The Best of Middle and South Dalmatian Resorts
|Follow the links below to quickly locate a recommended hotel in your chosen desination|
|Dubrovnik – with Lopud or with Mljet or with Korcula|
|Split or Trogir with Hvar or Bol or Vis|
|Dubrovnik with Hvar or Trogir or with Bol|
This beautifully preserved medieval city is undeniably one of Europe's most picturesque holiday destinations. The city’s formidable walls, the churches, monasteries, palaces, marble-paved squares and steep cobble-stepped streets are still intact. If you stroll down the Stradun (the old city main street) you will be greeted by the city full of life with numerous pavement cafes, boutiques and restaurants. During the Dubrovnik Festival ( July and August ) you can attend outdoor concerts and operas. Places of Interest- visit the fjord of Kotor and the old capital of Montenegro Cetinje. Mostar in Bosnia/ Hercegovina and the islands of Korcula and Mljet.
Grand Villa Argentina *****
Renovated in 2002 the Grand Villa Argentina is composed of four exclusive villas and a hotel. Each of the villas and the hotel have its own distinctive architectural features and spectacular views of the old city Set in its own gardens just 800 meters from the old city walls Grand Villa Argentina because of its splendid location and air of sophistication was a favourite choice of connoisseurs of Dubrovnik. The hotel’s guest list has included numerous world celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Maria Callas, Richard Burton, and Herbert Von Karajan to mention just a few.
Rooms: Rooms: 147 single, twin or double bedrooms all with bath, shower, w,c., air- conditioning, satellite television, radio, hairdryer, trelephone, mini-bar and safe. Most rooms have a sea view.
Facilities: Restaurant and terrace with splendid views of the Old City. Full buffet breakfast. Buffet and waiter service for dinner.. Cocktail and piano bar . Lounge Hairdresser. Heated indoor and outdoor freshwater swimming pools and bar. Sun terrace with sun -beds and umbrellas. Sauna, massage and gym Four lifts serving 6 floors. The hotel maybe unsuitable for persons with restricted mobility due to its elevated location
Hotel Hilton Imperial *****
Recently rebuilt preserving its turn of the century facade with its interior restyled to provide a high standard of accommodation in the fashionable boutique style of hotels; providing ultra modern comfort and facilities in a prized location - just outside the old city walls at Pile Gate. Rooms: 147 rooms and suites of different size and shape are stylishly decorated blending the best local traditions and contemporary finishes using wood and marble. All rooms with air-conditioning and with bath, shower/WC, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea and coffee maker, cable or satellite television, PC/internet connection and safe. Facilities: Buffet breakfast, A la carte restaurant with conservatory, serving international and Dalmatian specialties. Large terrace for a la fresco dining during hot summer evenings. Lobby piano bar. Glazed roof indoor swimming pool. Fitness club with sauna/steam and gym.
Hotel Excelsior *****
This is one of Dubrovnik's prime hotels, recently refurbished with a modern wing. Its unrivalled location, overlooking Dubrovnik only a few hundred meters from the gates of the old city, has been attracting visitors since the beginning of tourism to Dubrovnik in the early Twenties. Other unique features of the hotel are a sunny terrace lined with palm trees and a large sunbathing paved area with bar at the water edge.
Facilities: Large terrace restaurant overlooking the old city. Piano lounge bar. Heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor seawater children's pool, sun terraces, fitness room, squash court, sauna/ massage and exchange office. Rooms: 172. all air-conditioned, bath/ shower, WC, satellite TV, hairdryer, telephone and mini-bar. Private parking.
Hotel Zagreb ***
A small hotel which has been recently refurbished to a high boutique style standard. The hotel is located in the residential part of the Dubrovnik Lapad peninsula and is a 10 -15 minute bus ride to the old City of Dubrovnik. Hotel Zagreb has a large terrace overlooking its private garden with palm trees and subtropical vegetation.
