraps. The roof terrace Top Bar Asian influenced Mediterranean and international cuisine, while its Val Marina restaurant sits on the promenade offering a menu of gourmet Mediterranean culinary delights.
Situated at the edge of Hvar Town in the main port, a short walk along the coastal path to the town center, the Hotel Amfora Hvar offers an upscale retreat with most rooms featuring balconies for taking in magnificent views of the Adriatic. There’s a private beach area and onsite water sports facilities, a multi-level swimming pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center. Onsite dining includes the casual beachside Maestral restaurant, while the rooftop eatery provides gorgeous views complemented with delicious meals.
Nestled on a hillside overlooking Hvar on the island of Brac, Hotel Bol offers rooms and suites that open up onto balconies, some of which come with partial sea views. All have modern amenities like flat-screen satellite TVs, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and minibars. The grounds include an outdoor pool lined with sunbeds, a terrace, fitness center and sauna. Free shuttle service is offered to famous Zlatni Rat beach, often named among the most beautiful in Europe.
Hotel Lemongarde sits along a seafront promenade in the historic fishing village of Sutivan, within a garden of Mediterranean flowers, lemon and palm trees, providing a tranquil oasis. It’s just a short walk from the pedestrian-only Old Town filled with shops, restaurants and cafes. Rooms, suites and maisonettes come with a sea, garden or courtyard view, featuring unique handmade furniture and large marble bathrooms. The property has its own stretch of private beach, a spa and outdoor heated pool, while its onsite restaurant is considered a destination in itself. Look forward to dining on dishes that utilize herbs from the garden and produce from its own organic farm, along with other locally-sourced ingredients.
Hotel San Giorgio is hidden in a narrow cobbled alley, a block from the seafront in Vis Town on Croatia’s most remote inhabited island, Vis. It sits within a centuries-old stone house with the highlight its bar-restaurant area that sits across from the main hotel. Tables are arranged in multiple open-air spaces among the ruins of a roofless old stone building. Its 10 comfortable rooms and suites are spread over three floors, most featuring small balconies.
The Hotel Odisej Mljet is located in Mljet National Park on its own private peninsula, providing an idyllic seaside retreat. Choose a Superior room for a beautiful sea view and look forward to fantastic dining at The Restaurant Odisej, particularly the evening buffet.