As the days grow shorter and chillier, there’s nothing quite like taking a holiday to escape the inevitable autumn blues. In search of some peace and quiet, pampering and a much-needed dose of Vitamin D? Then look no further than a getaway to the always-sunny Croatia and its neighbouring islands. Why not kill three (!) birds with one stone by avoiding the dreaded summer holiday rush, letting yourself be pampered from head to toe, and forgetting about the grind of everyday life for a while? We at Prestige Holidays are here to help you choose the best spot for your luxury beach retreat. Read on for our top three picks.
Beauty in Brac
When I think of sun and sand, the Croatian island of Brac is always one of the first destinations that comes to mind. Situated in the Adriatic, this island strikes the perfect balance between seclusion and accessibility: although it is located very close to Croatia’s mainland and is easily reachable, it is an oasis of tranquillity – especially in off-peak holiday seasons.
If you’re a fan of lazing in the sun, you’re surely heard of Zlatni Rat Beach, otherwise known as the Golden Horn or Golden Cape. Surrounded by pine trees, this serene stretch of land is Brac’s most renowned beach, and is located next to the quaint town of Bol. When I visited Zlatni Rat to see what all the hype is about, it was love at first sight: its beach consists of pebbles so pristinely white that they’re sure to dazzle you with their splendour. What’s more, the refreshingly cool water is a stunning light blue – it’s so inviting that you won’t be able to resist a swim.
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If you’re a true beach fanatic, you’ll love staying at Hotel Bol. It is a mere 15-minute walk away from Zlatni Rat and 5 minutes away from the shoreline’s bustling promenade – reaching the beach couldn’t be easier. And, even better: this four-star accommodation has its own sundeck, swimming pool and sauna, whose tropical temperatures will make your autumnal blues seem like a distant memory in no time. What I like most about this property, however, is its modern, air-conditioned rooms. You’ll be treated like royalty at this convenient four-star venue on your next holiday, so what are you waiting for?
Siestas in Split
If a pure beach holiday is too lacking in variety for you, what would you say to a retreat that combines the hustle and bustle of city life with charming coastlines? If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, you’ll be able to strike an ideal balance between exploring a fascinating metropolis and plopping down in the sand during a getaway to Split.
As Croatia’s second largest city, you won’t just be able to marvel at a UNESCO World Heritage site (Diocletian’s Palace), but you’ll also find a world-class coastline right in front of your doorstep. After a morning of sightseeing, why not opt for a natural tanning session at Bacvice Beach? This sandy spot is a much-beloved destination among my clients and colleagues alike: thanks to its crystal clear waters, it received a prestigious Blue Flag award. After taking a dip in the revitalising ocean, either settle in for a siesta or eat an afternoon snack at one of the area’s myriad bars or restaurants. Your usual life stress will disappear before you can say ‘relaxation’.
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Living one minute away from the coast may sound like a dream – it’ll become your reality when you stay at Hotel Park Split. This five-star resort is situated in the heart of Split: on one side you’ll see the vibrant city, while the other overlooks the sparkling waters of Bacvice Beach. Following a day of seeing the sights and basking in the sun, you’re in for a treat in this five-star hotel’s newly renovated facilities. I highly recommend heading down to the luxurious spa area, where you can indulge in a revitalising sauna session or sink into the steaming hot tub. On clear nights, sitting out on the hotel’s spacious terrace and watching the sun go down will take your definition of bliss to a whole new level.
Relaxation in Rab
If your heart is set on an island getaway, I have another tempting tip for you. If you’re in search of a beach haven that’s both sunny and sandy, the Croatian island of Rab is your best bet. This 22-kilometre land mass may be tiny, but its coastlines will blow you away with their natural magnificence. Just like Split’s Bacvice Beach, Rab’s Rajska Beach was awarded a Blue Flag for its pristine waters. Consequently its name – which translates as ‘paradise’ – is very fitting for this sandy refuge. If you’d like to supplement swimming and tanning with some light exercise, you’ll even be able to meet locals and other tourists by joining a friendly game of beach volleyball.
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There are many lovely places to unwind in Rab, but I’m able to name my top pick without hesitation: Grand Hotel Imperial, a four-star oasis situated a five-minute walk from the coast. If you’re looking to be pampered to your heart’s content, this accommodation will exceed your highest expectations. With its massage treatments, Turkish bath, sauna and swimming pools, you’ll have everything you need – and more – right at your fingertips. To top it all off, this accommodation not only provides lively entertainment in the evenings but also serves a scrumptious breakfast and dinner buffet, often featuring Croatian specialities. So sit back, relax and don’t worry about a thing: this hotel has it all.