In my previous blog post [insert link to Apr BP1] I highlighted three of my favourite Croatia resorts that most visitors have never even heard of, let alone thought of visiting. There are so many options that I couldn’t resist putting together another list with three more little-known Croatia resorts that might just be the perfect fit for your holiday plans.
Laidback Island Living on Lopud
The island of Lopud, which measures just 4.63 square kilometres, is part of the Elafiti chain of islands off the coast of Dalmatia. We often sing its praises to our clients with young children, as Lopud’s natural beauty, sandy beaches and car-free villages make it an ideal family getaway. However, there is plenty for mum and dad to explore when the children are otherwise occupied – make sure you visit its fifteenth-century monastery and the remnants of the Rector’s Palace for a slice of Croatian history during your holiday.
Stay at Lafodia Sea Resort
The impressive Lafodia Sea Resort on Lopud has a fantastic range of facilities for young families, including interconnecting rooms and a children’s club that runs in the summer months. We would recommend taking advantage of the hotel’s boats, canoes, pedaloes and kayaks for hire and getting out on the sea for some quality time on the waves.
Chic Beaches and Bars in Baska Voda
If you’re seeking a grownup getaway on the sun-soaked coastline of Croatia, resorts on the “Makarska Riviera” offer the stunning views, amazing seafood and stylish accommodation options that will perfectly match your criteria. Our particular recommendation for couples is the resort of Baska Voda. Unlike its sister resort, Brela – which is located just along the coast and has a quiet ambiance that appeals to families – Baska Voda combines its fishing village aesthetic with the vibrant buzz of beachfront bars and chic eateries.
Stay at Grand Hotel Slavia
An impressive renovation a few years ago has made Baska Voda’s Grand Hotel Slavia one of the most sought-after 4-star luxury hotels in the area. Its excellent waterfront location means that the town’s Blue Flag beach is just moments from your front door. For a truly indulgent experience book into the brand new spa, which boasts a gym, four saunas and an atmospheric indoor pool.
Military History Makes for a Great Escape on Vis
Feeling adventurous? Vis, which is the Adriatic’s farthest offshore island inhabited by humans, is the oldest settlement in Croatia. Its military background in World War Two meant that foreigners were not allowed on the island from 1944 until 1989, which resulted in it remaining untouched during the tourism boom that swept up a lot of the other Croatia resorts in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Getting there is not for the faint-hearted: most of our clients catch the ferry from Split to reach the island, which takes around two hours (or 90 minutes in a speedier catamaran). We believe it’s well worth the journey! I would highly recommend a military tour of the island; getting around by Land Rover, you’ll explore secret caves, tunnels and rocket storage facilities that give a fascinating insight into the island’s past.
Stay at Hotel San Giorgio
We love the eclectic, laid-back style of Hotel San Giorgio. It has just ten rooms, each with its own individual style, and a magical stone courtyard complete with an outdoor grill and wrought-iron tables. It’s the perfect place to return to after a long day uncovering the secrets of Vis.