Located in Southeast Europe, Croatia is bordered on the west by the Adriatic Sea. An increasingly popular destination, Croatia has pretty beaches, historic cities, and large vineyards that produce delectable wines. For a particularly posh stay in Croatia, there are several properties that offer upscale guest rooms, high-end spas, and fine dining restaurants. We visited the country’s top hotels to see how they stacked up against the competition and find out which were the best of the best. Take a look at the best luxury hotels in Croatia and start planning your getaway!
he newest part of the Importanne Resort along the coast of Lapad Bay, the Royal Princess Hotel is also the most luxurious. The restaurant and bar have enviable outdoor terrace seating, and each all-suite room has a private balcony. While it doesn't have a proper beach, the hotel sits right at the edge of the pristine waters of the Adriatic, where swimming conditions might be more appealing than at some of the area's crowded pebble beaches. A seaside promenade allows for easy access to the other properties within the resort, in addition to the Royal Princess's full spa, and indoor and outdoor pools. Tourists should note that the hotel is far from the historic attractions in Old Town but is also on the bus line that can take guests there within 15 minutes. Its dramatic location overlooking the rocky shore, chic modern facilities, and large elegant suites put it at the top of the list in Dubrovnik.
The 19-room Pucic Palace is a luxury boutique set in a superbly restored 18th-century palace in the center of Dubrovnik's stunning Old Town. The building's original Baroque ambience has been meticulously maintained with original antiques and refined historic detailing throughout. Rooms are stately and grand with long drapes and carpets covering wood floors; marble bathrooms are a particular highlight. The lack of spa facilities is a minor gripe, and some rooms are smaller than others, but this is without doubt one of the finest hotels within the city's ancient walls.
The massive Le Meridien Lav Split is a popular destination right on the coast, but it may be a bit too big for its beaches. Spread across four connected buildings, it's huge, and has every facility in the book: vast event spaces, a spa, fitness center, tennis courts, kids' club, and water sports on its private stretch of beach. The private marina is useful for wealthy visitors looking to dock their yachts. An outdoor infinity pool has an impressive view of the crystal-blue Adriatic sea, but it's too small for the number of guests the hotel accommodates. Tourists might be a bit disappointed by the hotel's distance from Split and its attractions.
Perched on cliffs above the Adriatic Sea, Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik hides its own private cove with a pebble beach complete with a sea cave. The rooms are on the large side with desks and sitting areas, each facing the sea, though not all have a balcony to fully take in the view. The luxury amenities include a great Mediterranean restaurant as well as a more casual eatery on the beach, and a free breakfast. Meeting rooms and a full spa with an indoor pool and fitness center round out the necessities for both tourists and business travelers. The historic Old Town area is a way down the road, but most of its attractions are still within walking distance.
A 2014 renovation of the 292-room Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel has taken this high-end, holiday resort to the next level. With smart and tastefully contemporary interiors throughout and quality facilities, the property easily deserves its luxury-level rating with large pools (both outdoor and indoor) and an excellent spa as particular highlights. Sea-view sunsets can be enjoyed from every stylish, relaxed room, even from the comfort of sunbeds on spacious balconies. It might feel a little isolated, but Dubrovnik's renowned Old Town is still easily accessible by car. Rates are surprisingly low for this caliber and half-board options can provide even better value.
The 56-room Villa Dubrovnik is a luxury boutique with top-class facilities overlooking the pristine Adriatic Sea. Located away from the main tourist hub, yet still with easy access to Old Town, the hotel's sense of seclusion blends with impeccable service and a romantic setting to create something rather special. Rooms are modern and inviting with big balconies and sea views; bathrooms have nice extras such as under-floor heating. Suites have private hot tubs. There are an indoor pool, spa, and fitness center on-site, along with multiple restaurant and bar options. It's certainly one of the pricier options available in the area, but if the budget can stretch, it's worth every penny.
On an ancient square in the heart of town, The Palace Judita Heritage Hotel is a great place to experience the history of old Split. Occupying a small, renovated Renaissance-era palace, it's slim on facilities but big on authentic charm. There are only eight rooms, but each is different, with exposed stone walls and modern bathrooms. All the main tourist attractions are within walking distance, and the hotel provides a free shuttle to its free off-site parking lot. Travelers heading to Split should check here first, and watch for low rates in the off-season.
The 13-room Hotel Kazbek is a boutique property housed in a nicely renovated 16th-century country villa two miles from Dubrovnik's Old Town. Its tranquil and relatively secluded setting is perfect for those seeking a bit of peace and quiet away from the city's touristic heart -- though might feel a bit detached for some. Rooms skillfully blend old-world decor with the latest tech and both pool and restaurant are first-class. High rates reflect the hotel's high-end quality and when you're zipping around their private speedboat chances are it'll feel well spent.