The Best Luxury Hotels in Croatia

Soak up the sea views with an indulgent getaway to Croatia
Soak up the sea views with an indulgent getaway to Croatia | Courtesy of Royal Princess Hotel / Expedia
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29 December 2020

Over the past two decades, Croatia has slowly become a mainstay on the travel radar. With islands just as beautiful as Greece and history to rival neighbouring Italy, it’s a country that is well worth adding to your bucket list. Here, stunning national parks make way for breathtaking coastline – the latter home to a slew of luxury hotels. From Dubrovnik to Rovinj, we chart the best of the best below.

Dubrovnik Palace

Resort, Luxury
4.6/5 (978 Reviews)
Dubrovnik Palace
Dubrovnik Palace | Courtesy of Dubrovnik Palace / Expedia
Flanked by the Adriatic Sea and the leafy Forest Park Velika and Mala Petka, Dubrovnik Palace is a private oasis hidden away from the tourist bustle. Each of the 308 rooms boast glorious sea views as well as slick decor. When you’re not sunbathing on your private balcony, take a dip in one of the hotel’s three pools or book yourself in for a sea diving course.
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Hotel Excelsior

Hotel, Villa
4.7/5 (524 Reviews)
Hotel Excelsior
Hotel Excelsior | Courtesy of Hotel Excelsior / Expedia
Overlooking both Dubrovnik’s Old Town and the shimmering Adriatic, views don’t get much better than this. Built in 1913 as a royal villa, Hotel Excelsior’s storied history has seen the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor as guests. Today, rooms are minimalist with pops of mustard, rose and midnight blue – and many feature standalone tubs in the bathrooms as well.
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Royal Palm Hotel

Resort, Hotel, Luxury
4.5/5 (184 Reviews)
Royal Palm Hotel
Royal Palm Hotel | Courtesy of Royal Palm Hotel / Expedia
Situated above Lapad Bay, guests of the Royal Palm Hotel will be lulled to sleep by the gentle waves below. Rooms are light-filled, clad with neutral tones, and make the most of the sea views. A booking at on-site Restaurant Zoe to sample local seafood is a must. Be sure to time your reservation with sunset to watch the pink-hued sky as the sun dips below the horizon.
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Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Hotel
4.6/5 (750 Reviews)
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik | Courtesy of Sun Gardens Dubrovnik / Expedia
With views over the Elaphiti Islands, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik lies just north of Dubrovnik in the pretty village of Orašac. Each of the 201 rooms and 207 residences are swathed in Adriatic-inspired hues – think teal blues and olive greens. It’s best to head straight to the spa, regarded as one of the best in Croatia, for a facial or treatment using Croatian-made products.
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Royal Princess Hotel

Resort, Luxury
4.7/5 (313 Reviews)
Royal Princess Hotel
Royal Princess Hotel | Courtesy of Royal Princess Hotel / Expedia
The sister hotel to the Royal Palm – both are part of the same complex – the Royal Princess Hotel is one for the romantics. Decor is opulent with regal mahogany headboards, marble-clad bathrooms and expansive balconies to take in the endless Adriatic coastline. Need pampering? Visit the on-site spa to bathe in one of its nine pools or unwind in the Finnish sauna.
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  • Hotel Lone Rovinj

    Luxury
    4.7/5 (602 Reviews)
    Hotel Lone Rovinj
    Hotel Lone Rovinj | Courtesy of Hotel Lone Rovinj / Expedia
    As the first and only Croatian member of Design Hotels, you know the vibe in Hotel Lone is going to be excellent. Reminiscent of an art museum, the lobby is designed with white-beige stone inspired by ancient woodlands that surround the Istrian hotel. Rooms are minimalist with floating bedside tables, however most of your time will be spent in or next to the free-form outdoor seawater pool.
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    Villa Nepos Hotel

    Budget Hotel, Luxury
    5/5 (72 Reviews)
    Villa Nepos Hotel
    Villa Nepos Hotel | Courtesy of Villa Nepos Hotel / Expedia
    In the heart of Split, where the cobbled alleyways are narrow and there’s a ruin around every corner, Villa Nepos blends in rather neatly. A Roman building built in the fourth century, its restoration was guided by UNESCO – leaving many of the features in this four-room hotel beautifully preserved. Rooms are opulent, with lashings of red velvet draped over old stone walls – and many overlook the Diocletian’s Palace next door, too.
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    Design Hotel Navis

    Hotel
    4.6/5 (136 Reviews)
    Design Hotel Navis
    Design Hotel Navis | Courtesy of Design Hotel Navis / Expedia

    Perched on the very edge of Opatija’s coast, with the Adriatic stretching as far as you can see, Hotel Navis is a design-led marvel. Its private beach offers an air of exclusivity and the spa, with its Finnish sauna and Turkish bath, embraces the sea views. Rooms are slick, walls are lined with art by local creatives, and the restaurant serves Istrian delights. Dine al fresco if it’s warm enough.

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    These recommendations were updated on December 29, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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