Croatia is fast becoming a favourite with families, couples and young travellers alike. With its unique landscape of craggy coastline, sparkling waters and white-pebble beaches, it's no surprise that the picture-perfect country has people returning time and time again. From snorkelling around shipwrecks to visiting one of the thousands of islands, discovering Croatia's best kept secrets is always exciting. Make the most of its lively towns, friendly locals and warm waters, by booking a trip to one of our favourite hotels.
Escape from the stresses and strains of modern life at the Istra Hotel. Located on an unspoilt island, you'll be surrounded by pines, rocky coves and clear waters. There's no traffic on the tiny island of St Andrew's, so you'll kick-start your holiday with a 15-minute boat ride from Rovinj's picture-perfect port. Once you reach the hotel, you won't need to leave, as everything from sea-view pools and a beach with sun loungers and parasols, to four top-class restaurants are ready to be taken advantage of.
Whether you're coming away with your family or with your partner, the Family Life Bellevue Resort caters for all. You'll get the best views of the Croatian scenery, as the resort is tucked into a pine-covered hill and slopes down towards three white-pebble beaches and you can even see the Kvarner Islands. The resort has three beaches, one of which is specifically for families, while another is geared for total relaxation. There's also three restaurants and a great pool.
For action-packed family holidays, look no further than the Bluesun Hotel Bonaca. It's a five-minute walk to the beach, so you can make the most of the clear, warm Croatian sea and with a huge list of activities, there's something to do every day. The rooms are fresh and modern, with bright walls and cooling shutters, plus, family rooms have a separate living area. The beachfront restaurant has a mix of traditional food and classic dishes, so you won't need to go far for great meals.
This recently refurbished, adults-only hotel is in the perfect location to enjoy Croatia. You're a two-minute walk to the white-pebbled beach and only 15 minutes away from the lively town centre of Medulin. Once there, you can explore the harbour, bars, shops and restaurants. It's easy to get into Pula too, with a bus stop just 50m away. The peaceful resort has its own chilled out pool, adding to thee reasons why this is an ideal choice for a calm, quiet getaway.
There's beaches galore at the Park Plaza Belvedere! Walk through the hotel's grounds to reach a white-pebbled shore or take a ten-minute stroll down the coast for a stretch of soft sand. Located in the former fishing village of Medulin, the Park Plaza Belvedere has fantastic sea views, modern interiors and even boasts its own sports centre. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Medulin, but if you fancy heading somewhere livelier, Pula is just 10km down the road.
From its location right on the sparkling Adriatic Sea to the majestic mountains towering behind, the Bluesun Hotel Alga has unrivalled views of the Croatian landscape. On top of the picturesque sights, you have three restaurants and three bars to choose from, as well as four swimming pools to splash around in. As it's located right in the centre of the 4km-long Tucepi Beach, you're just a few minutes' walk to the shore. The rooms are modern and pretty and you can choose to have a sea view.
You'll never have a dull moment at the Albatros Hotel. With indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a kids' club, there are plenty of activities to amuse the whole family. Plus, you're just a short walk to the pebbly Albatros Beach and onwards to shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. The views from the Albatros Hotel are spectacular, as from anywhere in the resort you can see the azure water, the unspoilt islands and even a glimpse of Dubrovnik in the distance.
This contemporary hotel is in the perfect location to explore all that Dubrovnik has to offer. It's a short drive to Dubrovnik Old Town, so you can stay within easy reach without being in the busy city centre. Once you're back at the Valamar Lacroma, you can enjoy its state-of-the-art spa and white-pebble beach. Set on the Babin Kuk peninsula, you'll have amazing views over the Elaphiti Islands and the glittering Adriatic Sea. The hotel is modern and minimalist, with sleek designs and stylish décor.
For the ultimate in elegance and historical relevance, stay at the Lapad Hotel. Since its makeover in 2008, this grand old hotel is one of Dubrovnik's most prestigious places to stay. Its harbour-front location ensures fabulous views, and its elegant restaurant serves up unbeatable food. The hotel has its own pool and bar with live bands and DJs and even serves up award-winning cocktails. A pebble beach is a ten-minute walk away and the Old Town is a half-hour walk – or just five minutes in a taxi.