14 Top-Rated Beach Resorts in Croatia
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Croatia is one of Europe's top-rated beach resort holiday destinations these days, thanks to miles of coastline; the warm, clear water of the Adriatic Sea; and energetic medieval cities like Dubrovnik and Split on the dramatic Dalmatian Coast. As such, it also hosts a number of excellent hotels and resorts that vary in style and cost, from budget to five-star luxury-visit in the off-season for excellent deals at even the most expensive holiday destinations.
Whether you are on a family holiday or looking for an adults-only or all-inclusive resort, Croatia's beach destinations offer something for all kinds of travelers. The country is also home to hundreds of islands floating in the Adriatic Sea with more beaches and lodging opportunities. These include Hvar and Brac Islands. Find the best base for your next vacation with our list of the best beach resorts in Croatia.
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1. Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
Built into the side of a cliff, the magnificent, 5-star Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is a swanky property through and through and one of the best places to stay near Dubrovnik. Just a 15-minute walk from the entrance to Dubrovnik's medieval Old Town (for Game of Thrones fans, this is Kings Landing), the resort also overlooks the beach at Miramare Bay.
The decor is modern Mediterranean and makes use of lots of marble, wood, and glass accents in rooms and public spaces. The rooms and suites have recently been refreshed and come with tasteful design and decor, like black-and-white photographs hanging from walls that depict life in Dubrovnik circa the 1960s.
For amenities there are two restaurants, as well as an indoor swimming pool with Adriatic Sea views. Guests can also relax with a treatment in the spa or workout in the fitness center.
Address: Pera Cingrije 7, Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
2. Hotel Lemongarden
A 5-star property on Brac Island, this beachfront resort is a heritage property, comprised of three stone buildings that date back more than 300 years. They have been meticulously restored and now house 35 rooms in a few different categories. The best have sea views from furnished terraces. All come with luxe decor like Murano glass chandeliers, high-end linens, and specially placed objets d'art throughout.
The grounds here are beautiful and filled with all sorts of flowering bushes and trees, from lemon to palms, giving the feel of a private country retreat. But the hotel is also just steps away from a private beach and the seafront promenade in Sutivan, a small town on the northwestern coast. Amenities include a restaurant, spa, and heated swimming pool.
Address: Perica Kala 1, Sutivan, Brac Island
Accommodation: Hotel Lemongarden
3. Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel
On the beach near Dubrovnik, Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel is another 5-star seaside resort. The beach here is wide and quite beautiful, and the property is still convenient to Old Town Dubrovnik, just four miles away.
The rooms and suites here all come with sea views and private terraces. They come in a variety of sizes, but even the entry level rooms are comfortable, with high-end linens, designer toiletries, and a pullout sofa bed that can sleep an extra person-great for families with one kid. There are also interconnected rooms for families who need more space. Amenities here include a restaurant, swimming pool, spa, sauna, and fitness center.
Address: Iva Dulcica 142 | Babin kuk Complex, Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Valamar Collection Dubrovnik President Hotel
4. Tui SENSIMAR Adriatic Beach Resort
On the Dalmatian Coast between Split and Dubrovnik in Makarska, Tui SENSIMAR Adriatic Beach Resort is an adults-only property that is popular with couples. It has 266 rooms that are stylish and modern with comfy beds and pops of color throughout. They also feature stunning sea views.
There are three restaurants to choose from, including a buffet. The resort sits just a minute's walk from a pebble beach, and the views are also dramatic, thanks to its position at the foot of one of Croatia's highest peaks. Amenities include a large pool and options to book swim-up rooms.
Address: Porat 135, Zivogosce
Accommodation: Tui SENSIMAR Adriatic Beach Resort
5. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
On a beach near Dubrovnik, Sun Gardens is a 5-star hotel that caters to families. There is a kids' club on-site that offers activities, trips, and other events, so parents can have some chill time to themselves. Babysitting can also be arranged.
The rooms and suites are colorful, and most come with sea views and balconies. All come with designer Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries, and high-thread-count linens on comfy beds. Book the club level for access to a lounge. There are also eight restaurants on-site. Other amenities include a pool, spa, sauna, tennis court, and gym.
Address: Na Moru 1, Orasac
Accommodation: Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
6. Le Meridien Lav Split
Set on a private beach in Split, Le Meridien Lav Split is a lovely 5-star resort that works equally well for families and couples. The property is stylish and contemporary, with 381 rooms and suites. These are done up in warm hues and feature framed, old, black-and-white photos hanging from the walls. They also feature balconies, and most have sea views.
On-site amenities include four restaurants, a spa with a Finnish sauna, and three Roman baths complete with heating lounges and multiple swimming pools. If you're traveling with children, there is a kids' club on-site, as well as a playground and children's swimming pool.
Address: Grljevacka 2A, Podstrana
Accommodation: Le Meridien Lav Split
7. Park Plaza Verudela
In Istria, which is a less touristy and equally beautiful region of Croatia, the Park Plaza Verudela is on the sea in the town of Pula. It is popular with families on holiday, as it offers self-catering, apartment-style digs. These are spacious and modern in decor, clean, and overall very comfortable. The resort is right on the beach and has a swimming pool, as well as free parking and Wi-Fi.
