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…
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.
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.
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.
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.