Facilities: Breakfast room. Large aperitif bar and terrace. In the vicinity bus stop to Old City, a number of restaurants, bars and large public beach. Rooms: 24 twin/ double bedrooms - all with air conditioning with bath or shower , wc and telephone
Dubro vnik Hotel Komodor ***
This small, friendly hotel commands a superb position overlooking the sea and Lapad Peninsula. There is an attractive freshwater outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace on the first floor. The Hotel Komodor enjoys a good location with a selection of bars, cafés and restaurants nearby yet it is only 15 minutes bus ride from the old City of Dubrovnik. Rooms: 64 single, twin or double bedrooms with shower, w.c., air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, and hairdryer. Views from some seaside bedrooms may be obstructed by trees.
Facilities: Restaurant with shaded outdoor terrace. Buffet breakfast and dinner. Cocktail bar, coffee bar, television room and lounge. Fitness centre, sauna and massage at the nearby Hotel Adriatic . Outdoor freshwater swimming pool and pool-side bar. Sun terrace, sunbeds and umbrellas. Beach some 100 m away. Lift: 1. Floors: 3.
Hotel Kompas ***
This is a superior 3 star hotel situated in Lapad Bay overlooking a public beach with coarse sand and excellent amenities. A frequent bus service connects Lapad with the old city which is 3 km away (10-15 minutes bus ride). In the vicinity of the hotel there are some good restaurants, bars and cafes.
Rooms : 115 comfortable and air-conditioned rooms.All rooms are elegantly furnished and spacious to make you feel comfortable, and include: shower or bath, satellite TV, telephone and mini bar.
Facilities :A la carte restaurant extending into a large terrace with views over Lapad Bay, cafe, aperitif-bar, shops, exchange office, heated indoor seawater swimming pool - (available October - June) outdoor sea water swimming pool with sun terrace, sauna with massage room, gym, and private garage. Nearby: tennis courts.Other services : transfer services, excursions, car , boat nd bicycle rental
This charming resort 15 km south from Dubrovnik attracts visitors because of its location and excellent amenities including several (pebble) beaches and selection of smaller friendly and boutique type hotels. Cavtat is surrounded by trees and greenery and its beautiful palm-lined promenade waterfront, popular tourists and the visiting yachts moored up there, it has many cafes, bars and restaurants. Pleasant evenings can be spent over a glass of wine in friendly cafes or spectating at the local water polo matches.
Hotel Villa Kvaternik ***
This hotel is an old 15th century house built in the traditional Dalmatian style recently converted into a boutique-style hotel offering all modern facilities. Hotel Villa Kvaternik is located in the heart of Cavtat close to the resort's beautiful palm lined promenade, close to restaurants, shops, pavement cafes, bars and waterfront. The hotel has a secluded garden where guests can relax. Rooms ; 5 double bedrooms and 1 suite - all air conditioned and with private bathroom/wc, TV and telephone.
Hotel Villa Pattiera *****
This four star family run boutique hotel is situated at the beginning of the promenade in the old town of Cavtat, in a centuries old mansion. The hotel has a restaurant with open air terrace serving traditional Dalmatian and Mediterranean specialties. Rooms : 12 air conditioned rooms luxuriously furnished with TV, mini - bar and telephone.
The quiet and secluded island of Lopud lies just off the coast of Dubrovnik and offers the sort of welcome that will make you want to return again and again. Warm and sunny, yet soothed by gentle Adriatic breezes, the island has two main bays, one facing the mainland, which contains the village with its idyllic port with a wide traffic –free promenade facing a beach with several little bars and cafés surrounded by a botanical garden with shrubs and a large sandy bay on the other. If you like quiet, relaxing holidays where children can and bathe safely, then Lopud will suit you perfectly.
Hotel Villa Vilina ****
Recently opened in 2002 after major refurbishment, this historic building now is a small family owned and run hotel which offers stylish, quality accommodation in a prized location overlooking the quay and harbour of Lopud. Sandy beaches in harbour and across the island. Good restaurants in the bay.
Rooms ; All 14 rooms and 3 suites are with bathroom, TV, telephone, mini bar, safe box and are air-conditioned during summer peak months.
