Best Hotels in Croatian Island

An insider’s guide to the best hotels for Croatian Island holidays, including the top resorts, boutique and budget hotels on Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Krk.


One of the closest islands to Split on the central Dalmatian coast, Brač is home to Croatia’s most famous beach, the Zlatni rat (‘golden cape’) – a finger of fine sand and shingle protruding off the coast from the small town of Bol, its shape ever changing with the surrounding currents. Other highlights of Brač include the remote Pustinja Blaca monastery, agrotourism in the island’s rural interior and some great places to eat, together with excellent windsurfing, and good hiking and biking trails.

Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa

This big modern hotel, next to the stunning Zlatni Rat beach on Brač island, is ideal for an active family holiday. Here you have windsurfing and scuba diving facilities, plus hiking and cycling routes, and bikes for rent. There’s a wellness centre with several pools, and a tennis school.

Zlatni Bol Apartments

On Brač’s south coast, close to the glorious Zlatni Rat beach, these modern self-catering apartments offer everything you need for a relaxing holiday. With excellent adventure sports facilities nearby (windsurfing, diving and cycling, plus tennis), it’s a perfect base for active couples or families.


Second only to Dubrovnik in popularity, sun-drenched Hvar is a long, slender island just 40km (25 miles) from Split, famed for its lavendar fields and as Croatia’s coolest clubbing destination. The island’s Stari Grad Plain is a Unesco World Heritage Site, where the cultivation pattern of olive trees as laid out by early Greek colonists has been perfectly preserved for some two and a half thousand years. Some of Croatia’s best red wines are produced on Hvar, in particular around Sveta Nedelja on the steep west coast of the island, from the Plavac grape.

Hotel Adriana

In a beautifully refurbished 1970s building, overlooking the fishing harbour in trendy Hvar Town, this hotel is stylish, fun and unpretentious. It has 59 light and airy rooms and suites, a waterside restaurant, upper-floor cocktail bar affording panoramic views and an impressive spa with a rooftop pool.

Little Green Bay

This boutique hotel in a secluded bay on Hvar is all about understated luxury. Chic contemporary design is forefront, with 15 rooms and a slick bar-restaurant in raw natural materials — stone, wood, linen and polished concrete. There’s a pebble beach, mini-spa and private speedboat.


The island of Korčula lies towards the southern end of the Dalmatian coast, less than 100km (62 miles) from Dubrovnik. Korčula town itself is an amazing walled medieval town rising straight up out of the clear blue waters of the Adriatic, with a herringbone pattern of narrow streets and alleys, something like a miniature Dubrovnik with fewer crowds. Highlights include the Moreška sword dance, inscribed on the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the beaches at Lumbarda. Korčula produces some good wines, in particular Grk and Pošip, and one of Croatia’s best red wine producing areas, Dingač, lies on the nearby Pelješac peninsula.

Lesic Dimitri Palace

A former 18th-century bishop’s palace, with five luxury standalone apartments, including an Oriental-inspired China suite and a white-tent-ceilinged Arabia suite, some with sea views. There’s a small spa and a great waterside terrace restaurant that serves up seafood.

Hotel Liburna

A modern waterside hotel, with views of Korčula’s fortified Old Town across the bay. It has 112 rooms, a buffet restaurant with an ample terrace, a pebble-and-rock beach front and an outdoor pool. It makes an ideal holiday base for families or couples.


The island of Krk boasts one of Croatia’s most popular beaches, the huge and mostly sandy Velika Plaža (literally ‘big beach’) at the small town of Baška. There’s also some good wine on the island, made with the local Žlahtina grape, and great hiking in the rocky lunar landscape of the hills above Baška. Krk is the most easily accessible island to the Croatian mainland, connected by road bridge as well as the usual ferries, and Rijeka airport is actually on Krk.

Heritage Hotel Forza

When Heritage Hotel Forza opened, it instantly became the most stylish place to stay in Baška. It’s small, intimate and family run, with comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms, and makes a luxurious base to explore the hiking trails, historic churches and vineyards this island has to offer.