As Croatia continues to draw the world’s gaze— not just for their fabulous World Cup performance, but also because of their terrific tourism offerings— we’re thrilled to hear about a possible Four Seasons resort project near Dubrovnik. The Dubrovnik Times reports that Kupari, a “former military resort built for the elite of the then-Yugoslav army,” is “one step closer” to being transformed into a luxury resort operated by Four Seasons.
Situated in a small seaside village between the Dubrovnik airport and the beautiful UNESCO-listed city known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the Kupari complex was built in the 1960s as “one of the pioneers of Dubrovnik’s tourism industry.” It comprised villas, a campsite, and five hotels, including the Grand Hotel (which was originally constructed between the World Wars). It was left in ruins after the war in the 1990s. As detailed by The Dubrovnik Times, “The beach, stretching out in front of the former hotels, has brought people back to Kupari. Swimming in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea with a background of facades peppered with shrapnel and missile holes, the concrete blocks have become something of a tourist attraction.”
The property was privatized in 2001 when Avenue Group won the bid for a 99-year concession, and Marriott (Ritz-Carlton) signed as the operator. However, the most recent news is that Four Seasons is now the official partner for the Kupari project. This is welcome news for Four Seasons fans, who are still waiting with bated breath for the beach resort to open on the Croatian island of Hvar. As we reported in 2016, this jetset paradise may soon welcome a luxury resort by the renowned international brand.