Hotel Villa Glavovic ***
Ideal choice for those looking for a small family run hotel offering personal service and comfortable modern amenities. The hotel is owned by the Glavovic family, well know locally for its restaurant which opened in 1903. The hotel is situated in the centre of the resort near a pebble/ sandy beach , shops and restaurants. It was built in 1927 and renovated in 2004.
Rooms: 11 and 1 apartment- all with air conditioning, en suite bathroom, telephone , and satellite tv
The westernmost Dalmatian island an oasis of exceptional beauty and tranquillity.
This unspoilt island is covered by a dense Mediterranean forest and criss-crossed with a maze of paths. The sea round the island is deep with an abundance of fish. At the north- west end of the island there are two interconnected lakes with clear blue -green water good for swimming. Another good place to swim is a sandy beach at the furthest eastern point of the island, which is considered to be the finest in Croatia. On the larger island there is an old Benedictine monastery. The best-preserved western part of the island has been designated a national park .Available activities: diving, sailing , kayaking. To explore the National Park you can hire a bicycle
Hotel Odisej ***
Situated in the hamlet of Pomena this hotel is within a short walking distance from the Mljet lakes. Close to the hotel there is a rocky beach with man -made sunbathing areas from which a regular boat service is available to an isolated naturist beach. The hotel is air-conditioned throughout with good facilities, which include restaurant, pizzeria and beach bar, aperitif bar tavern, lounge, shop and children's pool, sun terrace, umbrellas and gardens. Leisure and sports activities: diving and sailing school, scuba diving. Hire of yachts, sailing boats, kayaks, canoes and bicycles.
Rooms: 156, all air-conditioned, shower/WC, satellite TV Floors: 4 Lifts: 2
For many years Korcula has been welcoming British visitors who appreciate this idyllic oasis of peace and beauty. The ancient Greeks, who gave it the name of Korkyra Melaine for its dark and densely wooded appearance, first settled the island. For centuries the people of Korcula were famous stonemasons, shipbuilders and seafarers. Korcula Town is a well planned little walled medieval town built in locally quarried stone renowned world wide for its whiteness.
Not far from Korcula town is the pretty fishing village and resort of Lumbarda with tranquil scenery and vineyards, sandy beaches looking across to the magnificent mountains of the Peijasac peninsula.
Hotel Marco Polo ****
This hotel is located in a seafront position just 10 minutes from the old town of Korcula In the vicinity of the hotel there are a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars. A rocky, pebble beach is nearby. The hotel is situated on an elevation near the sea and its position so near to the old town gives it a marvellous clear view of this unique medieval old stone city.
Rooms : 94 air-conditioned standard and superior guestrooms and family rooms, all with bath or shower, wc, satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe and hair dryer Views are garden or sea-facing. Baby cots are available on request. Facilities: Air-conditioned buffet and restaurant • Coffee bar • New Wellness Centre with Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, hydro massage, whirlpool, solarium, and beauty treatments • 2 lifts serving 3 floors • Tennis, cycle hire, mini-golf, watersports centre nearby (at a local charge). Outdoor and indoor swimming pool, Conference room.
Hotel Korcula ***
This small traditional hotel is a perfectly proportioned building in gleaming white Korcula stone in an excellent location facing the old city harbour. It is a favourite of visitors who shun large beach hotels. Facilities: Restaurant. Elegant cafe terrace overlooking the harbour. Aperitif bar. Rooms: 24, all with en suite shower/WC, telephone, mini-bar, satellite TV, and hairdryer. Floors: 2
A small fortified medieval town, which lies at the point where the Peljesac peninsula joins the mainland, some 60 km from Dubrovnik. The most impressive feature of Ston are its fortified walls (a miniature version of the Great Wall of China) stretching for just under 5 kilometres.
Ston is ideal as a base from which to explore the exceptionally beautiful peninsula of Peljesac, which has many lovely villages still miraculously untouched by the tourist industry. The infrastructure is under developed, particularly public transport; therefore, a self-drive car is essential to see this region. There are many orange and lemon groves on the peninsula and some parts are fertile enough for soft fruit, particularly peaches and nectarines. Ston’s famous oyster beds provide wonderful shell fish. However, Peljesac is best known for its south–facing seaward vineyards which produce some of the best wines in Croatia, including Dingac – a full-bodied dark red wine with high alcohol content and Postup, another red wine. The nearest airport is Dubrovnik (74 km).
