As most of us have learned from painful experience, the accommodation you choose can make or break a holiday when you’re travelling with children. If you’re planning to try Croatia as your next family destination then you should consider staying at one of these hotels. Designed around the maxim that when your little ones are happy then you’re happy, the whole family is guaranteed an opportunity to relax and reenergise.
All three hotels that we are recommending in Croatia from our portfolio have flexible accommodation that can provide you with family-friendly sleeping arrangements, from cribs to additional beds to interconnected rooms.
You’ll find that all the amenities on which you depend in your own home to manage your children whatever their ages are available in these hotels. The Wi-Fi keeps truculent teenagers reassuringly in touch with their friends while the bottle warmers, buggies and highchairs are on tap for the infants.
Hotel Remisens Albatros
The Hotel Remisens Albatros meets and exceeds expectations when it comes to giving all family members an equally good holiday experience. Youngsters are so comprehensively entertained for long stretches during the day at this resort that you will have plenty of time to think about your own entertainment and relaxation.
The staff members host 3 separate Kids Clubs which are divided into age groups 4-7 years, 8-12 years and teenagers. There are tons of free sports activities and a small selection that come with a charge, such as banana boating and tennis lessons.
While the children are occupied you can enjoy a choice of two pools and a Wellness and Spa Centre. If you are up for something more energetic, the sports options are available to adult guests as well.
Evening entertainment revolves around the animation programme and, by all accounts, the performances are a unanimous hit.
Things to Do Nearby
While the hotel is all-inclusive and the resort can cater to all your holiday needs, it’s worth exploring the area a little while you are visiting. Cavtat and its surroundings offer up some great attractions that will appeal to most children depending on their ages.
- Snorkelling: One of the great attractions in Cavtat is Rat Peninsula where you can snorkel. To see the extraordinary coral and fish all you’ll need are the masks, which you can purchase inexpensively in the local shops.
- Day Trip to Dubrovnik: A great adventure for slightly older children. It’s about a 40-minute trip but well worth it for shopping and culture.
- Mljet National Park: This park is a splendid experience for children, and even getting there is fun. A ferry ride takes you out to the island.
Valamar Club Dubrovnik
Valamar Club Dubrovnik runs a children’s entertainment programme hosted by Maro the Crab. This persona’s spirit of fun and creativity is reflected in the nature of the activities which your children can enjoy in your company or under the supervision of the truly caring staff.
Little ones (aged 3-12) have access to gardening lessons, organised games, guided excursions and lots and lots of play with their peers or their parents. A Teen Hangout space is provided for the older children where they can indulge in gaming and some organised activities.
Parents have enthused about the Children’s Corner in the restaurant which gives the adults the chance to have their own meal without interruption and at a leisurely pace. It’s a holiday in the ‘before children’ sense!
Things to Do Nearby
Dubrovnik is a thriving city with lots going on to entertain families. Some of the best options, in my opinion, are some of the least expensive and least difficult to organise. With children in tow the more simple the logistics, the more likely a successful outcome: these attractions require almost no pre-planning but are sure to keep everyone happy for a few hours.
- Sandy Beaches: On this coast the default is the pebble beach but if you need sand for castles there are some great beaches near Dubrovnik. Copacabana Beach, the beach at Uvala Bay and the beaches in Mlini are some that we love.
- Cable Car Ride: An activity to delight young and old, the cable car to the top of Mount Srd promises a novelty ride for the children and spectacular views of Dubrovnik’s Old City for the grownups.
- Open Air Markets: A family outing to the Green and Fish Markets in Gruz is usually a hit with its flamboyant Mediterranean style and mountains of delicious produce.
Valamar Club Tamaris
Like its sister property in Dubrovnik, the Valamar Club Tamaris also offers a Super Maro club for younger guests.
Here there is also a Baby Club for those aged 0-3 which is designed to cater not only for very small children but also for their parents – there is special equipment for safe play and an outdoor lounge zone where the parents can relax and socialise. Trained staff run the Maro Baby Room where the children can play under supervision, giving you those moments of respite that make a holiday with children still feel like a holiday.
Older children are divided into 2 age groups in Tamaris (3-7 and 7-12). The activities programme runs 4 hours per day (this is increased to 6 hours during high season). Teens can access the Hangout Zone with its open-air lounge, video games and sporting activities.
One of the particularly nice aspects of these Maro Clubs is that it’s not all about banishing the children while you sunbathe. There are opportunities to participate in family activities with the help of the staff. For example, at the Valamar Club Tamaris they run go-carting and paintballing sessions for parents and older children.
Things to Do Nearby
The area has some quirky attractions that offer something a bit unusual for families, as well as some of the more traditional entertainment venues like water parks.
Here are a few of my favourites.
- Traktor Story: If you are travelling with a small boy then this will be the highlight of his holiday. Imagine around fifty historic tractors and agricultural machines on display and you have little boy heaven.
- Speleo Adventure: This is for those with older children. A polygon structure has been set up on the site to give visitors a taster in rope climbing followed by a chance to descend into the stalactite and stalagmite underworld of the nearby caves.
- Pinesta Beach: A sandy beach that isn’t far from the Valamar Club Tamaris. The water is fairly shallow, there are good facilities and the pine trees provide a natural and aromatic sunshade for your little ones’ delicate skin.