Nicole Trilivas

The best Croatian getaways to book now

The best Croatian getaways to book now
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Croatia is officially on the green list! With speedy, direct flights to Dubrovnik (running under three hours from many UK destinations), plus plenty of sought-after sunshine, this jewel of the Adriatic just became the hottest destination to visit this summer. Here's our guide to the top places to stay…

Lopud 1483

The little-known island of Lopud may seem off-the-beaten track, but it’s actually easily within reach of Dubrovnik. With only around 200 residents, you won’t have crowds to worry about on this sandy isle, but if it’s ultimate privacy you’re after, there’s Lopud 1483, a centuries-old Franciscan monastery that’s now an art-filled, high-design hideaway. Lopud 1483 is available for exclusive hire (€10,000 per night, for 10 people, half board), or depending on availability, individual suites may be booked from €2,000 per night.

Grandeur Villa

With swish, sharp lines and ultra-cool, contemporary vibes, Oliver's Travels’ Grandeur Villa looks like the lair of a billionaire Bond villain—in the best way. Set out over multiple layers and comprised of two completely separate units, this white-washed mansion on the green slopes above Zrnovska Banja Bay on Korcula Island has no shortage of amenities including indoor/outdoor Bose surround sound and multiple infinity pools. Rates at Oliver's Travels’ Grandeur Villa start from €10,972 for four days for 10 people.

Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

For easy access to Dubrovnik, the choice has to be Hotel Excelsior. With unbeatable views of the romantic, red-roofed Old Town, this clean, cool, and minimalist five-star retreat has a royal pedigree (The Queen is a past guest) and one of the very best saltwater pools around, carved straight into the rock below the hotel and fed directly by the crystalline sea. Rates at Hotel Excelsior start from €279 per night.

Villa Nai 3.3

How cool is the brand-new Villa Nai 3.3? Nestled into the wild island of Dugi Otok in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, adjacent to the untamed Kornati National Park and equidistant from Dubrovnik and Venice, this new Leading Hotels of the World member comes from the imagination of star Croatian architect Nikola Bašić and is crafted from excavated stone to blend in with the surroundings. Rates at Villa Nai 3.3 start from €721 per night.

Villa Orsula

The former abode of a Croatian noble family, the palm-fringed Villa Orsula hotel perches over Dubrovnik’s Old Town and is only a five-minute walk away. But those five minutes make all the difference: Expect sprawling sea views over the glittering Adriatic and complete peace and quiet—save for birdsong and the buzzing of bees in the lush and fragrant orange trees and lavender-filled gardens that encircle this aristocratic boutique hotel. Rates at Villa Orsula start from €645 per night.

Pula, Vinkuran

The sleepy island of Brač has great beaches (of both the sand and pebble variety) and a hilly, verdant interior. Visitors can make the most of it at Pula, Vinkuran from Stay One Degree. A study in sophisticated, soft neutrals, this well-dressed, beach-side villa makes for a cocooning sanctuary, but adventure is still within reach: the party island of Hvar is only a 20-minute boat ride away and Spit is just over an hour. Rates at Pula, Vinkuran start from €1,000 per night for 8 people.

Maslina Resort

Situated on the summer resort island of Hvar, Maslina Resort is well-placed for rest and relaxation, as it’s set in Stari Grad, the quieter part of the island. Surrounded by olive groves, terraced vineyards, and pine forests, this hotel has 50 rooms and suites, plus three villas (two four-bedroom villas and one five-bedroomed villa), for added privacy. Rates at Maslina Resort start from €300 per night.

Villa Mirasol

In the late 1800s, the northern Adriatic island of Lošinj was a hotspot for healing holidays, thanks to its soothing microclimate and rich flora of medicinal herbs. You can still find plenty of restorative peace on the island, especially at the seaside Villa Mirasol, a rosé-pink Art Nouveau villa rental, splashed in sunshine and opulent marble. Recently restored and redecorated, this palatial home-away-from-home comes fully equipped with a private cinema, library, sauna, and hot tub, plus a dedicated butler and private chef. Rates at Villa Mirasol start from €138,000 per week for 16 people, full board.