Hotel Ostrea ***
An exclusive small hotel managed by the Kralj family who have lived in Ston since the 16th century. The hotel is an imposing old stone house recently renovated offering a restaurant, lounge with bar, and parking. Nearby is the tavern “ Kapetanova Kuca “ also owned by the Kralj family offering local, mostly fish specialities and excellent wines. Rooms: 9 and 1 apartment – all air-conditioned and with en-suite bathroom.
Hotel Villa Koruna ***
A small family-managed hotel in a classic old Dalmatian white stone building in Mali Ston. This recently modernised hotel offers all modern facilities which include a well known restaurant serving Dalmatian specialties, oysters and good quality wines. The hotel is attractively furnished with attractive paintings by Croatian impressionist artists. Rooms: 7 , all air-conditioned with private bathroom, TV and telephone.
Selected Two Centre Holidays -
Split Riviera Split / or Trogir with Hvar Split / or
Trogir with Bol/ island of Brac Split/or Trogir with Vis
Split is the biggest Dalmatian city, founded in the early fourth century by the Roman emperor Dioclecian who was Dalmatian by birth. He sent the best Roman builders to build his palace which he occupied during his retirement. The palace was, and in some ways still is, one of the most remarkable buildings in Europe and which still dominates Split, attracting visitors from all over the world. The palace inspired the eighteenth century Englishman Robert Adam, who visited the site in 1757 and made numerous drawings which laid the foundation and influenced the Georgian style of architecture in Britain. Many of the buildings of that period which grace London, Bath and Bristol have elements of architecture copied from his visit to the Palace of Diocletian.
Hotel Park ****
Built in traditional Dalmatian style, the Park Hotel is situated in the residential part of Split overlooking Bacvice beach, 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Facilities: Air conditioned a la carte restaurant with a large terrace, lounge, café, aperitif bar, parking.Lifts :2. Rooms: 54. with bath/ shower, WC, satellite TV and mini bar.
Hotel Bellevue ***
A hotel with character with prized location facing a beautiful square
in the centre of Split. The hotel is a short distance from Splits’ palm lined harbour promenade with numerous shops, restaurants and café bars.
Rooms: 50 with telephone, satellite TV – all rooms with private bath/or shower with wc.
Facilities: restaurant with terrace extending, Lift and private parking
Hotel Jadran ***
The hotel is situated at the foot of the Marjan parkland in the vicinity of Split yachting harbour some 5 minutes walk along the beautiful Split promenade lined up with palm trees to the city centre.
Rooms: 30 rooms with showers , bath we., telephone and cable TV Restaurant: offering local Mediterranean and international menu
Trogir is set on a small island less than an hour from Split and is one of the most seductive towns on the Dalmatian coast. Its weathered Romanesque and Venetian–Gothic palaces, churches and monasteries fanning from its antique square has put Trogir on the Unesco list of world heritage sites and originally it was a Greek colony. The city was founded in third century by the Greeks from Syracuse and it was called Tragurion (Goat Island). After the Greeks the city was ruled by Romans, Venetians, French, Austrians, Italian and Germans.
Apart from many interesting architectural and historical sites Trogir offers a warm climate, lush green surroundings, a number of good restaurants cafes and bars along its pretty Riva promenade and a maze of old cobbled streets.. A stone bridge makes it accessible from the mainland, a mobile bridge connects it with the island of Ciovo,
Nearest airport Split, transfer time 30 minutes.
Hotel Villa Sikaa ***
Hotel Villa Sikaa is situated on Ciovo, the small island connected to Trogir by a drawbridge just across from old city.
The Villa offers style and luxury, its large rooms with high-ceilings designed by the owner’s architect wife to the highest standard.
Rooms: 7 air conditioned bedrooms and 2 apartments with view over the old town come with bathroom, satellite TV and telephone.
