Valerie Wilson Travel


Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Croatia is bordered by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. Being one of Europe’s sunniest coastlines with over 2,600 hours of sunlight yearly, Croatia’s allure lies in its 1,244 islands, centuries of history, and a blend of European and Mediterranean influences. From historic architecture and Roman ruins to waterfront restaurants and luxury resorts, it’s the perfect European escape. Explore VWT’s top picks for, what could be, your next favorite getaway.

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj – Rovinj, Croatia

If fairytale vistas, romantic promenades, and modern amenities are what you’re after, check out the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj. A luxury resort, designed by legendary Italian architect Piero Lissoni, features 209 exceptional rooms and suites, plus seven restaurants and bars where you can indulge in everything from bespoke dishes like Adriatic-caught shrimp to casual snacks, all served with a side of amazing coastal views.

Villa Nai 3.3 – Žman, Croatia

Designed around a 500-year-old olive grove, the eight-room Villa Nai 3.3 is the kind of place solace-seekers dream about. The estate grows and produces their own organic food, guests can take part in their annual olive harvesting each fall. Swim in the saltwater infinity pool and get pampered in the spa. Given their idyllic location, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and sailing offer unparalleled opportunities to explore one of the world’s most inspiring archipelagos.

Maslina Resort – Stari Grad, Croatia

Whether you come seeking relaxation, adventure, or a complete wellness transformation, Maslina Resort delights all the senses. Perched on Croatia’s sunniest island, the 50 rooms and suites and three villas reflect the resorts’ mindful luxury philosophy. The villas feature natural materials, such as terracotta and Brac Island stone, as do the healing modalities in the Pharomatiq Spa.

Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – Opatija, Croatia

In the heart of the iconic Opatija Riviera, Ikador is an oasis of timeless elegance and exclusive privacy. This ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ member features a unique boutique resort with a variety of state-of-the-art facilities and services, for an unforgettable holiday experience. Explore the remarkable regions of Kvarner and Istria, places of natural beauty and historical heritage, in a quest to discover this uniquely authentic part of the Mediterranean. You can even take the resort’s private yacht for a spin to search for hidden lagoons and remote beaches.

Villa Dubrovnik – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Villa Dubrovnik is set on the cliffs of Saint Jacob’s District with stunning views of the Adriatic and historic city. 56 unique residences offer sea or city views, and all feature private balconies. Enjoy the ambience and sunsets on the rooftop bar. Indulge in Mediterranean cuisine at Michelin recommended Restaurant Pjerin or Al Fresco Bar Giardino. Soothe your soul at the lavish Villa Spa and enjoy the pools, seaside terrace, or beach clubs in Croatia.

Boutique Hotel Alhambra – Mali Losinj, Croatia   

On Lošinj island, you’ll find the Boutique Hotel Alhambra & The Historic Villas, a sanctuary where history, tradition, elegance, culinary mastery, and nature converge. Its luxurious rooms embody early 20th-century architecture and offer extraordinary Adriatic Sea views. At the Michelin-starred Alfred Keller restaurant, culinary treasures await. Holistic wellness is the focus of their extensive spa. Experience the magic of the hotel, where every breath invites you on a sensory voyage.

Ready to book your next favorite getaway?