Go for the Croatian beaches, stay for the luxury pampering at these spa and wellness hotels in Split.
Croatia certainly isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of a spa holiday. Yet this glorious country, flanked by the Adriatic Sea and the Balkans, has seen a slew of new spa destinations pop up in its coastal city of Split. So why not extend your Croatian beach holiday to add in a bit of R&R too? You’ll come back feeling refreshed, renewed and itching to go back.
A short walk from Split’s city centre, far enough away to feel removed from the tourist hubbub but close enough to explore by foot, Marvie Hotel sits just next to the sea. Its spa reflects its shorefront location with its calming palette, indoor and outdoor pools (the latter on the sun-drenched rooftop) and its in-house Aqua Med programme, which offers acupuncture and hydrotherapy treatments.
With views across to Split’s Old Town as well as a string of Croatia’s prettiest islands, Dioklecijan Hotel & Residence is an ideal spot to escape to. Unlike most hotels, where spas are hidden away in windowless basements, here it encompasses the top floor with an outdoor rooftop pool boasting stunning panoramas of the city. There’s plenty of treatments on offer – our pick is the piña colada massage.
Perched close enough to the beach to watch the waves crash on the shore, the rooms at Amphora Hotel make the most of its seaside setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. Its Oleum spa, decked out with swimming pools, saunas, Turkish baths and a Himalayan salt room, is the true star here. Book in for a scrub, a couple’s massage or a mud bath for a day of pampering.
Plonked next to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian’s Palace, Jupiter Luxury Hotel hides sleek interiors behind its old stone facade. While there’s no spa here in the traditional sense, rooms have large spa baths, while a sauna and an outdoor jacuzzi can be found on the rooftop – ideal for unwinding after a long day, and for marvelling at the city lights come nightfall.
Sitting pretty at the end of Riva, Split’s lively beachfront boardwalk, Hotel Luxe is a convenient spot to explore the best of Croatia’s second-biggest city. Each one of its 30 rooms is sea-facing, making the most of the view. When you’re not busy sunbathing and swimming at nearby Bacvice Beach, mosey on down to the snug spa, with its whirlpool, sauna and treatment room.
Don’t be fooled by its pastel pink facade, the rooms at Cornaro Hotel are clad in calming neutral hues (but the outside does make for perfect Instagram fodder). After wandering through the maze of cobbled streets outside the front door, make a beeline to the spa. Indulge in a luxury face and body treatment, or book out the rooftop jacuzzi for a private soak looking out over Split’s stunning skyline.
Just back from the harbour and a short walk to Marjan Forest Park, where you can explore jogging trails and botanical gardens, Hotel Agava is primed for a city-cum-nature break. Set in a restored Renaissance-era villa, rooms retain some period features, including original stone-and-brick walls. There’s no dedicated spa here but in-room tubs are large and you’ll likely spend most of your time lounging in the outdoor pool.
If you’re after a sleek, modern hotel with an excellent spa offering, it has to be the Atrium. The glass-fronted exterior allows for floor-to-ceiling windows in each of its 124 light-filled rooms. Be sure to carve out some time to spend at its basement spa – there’s a Finnish sauna, Turkish steam room, 16m lap pool and a myriad of beauty treatments.
Set in an unassuming building, it’s best not to pay too much attention to Art Hotel’s moniker – creatives won’t find too much art lining the walls here. However, decor is chic – bright white walls allow blue velvet-clad chairs and gold-plated fixtures to shine. The spa boasts a Finnish sauna, steam room and a bubbling hot tub, ideal for an afternoon of relaxation.
Set just outside of the busy city centre, Time Boutique Hotel is a tranquil option for those who want to explore by foot but prefer to stay on the quieter side of town. When you’re not sipping on a cocktail at the in-house bar or sitting on your room’s private balcony, head to the ground floor spa to take a dip in its infinity pool, whirlpool or book in for one of the treatments available.