Croatia's luxury boutique hotels will wow travelers with their design, service and surroundings
When a traveler wants to stay in a boutique hotel on their vacation, there are several things they'll consider: location, size, design and, tailored service.
Boutique hotels' intimate and design-focused interiors allow guests to feel more comfortable and make vacations more memorable thanks to them incorporating the location's culture in the services and decor. Croatia's boutique hotels are no exception. This segment of hotel accommodation in Croatia has blossomed in the last ten years, particularly on the Adriatic Coast, and many of the properties listed have received international recognition for their design and service.
You won't find the same hotel concept in a different location in Croatia. Each boutique hotel we've selected truly offers something special for travelers in Croatia, whether looking to unwind on an island or explore a coastal city.
You'll switch off from the outside world as you enter the beautiful San Canzian Village & Hotel, the combination of rustic stone buildings and lush greenery create calm and relaxed surroundings, the perfect base for exploring Istria's vineyards, olive groves and historic villages from.
The property's 24 rooms are all different, decorated in a neutral palette with a mix of materials used in soft furnishings. There's even a villa residence for those looking for some additional privacy with its own pool.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the picture-perfect Luciano Bar which offers dreamy laid black glam surroundings for a vacation in Istria.
One of the larger boutique hotels on our list, with 62 rooms, Briig sets out to wow its guests with its unmissable white cube exterior. Located above Split's famous sandy Bacvice Beach, this is the city's first (and only) design hotel with some impressive credentials.
Those in the know may recognize furniture and fittings from renowned designers including Fritz Hansen and Serge Mouille. If you're more interested in relaxation than decoration once you arrive then Briig still won't disappoint with its rooftop pool and adjacent spa; perfect for unwinding and cooling off in style in the hot summer months.
The hotel's rooms offer light-filled accommodation with sea views. You may get a slight Mad Men feel thanks to the wood paneled walls, the perfect excuse for ordering a cocktail at the hotel's BarCaffeBar.
Without a doubt, the star of the show at Brown Beach House is the impressive outdoor pool – the stuff of photoshoot dreams. Just a 20-minute walk from Trogir's historic center, Brown Beach House is surprisingly a child-friendly boutique hotel with bicycles available to hire, a playroom for little ones and an impressive inflatable aquapark.
The stylish lobby, pool and beach bars attract a young, fashion-conscious crowd (non-guests are able to visit) helping to add to the vibrant and lively atmosphere.
Many rooms offer sea views, chicly decorated in a neutral palette that honors the Dalmatian culture. Guests can choose between rooms and suites, some even come with terrace Jacuzzis for an extra splash of indulgence.
One of the big openings on Croatia's hotel scene in 2021 was Maslina Resort on the jet-set favorite of Hvar. Offering rooms, suites and villas, Maslina's interiors combine Mediterranean earth tones with local wood, stone from the island of Brac and brushed brass for a laid-back luxury ambience.
Maslina Resort's mindful luxury philosophy is evident in its Pharomatic Spa where guests can indulge in a selection of healing therapies including traditional massage techniques, sound therapy, vibrational healing and mindful movement classes. This hotel offers a surprising number of facilities tailored to families too: kids’ menu, playroom with educational programs, heated outdoor family pool and the option of connecting rooms. In addition to the heated outdoor infinity pool surrounded by lush greenery, guests can enjoy a dip in the cool Adriatic at the beautiful private beach beneath the hotel. It's worth noting that some of Maslina Resort's villas come with their own private pools.
Whether you opt for a casual snack and cocktail at the A•Bay beach bar or more refined a la carte dining at The Restaurant, where you can sample modern Mediterranean cuisine and craft cocktails made using fresh local ingredients, your tastebuds will be well catered to at all times of day.
Nestled just a few minutes away from one of Croatia's undiscovered gems – Telascica Nature Park, Villa Nai 3.3 has redefined luxury on the Adriatic Coast. An adults-only hotel designed by architect Nikola Basic, the property was built using stone excavated from the organic olive grove in which it's located.
At one with its surroundings, the hotel's 40 000 sqm grounds include an olive mill and tasting room for an immersive experience of the island's Mediterranean farming culture. Guests will of course enjoy Villa Nai's own olive oil in dishes prepared at the hotel's two restaurants, Grotta 11,000 and 3.3. Traditional Dugi Otok Island recipes are reinvented using modern flavors and prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients from local farms.
Five deluxe rooms and three deluxe suites offer either sea or olive grove views. Bathrooms feature roof lights that open to the sky and stars and suites have stone fireplaces for added warmth in cooler months. As you'd expect, all come with luxury linens and designer furniture in the finest materials. An outdoor saltwater infinity swimming pool nestled in the olive grove overlooks the Adriatic and surrounding islands while the small grotto indoor sea water pool is an intimate haven.
For more information on luxury boutique hotels in Croatia, land tours and FIT programs get in touch with the friendly and professional team at Adriatic DMC.