Hotel Fontana ***
This is a modest, small, family-run hotel situated in the centre of old Trogir city’s narrow streets, offering personal service. Next to the hotel there is a restaurant of the same name with a good reputation for its cuisine, overlooking the Riva promenade onto the harbour.
Rooms: 13, all air-conditioned with bathroom/shower/wc.
A long, narrow intensely beautiful island whose air is filled with the fragrances of lavender, rosemary and laurel. Hvar is blessed by such a good climate that it is nicknamed ‘the Madeira of the Croatian Adriatic.The town of Hvar, is dominated by the Piazza with St Stephen’s Cathedral and has some exquisite public buildings with delicate stone carved facades. Among these is the arched Venetian arsenal. The upper storey of the arsenal used to house the oldest theatre in Croatia and one of the first in Europe. It was opened in 1612. whilst Shakespeare was still aliveThe auditorium is still intact. Further away but also worth visiting are the resorts of Starigrad, Jelsa and the very pretty village of Vrbovska. These are all easily reached by public transport.
HVAR /TOWN – HOTEL CROATIA ***
Rooms : 24 fan-cooled double or twin guestrooms and 6 family rooms with shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite P telephone, and internet connection. Bedrooms have a sea or garden view and many have a balcony.
Facilities & Activities : Air-conditioned restaurant serving buffet breakfast with waiter service for dinner .• Air-conditioned aperitif bar • Garden terrace with ala carte meal service • Hotel beach with sun beds and umbrellas • Gym .• Lounge • Tennis, boat hire, car hire, water sports, Available nearby at a local charge is gym studio with sauna and massage Also in the vicinity of the hotel there is a diving and sailing school .
HVAR HOTEL DALMACIJA ***
Traditionally built Dalmatian white stone hotel of great charm consisting of two buildings facing the sea front recently refurbished and a few minutes stroll from the centre of Hvar town. The hotel will appeal to those trying to avoid huge hotel complexes. There is a shingle/pebbly bathing area in front of the hotel. Facilities: Bar with terrace overlooking Pakleni islands archipelago. Restaurant with an open air terrace. Rooms: 15 twin and 6 suites all with bath/ shower /wc, TV, telephone and balcony.
HVAR TOWN HOTEL PALACE ***
This is a small hotel built on the site of a former Venetian palace right in the middle of Hvar town. The hotel is popular with regular visitors to Hvar because of the prized location, elegance, comfort it offers and the beautiful large outdoor terrace overlooking the old harbour and promenade.
Facilities: Air-conditioned restaurant (buffet breakfast), lounge, terrace bar, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna/ massage and garden. A pebble beach is 500 m away. Rooms: 74 all with bath or shower/ WC, TV, telephone and hairdryer. Floors: 4. Lift: 1 From £ 24 per person per night including breakfast
With twenty towns and villages, Brac is the largest Dalmatian island .Some of these picturesque towns are well established summer resorts offering numerous villa, apartment and hotel accommodation for a relaxing family holiday in idyllic surroundings
The most popular resort on Brac is Bol on the south side, facing the island of Hvar and is the principal tourist resort on the island occupying a narrow strip between the sea and the hills to the rear. It owes its popularity to numerous tourist amenities and to one of the best beaches on the Dalmatian coast – Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) it is a long pebble reef stretching for 400m gently merging into the sea. Popular sport facilities are provided for tennis, wind surfing, sailing, hang-gliding and scuba-diving.
The resort’s cultural sites of interest include the Dominican Monastery with its museum containing objects of archaeological interest and a Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Hotel Villa Giardino ***
For those looking for a small hotel with character with a friendly atmosphere, this well appointed, charming family run hotel is situated just outside the main centre of resort of Bol with views of the bay, it offers comfortable accommodation and personal service.
Facilities: Garden restaurant, reception lounge with cocktail bar and sauna.
Rooms: 14 all with en-suite bathroom, telephone and TV
Hotel Kastil ***
Located in the centre of the picturesque fishing village of Bol, this is small hotel, occupying an old fortress some 10 minutes walk from the Dominican monastery is a venue for summer classical concerts, choral and literary evenings. There is a separately run restaurant adjacent to the hotel with the same name, it has an aperitif bar and terrace with views across the straights, towards the island of Hvar. There is an additional bar on the sea front with palm-shades, nearby are a number of restaurants, bars and cafes. A choice of water sports available on the nearby beach.
