Hidden Luxury Hotels to Visit in Croatia

Little Green Bay Hotel is set in an idyllic cove, an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds.

The Little Green Bay Hotel in Hvar is off the island’s main drag, set in a cove with a beach. The recently renovated hotel has 15 rooms, of which six are large suites. The hotel’s restaurant serves up French and Croatian fusion cuisine. Its outdoor marine spa facials are personalized to skin type and body treatments, include slimming, firming, detox and relaxation. The owner is Mathieu, who can be contacted at [email protected] Note: The hotel is open May 1 – October 15.

In Varaždīn, Croatia, known for its baroque architecture and music, food, medieval buildings and museums, the Park Boutique Hotel opened at the end of 2015. Nice Touch: It’s surrounded by the Vatroslav Jagić Park and sits next to the city’s National Theatre. The hotel has 15 guestrooms and four Gallery Suites, which are suitable for families. (The hotel also has additional connecting rooms.) What we love: The hotel’s restaurant has a garden terrace overlooking the park. Are you a foodie? The hotel staff will create a gastronomic tour of Northwest Croatia’s restaurants, wineries and family-owned farms. The manager is Martina Višnjić ([email protected]). Museums in town include the Old Town Museum, housing the city’s cultural and historic items; The Herzer Palace, which has over 4,500 exhibits on the biology of bugs; and The Sermage Palace, a gallery of art from the 15th-20th centuries.

Croatia luxury travel specialist, Wanda Radetti considers the town of Novigrad in the northwest Istria region one of her favorites. She says it’s elegant, quaint, well-managed and mostly free of tourists. Here, the family-owned Rivalmare Boutique Hotel, managed by Danijela Hodžić ([email protected]), opened in 2016. It has 12 double rooms and a Grand Luxury Suite with a large terrace, a spa bath and sauna.

Rivalmare Boutique Hotel does not have a spa but it does have its own beach. In town, travelers can visit the medieval walls, the Lapidarium Museum (a modern museum housing centuries-old artifacts), the Austro-Hungarian Navy Museum, or the Aquapark Istralandia, located just 10 minutes inland. Currently the hotel is open from May 3 through January 12 but may open year-round soon.

On the island of Korčula, just off the Dalmatian Coast, Tara’s Lodge has just opened with 14 guestrooms and three family suites. The suites have two bedrooms, a living room with a kitchen, a terrace and Wi-Fi. The hotel operates year-round and advisors can contact director Jan Albers ([email protected]) to book.