Croatia’s coastline: 11 hotels with incredible interiors

When it comes to Croatia, fewer cities are as sought-after as those dotted along its 1,800-kilometre coastline – little wonder, given the Adriatic Sea’s magnetic appeal. Whether you’re looking to walk along Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls, seek out Games of Thrones-worthy settings in Trogir or experience laid-back island life on Korcula, nab yourself a sleek night’s sleep at these hotels and resorts, which offer as much inspired design as they do inspiring surroundings.

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Brown Beach House Hotel & Spa, Trogir

For hip sophistication in a scenic beachfront location, with a compelling dose of history served up on the side, it doesn’t get better than this Trogir base. Mediterranean-style interiors meet modernity at this former tobacco warehouse, as bright green foliage, beige-white hues and an airy ambience meet unpretentious decorative elements and sleek, fine lines. The views of the Adriatic Sea and Trogir’s old town in the distance are just a cherry on this confidently design-forward cake. Have a dip in the outdoor pool overlooking the sea, before pacing towards Cartina – the on-site restaurant where healthy gastronomy and fresh seafood are high on the menu.

Address: Put Gradine 66, 21220, Trogir, Croatia

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Hotel Lone, Rovinj

Character abounds at this ultra-modern, five-star Design Hotels member, whose smooth ocean liner-like curves cut an intriguing figure on Rovinj’s coastline in Istria. Designed across six floors, the guest rooms here are minimalist-chic affairs in dark shades basked with natural light, while the Mediterranean-inspired spa and signature ResoLution restaurant are heavenly displays of architectural prowess. The location is second-to-none, too, with a dense forest offering calm surroundings and the town’s central square a mere 10-minute walk away.

Address: Ul. Luje Adamovica 31, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

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Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel, Zadar

You’ll find just nine rooms at this adults-only, centrally-located pad in Zadar. Beyond its intricate iron gate and stone walls, you’ll find a breezy outdoor terrace lined with greenery, a conservatory-style dining area, unfussy guest rooms in welcoming hues of white and blue, and plenty of hip stylings throughout. The black-and-white marble bathrooms, with their rain showers and sleek fittings, are a definite highlight for design aficionados, while the hotel’s close proximity to St Donatus Church – located a mere five-minute stroll away – makes it a winner amid sightseers and culture vultures.

Address: Ul. Brace Bersa 2, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

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Hotel Park, Split

Combine old-world charm with elegance and romance at this intimate, five-star bolthole in Split. Housed in a stone building on the seafront, its modern-day facilities include a wellness area offering all manner of massages, a fine dining restaurant where candlelit dinners are perfected with expertly-paired wines, and a bar where soft piano music makes the perfect accompaniment to an evening tipple. Each evening, escape to the warmth and comfort of your guest room, offering a blend of refined style, smart furnishings, creamy colour schemes and complete sophistication – topped off, of course, with plentiful modern amenities.

Address: Hatzeov perivoj 3, 21000, Split, Croatia

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St Joseph’s, Dubrovnik

Nestled in the comfort of a characterful, 400-year-old townhouse, this Dubrovnik hotel offers a truly unique stay brimming with a rich heritage. Lovingly resorted to the height of elegance, it’s a fail-safe option for romantic couples and history buffs alike, as well as a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award-winner praised by Condé Nast Johansons – unsurprisingly so, considering its refined suites and apartments (each equipped with a kitchenette and Carrara-tiled bathroom), its softly-decorated interiors in shades of dove grey and blue, and its ideal location a stone’s throw from Dubrovnik’s old town and beach.

Address: Ul. Svetog Josipa 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Hotel-Vinotel Gospoja, Krk

Vinophiles, sun-seekers and laid-back travellers will find themselves in heaven at this four-star Vrbnik hideout, on the green and glorious island of Krk. You’re a 25-minute drive from Krk town, and placed in an idyllic coastal location overlooking the soft blue sea. Housed in a modern new build, this hotel brings contemporary style together with a devotion to fine wine and great hospitality. Each room is named after a different Croatian wine and offers an unfussy and atmospheric space – perfect for drinking up the intoxicating vistas. Pad on over to the premium cellar or try the restaurant, where regional wines are perfectly paired with tasting menus featuring sirloin steak with cheese soufflé, shrimp tartare with tangerine mousse, and more.

Address: Frankopanska ul. 1, 51516, Vrbnik, Croatia

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D-Resort Šibenik

A white concrete build against a lush Mediterranean backdrop, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World member near D-Marin Mandalina marina delivers five-star luxury with confidence and modern flair. Except an abundance of wood fittings across the airy suites, guest rooms and villas, two restaurant and five bars offering variety on the drinking and dining front (head to the Pool Bar for coffee cocktails by shimmering waters), and a particularly restful spa that combines soothing monochrome decor with hammam rituals and the benefits of Erno Laszlo and Sothys products.

Address: Obala Jerka Šižgorica 1, 22000, Šibenik, Croatia

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Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

Bed down in a central location overlooking the port of Rovinj at this polished four-star hotel, whose 100-year-old perfectly marries its clean lines and upscale aesthetic. Recline in the comfort of your elegant guest room – a monochrome affair of soft whites, deep blues, original walled art and all the necessary mod-cons – before tasting French Riviera-themed fare and taking in town square views at the entrancing brasserie. The hotel also houses a collection of artworks created exclusively for its premises, by both national and international artists.

Address: Obala Pina Budicina 16, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

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Remisens Premium Heritage Hotel Imperial

Newly refurbished for 2018, this restored 1885 heritage base brings Belle Epoque splendour to Opatija, where Habsburg-era architecture displays the town’s popularity during the 19th century. Awash in monochrome hues, this simply stunning hotel is perfectly placed near the beach – though you may find little desire to leave the hotel, if its greyscale guest rooms with marble bathrooms, splendid spa services and alluring Mediterranean restaurant are anything to go by.

Address: Ulica Maršala Tita 124/3, 51410, Opatija, Croatia

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Valamar Imperial Hotel, Rab Island

Surround yourself with irresistibly up-to-date style at this sea-facing adults-only hotel, whose salmon and stone facade belies plush, hip interiors – from the chic restaurants and bars to the perfectly pristine guest rooms. Bold shapes and patterns are the order of the day at this four-star base, located close to scenic beaches and the old town on the island of Rab. The comprehensive wellness facilities seal the deal, and include an indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool, alongside a Turkish bath, solarium, beauty salon and massage services.

Address: M. de Dominisa 9, 51280, Rab, Croatia

Image courtesy of Lesic Dimitri Palace, Korcula

Lesic Dimitri Palace, Korcula

Located in the heart of Korcula’s old town, Lešic Dimitri Palace is a former bishop’s palace and a current Relais & Châteaux property dating back to the 18th century. History abounds between its old stone walls, from the guest rooms featuring bespoke furnishings, monochrome hues and boutique-style flair, through to the LD Spa – a tranquil haven inspired by therapies from Thailand and the Mediterranean. Treat yourself to an Ayurvedic treatment here, before venturing to the on-site restaurant to sample the catch of the day and other perfectly-plated seasonal dishes, served amid pretty gardens.

Address: Ul. Don. Pavla 1, 20260, Korcula, Croatia

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