Rooms: 32 air-conditioned twin, double bedrooms some with balcony and sea view and each with shower, telephone and satellite television.
This remote island was strategically significant in the Adriatic and was fought over in many naval battles. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, Austrians, French and British have all controlled Vis at different times. Major naval battles took place in 1811 when the British defeated the French and in 1866 when Austrian forces trounced Italy. During World War II the island was at different times under the control of Tito’s partisans and was the British Military Mission Headquarters. After the war Vis became a military base to which access was strictly controlled and it was only in summer 1998 that the island opened to foreign visitors. This protection from tourist development left the island unspoilt and the local population able to carry on their traditional way of life, fishing and farming.
The island has rich vegetation including wild rosemary, almonds, heather and sage and much of the arable land is covered by olives, fig and lemons. There are many vineyards and Vis has long been famous for its wine. Opol is an outstandingly good light red wine, Black Vis (Visko Crno) is a strong heavy red and Vugava a rather rich white wine. Visitors to the island will find the two small towns of Vis and Komiza delightful and full of history with beautiful wild mountain scenery and many (donkey) tracks providing good walking.
Excellent restaurants offer locally caught fresh fish, lobster and shellfish served with local wines. For originality, good local specialities and location, try either Villa Kaliopa, a garden restaurant with the tables set amongst the palms and bamboo greenery, or restaurant AS, an upmarket eatery situated in a quaint narrow street in the old town. Whilst on the island it is possible to hire mountain bikes and scooters. Worth visiting nearby, calm seas and fine weather permitting, is the small island of Bisevo, famous for its Blue Grotto (Modra Spilja) which is as impressive as the one at Capri. The nearest airport is Split.
Hotel Villa San Giorgio***
A small family run hotel situated in the old city of Vis, 15 minutes walk from the ferry arrival port, with many restaurants with terraces well known locally for good food, specialising in fish dishes served with excellent local wines.
Rooms: 15 with air conditioning, en suite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone.
Hotel Bisevo **
Popular hotel with divers, located 300 meters from the town centre facing a pebble beach.
Facilities : Restaurant , private parking and sport grounds. Lift- 1.
Available for hire ; canoes, surf boards, sun beds and shades. Issa Diving Centre can be contacted through the hotel reception.
Korcula - For many years Korcula has been welcoming British visitors who appreciate this idyllic oasis of peace and beauty.
Orebic - A small town situated opposite the city of Korcula with a long seafaring tradition, splendid stone villas built by sea –captains which are surrounded by luscious foliage of palms, cacti and subtropical gardens. The Maritime Museum is worth a visit with old charts, navigational apparatus and pictures illustrating the long local naval tradition.
Mljet - One of the most beautiful of the Croatian Adriatic islands. This unspoilt island is covered by a dense Mediterranean forest and criss-crossed with a maze of paths. The sea round the island is deep with an abundance of fish. At the north- west end of the island there are two interconnected lakes with clear blue -green water good for swimming. Another good place to swim is a sandy beach at the furthest eastern point of the island, which is considered to be the finest in Croatia. On the larger island there is an old Benedictine monastery. The best-preserved western part of the island has been designated a national park.Velika Prapratna - Situated on the northern side of Peljesac near Trpanj, this village until recently was virgin territory not easily accessable by road. A beautiful bay rich in marine life is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards,at foot of a small wooded mountain.
Potomlje - Situated 300 m above sea level in the middle of the peninsula, Potomlje has been producing high quality wine for centuries. The best known wines are: Dingac, Postup and PotomljeTrstenik -A pleasant quiet place to spend a day swimming and sunbathing on one of the beaches. This village is situated in a beautiful bay backed by Mount Cucan and inhabited by rare wild boars and mouflons ( wild goat). From its small harbour it is possible to visit the island of Mljet on the opposite side .
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