Catering to an upmarket clientele Hotel Bevanda marks a new chapter in Opatija’s history. The hotel has only ten rooms whose floor-to-ceiling windows afford panoramic views towards the sea.
The Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is one of the Adriatic’s premier hotels. The sleek, modern design brings this century-old hotel right up to date and the views over the old town and bay are simply stunning.
The Heritage Villa Apolon on Hvar Island is a restored 19thcentury villa, tucked away in the heart of Croatia’s oldest town, Stari Grad. The service is professional and caters well to the needs of luxury travellers.
WHEN TO GO
The best months to visit are May, June, September and October, when the weather is sunny and warm. Try to avoid peak season, July and August, when temperatures soar and crowding peaks. In the winter, Dubrovnik and Zagreb make interesting city breaks but the weather will be cold.
Citizens from the European Union, the USA and Canada do not require a visa to enter Croatia for stays of up to 90 days. Check with your local Croatian Embassy for any changes.
Zagreb and Dubrovnik are well-served on European routes but flights from North America often require a transit at a European hub.
When not yachting along the Dalmatian coast, the best way of travelling around Croatia is by car. Though a small country, the roads can be difficult to navigate and we recommend entrusting your itinerary to a private chauffeur car and guide.
Croatia is part of the EU, but not (yet) in the Eurozone. The local currency is the Kuna.
Tipping has become commonplace in Croatia, with an extra 10-15% typical in restaurants. 200 kn to your guide or skipper for a day tour is customary.
Italian-influenced Istria is seen by many to be Croatia’s best foodie destination. Many dishes are accompanied by the region’s famous truffle. Inland, the cuisine has a more Eastern European feel. And no trip to Croatia would be complete without trying a local wine, perhaps the Plavac Mali.
Pack plenty of sunscreen, a sunhat and comfortable, loose clothing for travel between May and September.