Luxury Croatia Holidays: An Overview

Croatia is one of those stunning holiday destinations that a part of us would like to keep its best bits a secret for as long as possible, and the other part wants to sing its praises from the roof top!

Victoria and Molly are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Dubrovnik is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic for good reason - it's possibly one of the prettiest and most romantic cities in Europe.
  • The water is such a vivid blue, and so crystal clear, that it's easy to assume photographs have been photoshopped.
  • Croatia is ideal for island-hopping and exploring, with a seemingly never-ending catalogue of yet-to-be-discovered spots.

Luxury Croatia Holidays: The Detail

Croatia has been a hugely popular luxury holiday destination here at Original Travel since we launched back in 2003, the same year the country was rather grandly declared 'The 21st Century Destination' by Conde Nast Traveller. The country is a rather cool combination of glitz, glamour and tradition with undulating plains of greenery and deep blue waters.

Did you know

  • Croatia is the homeland of famous traveller Marco Polo
  • Until the 18th century the Croats had their own alphabet called 'glagoljica'
  • Only 66 of over 1000 islands that belong to Croatia are actually inhabited
  • It is traditional to eat fish on Christmas Eve
  • The tie, or cravat, comes from Croatia - it was part of their national costume and later copied by the French as a new fashion

Whilst a hipster or two may flock to Croatia's mainland and islands for popular music festivals, the country is also a great luxury holiday choice for families, couples and sun seekers alike. Aside from magnificent beaches, sailing opportunities, delicious fresh food and fabulous hotels and resorts, there are historic sites to explore the Country's turbulent past.

We pioneered sea kayaking around the Elapahiti Islands off Dubrovnik and have revisited several times as new regions, such as trendy island hangout Hvar and gourmet haven Istria, are announced as the next big thing on the Croatia luxury holiday scene.

Dubrovnik remains undeniably one of Europe's great treasures, and the Dalmatian coastline as a whole - especially when explored from a yacht - is very special indeed. We can recommend all the finest hotels along the coast and on the many islands, and arrange expertly guided kayak safaris and stylish and reliable yacht rental from either Split or Dubrovnik.

Further afield, Istria is set to become a firm favourite thanks to its Italianate influences (of the edible variety, particularly) and yet more beautiful coastline, as well as quaint scenes of local fishermen freeing their nets for a morning catch. A sunset should also not be missed in the Croatian gem.

The Original Travel team have explored Croatia first hand and can recommend all the finest luxury hotels along the coast, and arrange anything from expertly guided kayak safaris to luxurious and reliable yacht rental from either Split or Dubrovnik. Rest assured, you're Croatia luxury holiday will be one to remember.


Top picks for Croatia

Sunset over Istria in Croatia

Istria

Croatia

The hill country of Tuscany and the coastline of Dalmatia rolled into one secret and seductive destination.

Where to go

View from Hotel Bellevue, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel Bellevue

Dubrovnik

The modern Hotel Bellevue is set on the cliffs above Miramare Bay, just outside the old town of Dubrovnik.

Where to stay

Exterior at Hotel Marmont, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel Marmont

Dalmatian Coast

Marmont Hotel is situated right in the heart of the vibrant old town of Split, inside the walls of the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Where to stay

The outside restaurant at hotel Indijan, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel Indijan

Dalmatian Coast

Hotel Indijan is a family run 4* hotel sitting right on the (pebble) beach in Orebic at the foot of Mount Ilija.

Where to stay

Villa Vilina, luxury hotel in Croatia

Villa Vilina

Dalmatian Coast

The hotel sits on a horseshoe shaped bay, next to a medieval Franciscan monastery.

Where to stay

Villa Dubrovnik

Villa Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Surrounded by gardens of bougainvillea and oleander, Villa Dubrovnik sits perched over the blue waters of the Adriatic with the most stunning views across the water to the Old City and Lokrum Island.

Where to stay

Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana

Dalmatian Coast

Whilst on paper the glass façade and garden terraces of Hotel Adriana might seem incongruous with its setting on Hvar’s waterfront, this stylish hotel’s rooftop bar offers stunning views of the old city centre and blend rather nicely with its neoclassical architecture.

Where to stay

Adriatic Bay, Dalmatian Coast

Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

Dubrovnik

The Elaphiti Islands, forming part of the Dalmatian Coast, run in a chain parallel to the mainland and form the perfect aquatic playground for exploration by sea kayak.

What to do

Croatian coast scenery

Dalmatian Coast

Croatia

Combine beautiful Mediterranean coastline with cosmopolitan and lively cities on your Dalmatian Coast holiday.

Where to go

Hotel More, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel More

Dubrovnik

Hotel More is a small seafront hotel situated on the Bay of Lapad, just a couple of miles from the historic centre of Dubrovnik.

Where to stay

The water terrace at Hotel Riva, luxury hotel in Croatia

Hotel Riva

Dalmatian Coast

Hvar may be new on the trend radar, but the two Italianate villas that house Hotel Riva have been around for over one hundred years.

Where to stay

Pucic Palace

Pucic Palace

Dubrovnik

The best - and virtually only - place to stay within the city walls.

Where to stay

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