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Luxury Croatia Holidays

Rustic charm and an Adriatic coastline

Luxury Holidays to Croatia

Croatia is a country that's big on natural beauty. Its interior is a patchwork of vineyards, forests, olive groves and lakes, while along the coastline you'll find white-pebble beaches, beautifully clear waters and a generous sprinkling of pine-clad islands. It's not short on sights, either, with a history that stretches back over 14 centuries. Walled medieval cities are filled with grand architecture, and smaller towns feature cobbled streets and Venetian-style houses topped with terracotta tiles. Culture and tradition still play a big part in local life, with plenty of festivals and events going on throughout the year. 

Down in the south of the country is the Dubrovnik Riviera. The city of Dubrovnik takes centre stage here, with a walled Old Town and a harbour area lined with seafood restaurants. Head further along the coastline and you'll find quiet seaside towns and half-empty beaches. Up in the north, you'll find the Istrian Riviera. There's much more of an Italian feel up here – towns like Rovinj are filled with Venetian bell towers and houses, and the cuisine features plenty of pizza and pasta dishes. In between the two is the Split Riviera. For a dose of history, head for the UNESCO-listed Roman palace in Split; for beaches, hire a bike or wander along the coastal path to discover picture-perfect pebbled coves. 

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Dubrovnik and Split make a great combination. It's quicker to take the motorway between them (about three and a half hours), but the coastal road is much more scenic. You can also opt to travel by speedboat, which takes around two hours.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Croatia
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Riviera, Dubrovnik

Hotel Monte Mulini

Istrian Riviera, Rovinj

Grand Villa Argentina

Dubrovnik Riviera, Dubrovnik

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Riviera, Dubrovnik

Hotel Park Split

Croatia, Split

Hotel Bellevue

Kvarner Gulf, Losinj
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Destinations in Croatia
Dubrovnik Riviera
The Dubrovnik Riviera zigzags between the gilded walled city of Dubrovnik and the quaint harbour town of Cavtat, taking in mysterious pine-clad islands and panoramic beaches along the way.
Istrian Riviera
The Istrian Riviera jags around the northern corner of Croatia, close to the mountainous Slovenian border. It’s a rugged coastline starring pretty fishing ports and an island-sprinkled national park.
Split Riviera
The Split Riviera sets one of the grandest cities in Croatia against a backdrop of coves, forests and beach-dipped islands. Roman history is strong here – expect plenty of Classical ruins.
Kvarner Gulf
The Kvarner Gulf sits in the north of Croatia. The islands here each have a character of their own – some come with baroque towns, while others peddle dolphin-friendly bays.

Family holidays in Croatia

With its dazzlingly translucent waters and pretty white pebble beaches, Croatia offers the perfect conditions for an unforgettable family holiday. 

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Dubrovnik & Split

9 day suggested trip

At a glance
  • UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace
  • Delve into Dubrovnik Old Town
  • Dubrovnik to Split road trip
  • Optional island boat trips
From £1499 per person

Split & crewed yacht charter

12 day suggested trip

At a glance
  • Tour the World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace
  • Sip coffee on Split’s waterfront promenade
  • A week’s sailing around the islands off the Dalmatian Coast
  • Sail in luxury with a dedicated skipper and gourmet chef
From £8999 per person
Flight Information

Flights from the UK to Croatia take around 2 hours 30 minutes.

When to go

July and August are the hottest months (temperatures can reach into the mid-30s) and attract the most visitors. June, September and October are great months to visit. It's less busy, plus the weather tends to be warm and dry (spot on for sightseeing).


Tipping is becoming more commonplace in Croatia, especially in more upmarket establishments where around 10% has become the norm. In bars and more casual restaurants, just leave the coins in your change. At your hotel, tip porters and maids 15 kuna or so. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, but it’s a nice gesture to round up the fare.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Croatia is Croatian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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