Astarea Hotel

The Astarea Hotel offers the perfect blend between city break and countryside escape. At this low-rise, all-white hotel, you’re hunkered down among the pines in the foot of the hills. The front lawns here lead straight onto a small, secluded beach where you can paddle in the Adriatic Sea.

The outdoor pool area is home to one large pool and a splash pool for little ones. Both of these face out to sea and are surrounded by loungers and parasols that allow you to relax and take in the views. Inside, there’s a heated saltwater pool.

The hotel’s main dining spot offers views over the Adriatic and out to the surrounding islands. It’s a Mediterranean buffet that makes the most of the fresh produce. For something different, there’s the Astarea Tavern, where you can dine al fresco.

Overview of Mlini

Most people who head on a holiday to Dubrovnik and its islands have never heard of Mlini – and that part of the resort’s charm. The village here is unspoilt and surrounded by forests, mountains and turquoise seas. But, although it’s a tranquil and away-from-it-all location, you’re also only a 10-minute bus journey away from the ancient city of Dubrovnik, so you have the best of both worlds during your stay at the Astarea Hotel.

Mlini is one of the most beautiful villages on the coast. Expect to see white boats bobbing on clear waters and stone bridges crossing a narrow river.

Things to do in Mlini

Mlini is a sleepy resort lapped by the jade-green shallows of the Adriatic. If you’d like to explore the coastline that sits just outside the Astarea Hotel, you can rent a jet ski and take to the waters. Days in Mlini are generally spent on the glorious beaches, but if you’d like to explore, you can follow a small river through Mlini and visit a church that’s almost 1,000 years old.

Although it’s quiet here, you’re only a 10-minute bus ride away from the centre of Dubrovnik. Here, a Unesco-listed heritage site offers plenty to explore. With a stay in Mlini, you get to experience a little bit of everything. History, culture, nature and delicious food are all on the doorstep, as is a major city when you fancy some exploration.

Resort Summary

The town of Mlini couldn’t be more beautiful if it tried. White boats are suspended on glassy turquoise waters in the harbour. A small river meanders through the town, crossed by pretty stone bridges. Several disused watermills line the banks – Mlini actually means ‘the mills’.

The oldest part of the town is a vision of quiet streets and stone houses with terracotta roofs. You’ll even find a church that’s almost 1,000 years old. It’s named after St. Hilarion, a saint who, according to legend, killed a dragon and freed the area from paganism.

Holidays to Mlini, Croatia, are all about de-stressing and taking in the beautiful views.