Address: Ulica Verudella 11, Pula
Accommodation: Park Plaza Verudela
8. Hotel Korsal
In Korcula, the Hotel Korsal is set right on the beach and is just a 5-minute walk from the city's historic Old Town. There are just 18 rooms in three buildings, and these are clean and comfortable, with quality mattresses and pillows and hardwood floors. Most rooms have sea views and underwent a recent renovation.
Amenities include a restaurant with a lovely outdoor terrace that overlooks the promenade running along this stretch of sand. Massage services can be arranged, and the hotel is kid-friendly.
Address: Shetalishte Frana Krshinica 80, Korcula Island
Accommodation: Hotel Korsal
9. Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
On Hvar Island, Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort is a sprawling property that sits just outside Hvar Town in the trendy main port area. This is a large resort that gets busy in summer, but rooms are clean and comfortable and come with balconies.
Amenities include a giant, heated swimming pool with lots of sun loungers around it and often a buzzy scene with music blasting out of speakers in the afternoon-it's popular with young couples and groups of friends. There is also a luxury beach club (entrance fee is charged) with its own spa, restaurant, Adriatic beach access, and cabanas. If you are traveling as a family, there is a kids' club. There is also an international buffet restaurant on-site.
Address: Ulica biskupa Jurja Dubokovica 5, Hvar, Hvar Island
Accommodation: Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
10. Hotel Fortuna
Also on Hvar Island, Hotel Fortuna is a 4-star boutique property with a lovely beachfront location in the village of Milna, just three miles from Hvar town. The hotel has just 18 rooms, but all are bright and welcoming with comfy beds and nice bathrooms-some even come with hydro-massage showers. All rooms have balconies with either sea or garden views.
When it comes time to sunbathe and swim there are four pebble beaches in the vicinity of Hotel Fortuna, including the main beach, which is just 15 feet from the entrance. Sun chairs and umbrellas can be rented on the beach. There is also a restaurant set on the beach, with an international menu, that is known for its pizza and pasta dishes, as well as fresh fish.
Address: Milna 27, Milna, Hvar Island
Accommodation: Hotel Fortuna
11. Hotel Bozica
A small, family-owned boutique property, Hotel Bozica is on lush Sipan Island off the coast of Dubrovnik. The 4-star hotel overlooks Sudjuradj Bay and offers sweeping views from a quiet location right on the waterfront. There is a private beach. From here, it is also easy to access the islands of Brac and Hvar. Sipan Island, where the hotel is located, is gorgeous and filled with groves of wild herbs and olive trees.
Accommodation is in 27 rooms that are done up in light colors and are spacious and comfortable. Many have sea views, and some have balconies. If you are willing to stay in the "attic rooms" on the third floor, which isn't accessible by elevator, you'll get a great deal on your lodging. Amenities include a restaurant with a large terrace, and a swimming pool with sun loungers surrounding it.
Address: Ulica br. 13, 1D, Sudurad
Accommodation: Hotel Bozica
12. Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa
Adjacent to Brac Island's gorgeous Zlatni Rat beach, Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa is a luxe modern property that is popular with families looking for an active vacation. Here, you can indulge in everything from scuba diving to bowling or biking. There is also a huge spa and wellness center with an indoor saltwater swimming pool, hydromassage facilities, numerous saunas, and a variety of massages and facials.
Rooms are bright, with maritime-inspired colors and decor and wood floors. There are floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto balconies, but not all have direct ocean views. For dining there are a few options, including the main restaurant that does a buffet three meals a day.
Address: Put Zlatnog Rata 46, Bol, Brac Island
Accommodation: Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa
13. Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Split
Facing Brac Island and the Adriatic Sea, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa is about a 30-minute walk from the medieval Old Town in Split. This large hotel offers 250 rooms and suites, and each floor is themed and color coded-if you are on the olive floor expect a green theme revolving around olives. Regardless of your theme, expect floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto balconies, with sea views from most. For the best views, you'll want to book the new annex space, which also has the swankiest decor.
Amenities include access to a pebble beach with sun loungers, as well as stand-up paddle-boards and Jet Ski rentals. There is also a swimming pool and a very impressive spa with hydrotherapy, including an ice fountain. For dining, there are a few restaurant options, including one that does a big buffet spread.
Address: Put Trstenika 19, Split
Accommodation: Raddison Blu Resort & Spa Split
14. The Maritimo Hotel
Set right on a pebble beach-most Croatian beaches are pebble-backed by the warm, clear water of the Adriatic Sea, the Maritimo Hotel is a small family-run property with a charming vibe. It's in Makarska by a small marina, and from the hotel, you'll look out onto the islands of Hvar and Brac, which are easy to access from here.
There are 21 rooms and one apartment on the top floor of the hotel available. Each has a modern design and is clean and comfy. There is also an on-site restaurant serving a range of traditional Croatian fare, lots of fresh fish and seafood, as well as dishes to please international palates. If you plan to eat most meals at the restaurant, ask about the all-inclusive holiday package.
Address: Put Cvitachke 2a, Makarska
Accommodation: The Maritimo Hotel